Shannon Larkin Says Godsmack Have Never Made Money Touring Europe

During a recent interview with Metal-Roos, Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin discussed the lack of income the band have received from touring overseas. According to him, the group have “never made money in Europe ever.”

Larkin said the following when asked about the possibility of an Australian tour:

“Not yet. And the honest truth is, can we afford to come? It sucks for us because we’re here. We’re big in America. We’re an American band. The radio loves us here. If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be a big band. And we didn’t really have the success worldwide that we have here.

We don’t run a bunch of tapes; we don’t do that shit. We’re a live band. But what we do like to do is people pay these exorbitant ticket prices and when they come to see us, we have a big show. And we blow shit up with pyro and we have video screens. And there might be lasers that night. We have moving drum risers — all this shit that’s part of us and it’s been us.

Then we go to England and play, or Australia and play, and we’ve got a rag behind us and a drum set. And it’s not a crutch — we still went and we do it — but we never had the growth to where we were big enough, say in Australia, to come there and present what we do, like us live, this badass show that we’ve always done and that’s as much a part of us as our instruments. We perform and we love to do it. And so we’re proud of it and we have a lot of pride there. And so sometimes it feels like they’re not getting what we are because we can’t afford to bring all that shit.

It’s just crazy, man, this business. We’ve got 20-some people on the road crew. It’s rooms and flights — it’s crazy how much it costs to tour the world, especially now after all this bullshit pandemic bullshit. Touring Europe, man, was just… You’re literally losing money. And we did it. We’d do it anyway. We’ve never — I’ll say this right here — we’ve never made money in Europe ever. Period. And we’ve been there 15 times or whatever. We keep going back because we have a cult following where we can draw a couple of thousand people in these rooms, and we love to play for ’em, but there’s never been a moment where we can say, ‘Here’s what we are.’”

This news comes after the band cancelled their South American tour due to “lack of ticket sales.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Godsmack Cancel South American Tour

Godsmack have officially cancelled their upcoming South American tour. According to the band, the trek was scrapped “due to the lack of ticket sales.”

The group said the following:

“We are heartbroken to have to announce that Godsmack cannot get to South America in April as promised. We are so saddened by this as we’ve been trying for so long to make this work, but due to the lack of ticket sales, we simply can’t find a way to fund this tour at this time.

Please know we’ve tried everything we could to make it work, but it has now gone beyond our control.

We love and appreciate our fans and will remain optimistic that we will play for your country one day. Until then, our deepest apologies.

– Godsmack“

Godsmack Share Behind The Scenes Look At Their Upcoming Video For “Soul On Fire”

Godsmack have shared a behind the scenes look at the music video for their new song “Soul On Fire.” You can check that out below. The music video will be released on February 24, alongside the band’s new album “Lighting Up The Sky.”

Godsmack Announce U.S. Tour With I Prevail

Godsmack have announced a headlining U.S. tour. I Prevail will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

05/04 Denver, CO – KBPI at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
05/06 Phoenix, AZ – KUPD at Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre
05/07 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
05/09 Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
05/10 Bonner Springs, KS – Azura Amphitheater
05/12 Oklahoma City, OK – KATT at The Zoo Amphitheatre
05/13 The Woodlands, TX – The Buzz at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
05/14 Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
05/17 Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
05/18 Atlanta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
05/19 Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome To Rockville (I Prevail only)
05/20 Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome To Rockville (Godsmack only)
05/21 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
05/23 Franklin, TN – Firstbank Amphitheater
05/25 Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival (Godsmack only)
05/26 Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival (I Prevail only)
05/26 Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort (Godsmack only)
05/28 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena (Godsmack only)

Godsmack Frontman Sully Erna Once Briefly Dated Lady Gaga

It seems past rumors of Godsmack’s Sully Erna dating popstar Lady Gaga were actually true. The news was confirmed by Erna’s bandmate Shannon Larkin, who told the “2020’d” podcast that the couple once had “a brief thing.”

Larkin said the following:

“Yeah, that’s true. And that’s not, I don’t think, a secret. I don’t think Sully would bum out if people knew he dated Lady Gaga. I mean, she’s hot, and she’s mega talented.”

He continued when asked why Erna never went public with his relationship:

“He’s not Tommy Lee or whatever, or whoever the guy is now… What I mean by that is — Travis Barker, Tommy Lee, whatever — is dudes that have public girlfriends that are super famous too. But they’re different than Sully. Sully’s an East Coast guy. He’s like me, Tony [Rombola] and Robbie [Merrill] — we’re East Coast dudes.

