Godsmack is an American Hard Rock band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995.
The band has 20 top ten rock radio hits, including 15 songs in the top five,
a record number of top ten singles by a rock artist.
They have sold over 20 million records.
Lawrence, Massachusetts, US
Alternative metal, hard rock, heavy metal, post-grunge
Alice In Chains
Erna stated in a 1999 interview, "I was making fun of somebody who had a cold sore on his lip and the next day
I had one myself and somebody said, It looks like God smacked your face for making fun. The name stuck
and they went by Godsmack from then on. We were aware of the Alice in Chains song but didn't really
think much about it."
Sully Erna -
lead vocals, rhythm guitar, drums, percussion, keyboards, harmonica (1995-present)
Robbie Merrill -
bass guitar (1995-present)
Tony Rombola -
lead guitar, backing vocals (1996-present)
Shannon Larkin -
drums, percussion (2002-present)
Lee Richards -
lead guitar (1995-1996)
Tommy Stewart -
drums, percussion (1995-1996, 1998-2002)
Joe D'Arco -
drums, percussion (1996-1998)
Souls at Zero
Ugly Kid Joe
It's a different feeling; I like touring and playing on the road better, but recording has its good spots.
We recorded the first album in one weekend, and that was the foundation of what became the end product. This one, we wrote on the road, and we learned to play in sound checks and rehearsals, only to go in and tape them in the studio later.
We are diverse, big time. Sully is the main man, which makes sense as the lead man of the band. Tony and myself are quiet; I need to be begged to do these interviews (laughs). But it comes down to being a team, that is the main thing. Knowing, understanding and accepting our roles.
I actually knew Sully's sister, and I was in a band called Stripmind, and then I became roommates with Sully and being out of a band, he asked if I wanted to join in his. Tony was originally the second guitarist in the band; a guy by the name of Lee Richards was the first. The rest is pretty much history.
I started at 14, and only played bass. I traded in my train set for a bass, and used my dad's amp.
Boston Music Award for Outstanding Rock/Pop Band
Boston Music Award for HARD ROCK BAND
Boston Music Award for Outstanding Rock Band
Boston Music Award for Male Vocalist of the Year: Sully Erna of Godsmack
Billboard Music Award for Rock Artist of the Year