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ANOTHER ANIMAL — the band featuring GODSMACK members Tony Rombola on guitar, Robbie Merrill on bass and Shannon Larkin on drums — will release the second single from its self-titled debut album, "Fade Away," on May 13.
ANOTHER ANIMAL also includes original GODSMACK guitarist Lee Richards and former UGLY KID JOE frontman Whitfield Crane. Larkin told The Pulse of Radio that he personally wanted to bring Crane into the band to repay him for giving Larkin a job with UGLY KID JOE during the peak of that band's success. "He took me out of one of the darkest places in my life, when I was ready to just quit the music business," he said. "Well, Whit was in his own dark place, so I got to call him and say, 'Dude, guess what? I have this side project, so I'm offering you a chance now to be back on a major label and get your voice on the radio again. I was able to return a favor that was life-changing for me."
"Another Animal" has sold sold 23,000 copies in the United States since its October 2007 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
ANOTHER ANIMAL last year completed a U.S. tour with labelmates ALTER BRIDGE.
Fan-filmed video footage of ANOTHER ANIMAL performing the song "Broken Again" at the Irving Plaza in New York City on October 16, 2007 can be viewed below. More...
GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna has lined up the following upcoming solo dates, with more expected to be released shortly:
May 1 - Niagara Falls, NY @ Seneca Casino
May 3 - Wilmington, DE @ Grand Opera House
May 16 - Atlantic City, NJ @ The Music Box at Borgata Casino
May 17 - Albany, NY @ The Egg
Tenth Street Entertainment — which represents MÖTLEY CRÜE — has shot down as (at least partially) "blatantly false and completely unfounded" Internet rumors that CRÜE will headline a festival-type tour called "Cruefest", with support from several other artists from the Tenth Street management stable, including BUCKCHERRY, PAPA ROACH, SIXX: A.M. and DROWNING POOL. According to Tenth Street, CRÜE's April 15 press conference/announcement in Los Angeles will relate to "a few" (but presumably not all) of the following artists:
PUDDLE OF MUDD
THEORY OF DEADMAN
THREE DAYS GRACE
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
BELLE & SEBASTIAN
3 DOORS DOWN
All four members of CRÜE will be present at the April 15 press conference at a location yet to be determined for what the release hyped as "by far...one of the biggest music announcements of the year!!" The band is also launching a contest in which one grand prize winner from each major city in the country will be flown to Los Angeles to cover the announcement, complete with a chance to interview the band and have the interview broadcast live. Details can be found at the official CRÜE site.
Billboard.com reports: As his bandmates busy themselves with the side band Another Animal, Godsmack frontman Sully Erna is plotting his first solo album, which he hopes to begin recording in the spring.
"It's gonna be nothing like rock music," Erna tells Billboard.com. "It's gonna be very Native American tribal rhythms mixed with these Middle Eastern bluesy kind of vocals. This is a project to get a different kind of music out of me that I feel is inside me. .. and not for any expectations about how big the hit may be or if it's gonna make it on the radio."
Erna plans to work with singer Lisa Guyer, who was featured on the "Godsmack IV" track "Hollow," as well as a number of other musicians.
"I'm not setting any time limits on it," Erna says. "We're kind of baby stages in the writing process. But it'll be good. It'll be fun, and it's gonna be different. I don't know if it'll be something the real hard rockers out there dig, but anybody who enjoyed the acoustic EP or 'Voodoo' or 'Serenity' I think will enjoy this stuff 'cause it's very cool and hypnotic and kind of exotic."
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
In celebration of their greatest hits album Good Times, Bad Times - 10 Years of Godsmack, the band have issued a video for their cover of LED ZEPPELIN’s ‘Good Times, Bad Times’. You can view the cut over at Y! Music.
Dave Wedge of BostonHerald.com reports: Grammy-nominated GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna and a guitar hero pal partied with a Tyngsboro, Massachusetts woman just days before she was allegedly slashed to death by her jealous husband, and both rockers have been questioned as part of the murder probe, the Herald has learned.
Erna, lead singer of the multi-platinum Bay State metal band, recently met Christine McGee and hung out with her and others on at least three occasions in the days leading up to her savage murder last week, according to Erna's manager, Paul Geary.
"She was pretty enamored with the whole thing. She was at his house and couldn't believe she was hanging around Sully," Geary said. "She was kind of like star-struck."
But Geary said Erna was not romantically involved with the 31-year-old McGee, and that the rocker met her through his musician pal Gary Hoey.
