Shortly after 8:30pm, it was Godsmack’s turn to demonstrate to the thousands in attendance, the testament to their enduring legacy as one of hard rock’s most formidable acts. Led by the dynamic frontman Sully Erna and fueled by the powerhouse drumming of Shannon Larkin, the crushing riffs of guitarist Tony Rombola and the devastating low end of bassist Robbie Merrill, the band delivered a high-octane performance that left the audience exhilarated and craving more. The night kicked off with a thunderous rendition of “When Legends Rise,” setting the stage for an evening of intense musical fervor and unbridled energy that would define the entirety of the show.
The fervor only intensified as Godsmack launched into “1000hp,” accompanied by a breathtaking display of pyrotechnics that illuminated the stage and further amplified the adrenaline-pumping atmosphere. Seamlessly transitioning into tracks from their latest record “Lighting Up the Sky,” including the emotive “What About Me” and the anthemic “Red White & Blue,” the band showcased their ability to seamlessly blend hard-hitting riffs with poignant lyricism, capturing the hearts and minds of the enraptured audience.
The setlist continued to resonate with classics such as the haunting “Awake” and the iconic “Voodoo,” which elicited an uproarious response from the crowd, echoing the timeless appeal of Godsmack’s signature sound. The highly anticipated drum battle, “Batalla de los tambores,” between Sully Erna and Shannon Larkin was a show-stopping spectacle that transcended mere musical performance, featuring a medley of iconic tracks including “Back in Black,” “Walk This Way,” “Enter Sandman,” “Moby Dick,” and “Tom Sawyer,” showcasing the unparalleled technical prowess of both musicians.
The energy reached a fever pitch as Godsmack invited Extreme onto the stage for a rousing cover of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell,” infusing the night with a collaborative spirit that underscored the camaraderie and mutual respect shared between the two legendary bands. The encore segment commenced with an emotionally charged rendition of “Under Your Scars,” followed by the defiant anthem “Bulletproof,” and culminated in an explosive performance of their iconic hit “I Stand Alone,” leaving an indelible mark on the audience and solidifying Godsmack’s position as an unstoppable force in the realm of hard rock.