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.”
“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.
As Pharr From Heaven, I officially ban Aaron Lewis from Pharr.
— Eduardo Martinez (@PharrFromHeaven) February 3, 2019
Weird that Aaron Lewis walked out on a show in Pharr, Tx, seeing how that’s one of the few places where people will still come out en masse to see Staind.
— Maggie Maye by day, Trilly Wonka by later that day (@Maggiemayehaha) February 3, 2019
Aaron Lewis politely asked the audience to quiet down for a good 5 minutes and told us that he’d only wait for so long before he’d walk off. No one respected that.
— Amanda (@_mandaamichelle) February 3, 2019
Aaron Lewis comes down to south texas “the valley” and because of a few bad fans but has the nerve to say to “I don’t speak spanish I’m AMERICAN” wow were not MEXICO just so you know WE ARE AMERICAN TOO ASSHOLE! Lost a fan smh @Aaronlewismusic
— JerriBomb (@JerriBomb) February 3, 2019
Aaron Lewis really said “I don’t speak Spanish, I’m American” IN A CITY THATS PRIMARILY MEXICAN AMERICAN!?! Then proceeded to leave the stage shortly after?????!!!?
— sɐpnɾ ɟo ɹǝɥʇoɯ (@gothrissa) February 3, 2019
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.