It's been little more than a month since the release of Godsmack's latest studio outing, and it's going to be another three months before the New England hard rock collective's American fans get a chance to experience this new material in a live setting.
While most rockers chase the release of a record with a healthy dose of U.S. touring, the Sully Erna-led outfit didn't — and won't in the coming weeks. But before fall begins, Godsmack will, at long last, hit the road for a 25-date U.S. trek that's set to launch August 25 in Dallas — and they'll be bringing rocker/horror king/road warrior Rob Zombie along for the ride.
Godsmack — whose fourth LP, IV, debuted atop Billboard's album sales chart early last month (see "Godsmack Finishing Up 'Killer' Fourth LP, Working On Football Theme") — have forged an alliance with Zombie, and the two acts will be traveling the nation for a two-month stretch. The tour's finale is set for October 1 in Concord, California. Tickets for the entire tour go on sale Saturday through Ticketmaster.
Drummer Shannon Larkin said this fall tour is Godsmack's way of thanking its fans for being so loyal — and generous with their dough.
"Debuting at #1 was a testament to our fanbase," he said. "They ran out and bought the album the first week and made us #1, which, you know, we will give back to them this fall when we come back on tour. We'll give back to crowd for going out and buying our record and making us #1. We're bringing the biggest show we've ever brought to America, and we're going to be bringing Rob Zombie out with us. So, it's going to be an amazing thing. Hopefully, we can return the love to our rabid fanbase, and so we have to bring a great show to these people."
In a statement, Erna said that the band's "fans should expect the biggest Godsmack spectacle yet. This tour will be a virtual, visual, and aural circus. Expect the unexpected when we hit your town." According to a press release, Zombie will be setting the stage during each stop on the tour, turning the venue "into a funhouse of mystery and madness as creatures walk the stage of pyrotechnics, smoke, and mirrors. This is a no-holds barred show so hold on for the ride."
Larkin said Godsmack will spend much of this summer concocting a worthy set list, one that'll satisfy the fans who've been with them since the beginning as well as those who've just discovered the 'Smack.
"With the band having — what, 13 top 10 rock hits? — we want to play all the hits, of course, but you don't want it to be just all radio songs," Larkin said. "You want to put some deep cuts on there, and you want to get some songs from the new record that we're so attached to and love so much, because it's fresh and new to us" — like the first single, "Speak" (see "Godsmack Burn Rubber In Rock-And-Roll-Style 'Bling Video' "), and the forthcoming second single, "Shine Down." "It's hard to cram all this stuff into one set, so we're being very meticulous about picking our set list," Larkin explained. "We don't want to be that band that plays too long either, and we're thinking of maybe having multiple set lists. There are a good 10 songs we have to play every night — "Voodoo," the staples of the set."
The drummer said that Godsmack jumped at the chance to tour this fall with Zombie: "As soon as it was Rob Zombie, we were sold, because he's not only an icon in rock but I'm such a huge fan of horror movies, and his films are just amazing."
This summer, in addition to working on his numerous film projects (see "Rob Zombie Resurrecting Michael Myers For New 'Halloween,' "), Zombie will be heading out with thrash metal icons Anthrax for the "American Witch" tour (see "Rob Zombie Teaming With Anthrax For North American 'Witch' Hunt"), which kicks off June 30 in El Paso, Texas, with dates running through August 4 in Salem, Oregon. Zombie — whose Educated Horses debuted at #5 on Billboard's chart in April — will be accompanied by a backing band featuring former Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5, bassist Matt "Piggy D" Montgomery, and drummer Tommy Clufetos.
Godsmack/ Rob Zombie tour dates, according to Godsmack's publicist:
- 8/25 - Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Center
- 8/26 - Selma, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
- 8/27 - Houston, TX @ C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
- 8/30 - Atlanta, GA @ HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
- 8/31 - Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
- 9/2 - Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
- 9/3 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
- 9/4 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
- 9/7 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
- 9/8 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
- 9/9 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
- 9/12 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre
- 9/13 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater
- 9/15 - Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
- 9/16 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
- 9/17 - Maryland Heights, MO @ UMB Bank Pavilion
- 9/19 - Kansas City, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
- 9/20 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks
- 9/22 - Las Vegas, NV @ Theatre Under The Stars at Hard Rock
- 9/23 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
- 9/24 - Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
- 9/27 - Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
- 9/29 - Marysville, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
- 9/30 - Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
- 10/1 - Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion