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Godsmack Extend Summer Tour

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

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Godsmack Celebrating 10th Birthday With Boxed Set

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."

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Godsmack Extends Current Tour Into Summer

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

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Godsmack Frontman Involved In Car Accident

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."

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Godsmack Announce New U.S. Tour Dates

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.

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VH1 Classic Poker Tournament Featuring Ace Frehley

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.

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Godsmack Drummer On Downloading One Song At A Time

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.

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Criss Angel's 'MF2' Video Featuring Sully & Nuno

Criss Angel is out with the video to his new single 'MF2', featuring Sully from Godsmack and Nuno Bettencourt of DramaGods. You can watch it at Yahoo! Music.

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Rob Zombie Adds Solo Dates To Upcoming Trek

Rob Zombie will embark on a fall U.S. tour with rock band Godsmack. The North American tour is set to open August 25 in Dallas, TX at the Smirnoff Music Center. As a showman of colossal proportion, Rob Zombie fans should expect a visual and aural circus of the unexpected on this tour.

There are some select dates for Rob Zombie headlining solo. For more information go to www.robzombie.com or www.myspace.com/robzombie

Here are the confirmed Godsmack / Rob Zombie tour dates:

8/25/06 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Center
8/26/06 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/27/06 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Pavilion
8/30/06 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre
8/31/06 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
9/ 02/ 06 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion
9/03/06 Camden, NJ Tweeter Waterfront
9/04/06 Buffalo, NY Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
9/05/06 New Haven, CT Toads Place **
9/07/06 Boston, MA Tweeter Center
9/08/06 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
9/09/06 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Amphitheatre
9/11/06 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s **
9/12/06 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
9/14/06 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre.
9/15/06 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/16/06 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
9/17/06 St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
9/19/06 Bonner Springs, KS Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
9/21/06 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/22/06 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
9/23/06 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
9/24/06 Las Vegas, NV Theatre Under the Stars
9/26/06 Boise, ID The Big Easy **
9/27/06 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
9/29/06 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9/30/06 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
10/1/06 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion

**Denotes Rob Zombie Only

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Godsmack Plan Fall US Tour w/ Rob Zombie

Godsmack will finally head out on tour in support of their month-old "IV" in the fall for a 25-date U.S. trek that's set to launch August 25 in Dallas with support by Rob Zombie. The tour's finale is set for October 1 in Concord, California. Tickets for the entire tour go on sale Saturday through Ticketmaster.

"Debuting at #1 was a testament to our fanbase," Drummer Shannon Larkin 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 band.

"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," 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."

Here are the Godsmack and Rob Zombie tour dates, according to Godsmack's publicist: More...

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Godsmack Frontman Grilled On Military Involvement

Jay Babcock of Arthur magazine conducted an interview with Godsmack frontman Sully Erna on Monday, May 1, grilling the rocker on the band's decision to have their music used in U.S. military recruitment. You can check out a transcript of the interview, which ended with Sully finally hanging up on Babcock.

As previously reported, Godsmack's latest album "IV" moved 211,000 copies in its first week to debut on The Billboard 200 at Number 1. That's a little more than 50,000 units off the opening week of the quartet's last full-length, "Faceless," which landed at No. 1 in April 2003.

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Godsmack's "IV" Debuts At #1 On Billboard 200

Godsmack's "IV" (Universal), which moved 211,000 copies, debuted on The Billboard 200 at Number 1. That's a little more than 50,000 units off the opening week of the quartet's last full-length, "Faceless," which landed at No. 1 in April 2003.

Here is the track listing for "IV":
01. Livin' In Sin
02. Speak
03. The Enemy
04. Shine Down
05. Hollow
06. No Rest For The Wicked
07. Bleeding Me
08. Voodoo Too
09. Temptation
10. Mama
11. One Rainy Day

Best Buy and Target carry exlusive versions of the CD. Copies of the album purchased at Best Buy will include the bonus track "Safe And Sound". "IV" CDs purchased at Target will include the bonus track "I Thought".

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Listen To Godsmack's Entire "IV" Album Online

AOL Music is now streaming Godsmack's latest album, "IV" in its entirety. "IV" will be released tomorrow, April 25, 2006, via Republic/Universal. The album’s first single is "Speak."

Here is the track listing for "IV":
01. Livin' In Sin
02. Speak
03. The Enemy
04. Shine Down
05. Hollow
06. No Rest For The Wicked
07. Bleeding Me
08. Voodoo Too
09. Temptation
10. Mama
11. One Rainy Day

As previously reported, Best Buy and Target will carry exlusive versions of the CD. Copies of the album purchased at Best Buy will include the bonus track "Safe And Sound". "IV" CDs purchased at Target will include the bonus track "I Thought".

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Godsmack Working With Criss Angel

Billboard.com reports: Godsmack's Sully Erna and illusionist Criss Angel are working on a new trick. The two have taken the theme song from Angel's popular A&E series, "Mindfreak," and are reworking it for Angel's forthcoming Koch Records album. "The theme song was more electronic, more Ministry, and Criss wanted to make it more power and rock," Erna tells Billboard.

Erna has brought in guitar wiz Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) to play on the track and has plans to appear on "Mindfreak" during the new season, which debuts May 31.

Godsmack's new album, "IV," is due Tuesday (April 25) via Universal. First single "Speak" is No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart for a fifth week in a row.

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Godsmack Reveal New Album Track Listing

GODSMACK have revealed the official track listing for their new album, "IV", due on April 25 via Republic/Universal. The album’s first single, "Speak", has been posted online in streaming audio format: Windows Media, Real Media.

"IV" track listing:
01. Livin' In Sin
02. Speak
03. The Enemy
04. Shine Down
05. Hollow
06. No Rest For The Wicked
07. Bleeding Me
08. Voodoo Too
09. Temptation
10. Mama
11. One Rainy Day More...

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Godsmack, Ugly Kid Joe Singer Form Another Animal

Roo TV has issued the following report:

GODSMACK are soon to be releasing their latest album, "IV", which easily demonstrates the band's growth as songwriters. But after an initial writing block from lead singer Sully Erna, the rhythm section of Shannon Larkin (drums), Robbie Merrill (bass) and Tony Rombola (guitar) spent countless hours in the studio writing and re-writing tunes for the album. But with close to 40 songs written and only so much space on GODSMACK's "IV", Shannon, Robbie and Tony have taken a few leftover songs and formed ANOTHER ANIMAL. Roo TV caught up with drummer Shannon Larkin to talk about ANOTHER ANIMAL and how the band was extremely productive while Sully was away.

"It wasn't really productive for GODSMACK, but for Tony, Robbie and me, it was very productive, 'cause we found each other's niche in songwriting," Larkin explained. "In fact, so much so that even after Sully had… We had like 30 something songs, including Sully's songs and the songs that the band wrote together — it was 38 songs or something ridiculous like that. A bunch of music — a bunch of really good music. And you can only have so many songs on a record. So we had all this leftover music that we think is kick-ass. So we started this other band — me, Tony and Robbie — it's called ANOTHER ANIMAL."

Larkin went on to discuss adding his old bandmate from UGLY KID JOE, lead singer Whit Crane, and where he thought the music would be going with ANOTHER ANIMAL.

"So anyway, we called the band ANOTHER ANIMAL and got Whit Crane — he's my buddy from UGLY KID JOE — to sing," he said. "And he's awesome. The music is… it's like… There's definitely some [BLACK] SABBATH [influences], but with like [touches of] 'Angel Dust' FAITH NO MORE-era."

Although Larkin insisted ANOTHER ANIMAL was a side project from GODSMACK, the band does plan on getting in the studio to make a record in 2006. But with the GODSMACK tour certainly on the horizon, it seems ANOTHER ANIMAL might not make it to the stage until GODSMACK takes a break from the road.

You can watch Roo TV's video interview with Shannon Larkin at this location.

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Boston Music Awards

Godsmack, Beyond the Embrace, The Dresden Dolls, and Aerosmith's Joe Perry have all been nominated for Boston Music Awards. To vote for your favorite artist, go to the following link, http://www.nemoboston.com/bma/index.html

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Godsmack Vocalist to Sing National Anthem

Sully Erna, Godsmack's vocalist, will be singing the "Star Spangled Banner" on May 21st at the "Fest-a-Ball". "Fest-a ball" is an event that is organaized by the Windham Baseball-Softball League and will be held May 21st at Griffen Park in Salem, MA.

In a related event, Ted Nugent sang the "Star Spangled Banner'" this weekend at the NRA convention in Houston, TX

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Godsmack Singer Revising Autobiography

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna is currently revising the first draft of his autobiography, which will look at his life up until the point GODSMACK signed its major label recording contract. Erna said that the as-yet-untitled book "is about what it took to get from Point A to Point B. It's not the autobiography that's so cliche that talks about all the girls we (slept with) and how many drugs we've done and... who cares. This is a cooler story for me." Erna also said that the book will have "a lot of morals and lessons to be learned in it."

Erna plans to start shopping the book to potential publishers in the new year. The singer also said that GODSMACK will start writing by spring and hopes to have a new album out in the fall.

GODSMACK will perform on New Year's Eve at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida.

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Godsmack Announces Few More Acoustic Tour Dates

Godsmack has announced a few more dates to their acoustic tour:

11/26 Ventura, CA / Ventura Theatre
12/1 Milwaukee, WI / Eagles Ballrom
12/2 Detroit, MI / Harpo's
12/4 Providence, RI / Providence Performing Arts Center *
12/5 Poughkeepsie, NY / Mid Hudson Civic Center *
12/6 Sayreville, NJ / Starland Ballroom
12/7 Wilkes Barre, PA / Kirby Center for the Performing Arts *
12/9 Syracuse, NY / Landmark Theater *
12/10 Manchester, NH / Verizon Wireless Arena *
12/11 Atlantic City, NJ / The Borgata *
12/12 Wallingford, CT / Careerbuilder.com Oakdale Theatre *

Dropbox members John Kosco & Lee Richards will join Godsmack on stage to perform "Touche"!

Godsmack Headlining Tour Date:
12/31 Orlando, FL / Hard Rock Live

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