The band Godsmack was formed in 1996 from Massachusetts by Sully Erna who wanted to be a lead singer after being behind the drums for more than 23 years. After Robbie Merrill and Tony Rombola joined the band, they recorded their first CD titled ?All Wound Up?. After that they played as a 1990s grunge cover band throughout the Boston area with drummer Joe Darco for the next two years. They had already established a solid reputation and following when their CD landed in the hands of a DJ for WAAF, a Boston radio station. WAAF featured ?Keep Away?, it soared to the #1 spot and a New England record store chain, Newbury Comics, agreed to sell the CD on consignment. It was time for a new single and Godsmack recorded one titled ?Whatever?, which became the new local favorite on WAAF.
Republic/Universal Records signed the band to a contract in the summer of 1998. Tommy Stewart replaced Darco, ?All Wound Up? was re-mastered and the self-titled debut CD ?Godsmack? hit the stores 6 weeks later. This lead to their first headlining tour named ?The Voodoo Tour?. MTV's Fear later used ?Voodoo? as the theme song. Godsmack?s primary influence is believed to be ?Alice in Chains? and they borrow their name from an Alice in Chains song of the same name. Before joining them, Tony was a part of 'Crushed Tomatoes' which kept up on the latest music from bands of the early 90's such as Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Led Zeppelin, and Ozzy Osbourne. Godsmack frontman Sully Erna once stated that lead singer of ?Alice in Chains,? Layne Staley was single-handedly the guy that got him to start singing. Other band influences include Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Metallica, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. It is believed that Godsmack?s name is an attempt to distinguish them from the band that they have been compared to most frequently.
?I Stand Alone? and ?Straight Out of Line? are Godsmack's songs that were used as the theme songs for the 2004 Ubisoft game, ?Prince of Persia: Warrior Within?. The former is played without the lyrics when the Prince is being chased by the ?Dahaka?. It also appears when one is fighting but not in every single battle. ?Straight Out of Line? appears in the game?s credits and also in the movie A Man Apart. Another song ?Moon Baby? appears in Championship Motocross for the PlayStation. ?Bring it On? appears in Madden 06. ?I Stand Alone? has also appeared in the movie The Scorpion King. ?Why?? appeared in the movie Any Given Sunday and the song ?Bad Religion? was background music in Quad Power Racing 2. ?The Enemy? was used by WWE Summer slam as one of the theme songs for the 2006 event and will also feature on the soundtrack of PS2 game, WWE SmackDown vs Raw 2007. ?Touch? was featured as one of the Themes for Wrestlemania XX.
Judas Priest along with KISS, Queen and Def Leppard was inducted into the ?VH1 Rock Honors? on May 25, 2006 and their presentation was preceded by Godsmack performing a medley of the Priest classics Electric Eye, Victim of Changes and Hell Bent for Leather.
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