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Godsmack plots fall headlining shows

September 13, 2006 12:52 PM
by Jon Zahlaway
liveDaily Senior Writer

Hard rockers Godsmack, currently in the midst of a co-headlining tour with fellow Massachusetts native Rob Zombie, will follow the joint run with some fall headlining dates of their own.

The group, which is linked with Zombie through Oct. 1, is currently scheduled to kick off another round of shows in mid-October. Stops so far are planned in about a half-dozen cities over a month-long period. Details are included below.

Godsmack is working the road behind its latest album, "IV," which surfaced in April. The set, which spawned the hit single "Speak," debuted in the top slot on The Billboard 200 album chart after selling about 211,000 copies during its first week out.

"I think it's the most rounded record the band has ever done. I think it has elements of the first album, with, like, 'The Enemy' and 'No Rest for the Wicked,' but it gets dark," drummer Shannon Larkin told LiveDaily during an interview earlier this summer. "The second record was the darkest record, but then there's still 'Serenity' on the third record, and "Hollow" on the new one--[it] lets the record breathe for a minute. If you're a fan of the band Godsmack, you'll probably dig the new record."

Godsmack frontman Sully Erna produced the new disc, and engineered the set with Andy Johns, whose credits include "Led Zeppelin IV," Van Halen's "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" and The Rolling Stones' "Exile on Main Street."

Last week, Godsmack picked up four nominations for this year's Boston Music Awards. The group captured nods for Act of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year ("Speak") and Best Hard Rock Band. The awards will be handed out Sept. 27.

Zombie is touring to support his latest set, "Educated Horses," which is his first new collection in almost five years. The disc features the cut "Foxy Foxy," which grabbed enough traction at rock radio to help usher the album to a No. 5 debut on The Billboard 200.