This was the first night of the rescheduled Godsmack European Tour leg for 2019, featuring the new album When Legends Rise, and there was a capacity crowd on hand at the Forum in Kentish Town to witness the four-piece from Massachusetts rip their way through a set of their classics and some tracks from the recent album.

Like A Storm are from New Zealand, but come across now as very much a US Stadium Rock band, featuring the three Brooks brothers and Zach Woods on drums. They laid into the capacity crowd with a vengeance, in front of a Catacombs-inspired set, including skeleton mic stands, with tracks from the last record, and their breakthrough Awaken The Fire album from 2015. The band deliver a powerful and energetic live performance, with tracks including Pure Evil, Catacombs, Complicated and The Devil Inside.

The intro tape for Godsmack was a mash-up of a number of tracks underpinned by We Will Rock You, and the crowd got wound up as Sully and the boys took to the stage and kicked off with title track When Legends Rise, before pretty much destroying the place with a massive rendition of 1000HP that left me wondering how they would top that. Keep Away was a light relief, before Cryin Like A Bitch and Say My Name. 

The band has now been in this format for 13 years, and are sharp and tight, with Sully Erma as the focus of the show, bassist Robbie Merritt playing to his side of the crowd, and Wildman Shannon Larkin pounding the kit!  Tony Rombola is the serious one, holding station and providing the riffs that are the mainstay of the band’s wall of sound.

The set included Awake, Unforgettable, Speak and Voodoo, with a cracking drum solo, before Whatever and the epic Bulletproof closed the show. The encores were inevitable due to the noise, and we got Under Your Scars for the very first time live, and a cover of Highway to Hell which took the roof off the Forum.  Finally, the band gave us I Stand Alone, and the show was done. 

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Event Date: 27-Feb-2019

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