The American Drive-In Tour 2020: Aaron Lewis (Staind) and Sully Erna (Godsmack) Playing Acoustic Gigs in October

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Rock Cellar Magazine

Between them, Aaron Lewis and Sully Erna are responsible for some of the most successful mainstream hard-rock songs of the past twenty years — and in October, the pair (from Staind and Godsmack, respectively) will team up for The American Drive-In Tour, an acoustic evening of hits, covers, and conversation between the two singers.

Announced earlier this week, the shows will span outdoor venues around the United States, with social distancing measures in place in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Per a news release:

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.

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.

The schedule:

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*

*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

Said the singers of the tour:

“Me and Aaron Lewis? Onstage together…acoustic? Do I need to say more? Just don’t miss it! It may never happen again.” — Sully Erna

“Sully and I have been friends for 25 years. We’ve been talking about doing something for the last 10 years. The time has finally come. I couldn’t be more excited to be bringing this to you in such strange times.” — Aaron Lewis

They’ve done this sort of thing before, teaming up on more than a few occasions for acoustic live performances together. Here they are in 2017, performing Alice in Chains’ “Rooster”:

Expect more of that at The American Drive-In Tour next month.


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