Read the full article at the BostonHerald.com.
GODSMACK will release its "greatest hits" album, "Good Times Bad Times....Ten Years of Godsmack" on December 4 via Universal Republic. The 16-track collection is loaded with career-defining milestones and seminal GODSMACK classics. Among the songs included are the band's clarion call "Whatever", their breakthrough #1 rock mainstream smash "Awake", "I Stand Alone" (2002's most played rock radio song of the year), "Speak" (the #1 rock cut from their 2006 album "IV"), and a rare GODSMACK cover of LED ZEPPELIN's classic 1969 debut single "Good Times, Bad Times".
Considered one of the definitive alternative hard rock bands of the modern era, the Boston-based group stormed on to the music scene in 1998 with their masterful self-titled debut album, and have never looked back. The only rock band to have scored 13 Top 10 hits in the Active Rock format, their most recent album, "IV", debuted at #1 on The Billboard 200 chart (their second #1 debut following 2003's "Faceless") and harking back to the thunderous arc of multiplatinum masterpieces like their five-million-selling breakthrough debut album and 2000's "Awake", as well as the more subtle flexing heard on their 2004 acoustic EP "The Other Side".
"Good Times Bad Times....Ten Years of Godsmack" track listing:
01. Good Times Bad Times
03. Keep Away
05. Bad Religion
08. I Stand Alone
09. Straight Out Of Line
12. Running Blind
15. Shine Down
16. The Enemy
GODSMACK will film a video for its cover version of LED ZEPPELIN's "Good Times, Bad Times" on Saturday, October 20 on the corner of Milk Street and Oliver Street in Boston's financial district beginning at 11:00 a.m. The newly recorded song will appear on GODSMACK's upcoming greatest-hits collection, "Good Times, Bad Times - 10 Years of Godsmack", which is due on November 20. A track listing has not been finalized, but the set will presumably include most if not all of the Boston band's 13 Top Five rock hits. There are no further details on what else the package will contain, although it's likely that a bonus DVD and some live acoustic footage will be included.
The band will take an extended, indefinite break following the release of the hits compilation, but singer Sully Erna had a message for all the fans that have stuck with GODSMACK for the past decade: "I want to say thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for the support and the love that you've given this band over the years. We're not going away, we are just gonna take a break and enjoy our 10th year anniversary, and kind of recharge our batteries. And then GODSMACK will be back, and we will come back bigger and badder than ever."
GODSMACK might play some acoustic shows in November around the release of "Good Times, Bad Times".
ANOTHER ANIMAL, featuring GODSMACK guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill and drummer Shannon Larkin, released its self-titled debut disc on October 2. The new outfit also includes original GODSMACK guitarist Lee Richards and former UGLY KID JOE frontman Whitfield Crane.
Another Animal and Alter Bridge will be going on tour together next month. Here are the tour dates:
2 - Tallahassee, FL – Floyds Music Store
4 - N. Charleston, SC - The Plex
5 - Chattanooga, TN - Club Fathom
6 - Noblesville, IN – X Fest - Verizon Wireless Music Center
8 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
9 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
10 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
12 - Hampton, VA - Mill Point Park
13 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
14 - Boston, MA – The Roxy
16 - New York, NY – Irving Plaza
17 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
19 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
21 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
27 - Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater
28 - The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
30 - Dallas, TX - The Palladium Ballroom
31 - Amarillo, TX - Midnight Rodeo
2 - Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
3 - Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
According to drummer Shannon Larkin, Godsmack has scrapped plans to release a box set to commemorate the bands 10th anniversary.
Larkin along with the bands guitarist Tommy Rombola and bassist Robbie Merrill along with former Ugly Kid Joe front-man Whitfield Crane will continue to focus on their side project, Another Animal who's debut has been delayed once again with no release date set at this time. The first single "Broken Again" can be streamed on MySpace.
Multi-platinum rockers GODSMACK combine forces with Coming Home Studios to hijack the world’s biggest, baddest biker event – a full day of undeniable rock ‘n’ roll bedlam Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the ROCK’N THE RALLY MUSIC FESTIVAL, part of the legendary Sturgis Bike Rally in Sturgis, SD.
GODSMACK will be celebrating its 10th anniversary by teaming with Coming Home Studios for a 19-camera, high-definition video shoot of their headlining performance a ROCK’N THE RALLY for an upcoming live concert DVD. GODSMACK’s appearance will be an illustrious close to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for over 40,000 hard rock fans -- a massive, daylong party during Sturgis Bike Week in which Coming Home Studios also will present TED NUGENT and FUEL in the 34-acre amphitheatre at Glencoe Camp Resort. GODSMACK and Coming Home Studios are thrilled to have such a pivotal role in the most exciting event ever added to the largest motorcycle rally on the planet.
