Aaron Lewis is the lead singer of Staind. They’ve been around for about sixteen years and have put out some amazing music. Yesterday, they performed at Rockfest. It’s a one day music festival that has about 60,000 people there. It’s all about having a good time and enjoying some amazing music. During Staind’s set yesterday, some people were trying to disrupt that good time.
Right in the middle of the set, as the guitar player started for the next song, Aaron Lewis began to speak to the audience. What he did took everyone by surprise. He started yelling at a group of guys in the crowd who were molesting a girl that looked about fifteen, who happened to be crowd surfing. He used the word molest. He saw it happening, and he spoke up. He told every single person watching the set that if he saw anything like that again, he wouldn’t hesitate to point that person out in the crowd and have everyone around them “beat their ass.” He then told the young women in the crowd to be careful while crowd surfing that night and to enjoy themselves.
He was met by many, many cheers.
As anyone who has ever been to a music festival knows, some women like to show their breasts. After playing the song, he then went on to say there was nothing wrong with women wanting to show their breasts at the festival, but that men should know the difference between women who wanted to show them and who did not. He was then met by more cheers, and they played the rest of their set without a problem.
I’ve never seen a musician call out members of the crowd like that. I’ve never seen a rock star with such integrity. You know at every festival, there are probably young women who are harassed, but it’s rare that musicians ever speak up about it on stage. Aaron Lewis’s voice probably helped out a lot of women last night. This story deserves to be shared.
I TOTALLY DIDN’T NEED ANOTHER REASON TO LOVE AARON LEWIS AND STAIND. BUT I’LL FUCKING TAKE IT.