Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Godsmack take it to 1000 horsepower! Aftershock's Sunday headliners

Robbie Merrill of Godsmack at Aftershock 2014
Godsmack, Aftershock 2014, Sacramento CA
Godsmack, final act of this year's Aftershock Festival in Sacramento. Great choice for the end to another great festival! What a weekend...

Sully Erna of Godsmack at Aftershock 2014
Sully Erna, Godsmack, Aftershock 2014, Sacramento
No pyrotechnics--that would have been really tempting fate given the drought and the severely-dry trees and grass--but a very cool, colourful and striking light show. Which led to some interesting shadow-play; the mic stand repeated across Sully Erna's face, five, six, seven times...

Sully Erna of Godsmack at Aftershock 2014
Sully Erna of Godsmack
I was very happy to get a clear shot or two of drummer Shannon Larkin (who is on the cover of October's DRUM magazine)! Drummers are often so very tricky to photograph... right at the back of the stage, often in the dark, and of course, very very active.

Drummer Shannon Larkin of Godsmack at Aftershock 2014
Shannon Larkin of Godsmack
Great show to end the festival! And take a listen to the new Godsmack album, 1000HP, available on iTunes and Amazon or wherever you buy your music. They started the set with the title song, 1000HP, setting the pace for the remainder of the evening.

Sully Erna of Godsmack at Aftershock 2014
Tony Rombola, Godsmack, Aftershock 2014, Sacramento

Robbie Merrill of Godsmack at Aftershock 2014
Robbie Merrill, Godsmack, Aftershock 2014, Sacramento
I'm still a little puzzled by the decision to place Godsmack on the Western stage, not the North or South. The stage itself was fine--but surely more people would have been able to see the show on one of the other main stages? I'm sure there was a good practical reason... just seems a little odd.

More photos from Godsmack's show at Aftershock 2014 can be found in the photo gallery--or click on any of these images!

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