“GODSMACK is more excited about this show than any other show we’ve played in the last decade,” says front man Sully Erna. “Not only is biking truly a part of our lifestyles, but Sturgis is the Cadillac of events. The Mac Daddy of Biker parties. We are currently setting up for this to be our biggest show EVER! Eighty-foot flames and the baddest ass drum battle you’ve ever seen is just a hint of what will ROCK the RALLY this year. AC/DC will be proud of this one! So strap on your drinking boots and fire up those engines, ‘cause Sturgis this year is making ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HISTORY!”
The Boston rockers are on tour supporting their fourth studio album, Godsmack IV, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 after its 2006 release and so far has produced the hit singles, “Speak,” “Shinedown” and “Enemy.” Later this year, GODSMACK will continue its 10th anniversary celebration with a commemorative box set gathering its four studio albums, the acoustic EP The Other Side and a DVD featuring mini-documentaries about the making of each album. FUEL’s new album, Angels and Devils, will be released the same day as their ROCK’N THE RALLY appearance. More...
Launch Radio Networks reports: ANOTHER ANIMAL, the side project featuring three members of GODSMACK, has set October 2 as the release date for its self-titled debut album. The band features GODSMACK guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill and drummer Shannon Larkin, along with former UGLY KID JOE vocalist Whitfield Crane. Although the album has been completed for a while, Merrill told Launch that he, Rombola and Larkin didn't want any conflicts with their day job. "Legitimately, we were better off waiting until the GODSMACK cycle was done, 'cause we didn't want to compete, you know," he said. "We didn't want any of that type thing. And then it just had to be, we had to just have patience, and let the GODSMACK cycle do its thing, and then we're gonna go out and see what happens."
The album also features guitar and vocal contributions from GODSMACK's original guitarist, Lee Richards.
ANOTHER ANIMAL's first single "Broken Again", will head to radio at the end of August.
Tour plans for the act have yet to be announced.
GODSMACK begins a North American trek on July 17 in Houston, with dates booked through August 22 in Syracuse, New York. The band will issue a 10th anniversary box set, containing all its studio albums plus a brand new DVD, later this year.
Launch Radio Networks reports: GODSMACK singer Sully Erna was in Las Vegas late last week to compete in the World Series of Poker tournament. According to reports, Erna had made it through three days of playing by Friday (July 13). There's no word on whether he lasted through the weekend, but he had to quit eventually since GODSMACK starts a tour on Tuesday (July 17).
GODSMACK Extends Summer Tour Again - July 5, 2007
Launch Radio Networks reports: GODSMACK has again extended its summer tour, with the new dates beginning on July 28 in Alpine, California and ending, at least for now, on August 22 in Syracuse, New York. As with the rest of the band's live work throughout the past year, GODSMACK will play a mix of indoor and outdoor shows in both smaller theatres and larger venues. Drummer Shannon Larkin told Launch he likes to play both, but gives the edge to theatres. "You know, both of them have their magic," he said. "For the drummer, for me, the theatre is the ultimate venue because I can almost see every face in the room, and there is truth to this magic feeling of a power coming off the crowd, an energy. But, you know, arenas, festivals, you know, it's that just looking at a sea of people, even though you can't see all their faces, it's still a different energy."
GODSMACK next plays on July 17 in Houston.
The band will issue a box set later this year to celebrate the band's 10th anniversary. The package will collect all four of the Boston quartet's studio albums, its acoustic EP "The Other Side" and a DVD.
GODSMACK is also slated to participate in a tribute concert for late BOSTON singer Brad Delp, who committed suicide in March. The concert will take place on August 19 at Boston's Bank of America Pavilion.
Newly confirmed GODSMACK tour dates:
Jul. 28 - Alpine, CA - Viejas Casino
Jul. 29 - Paso Robles, CA - California Mid-State Fair
Jul. 31 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
Aug. 01 - Long Beach, CA - Terrace Theatre
Aug. 03 - Las Vegas, NV - Pearl Concert Theatre
Aug. 05 - Englewood, CA - Coors Amphitheatre
Aug. 10 - Nampa, ID - Idaho Center Amphitheatre
Aug. 11 - Tacoma, WA - Cheney Stadium
Aug. 12 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Forum
Aug. 14 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Aug. 15 - Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Aug. 17 - Regina, SK - Conexus Center
Aug. 18 - Winnipeg, MB - Centennial Concert Hall
Aug. 21 - Hamilton, ONT - Hamilton Place Theatre
Aug. 22 - Syracuse, NY - Landmark Theatre
Billboard.com reports: A 10th anniversary box set and a side band will be rocking Godsmack's world later this year.
