For as long as Godsmack has been around, I have never seen them live. And now after doing so, I kick myself for missing out on each time they have toured. They are currently on tour with openers Stitched Up Heart and will soon have Volbeat added to the bill.
Tonight’s show was at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, TX; an older venue that has withstood time with grace and a solid foundation which has hosted numerous bands throughout the years. One of the things I like about this venue is that entering the doors is fairly quick and the employees always seem joyful and willing to help. Every trip here has been a pleasant one and keeps me coming back.
Opening up the night was Stitched Up Heart. I have a soft spot for this band, I have seen them quite a few times over the years and each time they keep getting better. Tonight was their first night on tour with Godsmack and they stepped up to deliver a heartwarming experience. I say that because they are finally getting the recognition they deserve. Their set consisted of mostly new songs for the new album to be released later this year. And from what was being played and enjoyed by the crowd, they have grown musically and sonically. This year might be the one for them.
Up next was the mighty Godsmack. The minutes before they took the stage, the crowd was a sea of excitement waiting to explode. The lights dimmed and a mash up of rock classics filled the air. Once the band came out on stage swinging, all out craziness ensued. They started off with one of their current hit singles and album title When Legends Rise; followed with 1000hp, and Cryin’ Like a Bitch! The tone was set and roars of delirium rang out through venue. Watching the veteran musicians control the stage and crowd was a spectacle to behold.
Something I noticed was the ease at which the band interacted with the crowd, almost as if they were familiar friends. During songs, Sully would lay bare truths and joke about his amazing immovable hair, which he happened to cut too short, leaving an almost bald spot which was hard not to notice. But he flaunted it like the badass he is. He even gave some skin smoothing advise to keep the wrinkles away by using a Cindy Crawford face cream, which he said keeps him looking so good at 50 years of age!
Half way through the set, some bands will dip in cadence, not so for Godsmack, as the crowd was treated to their Batalla de los Tambores! Taking the drum solo to the next level, Sully and drummer Shannon battled their hearts out leaving no clear winner between them except for the crowd. I can say this is the first time that I’ve enjoyed watching a drum solo in over a decade.
Something else that was special about tonight was the official introduction to The Scars Foundation. The foundation has been established by Sully Erna and Godsmack to help raise the awareness of mental health issues. Seeing a band take such a leap to help their fellow people speaks volumes of their personal character.
Closing out the night with the songs Bulletproof, Come Together (Beatles cover), and I Stand Alone, Godsmack left everyone completely satisfied and with hoarse singing voices. After having witnessed such an amazing concert, I will be sure to not miss them again and neither should you.
1. When Legends Rise
3. Cryin’ Like a Bitch
4. Say My Name
5. Straight Out of Line
8. Something Different
9. Keep Away
10. The Enemy
12. Batalla de los Tambores
14. Under Your Scars
16. Come Together (Beatles cover)
17. I Stand Alone
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Date City Venue
Sat 4/13 Orlando, FL Central Florida Fairgrounds
Sun 4/14 Tampa, FL 98Rock Fest @ Amalie Arena
Tue 4/16 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena ^
Thu 4/18 Evansville, IN Ford Center – Evansville ^
Fri 4/19 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena ^
Sat 4/20 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum ^
Mon 4/22 Minneapolis, MN Armory ^
Tue 4/23 Omaha, NE Baxter Arena ^
Fri 4/26 Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Centre ^
Sat 4/27 Penticton, BC South Okanagan Event Centre ^
Mon 4/29 Medicine Hat, AB Canalta Centre ^
Tue 4/30 Calgary, AB Grey Eagle Resort & Casino - Grey Eagle Event Centre ^
Thu 5/2 Dawson Creek, BC EnCana Events Centre ^
Fri 5/3 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place ^
Sun 5/5 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre ^
Mon 5/6 Winnipeg, MB Bell MTS Place ^
Thu 5/9 London, ON Budweiser Gardens ^
Fri 5/10 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre ^
Sat 5/11 Quebec, QC Videotron Centre ^
Sat 7/13 Mansfield, OH Inkcarceration Festival
Fri 7/26 Montville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Sat 7/27 Montreal, QC Heavy Montreal
Sun 7/28 Bangor, ME Impact Music Festival
Sun 8/4 Sturgis, SD Buffalo Chip Campground
^ with Volbeat