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Aaron Lewis And Blackberry Smoke Confirm Co-Headlining Fall Tour

In keeping with the myriad of Fall tour announcements here is the latest skinny from Aaron Lewis (Staind) and the band Blackberry Smoke. Check out the poster, press copy and dates and I will close us out at the end. Enjoy.

The Press Release:
Aaron Lewis and Blackberry Smoke will team up for the “Sinners and Sanctified Tour” this fall. The extensive co-headlining tour will kick-off on October 12 at Shreveport’s Municipal Auditorium and includes stops at Houston’s Ziegenbock Festival, Charlotte’s Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, Little Rock’s Verizon Arena, New York’s Terminal 5 and Philadelphia’s Tower Theatre among many others. Pre-sale begins tomorrow with general on-sale launching this Friday at 10:00am local time. See below for complete itinerary.

The Tour Dates:
October 12 Shreveport, La. – Municipal Auditorium
October 13 Irving, Texas – The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
October 14 Houston, Texas – Ziegenbock Festival
October 26 Charlotte, N.C. – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
October 27 Oxon Hill, Md. – MGM National Harbor
October 28 Pikeville, Ky. – Eastern KY Expo Center
October 29 Macon, Ga. – The Macon Centreplex
November 02 Little Rock, Ark. – Verizon Arena
November 03 Tupelo, Ms. – BancorpSouth Arena
November 04 Evansville, Ind. – Old National Events Plaza
November 05 Huntsville, Ala. – Von Braun Center
November 08 Indiana, Pa. – Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex
November 09 Grand Rapids, Mich. – 20 Monroe Live
November 11 Warren, Ohio – Packard Music Hall
November 15 Salisbury, Md. – Wicomico Civic Center
November 16 Upper Darby (Philadelphia), Pa. – Tower Theatre
November 17 – Charleston, W.Va. – Charleston Municipal Auditorium
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“Folded Flag” (Single) by Aaron Lewis

Artist: Aaron Lewis
Title: “Folded Flag” (Single)
Label: Big Machine Records LLC
Release Date: 6/14/2017
Genre: Country
Rating: 4/5

If you are a resident of these United States of America I hope that you already know that today is “Flag Day” and if you don’t, then you surely need a bit of a lesson about the important dates of our fine nation. Speaking musically, there is one person who’s proven to be a staunch supporter of the country and its armed forces is Aaron Lewis who the rockers know full well as the founder and lead singer of Staind. For the last couple of years the singer has been doing a more country styled vibe with his material and in honor of the day has issued his latest single “Folded Flag”. Here are some thoughts about the tune.
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Staind @ Best Buy Theater (9/15/2011)


Artist: Staind
Venue: Best Buy Theater (New York, NY)
Opener: n/a
Date: 9/15/2011
Label: Atlantic Records

I think it’s pretty safe to say that I have not experienced a musical week like this particular one ever before and here is why. If you’ve been paying attention to our stories here on PiercingMetal.com, you will know that not only did we lay our level of Metal media scrutiny on the Metal Masters clinic, the not-so secret Anthrax show and the Road Recovery benefit honoring Slash this week, but also the mighty Big Four tour and the Doro Pesch and Arch Enemy shows that preceded the week as well. If you were a fan of the live concert scene and going to shows there was truly no better place to be than New York City this past week and a half. That being said the excitement would continue with this evening’s concert by Staind and here is how that show went down for those who were not able to make it.
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Streaming Tonight: Staind Live in NYC (9/15/2011)

This was a first for the PiercingMetal Musings Blog in terms of a live streaming concert and it was pretty cool to be able to offer it to the readership. Now that the original live stream for this show has ended it now appears to be able to be enjoyed via the link below as an archive. With this being the case I have embedded the updated link for your viewing pleasure. A brief synopsis of this show will be posted shortly on the main website and the blog so kindly stay tuned (we saw a secret Anthrax show and The Big Four this week and there is only so much time in the day to put it all together).

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For those in the unaware, the band was performing at Best Buy Theater as part of a 9-11 benefit to help the Answer The Call charity. This organization raises money for the police and firemen’s widows and children fund. Tickets were only $9.11 and the venue was seemingly packed with the bands hard core supporters.

UPDATE: My review and photo gallery from this show can be enjoyed HERE

“The Illusion Of Progress” by Staind

Artist: Staind
Title: “The Illusion Of Progress”
Label: Atlantic Records
Release Date: 8/19/2008
Genre: Alternative Hard Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

I know that I was one of the first out of my circle of music friends who found themselves keyed into the melancholy despair that the guys in Staind were laying down on their incredible CD “Break The Cycle”. I had to admit that at the time they were a fresh sounding outfit to a listener like me who had grown tired of what the mainstream was offering the listeners who tuned in, but of course their blockbuster popularity would open the doors to far too many sub-standard acts who tried to be just as heavy while being just as solemn about it at the same time. After absorbing the greatness of tunes like “Outside” and “It’s Been Awhile” I found my own tastes changing and as result hardly followed the guys into their future releases “14 Shades Of Grey” and “Chapter V”, but when I heard samples of what was to be heard on “Illusion Of Progress” I found myself intrigued by a band who had taken what was deemed as their signature sound and had moved forward with it in a slightly more mature and musical fashion that I again found appealing. If you were one of those listeners that also stopped early on based on musical ideas changing and now wanted something similar to what the band is best known for then this is a solid release for no matter how hard one tries there is only so far from a signature sound that a band can move away from. As result a lot of the hooks and grooves that we found so tasty are here to enjoy again even though they are braving a little more in terms of the depth of the song structure. Singer Aaron Lewis still sounds in pain and suffering from some personal inner demons from time to time across the album but perhaps not as much as we found on the bands earlier catalog. To be honest if we found him singing about sunshine and rainbows many of the listeners would not feel this to be an honest album. There are songs that hold levels of promise such as “All I Want” which brews with a sense of positivity that I didn’t actually expect from such a band. There are a couple of the pre-requisite ballad type songs and this makes sense since the pair mentioned earlier in this review were songs that put these guys on the map. We find “Save Me” to be one such song and while its good it is hardly an “Outside” but in all fairness that is a tough track to easily top. I also found some appeal in “This Is It”, the albums rocking opener and “The Way I Am” since it possessed a different groove from what I had grown used to from the band.
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