The Boston headbangers -- currently on a theater run continuing to promote their 2006 release "IV" --plan to commemorate the 10-year celebration of their first album with a package that gathers together its four studio albums, the acoustic EP "The Other Side" and a DVD featuring mini-documentaries about the making of each album. There will also be some live footage and possibly the group's 2004 acoustic performance in Las Vegas.
"We're just gonna try to make it really special," drummer Shannon Larkin tells Billboard.com. "Basically Universal, who we've been with since day one, said to us, 'You tell us what you need and we'll write the check. We want this to be special, too.' We wanted to make it a road case, but as we were doing some research we saw that Metallica made one of their box sets look like a road case, so that's out. If anyone has any suggestions, we're open..."
Larkin says Godsmack doesn't have much in the way of unreleased material but has been taping all of its concerts since 2004, so it may expand some of the albums with appropriate live material. He hopes to put a version of the band's nightly drum solo, which he plays together with frontman Sully Erna, in the collection as well.
Meanwhile Larkin, guitarist Tony Rombola and bassist Robbie Merrill are planning a summer launch for Another Animal, their side band with former Ugly Kid Joe singer Whitfield Crane. A single may come out in July or August as Godsmack finishes its tour, with an album following in the fall.
The impetus for the group, Larkin says, was an excess of material the instrumentalists wrote for "IV." "Basically we caught fire and wrote almost 40 songs, about four or five of which got picked for the album" -- including the No. 1 Rock track "Speak." "So we were left with over 30 songs that we really, really love and still wanted to get out there, so we ended up starting another band."
But Larkin hastens to add that Another Animal in no way threatens Godsmack's future. "It's simply a side project that has nothing to do with Sully," he explains. "There's no weirdness, no drama, no imminent break-up. We'd be foolish to end something that has such a nice history. Hopefully (Another Animal) is something the Smack fans will like, too."
GODSMACK has expanded its current U.S. tour, with new dates heading well into June and July. The latest batch of confirmed gigs stops on June 16 in South Bend, Indiana, resuming a month later on July 17 in Houston. There's no word on whether the band will take a few weeks off during that time or continue adding shows. GODSMACK is still touring in support of its 2006 album, "IV".
GODSMACK plays Friday night (May 11) in Tampa, Florida.
ANOTHER ANIMAL, the side project featuring GODSMACK guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill and drummer Shannon Larkin, will release its debut album in September, with a single going to radio in July.
Newly added GODSMACK tour dates:
May 25 - Wallingford, CT - Chevrolet Theater
May 26 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall
May 29 - Erie, PA - Warner Theater
Jun. 05 - Charleston, WV - Municipal Auditorium
Jun. 07 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Concert Hall
Jun. 08 - Little Rock, AR - North Litte Rock Riverfront Park
Jun. 09 - Kansas City, MO - Liberty Memorial
Jun. 11 - Sioux City, IA - Orpheum Theater
Jun. 12 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
Jun. 14 - Fort Wayne, IN - Embassy Theater
Jun. 15 - Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion
Jun. 16 - South Bend, IN - Morris Performing Arts Center
Jul. 17 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
Jul. 18 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
Jul. 21 - Oshkosh, WI - Leach Amphitheater
Jul. 22 - Ames, IA - Stephens Auditorium
Jul. 24 - Colorado Springs, CO - City Auditorium
Jul. 26 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theater
Lindsay Taylor is currently in critical condition at a Boston hospital after the car she was riding in was hit by Godsmack front-man Sully Erna's Hummer H3. The accident occurred on April 11th and at the time the injuries were not considered life-threatening, however Taylor was said to be in a coma and on life support on Saturday, April 14th. However her condition has been improving over the last few days and is no long listed as critical.
Erna has expressed that he is "shaken up" and "traumatized" about the girl who was left with life threatening injuries after the wreck he was involved in last week. Sully's Hummer H3, which rear-ended a toyota camry near Boston, was the third car in a 3-car pileup.
