Abby Weingarten of Worcester Telegram & Gazette News recently conducted an interview with GODSMACK bassist Robbie Merrill. A few excerpts from the chat follow:On his dreams of playing 20,000-seater shows every night and joining the ranks of AEROSMITH and METALLICA: "We're always striving to get to the next level — that 20-year career. A good example is the DEFTONES; they've been together forever because they just plug along. That's what we want.” On the band's current tour in support of the "IV" album: "You're going to see lots of video on this tour, and you're going to need some earplugs, because bombs go off. We have fire, we do this two-drum solo skit, and try to play most of the hits." On being accustomed to radio airplay, with tunes such as "Awake", "Whatever", "Keep Away" and "I Stand Alone": "In the beginning of our claim to fame, I remember, I fought it for a little bit. You get all this thrown at you, and it's confusing. Once you understand it, you just accept it, and I have a good life." On being afforded time to devote to other ventures: "I have to say, the thing with us has always been, we never gave up. We were selling 1,000 copies a week for a long time and still weren't signed. We could have given up at that point, but we didn't, and it paid off. Once people know you, it's all about remembering who you are. You're always going to look back at what you came from."
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