After terrorizing the 2011 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, Massachusetts based rockers Godsmack returned for the 2012 Rockstar Energy Uproar Tour. Metalholic caught up with the mammoth festival as it wound down in Boise, Idaho on September 25.
Godsmack played only 11 songs for the event including the band’s legendary drum battle, but as usual they made every moment count. Vocalist Sully Erna and company kicked it all off with “The Enemy” from 2006’s IV and “Keep Away” from their 1998 self-titled debut.
Newer fans got a dose of recent Godsmack with the band’s 2010 hit “Cryin’ Like A Bitch” from The Oracle. This would be the only track performed from that album. Guitarist Tony Rombola shined all night but he was exceptional here.
The guys backtracked to their 2003 Faceless album for “Straight Out of Line” and “Re-Align”, which sandwiched around “Awake”, the only track from the album of the same name.
Bassist Robbie Merrill stood out in his own right on “Speak” and especially “Voodoo”. The latter set up the infamous “Batalla de los Tambores” where Erna and drummer Shannon Larkin faced off center stage for a twin drum attack. This has long been a highlight of the band’s shows.
To close it all out, Godsmack performed “Whatever” and “I Stand Alone”.
Godsmack has always been a huge live draw, and even casual fans become addicted after witnessing their dynamic live performances. The band recently released its first live album, Live & Inspired which features many of their hits along with studio versions of select cover songs. Godsmack has sold over 15 million albums worldwide.
You can check out a few images from the show below, along with a video of their drum off from the band’s 2005 Changes DVD.
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All photos © 2012 by Rustyn Rose and Metalholic Magazine