L.A. bands and West Coast dudes, they’re flashier, maybe, and they’re rock stars and there’s more David Lee Roth than — I don’t know — Eddie Vedder. You know what I mean? We’re more Eddie Vedder, even though we’re East Coast. We’re probably even flashier than Eddie. He’ll show up in an army jacket. You don’t even recognize him. ‘Oh my God. That’s Eddie Vedder.’ So we’re in between them and the dudes with the flashy girls on their arms.

So, did her date her? Yeah. But did he ever tell anyone? No — except for his friends and us. The band, we knew… It was a brief thing, by the way.”

This news comes after Erna previously said that “Under Your Scars” was inspired by Lady Gaga.

[via Blabbermouth]

Godsmack Premiere “Surrender” Music Video

Godsmack have premiered a new video for their song “Surrender.” This track is from the band’s new album “Lighting Up The Sky,” which will be released on February 24. Sully Erna previously said the following about the song:

“‘Surrender‘ is a very cut and dry song. It’s simply about the exhaustion we can all feel in relationships at times from the redundancy of fighting with each other. At a certain point in our lives, we submit to putting aside who’s right or wrong, we just want it to STOP! So we wave the white flag.”

Godsmack To Release New Album “Lighting Up The Sky” In February, Premiere New Song “You And I”

Godsmack have confirmed that their new album, “Lighting Up The Sky,” will be released on February 24. With this news, the band have also shared a new song titled “You And I.”

“Lighting Up The Sky” Track Listing:

01. “You And I”
02. “Red White & Blue”
03. “Surrender”
04. “What About Me”
05. “Truth”
06. “Hell’s Not Dead”
07. “Soul On Fire”
08. “Let’s Go”
09. “Best of Times”
10. “Growing Old”
11. “Lighting Up The Sky”

Frontman Sully Erna commented:

“​​I like when a record takes you on a journey from front to back. I realized there’s a whole story here about one man’s journey, the ups, and downs. I believe it’s a story everyone will connect to, on a human level, because we’ve all gone through things in life.”

Godsmack Postpone South American Tour “Due To Logistical Issues”

Godsmack have postponed their upcoming South American tour. The shows were unable to move forward “due to logistical issues.”

The band commented:

“Due to logistical issues beyond our control, we are very disappointed to announce the postponement of our South America tour scheduled for November 8 in Argentina, November 10 in Chile and November 12 in Brazil.

We understand this is frustrating, but we want to be able to put on the best show for our fans, and despite our best efforts cannot do so due to these logistical challenges.

The dates will now be rescheduled for April 2023 and all tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled dates. We are truly excited to play South America for the first time and appreciate your understanding.

Stay tuned for the new dates to be announced… see you soon!”

Sully Erna Explains Why Godsmack Scrapped Their Plans To Release Two New Albums

During a recent interview with Las Vegas’s KOMP 92.3, Godsmack’s Sully Erna explained why the band decided to abandon their previous plan of releasing two new albums. The frontman says what the group “wanted to focus on was quality and not quantity.”

Erna said the following:

“Well, a couple of years back, we were a little bit more ambitious maybe [laughs], talking about doing two records. And then the reality sinks in when you’re doing the record and you realize that these things take a long time to do, to get ’em right. And what we wanted to focus on was quality and not quantity. And that’s what we did.”

He also added the following about the band’s upcoming album “Lighting Up The Sky”:

“This record has really been an incredible journey, writing it and recording it. And we really do feel it could be the last piece of music because we’re at a place in our lives now where we’ve done a lot in music. But music, although it’s something we’ve always wanted to do in our lives, it’s not everything we’ve wanted to do in our lives. It’s not that we’re saying we’re breaking up and this is some farewell tour or whatever; we’re just saying that this could be the last full body of music that you hear from us. But we will always come back and do shows, and maybe just try to relax the schedule a little bit more, since we’re coming up now on 25, 26 years, whatever it is… And we’re really grateful for it— we have no regrets — but there’s other things that some of us wanna be doing, and we just wanna be able to have the time to do it. So that’s why we’re saying we’re not quitting, but we’re just creating a little bit more of a relaxed schedule, and our job is to just give you the best music we can give you.

I would rather go out on a high note than just keep kind of grinding through. But you can never say never. I’m just saying that I would expect it, and I’m pretty sure this could be the last of the new music. But again, this isn’t the end; it’s just the beginning of a new chapter. We’re just gonna do it a little bit differently now. We’ll be out there enjoying ourselves playing live shows, ’cause that’s what we love to do and that’s really the reward for all that we do in the studio and putting out new music. It’s all about getting on the road and playing it live. So now we have an opportunity to just do the greatest-hits shows and really have a great time with the fans from this point forward.”

[via Blabbermouth]