Aaron Lewis, frontman of the rock band Staind, was performing a solo acoustic show in Pharr, Texas over the weekend when the crowd wouldn’t keep quiet, making him end the night early.

The show took place on Saturday night at the Pharr Events Center. Lewis was reportedly trying to play a song without a microphone and wanted to sing directly to the audience. He asked if the crowd could be quiet for just five minutes, noting that he was going to “try something different and special but you’re not gonna hear it if you’re not quiet.”

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“No you don’t understand, like fucking church [level] quiet,” Lewis continued, waiting for the noise to die down. “I’m only gonna wait for so long and then I’m just gonna say goodnight.”

“I don’t understand what you’re not getting,” he continued. “I know I have a microphone so you can hear me. You’re not gonna hear the song unless it’s this quiet. You get it?”

When someone in the crowd shouted for him to sing a song in Spanish, he answered back, “I’m sorry, I don’t know how to speak Spanish – I’m American.” Then, seeing the crowd was not growing any quieter, he said goodnight and left the stage amid boos from the audience.

Fans took to Twitter, expressing their thoughts on Lewis’ actions.


Since Staind went on a hiatus in 2018, Lewis embarked on a solo career performing country music. He is currently on his “The State I’m In” U.S. tour and is set to stop next in Augusta, Georgia on February 8, followed by a set of intimate shows in cities like Charleston, Madison, Milwaukee, and Sioux Falls. The tour is set to wrap-up early April in Manistee, Michigan.

In March, he’ll head out on a full tour with his band The Stateliners in support of his album, State I’m In, dropping April 12.

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Last Updated on February 4, 2019 by Olivia Perreault