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August 24, 2016 Godsmack babble on Woodstock, New England Patriots and rock music radios Posted In: Podcast, Rock Music

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Godsmack rivalry: New England Patriots vs Oakland RaidersGodsmack - Shannon Larkin photo

In this podcast, the drummer from Godsmack, Shannon Larkin, reveals being a football fan (NFL) and a huge Oakland Raiders supporter. Since all other members of the rock band follow the New England Patriots, a rivalry has grown with Sully Erna (singer). Larkin recalls being invited to a Superbowl by Erna, for which game the latter insisted his bandmate wore the New England jersey. The Godsmack persussionist found a way to stay true to his heart, putting a Raiders jersey under the Patriots‘.

WAAF or the obsolescence of rock music radios

In this interview, Shannon Larkin discourses on the shift of technology affecting the heavy metal music industry. According to the Chicago native, the new digital culture has influenced younger rock music fans to download single tunes, instead of supporting their favorite hard rock bands through buying their albums. New up-and-coming heavy metal bands can’t rely on their songs being played by rock radios – such as WAAF – anymore, and must prioritize their presence on the web. Godsmack‘s drummer observes kids tend to follow pop icons – Katy Perry, Lady Gaga or Black Eyed Peas – instead of identifying with metal bands – AC/DC, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Rush, or Black Sabbath.

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Godsmack playing Ozzfest and Woodstock

In the podcast, the percussionist for Billboard‘s Rock Artist of the Year (2001), Shannon Larkin, explains the difference between playing on Ozzfest, and performing live music at Woodstock (1999). For Godsmack, being on stage in front of 250,000 rock music fans in the open air (Woodstock), is much different than a series of 20,000-seater concerts (Ozzfest). Quoting Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler‘s autobiography, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You ?, Larkin compares the original Woodstock of 1969 to its 1999 version. The former Ugly Kid Joe drummer observes that the free and humble spirit present in rock music through the 70s has been replaced by the greed of a powerful heavy metal music industry.

Drum-off: Sully Erna vs Shannon Larkin

Shannon Larkin exposes, in the interview, the competitiveness between him and singer Sully Erna, who is also a drummer. When they are performing their signature live drum-off, Larkin explains how one tease the other to keep the duel fun. Consecutively, the percussionist of Godsmack lists the very few drummers who achieved to create their own style. Idolizing Terry Bozzio, Eddie Van Halen, and Neil Peart (Rush), Shannon Larkin acknowledges the difficulty for a drummer to create his own personal touch.

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Godsmack top song (according to our superior mind)

  1. I Stand Alone (Faceless)
  2. Whatever (Godsmack)
  3. Serenity (Faceless)
  4. Speak (IV)
  5. Awake (Awake)
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