With over 20 years of chart-topping success, Godsmack have cemented themselves as 21st-century hard rock titans, but with all good things, they apparently have to come to an end. The rockers recently dropped their latest album “Lighting Up The Sky,” but it was also revealed that this would be their last studio album, so what does any “retiring” act do before throwing in the towel? Mount one of the biggest farewell tours possible.
That tour, which is a joint tour with STAIND, rolled into the picturesque outside venue that we call Jiffy Lube Live on July 22. The show also featured an opening set from Mix Master Mike from the Beastie Boys.
Co-headliner STAIND took their rightful place on the stage before the electrifying crowd. Earlier this month, the group landed a No. 1 active rock single with “Lowest In Me”, the first single from the band’s upcoming album, “Confessions Of The Fallen.” During the hour long set, they performed a few of their notable hits “Mansfield,” “Not Again,” “Mudshovel,” “It’s Been Awhile,” and “So Far Away.”
After the lights came back up once STAIND was finished, it only meant one that, that Godsmack was up next. An intro that incorporated Mix Master Mike played on a white sheet that covered the stage, before a riveting drum solo kicked in that would signal the start of the first song of the night, “When Legends Rise.” A perfect way to begin a show since it was legendary indeed. This concert included everything that a rock spectacle should, amazing musician ship, smoke, fire and the whole nine yards.
For the next hour and forty-five minutes, they would take us on a musical journey that would touch all of their albums. Of those tracks, we were privy to live iterations of “Awake,” “You and I,” “Soul On Fire,” “I Stand Alone,” “1000hp,” “Whatever,” and “You Dirty Old Man.” Fans around us kept proclaiming that the band honestly just gets better with time and that this was the best that they have ever seen them, especially with the inclusion of new material.