Sounds coming from the audience were not music to singer Aaron Lewis’ ears.
The former Staind frontman, visibly frustrated with the crowd at Saturday’s show at the Criterion in Oklahoma City, directed them to “shut the (expletive) up,” as can be seen in NSFW footage uploaded to YouTube.
“Listen, I’m (expletive) good,” Lewis, 46, warned. “I don’t have to do this.”
Per the venue’s website, the evening was sold out, with tickets ranging from $33-$168.
“Listen if you don’t shut the (expletive) up, you can’t even hear the guitar, so shut up,” he said. “I’ve got three more (expletive) minutes, three. Can you please, for once?
“Through the whole (expletive) evening, you guys have talked all (expletive) night,” he added. “Shut the (expletive) up or I’m done.”
After he began strumming the guitar he continued to vent.
“It’s so (expletive) ironic that this (expletive) song is a thank you,” he said, shaking his head. “And I can’t get you to shut the (expletive) up to hear it.”
He began performing “Intro,” but didn’t make it very far.
“Thank you to the people in my life for putting up with me,” he sang before taking off his guitar. He tossed a red cup into the audience and walked off stage.
Yahoo and The Monitor, a local news source covering McAllen, Texas, report a person in the audience suggested Lewis make his plea in Spanish. Lewis can be seen on video responding: “I’m sorry, I don’t know how to speak Spanish. I’m American.”
USA TODAY has reached out to Lewis’ representatives for comment.
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