Shannon Larkin

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Shannon Larkin
Shannon Larkin godsmack drums.jpg
Larkin performing at a Sabian live show.
Background information
Birth nameJames Shannon Larkin
Born (1967-04-24) April 24, 1967 (age 52)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Drums
  • percussion
  • vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
Years active1978–present
LabelsUniversal, Republic
Associated acts

James Shannon Larkin (born April 24, 1967), is a musician best known as the drummer for rock band Godsmack. He replaced the previous drummer Tommy Stewart in June 2002. Prior to Godsmack, his previous bands were 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 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 Records and releasing an eponymous debut album that was well received by critics.[citation needed] He went on to record two albums with Ugly Kid Joe and two more with Amen.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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;[citation needed] MF Pitbulls with members of Snot;[citation needed] and The Apocalypse Blues Revue with Tony Rombola.[1]

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

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


Shannon 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, Shannon has Amen tattooed across his knuckles and a hand ripping into the skin on his stomach.[3]


  • Yamaha
  • Oak Custom Drums
      • 24"x18" Bass Drum
      • 10x8" Tom
      • 12"x9" Tom
      • 13"x10" Tom
      • 16"x16" Floor Tom
      • 18"x16" Floor Tom
      • 14"x6" Snare
  • Toca Percussion
      • 14"6" Timbale
  • Yamaha Electronic Drums
      • Yamaha Drum Pad
  • DDrum Percussion
      • 20" and 22" Deccabons
  • Yamaha Hardware
  • 800 Series
  • Flying Dragon pedals
  • Sabian Cymbals
      • 13" Paragon Hi-Hat
      • 14" Paragon Hi-Hat
      • 8" Paragon Splash
      • 10" Paragon Splash (x2)
      • 16" AA Medium Crash
      • 19" AA Rock Crash
      • 20" Vault Crash
      • 19" AA Holy China
      • 21" AA Holy China
      • 22" Hand Hammered Power Bell Ride
      • 12" Ice Bell
  • Heads
      • Remo
  • Vic Firth drumsticks
      • "American Rock Classic" Sticks


[citation needed]

Wrathchild America[edit]

Souls at Zero[edit]

Ugly Kid Joe[edit]





Another Animal[edit]

As Session Musician[edit]

The Apocalypse Blues Revue[edit]

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


  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.

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