Check out WDHA Presents Godsmack on their Vibez Tour – An Intimate Evening of Music and Untold Stories at the New Jersey Preforming Arts Center on Saturday, May 4th!
Hailing from Lawrence, Massachusetts, Godsmack was formed by Sully Erna, Robbie Merrill, Lee Richards, and Tommy Stewart in 1995. After self-releasing their debut album All Wound Up… in February of 1997, and the brief departure of Tommy Stewart, the band was picked up by Republic Records in June of 1998. The band then remixed, renamed , and rereleased the album, creating the now well known, copyright issue-free form of Godsmack. The newly renamed and re-released self-titled album would go on to reach Platinum certification, as well as be banned and unbanned from numerous stores, before it’s first birthday, and hitting quadruple Platinum by December of 2001. Fast forward to 2023, the band has had a few lineup changes with only Erna and Merrill sticking around, as well as the success you’d expect from a band with a certified Platinum debut, three consecutive Billboard 200 number one albums in Faceless, IV, and The Oracle, a seemingly endless stream of Gold and Platinum records and singles including their video albums, multiple Grammy nominations, Billboard awards, Boston Music Awards, their own day in the city of Boston, and the hit single “I Stand Alone” saturating pop-culture in every way from baseball entrance songs to video game soundtracks to films such as Here Comes The Boom and alongside CGI Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in Scorpion King. With their new album Lighting Up the Sky having been released in February, featuring the singles “I Surrender”, “You and I”, and “Soul on Fire”, and a summer tour with Staind on the horizon, the band shows no sign of slowing down.
What started at a 1993 Christmas party in Springfield, Massachusetts turned into hard rock and metal’s biggest names in Staind, which was formed in 1995 by Aaron Lewis, Mike Mushok, Johnny April, and Jon Wysocki. In November of 1996 the band self-released their debut album Tormented, the cover of which almost cost them a 1997 show as Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst thought it was the band showing legitimate Satanic beliefs, a show which would lead to Durst completely changing his mind and signing the band to Flip Records, which would be their home until the collapse of Flip Records, 2011’s Staind, and the band’s eventual hiatus. Over those 14 years, the band swapped Jon Wysocki with Sal Giancarelli on the drums, has been nominated for numerous awards, had half of their albums become certified Platinum, including Break the Cycle hitting Platinum in three other countries outside of the US, and created one of the most well known songs in rock history in “It’s Been Awhile”. After going on a hiatus in 2014, the band had a one-off show at Aaron Lewis’ 2017 golf charity tournament, as well as Aaron going on to say that Staind wouldn’t tour extensively again. Then 2019 rolled around with the end of the hiatus coming with the announcement of a handful of shows and some 2020 festivals. Jump to 2023, the band has embarked on a tour with Korn, an “evening with” style tour, and now a tour with Godsmack this summer; as well as announcing their first new album since 2011’s self-titled Confessions of the Fallen coming out September 15th, it’s safe to say that Staind has returned and is looking to make up for lost time.
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