Thanks to everyone for sending
their questions in for the Godsmack edition of Readers' Spotlight. We
picked five of our favorite random questions by you, the readers, out
of our mailbox and put them straight to the source, drummer Shannon Larkin.
Here’s what he had to say:
1. What were the Japan fans like when you rocked them a couple
from Deborah B. in Fort Myers, FL
SL: “Japan was great. We went over there and did two festivals
opening for Kiss. Paul Rodgers was there, Social Distortion, it was
awesome! People in Japan are very grateful to have the bands play; they’re
not jaded at all. It’s a very respective culture, and they have
great sushi [laughs]!
2. What makes the road a friendlier place to travel for folks on
a massive tour like yours?
from Ave R. in Saskatoon Sask. Canada
SL: “Well, we play a lot of Playstation on the bus and on our
days off, we go golfing, boating, sometimes camping – which is
always fun, sitting around the campfire with a acoustic guitars, bongos,
and bottles of wine, smoking cigars and singing songs…What else
do we do? Well yesterday, Sully cut his fingers in a boating accident
– so we’re wondering if we’ll be able to the drum
solo tonight because his fingers are all sliced up.”
3. The music on the radio these days has become very popy and predictable.
There are a few bands, like yourself and a few new bands such as Wolfmother,
who still keep that rock and roll edge. We all now rock and roll won’t
die but what do you think of these pop crap bands and do you think a
new music revolution will come about anytime soon?
from Scott A. in Needham, MA
SL: “Wow, man – that’s a good question. I don’t
listen to popular music, I still just listen to old music, whether it’s
old punk or rock ‘n roll. Of course Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath,
AC/DC – classic rock is what I love. The new bands that I listen
to are like Black Crowes, Oasis, and other rock ‘n roll bands
– like Wolfmother, by the way, which is just a great album. But
I don’t want to disrespect anything that I haven’t really
listened to. I can understand being fed up with that ‘pop crap’.
But, you know, I have an eight year-old daughter and she likes Hillery
Duff. I’m sure it has a place and anybody that is out there doing
music is fine by me because I know how hard this business is. So, even
if they are playing ‘pop crap’ or even polka, I don’t
care. Cheers to them for being out there and actually doing it.
4. I know how that interview Sully had (where the band was accused
of being responsible for kids enlisting in the military) went but would
you have said anything differently? F
from John V. in Dartmouth, MA
SL: “Well, I just would have said: first off, we are not a political
band at all. There are political bands that you could call and talk
to, like Bono from U2...or a lot of punk rock bands are really actively
involved in politics. When, we’ll straight up tell you that I’m
not going to talk about something that I’m not educated in. So,
I would have told the guy: you got the wrong guy and I’m not doing
this interview not because I’m not proud of what I believe in
which is my brothers and sisters dying for our country. Now, whether
the war is right or not, I’m not educated enough to make that
call. I don’t know what’s going on in Washington but I do
now that I’m going to support my troops even if it’s a fucked
up war that we are in. But, my pain point to him would have been that
we are a rock band and if he says that we took money from the Navy to
endorse us and pitch our song and get kids into the Navy, then I simply
would have said that, ‘hey, I wasn’t in the band when they
made that deal. [Laughs] That was pre-Shannon when they did that…”
5. Is it true that you bring your family on the road with you?
from Eric S.. in Westwood, MA
SL: “It’s been great, they actually came in two days ago.
We had two days off in Atlanta and we’re friends with a couple
of the Falcons football players, so we went and hung out last night.
They are going to stay for the show tonight and then fly back home tomorrow.
We can’t really go on tour together cause my daughter has school…sometimes,
if she is off, then they can come out for a whole week at a time and
travel. But as it is, they get to see one show and then fly home but
it’s a pleasure having them with me.”