Aaron Lewis plots New England shows

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Aaron Lewis, lead singer of Massachusetts based rockers Staind, will hit the road this fall for another series of solo acoustic performances. Lewis will make a handful of stops in New England including Boston and New Bedford, Massachusetts, as well as Portland, Maine.

Lewis will play Boston’s House of Blues on Thursday, October 7. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $25 to $49.50, are now on sale through Ticketmaster. On Sunday, October 10, Lewis will perform at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford. Tickets for show are now on sale through the venue’s box office and website and range in price from $35 to $48.50. He’ll then make his way to Portland, Maine for a night at the Merrill Auditorium on Thursday, October 14. Tickets, which range in price from $36 to $56.50, are now on sale through the venue’s box office.

The solo acoustic tour has become a tradition for the singer over the he past few years, as he plays Staind favorites, solo tunes and covers across the country every winter.

“The solo shows bring things full circle for me,” explained Lewis in a press release. “It’s something that I used to do before I ever met the guys in Staind. It was a way that I put money in my pocket since I was 17. The first song that I ever recorded for Jordan Shur was one of my acoustic songs. That song, ‘Black Rain,’ was played for Jordan over the phone, and he inevitably gave us a record deal with Flip Records. From that point, doing a solo project, when the time came, was always talked about.”

Lewis’ first solo album is also expected to be released this fall, though no release date for the yet-to-be-named album has been announced. The singer told Billboard.com earlier this year that the album will have a country vibe. “It’s acoustic guitar based and I recorded it in Nashville with a bunch of country session musicians,” he said. “So it’s kind of somewhere between country and James Taylor and ‘It’s Been A While.'”

Meanwhile, he and the rest of Staind are also expected to begin work on their follow-up to 2008’s The Illusion of Progress by the end of the year.

Adding to his busy year, Lewis and his wife Vanessa started a new charity earlier this year with a focus on reviving rural communities throughout the greater New England area. The It Takes A Community Foundation works with local leaders and community organizations that have firsthand knowledge of the needs of their communities. It strives to raise funds and support these community groups who strengthen, engage and enrich the communities they are in, sustain diminishing public services and provide assistance to communities in crisis.

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