Playing Ontario, CA for the first time ever, Godsmack hit the Toyota Arena stage Sunday night along with powerhouse rockers Halestorm. The fall tour, which started in late September, has been hitting cities all around the country and with only a handful of stops left, Californians were lucky to grab three of the remaining tour dates including Bakersfield, Ontario and San Diego.
Sunday night's show started off early with Canadian country rock band Monster Truck taking to the stage at 7:00 pm. The four-piece southern rock band had a unique sound that combined old school country and blues with hard-rocking riffs that made for an interesting and unique opening experience.
After a short set change, superstar Lzzy Hale’s voice rang throughout a darkened arena and the crowd was ignited. The powerhouse vocalist belted out, “Turn your cell phones off,” a line from the band's newest single as the frontwoman and the rest of Halestorm launched into “Do Not Disturb.” The entire band had endless energy that radiated into the crowd and had fans on their feet and singing along to every word. After a 12 song set including some of the bands biggest hits from new and old albums such as, “Love Bites (So Do I),” “I Get Off,” “Freak Like Me” and “I Miss the Misery,” the band left the stage to a deafening crowd that demanded more.
The stage was soon cloaked in a large blackout curtain featuring Godsmack's iconic band logo as the stage was prepped for the headliners. Promoting their recent 2018 album, When Legends Rise, frontman Sully Ern and the rest of the Godsmack crew hit the stage to the deafening roar of fans as the curtain dropped and the band launched into the title track off their new album.
Followed by “1000hp,” “Crying Like a Bitch” and “Voodoo,” the veteran rockers played hit after hit spanning over two decades worth of music. The show was full of incredible moments such as the dual drum solo between Sully and drummer Shannon Larkin but my favorite moment from the night was the stripped-down version of "Under Your Scars," a song that inspired Sully and Godsmack bandmates to create and launch the Scars Foundation.
Sully sat alone at a piano as he discussed his reasoning for creating the foundation and spoke about the effects of mental health and expressed his despair about the overwhelming amount of deaths attributed to addiction and suicide. The rest of the band joined Sully on stage for a very intimate performance of the song, "Under Your Scars." To learn more about the foundation check out The Scars Foundation.
The tour moves onto San Diego this week and after that, they only have four cities left before they venture off for festivals in The Woodlands, TX for Buzzfest and Mexico City, Mexico for Knotfest 2019.