The annual Aaron Lewis and Friends benefit concert in Northhampton, Massachusetts featured a full-blown Staind reunion, surprise guests like Godsmack vocalist Sully Erna and tributes to the late Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington.
Erna, filling in as a last-minute replacement for Adam Gontier joined Lewis and Staind guitarist Mike Mushok for an acoustic version (available above) of Linkin Park’s hit-song “Crawling.”
The same group of musicians performed a tribute to Chris Cornell by playing Temple of the Dog‘s “Hunger Strike.”
Both Cornell and Bennington died earlier this year within months of each other. After Cornell committed suicide in May, Bennington sang at his funeral and also penned a touching tribute to him. Bennington was also the godfather to one of Cornell’s children.
Bennington committed suicide on July 20, which would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.
The concert, which is part of the annual fundraiser for the charity It Takes A Community, began with a 45-minute set from Lewis as he played songs from his most recent country album Sinner. Lewis was joined on stage by his daughter, Zoe, who sang the Dixie Chicks’ “Travelin’ Soldier.”
After Lewis’ country set, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour played his versions of the Eagles‘ “Take It Easy,” the Rolling Stones‘ “Dead Flowers” and Pink Floyd‘s “Wish You Were Here.”
Taylor playing “Take It Easy”:
The Lewis, Erna and Mushok group followed Taylor’s performance. In addition to the Cornell and Bennington tributes, they also played the 4-Non-Blondes‘ “What’s Going On” and Bob Seeger’s “Turn the Page.”
“Turn the Page”:
The encore of the show featured three original members of Staind- Lewis, Mushok and bassist Johnny April – along with current drummer Sal Giancarelli. The band played “Outside,” “Something to Remind You,” and “It’s Been A While.”
“Something to Remind You”: