Godsmack tore the roof off the upside-down concert venue tonight at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. Whether concert goers found themselves nestled way at the bottom of the venue, close to the stage, or way up at the top on the lawn they most certainly felt Tony Rombola’s hard-hitting riffs, Robbie Merrill’s chugging bass lines and Shannon Larkin’s bone-crushing drum fills. Godsmack vocalist, Sully Erna, continues to impress with his versatility. Just a month after the conclusion of his string of dates in support of his ethereal solo offering, “Avalon”, Erna trades in the Cello and Piano for dueling drum kits and hard rock vocals with ease.
During Godsmack’s hour long performance, which Sully proclaimed the “Power Hour”, they put on a performance that more than definitely gave the audience their money’s worth. Though the crowd didn’t seem to receive Megadeth quite as well as would be expected of a Big 4 band, Godsmack most definitely got the previously seated crowd to their feet. It’s rare to see Godsmack not headlining on the bill of a summer festival, but they could have easily fooled anyone in the crowd into thinking that it was them, and not Disturbed, that was closing out the festival. Though Disturbed are certainly summer festival veterans that are more than capable of occupying the headlining slot, a hard rock powerhouse such as Godsmack may not have been the act they were hoping would precede them on the bill, as many fans streamed out of the venue after Godsmack’s set, leaving the venue about 80% full, with the lawn’s capacity being tough to determine.
After touring for the past year and a half in support of their most recent studio album, 2010’s The Oracle, Godsmack will be going on temporary hiatus after the summer mega-festival. Erna will be focusing on his solo project after its overwhelming success (read NY Rock Music Examiner’s review of June’s Avalon show in Atlantic City, NJ here) and the rest of the Godsmack camp working on their sophomore effort with their other band – Another Animal. However, with the multi-talented creative mind of Erna at the helm – it is safe to say that whatever Godsmack produces in the future will be unique, bad ass and worth giving a listen.
Check out Godsmack’s set list below from the Mayhem Festival on July 27, 2011
Godsmack’s set list – 7/27 @ PNC Bank Arts Center
- Cryin’ Like a Bitch!
- The Enemy
- Forever Shamed
- Straight Out of Line
- Love Hate Sex Pain
- Batalla de los Tambores (Drum Duel between Erna & Larkin)
- I Stand Alone
Check out fellow NY Music Examiner, Eliot Levin’s coverage of this past Sunday’s date on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford, CT here. Follow @RockExaminer on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates on all things ROCK.