ARE YOU FOR REAL???? I DO SO MUCH, AND GIVE SO MUCH, THAT ITS NOW EXPECTED OF ME?????? THAT I NOW SOMEHOW OWE YOU MORE THAN THE CD YOU CHOSE TO PURCHASE, OR THE SHOW YOU CHOSE TO BUY A TICKET FOR, OR THE HOURS AND HOURS THAT IVE STOOD OUT IN THE RAIN OR SNOW TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS AND TALK UNTIL PEOPLE START WALKING AWAY,OR THE THOUSANDS OF FANS THAT IVE GOTTEN INTO A SHOW WHEN THEY TOLD ME THEY DIDNT HAVE A TICKET, OR THE COUNTLESS TIMES IVE BROUGHT FANS ONTO THE BUS OR PUT THEM SIDESTAGE, OR THE COUNTLESS CHARITIES I GIVE TO, OR THE HOURS I SPEND ON THIS SITE, OR THE MEET AND GREETS THAT I DO EVERY DAY, OR THE HUNDREDS OF TIMES IVE GIVEN YOU CREDIT FOR US STILL BEING HERE. IS THAT NOT ENOUGH.........CAN I SOMEHOW GIVE MORE..........MAYBE I SHOULD GIVE MY HOUSE AWAY IN A CONTEST- AFTER ALL, YOURE THE REASON I HAVE IT RIGHT..........MY GUITARS TOO CAUSE AFTER ALL, I WOULDNT NEED THEM IF IT WASNT FOR YOU RIGHT........SHOULD I LEAVE MY KIDS TO YOU AS WELL IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT????????? I BEND OVER BACKWARDS TO MAKE SURE MY FANS FEEL APPRECIATED. YOU ARE THE REASON IM HERE.......BUT IM STARTING TO FEEL LIKE THIS IS NOW REQUIRED OF ME WHICH IS TRUELY NOT THE CASE. I DO THESE THINGS BECAUSE I WANT TO. WOULDNT IT BE SAD IF THAT WASNT THE CASE ANYMORE. IM SORRY TO SOUND SO AGREVATED BUT FRANKLY I AM. I TAKE WHAT YOU ALL HAVE TO SAY VERY PERSONALLY BECAUSE I DO CARE ABOUT THE FANS AND I IM VERY AWARE OF THE FACT THAT I AM STILL HERE BECAUSE OF YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT.

IN REFERENCE TO THE MOHEGAN SUN INCIDENT THAT HAS ME SO IRRITATED RIGHT NOW, I GUESS MY PROBLEM IS THAT I DO TOO MUCH. I STARTED MY DAY AT MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY BY DRIVING MY PICK UP TRUCK FROM NIAGARA FALLS(BASICALLY CANADA) WHERE I HAD PLAYED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT TO ARRIVE AT THE MOHEGAN SUN AROUND 9 AM. MY INTERVIEWS FOR THE DAY STARTED AT 2:00 WHICH WERE FOLLOWED BY 3 DIFFERENT MEET AND GREETS BEFORE GOING ON STAGE I THEN PLAYED FOR ALMOST TWO HOURS FOR THE THIRD SHOW IN A ROW. AFTER, I FELT THAT I COULD DO A LITTLE MORE FOR EVERYONE BY GOING OUT AND SIGNING SOME MORE AND SAYING THANKS AND HELLO EVEN THOUGH I HAD 80 TO 90 FRIENDS AND FAMILY WAITING BACKSTAGE FOR ME. I THEN LET THE VENUE PUT ME ON DISPLAY IN THE MAIN CORRIDOR OF THE CASINO WITH A LINE THAT REACHED INTO THE OLD CASINO AT THE FAR END. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAD TO BE REGULATED SOMEHOW OR ELSE I MIGHT AS WELL HAVE JUST JUMPED DOWN FROM THE STAGE AFTER THE LAST SONG AND STARTED SIGNING, HENCE WHERE THE BRACELETS CAME INTO PLAY. THE VENDOR OF SUCH BRACELETS TOLD ME RIGHT TO MY FACE THAT THERE WERE 100 BRACELETS ISSUED EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE MORE LIKE 400. WAS I THEN REALLY REQUIRED TO SIGN ALL 400 WHILE MY MOTHER AND FATHER AND UNCLES AND AUNTS AND EVERYONE ELSE WAITED? DID I NOT MAKE ENOUGH OF AN EFFORT TO SHOW MY APPRECIATION??? DO I NEED TO GIVE UP MY FIRST BORN CHILD?????? DOES ANYONE NEED A LIVER IM O+????????

