Blabbermouth reports on a recent Aaron Lewis interview by Chris Mathews from the South Carolina classic rock radio station 104.9 The Surf. In the interview, Lewis was asked if he’s ready to return to the road with his old band Staind, which last toured together in 2011, but seems content on where he is in his solo country music career for the time being.
Lewis was asked about the “touring machine” that is Staind: He replied:
The touring machine, as you call it, of Staind will never be again. Not like that, no. Never. Never. I could never go back to playing six shows [a week] eight weeks in a row. I can’t do that. I have grown in my age and become very accustomed to playing Thursday, Friday and Saturday and being able to go home for a few days and unwind and try to kind of have a life aside from doing this. I worked really, really, really hard to get to this point where I can play three days a week and still do just fine.
In another recent interview conducted by Planet Weekly, Lewis once again talked about the future of Staind. He stated:
I definitely see it staying on hold for a while. I’ve got to stay focused on this [country career]. I’ve got to take this to where it needs to get to before I can start risking things with the good ole boy network reception and throwing in a handful of Staind shows in the summertime along with all of my country shows. But that’s down the road. I can’t even think about that right now.
Without reading too much into this, Lewis recently reunited with his old bandmates at his Aaron Lewis and Friends charity benefit concert on Aug. 4, at the Pines Theater in Northhampton, MA. The band played an encore, three-song acoustic set, that included the songs “Outside,” “Something To Remind You,” and “It’s been A While.”
Lewis released seven studio albums with Staind, and two solo efforts, The Road (2012), and Sinner (2016).