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Robbie Merrill
Hello to my NHL and Godsmack fans. This is Robbie Merrill, the one and only bass player from Godsmack, he he ha ha. I was recently approached by the NHL to do a blog for them. Me being a hockey fan, I was honored to do this.

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Check out Robbie and Godsmack at: www.godsmack.com

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PS2 or real life...
Bass and Bruins: Perfect Together!

Friday, Dec. 9, 2005

PS2 or real life, being
a GM is easy, right?

Hey everybody, the Robster is back.

Sorry for ending abruptly. As we speak, the band is in the studio in LA recording. We are at the end of our session, maybe two or three more weeks. Then we will take a break for the holidays and then start up again in January to mix and master. That is about a two to three week process.

I am personally loving the music. The band will have a meeting about the songs each band member loves and hates. All in all, it is going to be a bleeping good record, I mean CD. I am old school. I still say record.

Well anyway, back to my favorite thing other than my wife -- hockey. In the near future, I will get back to playing and hanging with junior, AHL and NHL players.

Let's get into a couple of pet peeves of mine: One is Hal Gill and the other is management of the Boston Bruins, of course.

As Bill Cosby would say, I am sick and tired -- that's right -- I am sick and tired of all those Hal Gill bashers. I met Hal a couple of years ago backstage at one of our shows and I feel the same way before I meet him as I do now. Talking with him, he knows his role on the team and he knows how hard he has to work to stay where he is.

Hal plays against every team's elite lines, that is the best players they have, every night, every game, every penalty kill, etc... He is no Ray Bourque, no Robert Blake, no Chris Pronger, yet he has had three or four coaches who have asked him to do the task of playing against elite lines.

Lay off the guy or put the skates on and show us how it is done -- THANK YOU.

Now on a lighter note, Michael O'Connell.

Mike O'Connell, what are you thinking trading Joe Thornton? At first I thought he was throwing in the towel and making room for the salary cap next year. But our fine writers from the local newspapers have done their research and they say that isn't true.

So maybe my NHL bloggers can help me out on the stats and salaries on a second line defenseman (Brad Stuart) and a second-liner (Marco Sturm) and a third-liner forward (Wayne Primeau) for an All-Star captain and a first-liner.

Alright, lets have some fun. Not knowing what it is like being a GM, I fired up my Sony Playstation 2 game. I put in NHL 2006, went to the dynasty mode and became GM. I then tried to make the trade and every time I tried, I was rejected! Maybe about a half dozen times or so, I finally gave up.

So then I tried to make another trade -- Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames for Joe Thornton and ... wa-laaa ... it accepted it.

Hello McFly, what are you thinking?????

So Mike, when you go to make another trade, fire up the Sony Playstation 2 and maybe you will become our hero -- he he!!

PS, where is Donald Trump when you need him...Mike O'Connell, your fired. I cannot wait for that. Well, maybe not. I hope he succeeds and proves us all wrong. Alright my 'Smackers and bloggers, I told you I was a fanatic. Time to go, lets resume this in the near future.

Posted by The Robster @ 11:51 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005

Bass and Bruins: Perfect Together!

We will start with what is going on with the 'Smackers.

We ended our Faceless cycle with the all mighty Metallica. It was a long 19 months on the road with Metallica being the last three months or so. We then took a break from each other, which was nice. Nothing against my boys, but it was awesome not seeing them or hearing their voices for awhile.

We all got back together to start the writing process around April or May. It was good to see the boys, everybody was in good spirits looking forward to jamming again. And jamming with did, five to six days a week. We had occasional breaks to hang with the families.

Shannon lives in Florida and the rest of us are from the Boston area. We all know what it is like being away from home so when Shannon had a family thing going on we let him go home on a plane, I mean in a plane. The writing ended around September.

Alright, enough of the 'Smack talk. We will continue the 'Smack stuff another day (I am a teeze huh?).

So on to hockey. I have been a Bruins fan my whole life. I started playing pond hockey from the end of the Bobby Orr days around the age of six or so until high school. My family couldn't afford youth hockey back then but I watched the Bruins on TV fanatically. I didn't miss too many games -- Channel 38 WSBK baby!!

Around the time Godsmack got together, I started to play street hockey. A friend of mine rented ice on Saturday nights at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. I bought some used gear at a sport shop and the rest is history. Well not really, it was like starting over. Just like riding a bike, well maybe not.

Thank god for the equipment because I was on my butt more than I was skating. My buddies had a lot of patience and they laughed a lot but with time I wasn't picked last anymore. Fast forward 10 years and playing 2-3 times a week, I got half decent. In about another 10 years I will be ready for the NHL!!

Alright my dear 'Smackers, I have to go record some bass tracks. We will resume this soon.

Posted by The Robster @ 2:03 p.m.


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