I just want to start off by saying how grateful I am to Aaron for making Tuesday night so amazing.

Aaron has got to be one of the most gracious and giving people I've ever met. I got the chance to meet him again on October 13 for the Clemson show. I had met up with my friend Tony and my new friend Amanda earlier, and we were hanging out by the venue when Aaron walked up. He'd recognized the three of us and came by to talk for a minute. He said he was going to a meet and greet, but he'd like to hang out more after the show and gave us a spot and time to meet him.

The show was awesome as always, actually probably one of the better Staind shows I've seen, which is saying a lot. After the show, the three of us went to our "meeting spot" to wait for Aaron. We talked about how Tony was a ninja and would do ninja moves down to Aaron's bus to get him for us. After a short while, Aaron showed up by his bus and motioned for us to come down. He talked motorcycles for a bit and said he wouldn't give us rides because Tony and I were the wrong sex. Tony and I had some stuff to sign, but Aaron didn't have a sharpie on him, so he invited us into his bus. There we sat for around 2.5 hours just hanging out. The entire time, Aaron was trying to get me to like his country music by saying, "young man, I used to listen to this while I was sitting on my grandfather's lap". And just in case you're reading this, Aaron, some of the country wasn't too bad--I liked the George Jones...but I'm not too sure about the David Allan Coe...I'll be sure to request David Allan Coe at the next solo show to see what you'll do.

Anyway, needless to say I had a great time hanging with my hero, who has already given me so much, and two awesome friends.

Aaron has done so much for me in his music alone, not to mention everything else he's done for me personally. And to allow me to hang out with him for that long is just amazing. I'm truely touched by his graciousness. I really can't put into words the way his acts of kindness towards me have touched me. What you've done for me and the time you've spent with me means more than you could ever know.

Thank you, Aaron.

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Comment by T on October 28, 2009 at 5:49pm
i have a few vids that i'll post if i ever get a chance....and yes stacie, it was a great time...im still holding out hope for dupac...it's a great venue...great sound...it was fun last year too...to get the man to play "bring the noise" was amazing...
Comment by Stacie Siegel on October 26, 2009 at 8:10pm
Thank you for that story! I can picture all of that now, especially Tony doing Ninja moves and Aaron talking about his country music! In a way, this has brightened my night and I definitely want to catch one of Aaron's acoustic shows again! If he doesn't come back to DPAC, I'll have to come up with another plan! I did travel to Rock on the Range, maybe it will be time for another road trip! Once again, that sounds like a fantastic time- I wish I was at the Clemson show! I was imagining it, when I streamed the radio station playing Staind (and Creed) after the show!!
Comment by Michael Elliott on October 25, 2009 at 11:47pm
yea will u post any the vids on stainds website? that would be sweet!
Comment by Jacob Porter on October 22, 2009 at 12:58pm
Man, I wish I could go to Biloxi, but that a bit too much of a drive for me, especially because of school, work, and money. Have fun without me though!
Comment by Justus on October 21, 2009 at 11:13pm
I would like a copy of the vids!!!!! Hey I don't know if Biloxi is too far for anyone, but I am probably gonna go to that one as well. Its another 4 hour one, but I better soak it up while he is near hahaha. Plus this one is with 3 doors down. It is also a charity deal so thats cool. The moneys go to a good cause. Dec 5th!!! Think about it!!!

Oh and I was the smart lol remember I told you to use the gate as a ladder lol, but I know Jacob you said you were the Ninja you didn't need it and T I would love to have seen your tactics through the woods!!! LMAO!!!
Comment by Cindy on October 19, 2009 at 7:43am
yeah I am down with hanging with my boys again for a show..like I said before or just come to Charleston to hang with you boys : ) Aaron is such an amazing person. And it always makes me smile when he he does such great things for his fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by T on October 19, 2009 at 7:38am
would you like a copy of the vids i shot that night?? i know i forgot to tell you and amanda, but i had a great time hanging with y'all...it was great seeing and hanging with you again Jacob, and was nice meeting you Amanda....ya need to tell zach n screetch that they need to get their butts there next time...and rub it in a lil what they missed...=)
Comment by Jacob Porter on October 18, 2009 at 10:07pm
Hahaha! You're right! That was the best part!
Comment by T on October 18, 2009 at 8:30pm
and you forgot all about the jokes...best part of the night...=)
Comment by T on October 18, 2009 at 8:28pm
haha...the ninja moves to slide by the creed gistaapo....=) i think you was supposed to be the ninja Jacob...you was gonna go rooftop if necessary....=) i'd look too much like Chris Farley....haha...
had a blast also...good times...good people...thx again Aaron...you saved our ears that night...=)

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