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Tony Rombola - Guitar

Astrological Sign:   Sagittarius
Birth Date:   November 24, 1964
Birth Place:   Norwood, MA
Eye Color:   Brown
Siblings:   Two sisters and a brother
Parents:   Paul and Mary (Guitar World, April 2001)
Last School Attended:   Salem High School
Has Lived In:   New England.
Lives in:   Salem, NH
Marital Status:   Married. His wife, Sue, has three children.

Musical Background and Info:

Picked up the guitar at 11. Tony is self-taught.

According to Tony's dad, the first thing he learned was a Black Sabbath song. He also never took lessons and learned everything from guitar magazines, especially Guitar World. (Guitar World, April 2001)

Stuff played before Godsmack: "All kinds of stuff. I played in a cover band. I played everything. Just about any funk stuff, rock, classic rock, metal." (guitar.com 1-2001)

First Guitar: "It was a SG copy -- red just like the one Tony plays. It cost me $79 on special, I had to borrow my friends amp. Later I got a little one with nothing but an on/off switch. (guitar.com 09-2000)

Favorite bands: Led Zeppelin, AIC, Rage, Tool, Hendrix

Favorite Guitar Player: Jimmy Hendrix

First album bought: Black Sabbath (hottopic.com)

Essential Records:
Black Sabbath-Black Sabbath
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
Joe Satriani - Surfing with the Alien
UFO - Lights Out (Guitar One, December 2000)

Favorite Riffs:
"Communication Breakdown" - Led Zeppelin
"For the Love of God" - Steve Vai
"Heartbreaker" - Led Zeppelin
"Rock Bottom" - UFO
"Surfing with the Alien" - Joe Satriani
"Whole Lotta Love" - Led Zeppelin (Guitar One, December 2000)

Influential Guitarists:
Randy Rhoads
Joe Satriani
Steve Vai
Eddie Van Halen
Stevie Ray Vaughan (Guitar One, December 2000)

"Everyday I appreciate the fact that we don't have to go to work at 7 in the morning. I really dig playing guitar for a living, it's what I've wanted to do my whole life." (Hit Parader, September 2000)

Godsmack was recorded in two days with one Les Paul Studio guitar that was borrowed from a friend of Tony's. (Guitar One, December 2000)

Tony is a gear junkie:
"I'm an equipment freak and Gibson gives us guitars now. That's the best!" (Guitar One, December 2000)

Job Before Godsmack:

Tony worked as a carpenter.

Would be doing of not in a band:
"I'd be building houses out in the woods of New Hampshire, getting mosquitoes biting me." (hottopic.com)

Before Godsmack, Tony had never been out of New England. (blistering.com 9-2000)

Other Activities and Interests:

Tony has his own montly column, "Primal Instinct," in Guitar World magazine.

Tony is into dirt bikes and motocross racing.

Additional information credits: Sexnrocknroll.com and Guitar World.

Robbie Merrill - Bass

Astrological Sign:   Gemini
Birth Date:   June 13, 1963
Birth Place:   Lawrence, MA
Eye Color:   Brown
Siblings:   Brother, Todd (aka "Fester")
Last School Attended:   Methuen High School
Lives In:   MA
Marital Status:   Single

Musical Background:

Robbie started playing guitar at 10, and later switched to bass.

Robbie has played in country, blues, reggae, prog, and a '50's/60's cover band. (Bass Player, January 2001)

Heroes include Geddy Lee, Sting, Tom Hamilton, Jaco Pastorius and Victor Wooten. (Bass Player, January 2001)

Favorite Bands:
Led Zepplin, STP, Tool, Sevendust

Favorite Bass Player:
Victor Wooten

First album bought: Zeppelin, Presence (hottopic.com)

Sully and Robbie are the only original members of Godsmack.

Job Before Godsmack:

Previous job: Carpentry

Would be doing if not in a band:
"I was a carpenter. I'd be doing that. I had my own business. I'd be doing that." (hottopic.com)

Other Interests and Facts:

Robbie likes to play hockey His favorite team is the Boston Bruins.

Known to throw the Sony playstation controller when he loses video hockey... (Rolling Stone, April 2000)

Additional Information credit: Sexnrocknroll.com

 

 

Shannon Larkin - Drums

Full Name:   James Shannon Larkin
Astrological Sign:   Taurus
Birth Date:   April 24, 1967
Eye Color:   Green
Birth Place:   Chicago, IL (Cook County Hospital)
Has Lived In:   IL, Virginias, CA
Marital Status:   Married
Children:   One child.

Musical Background:

Shannon started playing drums at 10 years old.

Pre-Godsmack bands: Wrathchild America, Souls at Zero (formerly Wrathchild America), Kiddie Porn, MF Pittbulls, Back Alley Gators, Amen.

Shannon's drum work also appears on: "Strait Up," "Thunderbolt: A Tribute to AC/DC," Vanilla Ice's "Hard to Swallow," Glenn Tipton's "Baptizm of Fire, " Poundhound's "Massive Grooves" and Glassjaw's "Worship and Tribute."

Shannon has also filled in on drums on tour for Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Candlebox and Medication.

Musical Influences:

Musical hero:
Johnny Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten)

Favorite band of all time:
The Sex Pistols

Musical influences:
Sex Pistols, Black Flag, The Dead Kennedys, The Circle Jerks, DOA, DRI, Kiss, AC/DC, Aerosmith.
(Musical influences information from muse.ie interview)

Tattoos:

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.

*let this be known, im not obsessed im just loyal!*