SOURCE: Atlantic Records

September 21, 2010 14:59 ET

Aaron Lewis Announces Solo Acoustic Tour; Dates Kick Off October 7th in Boston; Staind Frontman Also Set for Upcoming USO Tour; Persian Gulf Trek to Also Feature Members of Pro Football Hall of Fame

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 21, 2010) -  Aaron Lewis, the acclaimed frontman for Atlantic recording group Staind, has announced details of his upcoming solo acoustic tour. The dates begin October 7th at Boston's House of Blues and then continue through early November (see itinerary below). 

A committed philanthropist as well as an unstoppable road warrior, Lewis is also poised to embark on an eagerly anticipated and first overseas USO tour for US troops stationed in the Persian Gulf. The as-yet-undisclosed itinerary will see Lewis traveling alongside members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including such gridiron greats as Lynn Swann, Michael Haynes, and Paul Krause.

In other news, the It Takes A Community Foundation (ITAC) -- founded by Lewis and his wife Vanessa -- is happy to announce that the RH Conwell Elementary School in Worthington, Massachusetts has recently re-opened its doors, thanks in part to funds raised by last month's "Aaron Lewis & Friends" benefit concert. The proceeds from the event, which saw acoustic performances from such luminaries as Brad Arnold and Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down, Shaun Morgan of Seether, LoPro and Brendan Kelley, have enabled the RH Conwell Elementary School to provide a seamless transition from a district run facility to a community school. To date, ITAC has raised $150,000 in support of the school.

The It Takes A Community Foundation focuses on reviving rural communities throughout the greater New England area. The charity works with local leaders and community organizations that have firsthand knowledge of the needs of their communities. It strives to raise funds and support these community groups who strengthen, engage and enrich the communities they are in, sustain diminishing public services and provide assistance to communities in crisis. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ittakesacommunity.

"My family has been directly affected by school closures in our rural area due to state budget cuts," said Lewis. "We have seen firsthand the necessity for smaller communities to have a voice and to determine their own local needs and priorities. Our foundation strives to do just that -- to build a collective of local community members and empower them to take charge of their own community's future."

With his honest, heartfelt lyrics, resounding guitar chords, and unmistakable voice, Aaron Lewis has led Staind to the forefront of American rock music. 2008's The Illusion of Progress, marked the band's fourth consecutive studio album to debut in the top 3 on the Billboard 200 and features the #1 alternative rock song, "Believe." The iconic hard rock group's decade-long career has seen worldwide album sales in excess of 13 million and five #1 singles spanning three different radio formats.

For up-to-the-minute news and information, please visit www.staind.com and www.myspace.com/aaronlewismusic.

(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)

AARON LEWIS - ON TOUR 2010   
         
OCTOBER        
7   Boston, MA   House of Blues
8   Sayreville, NJ   Starland Ballroom
10   New Bedford, MA   Zeiterion Theater
11   New York, NY   Best Buy Theatre
12   Philadelphia, PA   Theatre Of Living Arts
14   Portland, ME   Merrill Auditorium @ City Hall
15   Baltimore, MD   Ram's Head Live
17   Hershey, PA   The Hershey Theatre
18   Cleveland, OH   House of Blues
20   Chicago, IL   House of Blues
21   Munhall, PA   Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
23   Milwaukee, WI   Pabst Theater
24   Indianapolis, IN   Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre
26   St. Paul, MN   Fitzgerald Theatre
28   St. Louis, MO   The Pageant
31   Dallas, TX   The Palladium Ballroom
         
NOVEMBER        
1   Houston, TX   Verizon Wireless Theater
2   Abilene, TX   Paramount Theatre
6   El Cajon, CA   Sycuan Casino

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