About a month ago, Sully Erna posted a video to Instagram of the band talking about receiving AARP membership applications. They were joking about the benefits of becoming members of this organization (that caters to those of us over 50) to get discounted rates and rebates. He included the hashtag #seniorcitizenfreefishdinners. It was hilarious. Well, if AARP membership is going to include the likes of Godsmack, then I want in.
This group of seasoned rockers stormed the stage, grabbed us from the first note and did not let us up for air until the last. Entertaining as hell, Sully Erna sang with powerfully sick vocals, worked the stage with his dance moves, joked with the crowd about football rivalries, and poked fun at his “hard as nails” hair that wouldn’t move an inch due to the amount of product he had in it.
Their newly released album When Legends Rise is Godsmack’s seventh; following Godsmack, Awake, Faceless, IV, The Oracle, and 1000hp. Sully has stated that this album could possibly by their “biggest record” since their debut album. Recently speaking with Louder about the new record, Sully said, "It happened somewhat painlessly. I really believe we found something unique on this record, not too far detached from what we do and what we've been, but just enough to raise the eyebrows of the core audience, and draw in a new audience and perhaps a younger audience."
The band’s setlist was a great mix of old and new material and didn’t give the crowd much of a chance to catch their breath. Over the years, Tony Rombola (guitar, vocals) and Robbie Merrill (bass) have perfected a heart-pounding, heavy guitar base that drives the crowd into a frenzy. You can see how they both feel the music as they play in the way that they move around on stage. And if you ever wanted to know what the secret is to weight loss, just play the drums the way Shannon Larkin does. Larkin is an absolute beast on his set. It’s almost as if he and his instrument are one in the same. One of the highlights of the show was the battle of the drums (Batalla de los tambores) between Larkin and Erna. The duet lasted a good seven minutes and included alternating solos, flying drumsticks, and complicated cadences all atop a moving stage.
Zach Meyers joined Godsmack in their rendition of Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out For The Summer” and the crowd went berserk during their final song, “I Stand Alone.” Sully had the entire crowd singing the chorus with him as pyrotechnics and strobe lights lit up the stage. Do whatever you can to see these guys during their tour and you’ll become hooked on their new material. Upcoming dates can be found at: https://www.godsmack.com/tour/.
When Legends Rise / 1000hp / Keep Away / Cryin’ Like A Bitch / Say My Name / Awake / Someday / Voodoo / Batalla de los tambores / Whatever / Bulletproof / School’s Out (Alice Cooper cover) / I Stand Alone