Aaron Lewis, Sully Erna team for American Drive-In Tour | The Music Universe

The voices of Staind and Godsmack come together for first time

For the first time ever, Sully Erna and Aaron Lewis, two of the most acclaimed frontmen in rock–the voices of multi-platinum 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.

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

“Sully and I have been friends for 25 years. We’ve been talking about doing something for the last ten years,” states 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 multi-platinum rock band Godsmack, selling over 20 million records worldwide, enjoying four Grammy nominations and eleven No. 1 singles at mainstream rock radio. In May, Godsmack’s “Unforgettable” became the fourth No. 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 four 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 15th at noon local time at aaronandsully.com. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

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 PPV 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.

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


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