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Oh, Godsmack
By Tom Watts
Sep 13, 2006, 22:50

When Godsmack IV debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 list this year, drummer Shannon Larkin lost himself for a moment. “It’s just crazy; it’s mind-blowing,” Larkin said referring to the band’s fourth album “We did it with Faceless and it was a big deal. This a big deal too: something that would never get old, like winning a Grammy or something.”

When tickets for Godsmack's upcoming Detroit show went on sale this summer, The D experienced the biggest advance sales in the U.S. “That’s awesome; off the cuff; out of control,” Larkin, 39, said. “Detroit has always been ‘Rock City.’”

The North American tour will present a high impact virtual, visual stage show accented by “Kiss-sized pyrotechnics,” said Larkin who was turned onto Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham early on. “I would spend 6 to 8 hours a day with drums. Then AC/DC came into my life, and the drums were simple. Angus Young, the way he acted on stage, I wanted to be Angus Young on drums.

“A lot of the jazz guys would flip their sticks, but Neil Peart from Rush would throw it 20 feet in the air,” Larkin said. “When I broke my collarbone and had to wear a cast for six weeks, that’s when I learned how to cross over from my left to right arms, and exaggerated the crossover to create an original style.”

Godsmack's sound feature high-charged, throaty vocals melted over heavy guitars and tribal drums. “We try to replicate our idols: Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Priest to Alice in Chains. Hard rock and heavy metal, but Metallica changed our lives in mid-'80s,” Larkin said. “We fly that flag proudly. Try and use those influences; try not to rip them off.”