Ask Sully Erna how he thinks Godsmack will measure up against Staind (since they are sharing a bill in Manchester on Wednesday) and you get a take-no-prisoners response befitting the man whose gutteral, metal-inspired growls propel the intense hard-rock band's assault.
"I truly believe in my heart that, pound for pound, Godsmack is one of the best live performances out there," Erna, the band's frontman, said in a recent phone interview. "We've spent the last 15 years performing. We are good at it, great at it."
The keys to the Godsmack show, or any great concert, Erna said is 100 percent commitment to the performance by all the band members and repetition, doing dozens of shows together and having enough songs to fill a 90 minute to 2 hour show with no clunkers.
Godsmack certainly has the latter. Since the band was formed in 1995, it has released five studio albums that contained 20 singles, a half-dozen of which hit number one on Billboard's mainstream rock charts and all of which made the top 20. The singles alone are more a concert's worth of material.
That qualifies Godsmack as one of the most popular rock bands in the world. The group has sold 17 million albums. Its last three albums 2003's "Faceless," 2006's "IV" and 2010's "The Oracle," debuted at No. 1 — something also accomplished by Van Halen, U2, Metallica, Dave Mathews Band, Staind, System of a Down, Disturbed and Linkin Park.
Erna's band is among the heaviest and hardest of the bunch, drawing on the sounds originated by Alice in Chains in the late '80s and early '90s to create high intensity, high volume metallic rock.
That's the sound fans can expect when Godsmack co-headlines a spring tour with Staind.
If you go:
Who: Godsmack/Staind with Halestorm and Brook Royal.
When: 6:30 p.m., May 16.
Where: Verizon Wireless Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester, N.H.
How much: Tickets are $49.50 and $39.50, available by calling 603-868-7300 (Ticketmaster) or at VerizonWirelessArena.com.