Godsmack's Shannon Larkin on Loving the Olympics, Covering Phil Collins
Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin barely has time to rest at home on the Florida coast these days. With the big UPROAR Tour starting in just a couple of weeks, he's getting in some rehearsal time with 'Smack guitarist Tony Rombola, who also lives in the Sunshine State, but before that trek, he's doing a South American run with his other band, Ugly Kid Joe.
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Larkin will arrive back in the States just in time to kick off UPROAR, and amid his busy schedule, Noisecreep caught up with him the day before he hopped a flight. We're glad we did.
Shannon, your schedule sounds crazy.
It is! But it's all good. I've had some time here at home to do nothing but relax a little bit in the beautiful Florida sunshine and get ready for these awesome tours. Tell you what, though -- I have been GLUED to the Olympics. Watching the games is what I will miss most.
What sports do you like best?
I love the swimming. The volleyball. The basketball is amazing. I like the gymnastics, too. It's all good. I am addicted to watching the Olympics.
So, the cover tunes you guys did on the album Live & Inspired -- why those four songs? What made them special?
Well, the only two bands we ever covered are Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. So now we're thinking what to do next. Since Aerosmith influenced Godsmack, being another Boston band like us and all, since they did "Come Together" back in the '70s, we thought doing that one made a lot of sense. Of course, we gave it a heavy twist to make it 'Smack.' Pink Floyd influenced everyone I've ever known in music, so I'm glad we did a tune of theirs,