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Larkin performing with Godsmack in 2019
|Birth name||James Shannon Larkin|
|Born||April 24, 1967|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Larkin is a koi and turtle enthusiast and keeps multiple koi and turtles at his home.
Souls at Zero
Ugly Kid Joe
- Menace to Sobriety (1995)
- Motel California (1996)
- The Very Best of Ugly Kid Joe: As Ugly as It Gets (1998)
- Stairway to Hell (2012)
- Uglier Than They Used ta Be (2015)
- Happy Pills (1998)
- Strait Up (2000)
- Faceless (2003)
- The Other Side (2004)
- IV (2006)
- Good Times, Bad Times.... 10 Years of Godsmack (2007)
- The Oracle (2010)
- 1000hp (2014)
- When Legends Rise (2018)
- Another Animal (2007)
As session musician
- 30/30-150 by Stone Sour
- Hard to Swallow by Vanilla Ice
- Worship and Tribute by Glassjaw
- Massive Grooves... by Poundhound (aka Doug Pinnick of King's X) 1998
The Apocalypse Blues Revival
- The Apocalypse Blues Revue (2016)
- The Shape of Blues to Come (2018)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Shannon Larkin.|
- "GODSMACK Drummer And Guitarist Form Side Blues Project BLUE CROSS BAND". Blabbermouth.net. 2014-07-02. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
- "Sheet Music Plus - Behind the Player: Shannon Larkin" Sheetmusicplus.com. Retrieved on July 10, 2009.
- "Shannon Larkin Tattoos" Tripod.com. Retrieved on July 10, 2009.
- "Meeting Shannon Larkin's Turtles and Koi!". YouTube. Snake Discovery. Retrieved 24 January 2021.