Fans in New Hampshire have an explosive night of rock to come. Brace yourselves for the raw power of Godsmack and the electrifying energy of Extreme, together under one roof!
The first co-headliner of the night was American Rock Band from Malden, MA. Extreme. They were formed in the early 1980’s. They were considered one of the most successful rock acts of the early 90’s. Their greatest success was from their album Pornograffitti, which was certified gold in May 1991 and double platinum in October 1992. Their single “More Then Words,” reached number one on the Billboard top 100 in the US.
Opening with the explosive “It’s A Monster” Extreme set the tone for the evening, showcasing their unmatched musicianship and infectious energy. Gary Cherone’s vocals were as powerful and resonant as ever, effortlessly transitioning from soulful melodies to gritty, high-octane screams. Nuno Bettencourt’s virtuosic guitar work left the audience in awe, as he effortlessly executed blistering solos and delicate, melodic passages.
The chemistry between the band members was palpable, their years of collaboration were evident in the tightness of their performance. Pat Badger’s bass lines provided a solid foundation, while drummer Kevin Figueiredo’s precise and thunderous beats drove the rhythm forward with unrelenting force.The setlist was a meticulously curated journey through Extreme’s illustrious catalog, blending hits like “More Than Words” and “Hole Hearted” with deeper cuts that delighted die-hard fans. The highlight of the night was an electrifying rendition of “Get the Funk Out,” which saw the entire arena pulsating in unison.
Throughout the evening, Extreme showcased their versatility by seamlessly transitioning from hard-hitting rock anthems to soulful ballads, demonstrating their musical prowess and range. The band’s ability to effortlessly navigate between genres is a testament to their enduring relevance in the rock music landscape. They delivered a performance that was nothing short of extraordinary. The atmosphere was electric, with a sea of eager fans filling the venue to capacity, ready to embark on a sonic journey with one of rock’s most iconic bands.
As the night came to a close, the crowd was left buzzing with a sense of euphoria, having witnessed an unforgettable performance by a band that continues to push the boundaries of rock music. Extreme’s passion and dedication to their craft were evident throughout the entire show, leaving no doubt that they remain a force to be reckoned with in the world of rock.
In conclusion, Extreme’s set was a masterclass in rock performance, showcasing the band’s enduring talent and their ability to deliver an unforgettable night of music. From Cherone’s powerhouse vocals to Bettencourt’s jaw-dropping guitar skills, every element of the performance was executed with precision and passion. It was a night that will surely be etched in the memories of all who were fortunate enough to be in attendance.
The final act of the evening was none other then the American Rock band from Lawrence, MA Godsmack. The band is comprised of singer and rhythm guitarist Sully Erna, bassist Robbie Merrill, lead guitarist Tony Rombola, and drummer Shannon Larkin.
From the moment the lights dimmed and the opening chords of “When Legends Rise” resonated through the arena, the crowd was catapulted into a sonic frenzy. Frontman Sully Erna’s commanding presence dominated the stage, his gravelly vocals cutting through the air with an intensity that could be felt in every corner of the venue. Erna’s connection with the audience was palpable, as he led them through a sonic journey that spanned the band’s impressive discography.
Guitarist Tony Rombola and bassist Robbie Merrill provided a relentless onslaught of riffs and thunderous rhythms, showcasing their instrumental prowess with precision and ferocity. Drummer Shannon Larkin was a force to be reckoned with, his thunderous beats driving the performance forward with unrelenting power.
The setlist was a carefully curated selection of Godsmack’s greatest hits, including crowd-pleasers like “I Stand Alone,” “Awake,” and “Bulletproof.” Each song was delivered with an intensity and raw energy that ignited the crowd, creating a mosh pit of ecstatic fans eager to immerse themselves in the music.
Their set continued with “Red White and Blue,”Keep Away,” Voodoo.”
The set included a drum battle between drummer Larkin and frontman Erna. It was showcased by two drum sets each of which were on moving platforms. It originated with Erna on bongo drums while Larkin was on drums. Next Erna rotated around to play drums while mimicking Larkin. They played a collaboration of songs one of which was ‘Batalla de los tambores. While the drum battle continued Larkin and Erna were playing almost identical while taking turns throwing the drumsticks in the air and catching them. They would continue to play showcasing how extremely talented both artists are. This was unlike any drum battle you will ever see. It showcased two incredible drummers doing a collaboration unlike no other. It was amazing and will still be one of the greatest drum collaborations of all time.
Before the song “Whatever,” Erna invited a bunch of kids onstage to help him sing the final song of their set. He pointed out each of the kids to security as he invited them on stage. He spotted a little girl and said to security “her you need to get her on stage.” Her name was Mya. She was so cute and innocent and held a soft spot for Erna through the night. As the kids piled on stage Erna went to them and asked them to tell him their names. They each gave their names and Erna welcomed them with open arms. He then went on to play the song. He told the kids as the song was going that he wanted them to judge how loud the crowd could get. He spoke to Mya specifically and said I want you to give a thumbs up if the crowd is really loud. If they are not then give them a thumbs down. He started to sing and the crowd cheered. Little Mya was seen giving the thumbs up sing. They continued to finish the song as another one of the kids went to the mic and screamed Get Loud.
They took a small break and came back on to Erna playing the piano to “”Under Your Scars,” he said to the crowd he was paying tribute to the victims of the recent incident involving a mass shooting in Maine a few days before. He spoke to the crowd about the incident that occured and wanted to pay tribute to those that had lost their lives to a man that took too many lives too soon. The crowd cheered and then became silent as the band played.
They finished their set with “Bulletproof,” and “I Stand Alone.” The crowd was in a state of exhilaration, sweat-soaked and buzzing with adrenaline. It was a night of pure, unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll that will be etched in the memories of fans for years to come.