"Godsmack Talk" With Hugh Jackman, Seether, Shinedown, Staind, and More
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:35:14
Godsmack remain the 21st century’s leading hard rock champions. Rightfully so too, they’ve dropped more than a few modern classics including their iconic self-titled debut [Godsmack], Awake, Faceless, and more. Moreover, they’ve been kicking ass consistently since 1998, never relenting in terms of either power or passion. Their newest album 1000hp, out August 5, stands proudly alongside that early fare with the some kind of energy, but a dynamic intensity emblematic of their willingness to evolve. The requisite pit anthems are there like “Locked & Loaded” and “FML”, but there’s also some elegantly trippy roller coasters i.e. “Generation Day” and “Turning To Stone”. It’s everything fans have been waiting for.
With 1000hp dropping soon, we spoke to various bands and fans that Godsmack have impacted—including none other than Hugh Jackman. Check out this exclusive feature by ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino below.
What can you say about Godsmack?
Hugh Jackman [X-Men: Days of Future Past, Les Misérables, Prisoners, The Prestige]
Hugh Jackman: When I train, I listen to really hard stuff. While I'm working out, I listen to a lot of Godsmack as loudly as I can. That's the closest to Wolverine that I can get [Laughs]!
Shaun Morgan of Seether
Shaun Morgan: We've done some shows in the past with them, but we've never done a proper tour. I'm really excited though. It should be great. The gigs we did with them were way back in the day like 2003 or 2004. We haven't run into them often since then. We know a couple of the guys, and they're good guys. It'll be fun to see them every night. We were very big fans of them. When we were still living in South Africa, their first album came out. We were massive fans of that first Godsmack record. We've followed their career. It's always cool to hear songs going back like 15 years. I love watching those songs live because we didn't necessarily get to see them live when we were kids. It's great for me as a fan to hear those live this summer.
Jeff Kendrick of DevilDriver & Co-Founder AllAxess.com
Jeff Kendrick: I first heard Godsmack in high school. I grew up in Boston with one of the most important radio stations at the time WAAF. Anyone who knows Godsmack is aware of how essential WAAF was in breaking the band back then. I remember being very enthralled by the catchiness of the songs and the simplicity. Plus, they were hometown guys, and I wanted to give them all the Boston love and support possible. Still, they're a tremendous force in the rock and radio worlds. Damn, Sully, what a voice!
Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch
Ivan Moody: Five Finger Death Punch had an amazing time touring with Godsmack a few years ago. I want to say it was fall 2010. We were still on War Is the Answer and actually just put out The Way of the Fist again. The energy in the rooms was fucking insane, and they genuinely destroyed it every night. They're a killer fucking band with huge songs, and it was a blast. Talk about hits!
Brent Smith of Shinedown
Brent Smith: I first met Sully Erna in Knoxville, TN. It was at the Electric Ballroom not long after Shinedown signed to Atlantic Records. Godsmack was playing at this club on their debut. I remember they played an amazing cover of White Zombie's "Thunderkiss '65", and I was just blown away by the energy. In 2005, Godsmack did this humongous tour with Rob Zombie, coincidentally. Sully asked us to join them for it! With even a decade of touring under my belt, I can honestly say I learned the most from that particular tour. I experienced proper etiquette, how to be on the road correctly, and what a great production is. I can't ever thank Sully enough. He's a super talented artist and just a bright, brilliant individual. He's given me so much great advice. It's an honor to share a stage with him and those guys. Godsmack truly stands at the forefront of why a lot of people still love rock 'n' roll in the 21st century. They're helping keep it alive. I'm honored to call them peers.
Aaron Lewis of Staind
Aaron Lewis: I don't even know where to begin [Laughs]. We came up with Godsmack in the same tiny and dingy clubs all over Massachusetts. They broke out of that scene and really became huge first during that era. It was incredible to watch them. They write real anthems, and they always deliver on stage. We've had some great tours and times together.
Rick DeJesus of Adelitas Way
Rick DeJesus: Touring with Godsmack on UPROAR was an honor. They're so incredible, and I felt like I learned a lot just to watching them! They're crucial to our genre. I've been a fan forever.
See our exclusive "First Reaction" to the album here!
See our review of the single here!
See our feature on the band here!
See our interview with Shannon Larkin here!
Catch the band on UPROAR this summer!