GODSMACK Drummer: 'We Are METALLICA Junior!'

GODSMACK drummer Shannon Larkin recently spoke to Canada's Chart Attack about the group's upcoming support slot on METALLICA's Fall 2003 European tour.

"If anything, we're the perfect band [to open for METALLICA]," Larkin exclaimed. "We're METALLICA Jr. — we admit it [laughs], you know? And Sully [Erna]'s voice is a lot like James [Hetfield]'s. If there's one band we've always wanted to tour with... I mean, even previous bands, all four of us, it was METALLICA, man. Changed our lives. 1983, 'Kill 'Em All' came out, and basically that was the heaviest metal you could get."

Larkin also spoke about the group's upcoming acoustic album, "The Other Side", due on November 18 through Republic/Universal Records.

"It's going to be seven tracks," he said. "We took one track off. Basically how that started was, when we did 'Serenity' in the studio we really all liked the way that came out. Sully had all these other songs he started playing on the acoustic for us, just at rehearsals and stuff. And we thought, 'Wow, this is really good.' It's not what GODSMACK fans would probably like, but we really liked it, and we were basically in a position where we could do some different things, try things more acoustic-sounding."

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