Aaron Lewis (Staind) & Sully Erna (Godsmack) Come Together For The First Time In 'The American Drive-In Tour,' Produced By DWP -- One Of The First Live Rock Concert Drive-In Series Of 2020
For the first time ever, Sully Erna and Aaron Lewis, two of the most acclaimed frontmen in rock–the voices of multiplatinum rock bands Godsmack and Staind–will perform their hits together, side-by-side, in an intimate and unplugged evening on The American Drive-In Tour, kicking off in October. It’s one of the first 2020 drive-in live rock concert tours planned across multiple cities, and promises a once-in-a-lifetime event for fans, featuring a special evening of hits, covers and conversation with Aaron and Sully appearing together on stage.
Godsmack’s Sully Erna said, “Me and Aaron Lewis? Onstage together…acoustic? Do I need to say more? Just don’t miss it! It may never happen again.”
“Sully and I have been friends for 25 years. We’ve been talking about doing something for the last 10 years,” said Staind’s Aaron Lewis. “The time has finally come. I couldn’t be more excited to be bringing this to you in such strange times.”
Erna is the accomplished founder, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the multiplatinum rock band Godsmack, selling over 20 million records worldwide, enjoying four Grammy nominations and eleven #1 singles at mainstream rock radio. In May, Godsmack’s “Unforgettable” became the fourth #1 rock track from their latest album When Legends Rise (BMG). This accomplishment makes Godsmack one of only four rock acts to reach this milestone. Erna also released his latest solo album Hometown Life in 2016.
Lewis, who fronts and founded the wildly-successful rock group Staind, has sold 17 million albums worldwide and has enjoyed four consecutive top three debuts on Billboard’s Top 200. The single “It’s Been Awhile,” remains the most-played rock song of its decade. His solo material includes the platinum selling hit “Country Boy” and 4 albums of tried-and-true, twang-heavy Outlaw Country tunes, including his most recent album, State I’m In.
Tour producers Danny Wimmer Presents have worked closely with both artists and all venues to create a live concert environment that will bring rock fans back together in unique setups that promote social distancing for a safe experience. The show will feature a barrage of hits, covers, conversation and laughs that will create a true sense of unity for audiences across the country.
“We’re eager to get back to what we love, and we’re determined to keep the music alive and keep the rock community strong during these times,” comments DWP President Joe Litvag. “Aaron and Sully on stage together like this is something that none of us have seen before but have always hoped would happen one day. We’re thrilled to be a part of it.”
The nationwide trek will follow current local health guidelines for fans’ safety and enjoyment. Some shows will be drive-in events with patrons in or adjacent to their cars, and other shows will feature viewing from socially distanced fan “pods” or tables designed for up to four people.
Tickets for these unique performances go on sale beginning this Tuesday, September 15 at Noon local time at www.aaronandsully.com. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
The American Drive-In Tour initial dates are as follows:
|Thursday, October 1||Wichita, KS||Starlite Drive-In*|
|Friday, October 2||Cedar Rapids, IA||McGrath Amphitheatre***|
|Saturday, October 3||Somerset, WI (Minneapolis area)||Somerset Amphitheater**|
|Friday, October 9||Obetz, OH (Columbus area)||Fortress Obetz**|
|Saturday, October 10||McHenry, IL (Chicago area)||McHenry Outdoor Theater*|
|Sunday, October 11||Independence, MO (Kansas City area)||B&B Theatres Twin Drive-In*|
|Saturday, October 17||Biloxi, MS||Mississippi Coast Coliseum Lawn****|
|Sunday, October 18||Lafayette, LA||Acadiana Drive-In at Cajun Dome*|
|Friday, October 23||Daytona, FL||TBA|
|Saturday, October 24||Concord, NC (Charlotte area)||Charlotte Motor Speedway*|
|Friday, October 30||Phoenix, AZ||Arizona State Fairgrounds*|
|Saturday, October 31||Ventura, CA (Los Angeles area)||Ventura County Fairgrounds*|
|Sunday, November 1||Del Mar, CA (San Diego area)||Del Mar Fairgrounds*|
Details subject to change based on local guidelines. Events are rain or shine.
