On Friday, April 13, hard rock is going to shake downtown Augusta – the starting point of a national tour by some of the genre’s most well-known acts.
New Englanders Godsmack and Staind are the headliners of the Mass Chaos Tour, to kick off at James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St., with Halestorm as the opening act.
For Godsmack and Staind, this is a chance to bring the bands together and give a night of outstanding hard rock with the possibility of collaborating on stage.
“The whole package is really strong, and I’m really excited about it,” said Sully Erna, front man and songwriter of Godsmack during a conference call with reporters before the tour.
“As far as collaborating, me and Mike (Mushok of Staind) have spoken about it. We’re going to try to figure out a handful of songs that a bunch of us could jump up and just have some fun with – a band of the night, which we’re all about.”
From the start, the tour was designed to be very fan-friendly, which was made clear when fans were asked to name the tour and enter a contest to design a promotional poster.
“I think it’s kind of cool the way things are nowadays,” said Mushok, guitarist for Staind, during the teleconference.
“You know, you can put this stuff out there and let some of the fans who are creative be a part of it, and some of the poster submissions, especially some of them were great, I thought.”
The stage will be sure to be full of energy from the nearly all-male lineup, save Lzzy Hale, the lead vocalist for Halestorm. And Hale’s estatic about it.
“I freaking love being a girl on an all-guy bill,” she said. “It’s an honor to be on a bill like this. You feel like a little sister in rock almost. You’ve got these big brothers around you. You learn a … lot and you stick out like a sore thumb; I love it.”
Godsmack is working on a new release slated for sometime in the middle of the year. The band’s last album, The Oracle, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
Staind’s last release, self-titled Staind, came out in 2011 at No. 5 in the Billboard Top 200, with its debut single Not Again hitting the top of the rock chart and staying there for eight weeks.
While Godsmack is not supporting a new studio album on this tour, the band’s first live album will be out this spring.
“We’re just going to try to put together the best songs we can, the most energetic songs that we can, and stuff that we feel is going to be the most interactive for the audience,” Erna said.
“So, this (tour) is actually kind of a vacation for us, a lot in the sense (that) there’s no real hard work behind prepping for a new record and all of that stuff,” he continued. “This is kind of let loose and have fun with it.”
Hale, who co-founded the band with her brother Arejay Hale, started out young with her music, and admitted that a lot of what she listened to as a youth was actually a bit behind her generation – ’70s and ’80s hard rock, such as Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd.
“And, I mean, I had a very crazy family,” she said. “It was very Partridge Family meets Spinal Tap.”
After Augusta, the tour hits Estero, Fla., and dates in Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, West Virginia, New York and back in Godsmack’s and Staind’s New England, in New Hampshire and Maine on May 16 and 18.