Shannon Larkin

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Shannon Larkin
Larkin performing with Godsmack in 2019
Larkin performing with Godsmack in 2019
Background information
Birth nameJames Shannon Larkin
Born (1967-04-24) April 24, 1967 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Drums
  • percussion
  • vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
Years active1978–present
LabelsUniversal, Republic
Associated acts

James Shannon Larkin (born April 24, 1967) is an American musician, best known as the drummer of rock band Godsmack. He replaced the previous drummer Tommy Stewart in June 2002. Prior to Godsmack, he was a member of Amen, Candlebox, Ugly Kid Joe, and Souls at Zero (formerly Wrathchild America).

Shannon played drums for Godsmack for their albums Faceless, IV, their EP The Other Side, The Oracle, 1000hp, and their latest album When Legends Rise.


Larkin at a Sabian live show in 2008

Larkin has been playing drums since the age of ten.

He formed Wrathchild America in 1978, recording two albums for Atlantic Records before being dropped by the label. The group disbanded and later reformed as Souls at Zero, signing with Energy Rekords and releasing an eponymous debut album that was well received by critics. He went on to record two albums with Ugly Kid Joe and two more with Amen.

He joined Godsmack in 2003, replacing departing drummer Tommy Stewart. He has since appeared on their albums Faceless, IV, The Other Side, The Oracle, 1000hp, When Legends Rise.

His numerous side projects have included hardcore punk and thrash metal band Kiddie Porn with fellow Wrathchild guitarist Jay Abbene and bassist John "Tumor" Fahnestock, MF Pitbulls with members of Snot, and The Apocalypse Blues Revival with Tony Rombola.[1]

He has appeared as a session musician on such albums as Strait Up by Snot and Glenn Tipton's Baptizm of Fire. He has played for Vanilla Ice, Glassjaw, and Stone Sour.

He was featured on the Behind the Player series.[2]


Larkin has been tattooed by artists all over the world. In addition to a full sleeve on his left arm and tattoos on his right arm, Larkin has Amen tattooed across his knuckles and a hand ripping into the skin on his stomach.[3]

Personal Life[edit]

Larkin is a koi and turtle enthusiast and keeps multiple koi and turtles at his home.[4]


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Wrathchild America[edit]

Souls at Zero[edit]

Ugly Kid Joe[edit]

Glen Tipton[edit]





Another Animal[edit]

As session musician[edit]

The Apocalypse Blues Revival[edit]

  • The Apocalypse Blues Revue (2016)
  • The Shape of Blues to Come (2018)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "GODSMACK Drummer And Guitarist Form Side Blues Project BLUE CROSS BAND". 2014-07-02. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
  2. ^ "Sheet Music Plus - Behind the Player: Shannon Larkin" Retrieved on July 10, 2009.
  3. ^ "Shannon Larkin Tattoos" Retrieved on July 10, 2009.
  4. ^ "Meeting Shannon Larkin's Turtles and Koi!". YouTube. Snake Discovery. Retrieved 24 January 2021.