On the last Metallica tour I got to see Godsmack open for James Hetfield and company. Prior to the concert, I had only heard a few Godsmack songs, and those were the tunes that got played excessively on the radio. Since I was there to see Metallica, I said what the heck, and decided to give Godsmack a shot at making my musical circle. The band did just that, and when they played the song “Voodoo,” I knew immediately that I liked them. So when ticketmaster pinged me a month or two ago to let me know that Godsmack was going on tour with Rob Zombie, I decided to get tickets and wander out to see them again.
The show started with Rob Zombie taking center stage after a band called Shinedown performed. Rob is quite an eccentric person, so I had no idea what to expect. It didn’t take much time until I was scared (he had a list of serial murders scrolling behind him at one point during the show) and amazed (the band had energy like no other band I have seen) with Rob Zombie’s performance. Rob and his band mates were bouncing around the stage like kids who had too much sugar, and they belted out numerous hits, including “Foxy Foxy,” “Never Gonna Stop,” “More Human Than Human,” “Thunder Kiss,” “Dragula,” “Living Dead Girl,” “Feel So Numb,” “American Witch” and a few others I didn’t recognize. Rob Zombie definitely knows how to put on a good show, and it looked like they were loving every minute they spent on stage.
Rob eventually finished his set, and the roadies wandered to the stage to set up Godsmack’s equipment. While I was down grabbing some water, I heard firecrackers go off, and as I walked back to my seat, I got to watch a tribute to rock and roll on the overhead monitors. Once the tribute finished, Godsmack’s lead guitarist started jamming, and Sully belted out the opening tune. The band sounded good, and they were definitely there to rock out with some hard edgy tunes. Their new album is pretty good, but I definitely prefer the material on “Awake,” “Faceless,” “Godsmack” ” and “The Other Side” to the new stuff. Luckily for me, they played a ton of their old stuff, including “Serenity,” “Awake,” “Re-Align,” “Straight Out Of Line,” “Keep Away,” “Changes,” “Faceless,” “I Stand Alone,” and the classic hit “Voodoo.” While the guys in Godsmack where nowhere near as energetic as Rob Zombie, their music sounded awesome, and I had a blast at the show!