|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.
I am back in the saddle againHello my fav people! I got a little Smack news for you. Last week, the band flew into the lovely Las Vegas airport. We were there to shoot our new video for the song "Speak", which I may add is doing awesome at Active Rock radio. It is #1 already and KROQ/LA just added it to their play list. I am told it is the earliest ever for them. So anyways, the lovely Vegas, Sin City, "what goes on in Vegas stays in Vegas", isn't that friendly to me.
Here is a funny story: I tried to pull a fast one on the airline, me thinking I am smart, I was going to sneak my custom built Spectre bass into First Class. To no avail, as Tony and I were going through the gate, the beautiful and talented stewardess put a "handle with care" sticker on it and told me to leave it at the doorway. Here is the funny part of the story: While I was sitting in my seat, I got to watch the bag handlers drop Tony's guitar and my bass down the conveyor belt and then throw them onto the plane. Kudos to the handlers. They treat all passengers bags the same! he he blankety blankety blanks he he.
Now onto the video: The band has done around nine music videos, I cringe when it is time to make one another one. They usually take one to two days for 18 hours a day... not fun. This shoot was a lot of fun -- the director's name was Wayne Isham -- he has been around for years. The man is a blast to work with. The gig consisted of hot rods, street bikes doing maniac tricks and of course hot chicks from the local dance club. We shot from mid-morning up until dinner. And I'll tell you, the time flew. The shooting for the band took place after dark in an open field overlooking the city. It was about 40 degrees and windy... not fun. Wayne did his best to get us outta there about 1ish in the morning. I have to say if this is edited right, it should be a great video. You can start looking for it on MTV2 and FUSE at the beginning of April.
On to hockey! In my last blog, I wrote how the Bruins were on a winning streak... not so good now. They won one out of ten games and Mike, the mad man, O'Connell made another knucklehead trade (What is his wife feeding him for dinner??? She should be in jail!!!). The trade consisted of Sergei Samsonov, who by the way, has been hanged up all season for Harry, no I am just kidding, Marty Reasoner, who is also an unrestricted free agent, and I doubt will be a Bruin next year. We also got in the trade, Yan Stastny and a number two pick. Hey Mike, didn't you trade Stastny to Edmonton last summer?? I am telling you, it's in the food LOL.
Reading the Boston Herald this morning, it sounds like the players are about to have a mutiny. Mike, be a real man and resign, please, pretty please, with sugar on top???
Better late than neverSorry my bloggers, I have been a busy busy boy. On the Godsmack front, the CD is finally finished. I got a copy a few days ago. The single was going to be released on February 14th, but there was a mistake on the labels end and it was released to some stations early. By the time you get this blog, all the radio stations should have it. So far so good. It has been the #1 added song on rock format. The CD will be released to the public on April 25th.
We are finishing up on artwork as we speak. Looks like the title will be Godsmack 4. If it changes, my fellow bloggers, you will be the first to know. Our manager calls this crunch time. We started with a few days of press, which consisted of a CD listening party to a bunch of local and national magazines and critics. That to me was not a lot of fun. After the party, we did a whole day of interviews and it seemed to go well. I have a phobia with writers. You give your heart and soul to the project and they can rip it out in an instant. One thing over the years I have learned is that good and bad press is good press.
On the hockey front, my Bruins are starting to mesh. After the Olympic break, it should be a good run to the playoffs. You can't ask for anything better than that.
Alright, now I will finish up with the story I began in my "Flashback" blog. Let's talk about the second part of the Toronto gig. Tie Domi asked me back to skate. Same thing, I wheeled and dealed for a ride and got to the rink around 9:30ish. Darcy Tucker and the madman Tie were already there. They told me they had a goalie. Both of them were smiling as they said it. It was actually one of their equipment managers. I am bummed because I can't remember his name. I am smiling as I write this because he could skate but he was no goalie. They didn't care.
Darcy and Tie were firing the puck at him like he was the enemy. Poor guy. As a matter of fact, I was headhunting too -- I hate goalies!! They get in the way of my glory (he he ha ha). So we were doing a bunch of drills. The goalie went down and stayed down from being hit too hard. Tie would say sorry and give him a pat on his back. The beating went on for about a half hour. At this time, one of the AHL players came out. Darcy asked him to scrimmage and he obliged. Tie picked the teams and of course he picked me. The two little guys against a big defenseman and Darcy. It was fun but competitive. They played to my level so I had a blast. It was the best of two out of three; up to five goals per game. We lost the first and won the second. Both were by a goal.
The third game Tie and Darcy stepped it up a notch. Nobody likes losing. It seemed like the game went on forever and ever. Tie was pushing me and Darcy was getting after his partner. The end result, I gave Tie a pass over one guys stick and the other through his legs and right smack in the middle of Tie's stick. He snapped the puck top shelf!! He raised his arms in the air and skated over to me saying "Good job Rob, you just beat two NHLers." I was way too tired to think about what we had done. Other than no checking it was competitive. Again I left the ice with a smile on my face!! I love going to bed a winner!! I have to go but promise I will write soon.