Shannon Larkin

Shannon Larkin

Shannon Larkin, Godsmack

James Shannon Larkin (born April 24, 1967), is a musician best known as the drummer for the rock band Godsmack. Prior to Godsmack, his previous bands were Amen, Candlebox, Ugly Kid Joe, and Souls at Zero (formerly Wrathchild America).

Larkin played drums for Godsmack on 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. 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 (guitarist of Godsmack).

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 also featured on the "Behind the Player" series.