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Comment by Cecilie Krøigaard on June 11, 2009 at 4:10pm
And yes, i would love to have a liver.. just in case...
Comment by Irina on May 30, 2009 at 1:03am
For some people, it'll never be enough.. Just know that we appreciate how you try to accomodate everyone during shows/meet & greets. There are so many videos of you on the web standing outside and signing stuff for fans, before and after shows-- the common theme among all the comments about you on the web is how you're so down-to-earth and considerate. Just ignore all the assholes. P.S. The meet&greet in Denver (12/08) with you and the band was the best.
Comment by Daniel patino on May 27, 2009 at 11:13pm
First and formost I just want to say "THANK YOU" ! My wife and I had the plessure of meeting you after the Vegas show on May 15th. We were there from Houston for her suprise Staind birthday trip. You wished her a "Happy Birthday" and we took a pic. This experience was icing on the cake. I've read countless examples of how you go beyond to please your fans and I can totally relate. I think too many "FANS" forget that the sacrafices you make go beyond whats on the surface. Lets not forget the time away from your wife and beautiful daughters that allow us as "real fans" to see you and the guys in concert or the time spent in the studio so we can walk into our local record shop and grap us a copy. So if the small price to pay is to make a 1000 plus mile trip to see you in concert or wait in line 4 plus hours for the next CD count me in. Keep doing what you do brother and Thank You for your many sacrifices that "fans" tend to forget. Next time your in Houston and need a cold drink or some kick ass Mexican food I got you!
Comment by Jessica Melement on May 27, 2009 at 11:13pm
I couldn't agree more....I have never heard of any band/performer/whoever that does what Aaron does......Most people are not lucky enough to ever meet someone that they truly idolize or adore in the public eye, whether it is their music, tv show, etc. Aaron has gone above and beyond to make his fans happy & show appreciation.....Have you ever freaking heard of any famous individual calling up a fan to go golfing?? That is only one of the great things that he has done for people. Just like anything else, people find out what someone does for one person and they expect that, if not more in return. FREAKIN CRAZY!! 9 out of 10 of them are fake ...Something great that happens naturally or something you earn/achieve on your own, feels so much better than asking for it....Come on people, pull yourselves together...lol...I could be posting a blog on how morbid I am since I won't ever get a chance to meet Madonna...lol....now thats depressing....WTF..lol
Comment by Dustin Plake on May 27, 2009 at 3:16am
You dont need to give anything, thats what everyone needs to realize. You do everything because you choose to and because you know what its like to be n our shoes... In more ways then one. If you took away everything you have done.. all the extra's you do.. your music would still be what everyone should appreciate the most. Not a singed piece of paper or cd or whatever else, even though they would be nice to have. Open your eyes ungrateful people.
Comment by wdclaywell on May 26, 2009 at 5:33pm
Please don't let people take too much of you...that there isn't enough left for yourself. I can happen easily...you have to know when to say "no". People won't think less of you. We ALL know by your words and the experiences we have had that you are a good hearted person that loves his fans. But we want to to be around as I'm sure your family does...so...remember to breathe and say no if you need to....See you and the band play in Toledo at the Zoo...(or should I say the rest of the animals...hehe...) Be safe....Wendi
Comment by spidermonkey on May 22, 2009 at 11:14am
julie - you said "i would pay just to watch you think"
L.I.K.E that one!
Comment by Jason Zeisler on May 21, 2009 at 7:45pm
aaron you do more than enough!!! Staind is the shit!!!!! And you are a LYRICAL GENIUS..... NO B.S.
Comment by Julie on May 18, 2009 at 8:22am
Its easy to let !@#$%^ get to you when you are famous. People all want a piece of you and there just isnt enough to go around. Sounds like its time to chillax and just be. I would pay just to watch you think. You have a lot of people like myself that appreciate you for doing what you do. Stay strong and dont let the greedy get to you. Much love and peace to you.
Comment by Chelsa on May 16, 2009 at 12:55pm
thats crap.. EVERYONE in Connecticut should be HAPPY and LUCKY that you are willing to come here at least once a year (usually twice and if you count your solo show then 3 times). I can NOT believe that people would complain that you should do more! people suck!!! Oh by the way YOU ROCK!!! keep up the great music!!!

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