GODSMACK will embark on a headlining tour across North America with special guests VOLBEAT later this month.

The Massachusetts rockers wrapped up a co-headlining trek with SHINEDOWN over the summer and a European tour with LIKE A STORM earlier this year.

Asked why GODSMACK wanted to tour with VOLBEAT, drummer Shannon Larkin told Twin Cities Media: "Well, first of all, we think they're great. They write great songs and they sound unique. Second, their tour manager has been friends with our tour manager for a few years. While over in Europe, our tour manager got to talking with theirs and said, 'Hey, maybe we can make something happen.' They put their new record out and it's doing great. We put our new record out and it's doing great. The stars just aligned. We made the calls. They were into it, we were into it. We figure it would be a scratch-my-back-scratch-your-back kind of thing since we're bigger than them in America and they're bigger than us in Europe. So we figured we'll take them out in America and go out with them in Europe. It all works out, and everyone is trying to help everyone else at the end of the day."

GODSMACK's tour with VOLBEAT will kick off in Nashville, Tennessee on April 16 and will make stops in cities like Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, and Omaha. Eleven of the dates will take place in Canada, including in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Abbotsford. For most of the Canadian shows, VOLBEAT will co-headline.

GODSMACK is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "When Legends Rise", which was released in April 2018. The disc follows up 2014's "1000hp" and is the band's first release through BMG after splitting with its longtime home, Republic/Universal.


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