Shannon Larkin

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Shannon Larkin
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Larkin performing at a Sabian live show.
Background information
Birth nameJames Shannon Larkin
Born (1967-04-24) April 24, 1967 (age 51)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Drums
  • percussion
  • vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
Years active1978–present
Labels Universal, Republic
Associated acts

James Shannon Larkin (born April 24, 1967), is a musician best known as the drummer for rock band Godsmack. He replaced the previous drummer Tommy Stewart in June 2002. Prior to Godsmack, his previous bands were Amen, Candlebox, Ugly Kid Joe, and Souls at Zero (formerly Wrathchild America).

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily on the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

Godsmack heavy metal band from the United States

Godsmack is an American rock band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band is composed of founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Shannon Larkin. Since its formation, Godsmack has released seven studio albums, one EP, four DVDs, one compilation album, and one live album.

Tommy Stewart American musician

Tommy Stewart is an American drummer, currently for the rock band Lo-Pro. He is probably best known for his stint with the band Godsmack. He has also toured and recorded with a number of other bands including Detroit based metal band Halloween "The Heavy Metal Horror Show", glam rock band Lillian Axe, and alternative rock bands Fuel and Everclear.


Shannon played drums for Godsmack for their albums Faceless , IV their EP The Other Side , The Oracle , 1000hp and their latest album When Legends Rise .

<i>Faceless</i> album

Faceless is the third studio album by American band Godsmack. The album introduced drummer Shannon Larkin, former drummer for Ugly Kid Joe. The album was released on April 8, 2003.

<i>IV</i> (Godsmack album) album by Godsmack

IV is the fourth studio album by the band Godsmack, released on April 25, 2006. This is Godsmack's only studio album produced by Andy Johns.

<i>The Oracle</i> (Godsmack album) Godsmack album

The Oracle is the fifth studio album by American alternative metal band Godsmack, released in the U.S. on May 4, 2010. The Oracle is the first Godsmack album to be produced by Dave Fortman. The Oracle also marks the first Godsmack studio album to be released since 2006's IV. The span of over four years between the fourth album and The Oracle marks the longest gap between studio albums in Godsmack's career.


Larkin has been playing drums since the age of ten.

He formed Wrathchild America in 1978, recording two albums for Atlantic Records before being dropped by the label. The group disbanded and later reformed as Souls at Zero, signing with Energy Records and releasing an eponymous debut album that was well received by critics.[ citation needed ] He went on to record two albums with Ugly Kid Joe and two more with Amen.[ citation needed ]

Wrathchild America is an American heavy metal band formed in Martinsburg, West Virginia in 1978. Before settling on the Wrathchild America name in 1988, the band had performed under the names Atlantis, Tyrant, and Wrathchild. They released two studio albums through Atlantic Records, and gained charting success through the Billboard 200. In 1992, they changed their name to Souls at Zero. The band is also notable for including one-time Kix member Brad Divens, and a then-unknown Shannon Larkin, who went on to become the drummer for many bands such as Ugly Kid Joe, Candlebox, and Godsmack.

Atlantic Records American record label

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Souls at Zero were an American heavy metal band. They were originally known as Wrathchild America. The name change occurred after Wrathchild America was dropped from Atlantic Records in 1992, and was accompanied by a slight change in musical style. Souls at Zero released three albums on Energy Rekords before disbanding in the mid-1990s.

He joined Godsmack in 2003, replacing departing drummer Tommy Stewart. He has since appeared on their albums Faceless , IV , The Other Side , The Oracle , 1000hp , When Legends Rise .[ citation needed ]

<i>1000hp</i> (album) album by Godsmack

1000hp, stylized as 1000HP, is the sixth studio album by the American rock/metal band Godsmack. The album is a follow up to the band's 2010 gold-selling album The Oracle and was released on August 5, 2014.

<i>When Legends Rise</i> Godsmack album

When Legends Rise is the seventh studio album by Godsmack. It was released on April 27, 2018. It marks the band's first album away from heavy metal into a more hard rock sound. The album's first single, "Bulletproof", was released ahead of the album in February 2018.

His numerous side projects have included hardcore punk and thrash metal band Kiddie Porn with fellow Wrathchild guitarist Jay Abbene and bassist John "Tumor" Fahnestock;[ citation needed ] MF Pitbulls with members of Snot;[ citation needed ] and The Apocalypse Blues Revue with Tony Rombola. [1]

In popular music, a side project is a project undertaken by one or more people already known for their involvement in another band. It can also be an artist or a band temporarily switching to a different style.

Hardcore punk Subgenre of punk rock

Hardcore punk is a punk rock music genre and subculture that originated in the late 1970s. It is generally faster, harder, and more aggressive than other forms of punk rock. Its roots can be traced to earlier punk scenes in San Francisco and Southern California which arose as a reaction against the still predominant hippie cultural climate of the time. It was also inspired by New York punk rock and early proto-punk. New York punk had a harder-edged sound than its San Francisco counterpart, featuring anti-art expressions of masculine anger, energy, and subversive humor. Hardcore punk generally disavows commercialism, the established music industry and "anything similar to the characteristics of mainstream rock" and often addresses social and political topics with "confrontational, politically-charged lyrics."

Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work. The lyrics often deal with social issues and criticism of The Establishment, using direct and denunciatory language, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.

He has appeared as a session musician on such albums as Strait Up by Snot[ citation needed ] and Glenn Tipton's Baptizm of Fire .[ citation needed ] He has played for Vanilla Ice, Glassjaw, and Stone Sour.[ citation needed ]

<i>Strait Up</i> album by Snot

Strait Up is the second studio album by the American nu metal band Snot, released on November 7, 2000. The album features appearances by various alternative metal musicians. The album was released as a tribute to Snot's lead singer Lynn Strait, who was killed in a car accident on December 11, 1998.

Glenn Tipton British musician

Glenn Raymond Tipton is an English Grammy Award-winning guitar player and songwriter. Often noted for his complex playing style and classically influenced solos, he is best known as one of the lead guitarists for heavy metal band Judas Priest.

<i>Baptizm of Fire</i> album by Glenn Tipton

Baptizm of Fire is the debut solo album by Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton released in 1997. It was recorded and mixed at Devonshire and Ocean Studios, U.S.A. and Monnow Valley, Battery, Olympic and The Gazebo Studio, U.K. Written and recorded in years 1994-1996 Management done by Bill Curbishley and Co-ordination done by Jayne Andrews.

He was featured on the Behind The Player series. [2]


Shannon has been tattooed by artists all over the world. In addition to a full sleeve on his left arm and tattoos on his right arm, Shannon has Amen tattooed across his knuckles and a hand ripping into the skin on his stomach. [3]



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Wrathchild America

Souls at Zero

Ugly Kid Joe





Another Animal

As Session Musician

The Apocalypse Blues Revue

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  1. "GODSMACK Drummer And Guitarist Form Side Blues Project BLUE CROSS BAND". 2014-07-02. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
  2. "Sheet Music Plus - Behind the Player: Shannon Larkin" Retrieved on July 10, 2009.
  3. "Shannon Larkin Tattoos" Retrieved on July 10, 2009.