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In February of 1995, after being behind the drums for more than 23 years, Sully Erna decided to start a new band. It was only a matter of time before he realized he needed to take charge and step out from behind the kit to front the band himself.One year and a couple of member changes later Godsmack was born. Sully Erna, Robbie Merrill and Tony Rombola hit the studio and recorded their first CD titled ALL WOUND UP. They did this over one weekend for a measly twenty six-hundred dollars.Over the next two years, the band played throughout the Boston scene with drummer Joe Darco. Shortly after the success of "Keep Away" Godsmack went back into the studio and recorded a single titled "Whatever", which became the new local favorite on WAAF. Joe Darco was soon replaced by Tommy Stewart, ALL WOUND UP was re-mastered and the artwork was changed. The finished self-titled debut CD GODSMACK hit the shelves 6 weeks later.Godsmack hit the road on their first headlining tour, "The Voodoo Tour". The bands strong live performances, coupled with high record sales and growing number of fans, landed them time slots on Ozzfest 1999 and 2000. In 2000 Godsmack released their second CD, AWAKE. This album's title track dominated rock radio and broke chart records throughout 2000 and 2001. The CD's instrumental track "Vampires" earned the band its first Grammy nomination.Godsmack toured AWAKE selling out arenas and outdoor venues nationwide. They gave their fans their moneys worth. In 2002, Sully was asked to A&R the soundtrack for the motion picture "The Scorpion King", the third installment in the Mummy saga. The song Godsmack wrote and performed lived up to its title: "I Stand Alone" became the No. 1 single at Rock Radio and the most played Active Rock song in 2002 for 14 weeks straight.After spending over four years on the road the band decided to take a break. It was during this break that Shannon Larkin, a friend of Sully's for 15 years, formerly of Wrathchild America, AMEN and Ugly Kid Joe, was asked to replace Tommy Stewart.The new line up headed to Miami to write and record the bands third CD. FACELESS was released in April of 2003 and became the #1 selling record in America of that week. FACELESS also brought another tour that ran 23 months strong inlcuding two more Grammy nominations for "I Stand Alone" and an 11 month international arena tour with the kings of metal, Metallica!!In March of 2004, Godsmack released their first acoustic EP, THE OTHER SIDE. This also spawned a side tour of its own. Godsmack filled in breaks from the big stage with Metallica with intimate storytelling acoustic shows giving their fans the explanation behind the title, "The Other Side".With rich velvet curtains, stone gargoyles and strings of Christmas lights illuminating theatres around the country, fans had a whole new experience of the true talents of this unique foursome. Stripped down to nothing, Godsmack continued to deliver one of the best acoustic performances of our time.
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