Last Night: Aaron Lewis At Verizon Wireless Theater

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Photos by Matthew Keever
Aaron Lewis
Verizon Wireless Theater
November 1, 2010

As Aaron Lewis walked out onto the stage at Verizon Wireless Theater last night, he was met with a roar of applause - audience members stood from their seats, cheering and carrying on, while Lewis smiled, waved and took a seat in front of his four guitars and an enormous American-flag backdrop.

The first thing Lewis said was that he had not prepared for the evening.

"All I did was smoke a joint," he said with a smirk, as the crowd screamed.

Aftermath was hesitant about the show originally, because we've never been too impressed with the quality of bands' performances at Verizon. And this was an acoustic show to boot? Surely they were kidding.

But to our surprise, the sound quality was amazing, and although we've heard negative things about Lewis as a live performer, he was on point last night. It really couldn't have been better.

He began the set with "Anywhere But Here," a song from his solo album, which we really hope wasn't at all associated with his visit to Houston.

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"What's the score?" Lewis asked the crowd, referencing the Houston/Indianapolis game then in progress. In the midst of all the replies from the crowd, one man voiced his distaste for New England quarterback Tom Brady, to which Massachusetts native Lewis coolly answered, "You're just mad he's not your quarterback," while lighting a cigarette.

After a few more of songs of his solo album, Lewis played what could best be described as an eclectic homage to artists far and wide - we still aren't sure whether he was playing songs he liked or mocking other musicians. Either way though, it made everyone smile, laugh and applaud.

After performing Creed's "With Arms Wide Open," he told the crowd: "I didn't take my shirt off for the full effect, but I was trying to do [the song] justice."

From Guns N Roses to Creed, Cyndi Lauper to Justin Timberlake, Lewis played everything and even took suggestions from the crowd.

"Did someone just yell out, 'Chumbawumba'?" Lewis asked. "That's fucked up... why would you want to hear me play that? Any other requests?"

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