Erna's manager says, "He's deeply concerned for the girl who was hurt in this unfortunate accident. Sully's thankful he got out with a split lip and some aches and pains, but he's traumatized about the girl."
GODSMACK has lined up the following tour dates:
May 05 - Tom Lee Park (Beale St. Music Fest.) - Memphis, TN
May 06 - Saenger Theater - Mobile, AL
May 08 - Moran Theater - Jacksonville, FL
May 09 - North Charleston PAC - North Charleston, SC
May 11 - Tampa Bay PAC - Tampa, FL
May 12 - Pompano Beach Amp., Pompano Beach, FL
May 13 - Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL
May 15 - Fox Theater - Atlanta, GA
May 16 - Ovens Auditorium - Charlotte, NC
May 22 - Tower Theater - Upper Darby (Philly), PA
Jun. 01 - State Theatre - Detroit, MI
GODSMACK is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "IV" (Four), which came out last year.
GODSMACK drummer Shannon Larkin, guitarist Tony Rombola and bassist Robbie Merrill's side project, called ANOTHER ANIMAL, is tentatively scheduled to release its debut disc later in 2007.
GodTwo lucky UltimateBet free online poker players will challenge the likes of GODSMACK's Sully Erna, DAMAGEPLAN and PANTERA's Vinnie Paul and even ZZ TOP's Dusty Hill to a not-so-friendly game of poker during VH1 Classic Rock n' Roll Celebrity Poker Tournament. The televised debut in Las Vegas will premiere on VH1 Classic on Wednesday, March 14 at 10:00 p.m. EDT.
As one of the event sponsors, UltimateBet.tv awarded two of its free online poker players with the opportunity to participate by registering online with their daily free roll to become a contender during the celebrity poker event.
"The cowboy from Hell is coming to town, winner takes all!" proclaimed DAMAGEPLAN and PANTERA's Vinnie Paul upon announcing his participation in the event.
The prize package, worth $2,500, included roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations and ground transportation in Las Vegas, as well as $150 per day. The tournament was recorded in front of a live audience of 150 people in Vegas from October 31 to November 3.
Sully Erna, lead singer of GODSMACK, challenged tournament players to "Go ahead and try to SMACK me out of this tournament."
All cash winnings of the poker tournament will be donated to the charity of the tournament winner's choice. The 1st place winner will also win a trip to Aruba for next year's UltimateBet Poker Classic.
As players are knocked out of the tournament, they will enter a "Green Room" hosted by poker greats Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak. Interviews will be conducted, coaching sessions will be given by Phil Laak, and a heads up tournament will be played. The champion of the Green Room heads up tournament will win a Cruise to Alaska.
The televised event, hosted by poker legend Phil Helmuth, will include rock star poker celebrities Sully Erna, Vinnie Paul, Dusty Hill, Ace Frehley (ex-KISS), and Scott Ian (ANTHRAX).
Additional information about the VH1 Classic Rock n' Roll Celebrity Poker Tournament can be found at the UltimateBet web site.
GODSMACK drummer Shannon Larkin recently told Scott McLennan of Worcester Telegram & Gazette that the fact that the group's new album, "IV", does have a thematic arc makes it a rather risky album to release in the iPod age, especially for a band that has built its career with a string of hit singles.
"The new world of downloading one song bothers me," Larkin said. "Rob Zombie said it best when he said that if you took KISS' 'Destroyer' and just downloaded the song 'Beth', that wouldn’t be an accurate representation of what KISS was trying to get across with that album."
But Larkin, who admittedly loves the album concept, said that the art form is in trouble.
"Our manager Paul Geary gave us all iPods for Christmas one year, and he said, 'This is the future.’ He really thinks the CD will even be obsolete in five years, and that everyone is going to simply be downloading 'Godsmack VII' as a whole record."
GODSMACK is currently on the road with ROB ZOMBIE and SHINEDOWN for the mother of all rock shows this summer.
"It was one of those things managers put together," Larkin said, describing in the most unglamorous but honest way GODSMACK and ZOMBIE, another Massachusetts native, came together. "We needed something that would appeal to the promoters. We're good for a 6,000- to-8,000 seater, but we wanted a way to play places that added 3,000 to 4,000 seats."
At this point in its career, GODSMACK knows what its job is, but that doesn't make things necessarily easier.
"We all have families and children now. When I was packing my bag to leave for six weeks, I wasn't all excited. I was sad to leave my wife and kids," Larkin said. "And the older you get, touring is less of a party and more fatigue on the body."
Read the full article at Worcester Telegram & Gazette.