Aaron Lewis of Staind tackles his beef with Bruce Springsteen
Aaron Lewis opened up about his controversial solo track “Am I The Only One,” which Staind’s frontman and conservative rallied behind Bruce Springsteen, the American liberals and the withdrawal of Confederate-era statues.
Lewis addressed the runway in a new interview with right-wing provocative Candace Owens, appearing on it Daily thread Podcast Candace. He noted that he wrote the track with Jeffrey Steele and Ira Dean in response to “what we just went through in our own lives with the closure and the craziness that we have been watching on TV for the past 18 months” .
“I feel like you don’t have to stand on one side or the other to have, at some point during all of this, watched your television and shouted profanity,” he said. he declared (as transcribed by Blabbermouth). “Like, ‘What’s happening to this country?’ We are a nation under indivisible God, with freedom and justice for all.
Towards the end of ‘Am I The Only One’ (which you can listen to below), Lewis sings: “Am I the only one who stops singing / Every time they play a Springsteen song?” “
When Owens asked him why he picked the legendary rocker at heart, Lewis replied, “Because he always presented himself as the all-American middle-class guy. And during all this madness, he said if a man were re-elected as president, he would move to Australia. How American is that? Are you going to let go of America just because you don’t like the guy who got on the job?
Lewis also pointed out that while he initially received some setback for the concept of a right-wing protest song, he found support in unexpected places, such as Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta.
Reflecting on why other artists might be reluctant to espouse right-wing views in their music, he said, “They’re scared. Watch what happens when you talk these days. Watch what happens when you try to tell the truth and you try to tell the facts. Because the truth and the facts don’t necessarily look right on one side in particular.
Listen to Lewis’ full interview with Owens below:
Lewis has long been known for his inflammatory views. Earlier in the year he denounced Donald Trump’s second impeachment, saying it “could not have been more unconstitutional” and claiming that “the programs they now defend have caused more deaths than any war that have taken place in the world “.
In 2018, Lewis was embroiled in a bitter feud with Limp Bizkit’s Wes Borland, after Borland described an encounter in which Lewis insulted him at an airport.