*Socially distanced drive-in, up to four patrons per vehicle
**Socially distanced pod, up to four patrons per pod
***Socially distanced tickets, purchased in quantities of two, three, four or five
****Socially distanced tables, up to eight patrons per table
Danny Wimmer Presents is the largest independent festival producer in the United States. Having recently launched the wildly successful digital series Offstage with DWP, the company also looks to announce more ventures into the digital content curation space soon with Pay-Per-View livestreams as well as additional online series. DWP is also taking steps to expand their portfolio into venue management, booking, national touring, event services and more.
About Danny Wimmer Presents: Since 1993, music industry veteran Danny Wimmer has been producing concerts and festivals, both large and small. In 2011, he formed Danny Wimmer Presents, which now produces several of the largest rock and alternative festivals in the U.S. By combining A-list talent with local cuisine and culture, DWP has become recognized within the industry for delivering the highest-quality entertainment experiences to fans, artists, sponsors, partners and host cities. DWP creates memorable and all-encompassing festival experiences, leaving both consumers and partners with lasting and meaningful impressions. DWP will continue to add new music festivals to its already stellar portfolio, which currently includes Aftershock, Bourbon & Beyond, Epicenter, Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville. Previous DWP festivals include Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and more. In 2020, DWP launched the popular digital series Offstage with DWP and ventured into the digital content curation space, promoting pay-per-view live streams. www.DannyWimmerPresents.com
About Aaron Lewis: Known for his outspokenness, impassioned live show and Outlaw Country tunes, Aaron Lewis’ recent album, the Buddy Cannon-produced State I’m In (The Valory Music Co.) is the follow-up to Sinner, which went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums, Top 200 Albums, and Top Digital Albums Charts upon release chart and blasts through today’s Country music doldrums like a shot of 100-proof whiskey, with the singer making zero compromises with either himself or the restrictions of a format that seems to have abandoned its rougher tendencies in favor of pop and ‘70s rock inclinations largely lacking in grit. Lewis, who fronts the wildly-successful rock group Staind, has sold 17 million albums worldwide and four consecutive top three debuts on Billboard’s Top 200, including the single “It’s Been Awhile,” which remains the most-played rock song of the decade.
About Sully Erna: Founder, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the multi-platinum rock band Godsmack, Sully Erna released his latest solo album Hometown Life in 2016 via BMG. Composed by Sully on piano and acoustic guitar and produced in his New Hampshire studio, Hometown Life offers a departure from the tribal, world music feel and experimentation on 2010’s Avalon. Hometown Life’s 10 songs are more accessible, sonically and musically precise. Godsmack stand strong as 21st century hard rock titans. With an unbreakable spirit and die-hard work ethic evocative of their hometown, the Boston quartet fought hard to secure a place in music history since first smashing their way on to the scene in 1998. To date, they’ve notched a staggering eleven #1 singles at mainstream rock radio, including “Awake,” “Straight Out of Line,” “Cryin’ Like A Bitch,” and “I Stand Alone.” In May 2020, Godsmack’s track “Unforgettable” became the fourth #1 rock track from their latest album When Legends Rise (BMG). This accomplishment makes Godsmack one of only four rock acts to reach this achievement. Moreover, they’ve enjoyed 24 Top 10 hits at the format-the most of any act since February 1999-as well as four Grammy nominations, and were winners of The Billboard Music Awards Rock Artists of the Year in 2001. Selling over 20 million records worldwide, the band has also unleashed three consecutive albums at #1 on the Billboard Top 200-namely Faceless , IV , and The Oracle . This places them in league with Van Halen, U2, Metallica, Dave Matthews Band, and Linkin Park who have also enjoyed the same streak. Moreover, the accomplishment on the road remains staggering with headlining sets around the world.