It’s been twenty years and over twenty million albums sold since the hard rock band Godsmack first made a splash into the sea of rock and roll.  Songs like “Voodoo” and “Bad Religion” would become hard rock staples with frontman Sully Erna’s signature sinister snarls and crunching riffs from guitarist Tony Rombola.  Drummer Shannon Larkin and bassist Robbie Merrill have provided a thundering backbone which provides the heavy heartbeat for the band.  Godsmack has recently released their seventh studio album “When Legends Rise,” a masterpiece of heavy rock and hook laden melodies.  After headlining some of the spring’s biggest music festivals in Carolina Rebellion and Rock on the Range , the band will be out on a co-headlining summer run with Shinedown  as well as hitting up fall festivals like Louder Than Life.

BackstageAxxess had the opportunity to catch up with Shannon Larkin to find out everything that’s going on with Godsmack as well as his blues band Apocalypse Blues Review which is set to drop a new album sometime in July.  Please join us for a conversation with one of the baddest drummers in rock, Shannon Larkin.

We would like to thank Bari Lieberman from MSO PR for setting up the interview with Shnanon. For more information on Godsmack including the new album “When Legends Rise” and to purchase tickets for the upcoming tour, please go to: Godsmack. For anything on the The Apocalypse Blues review please go to: The Apocalypse Blues Review.

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978. My top five live shows ever are: 1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome. 2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours. 3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 - The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked! 4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live. 5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.