Aaron Lewis announces benefit concert in Springfield

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With his full length solo debut album set to hit stores next week, Aaron Lewis has announced plans for a special benefit concert in Springfield next month. The Western Massachusetts native and friends will perform at the MassMutual Center Exhibition Hall on Wednesday, December 12. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $20 t0 $35, will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. All proceeds Lewis’ It Takes a Community Foundation and the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots.

Lewis and his wife Vanessa founded the a 501c3 non-for-profit organization It Takes A Community in 2010 with a focus on reviving rural communities throughout the greater New England area. The charity works with local leaders and community organizations to raise funds and and provide assistance to communities in crisis.

The Road, Lewis’ first full length release and follow-up to his 2011 debut solo EP Town Line, will hit stores on November 13. Produced by James Stroud (Toby Keith, Tim McGraw) and Lewis, The Road features ten brand new songs including singles “Endless Summer” and “Forever” (video is streaming below). It also contains the Rhett Akins/Dallas Davidson/Bobby Pinson-penned “Granddaddy’s Gun,” marking the first time in Lewis’ entire career that he has cut a song he didn’t have a hand in writing.

“This music and these songs represent who I am and where I come from,” said Lewis of The Road in a press release.

Lewis also announced plans for several shows in 2013, include one stop in New England. The Staind frontman will showcase his new country sound with a solo show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on Saturday, January 26. Tickets for the show will go sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster for $30.

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