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Godsmack felt Detroit "magic" on new live album

for Journal Register Newspapers

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Massachusetts hard rockers Godsmack recorded most of their new concert album, "Live & Inspired," at Detroit's Fox Theatre. And even though it's playing another venue on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, drummer Shannon Larkin says the group is always happy to be playing in the metro area.

"We all remember Detroit was magical," says Larkin, 45. "Detroit is always a great place for us, anyway, but we hired Dave Fortman, co-producer of 'The Oracle,' 'cause he has magic ears, to go through all the show we recorded for the last nine years and said, 'We don't care if every song is from a different city. We just want the magic (stuff).'

"He called us into the room one day and said, 'Guys, you've got to listen to this concert.' We did and every song, in order was better than anything else we had. So 80 percent of that live record is from one show in Detroit."

Larkin adds that the snippet of Kiss' "Detroit Rock City" on the album was also something of a surprise. "We never rehearsed it or anything; we just tossed it in at the end of 'Whatever' and it ended up making the live record," he recalls. "That was really special to me."

Larkin, meanwhile, is celebrating his 10th year with Godsmack, having replaced original drummer Tommy Stewart, who, ironically, is from Flint. "They too me to dinner on that day, April 24, which was also my birthday," Larkin says. "They made me a big birthday cake; I'm a horror movie freak, so they made me this zombie cake...and gave me a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue, my favorite whiskey.

"It's been a great decade. The band is like a family, like being married or like brothers. And everything gets easier if you can stay together past that six-, seven-year mark."

The Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, P.O.D., Adelitas Way and more, starts at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $49.50 and $29.50 pavilion, $19 lawn in advance and $24 lawn day of show. A $60 lawn four-pack is also available. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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