Shannon Larkin On Receiving Threats From Godsmack Bandmates Due To His Addiction

Shannon Larkin from Godsmack, now sober for over seven years, discussed his journey to sobriety with SPIN. Larkin admitted that his alcohol addiction caused him to be threatened with firing from the band many times by his bandmates, as his behavior when blackout drunk caused harm to those around him. He explained:

“Yeah, there was many of those things. In fact, I was fired — well, not fired, but threatened to be fired from this band over the last 20 years, three times. And one of my issues, one of many alcoholics’ issues with when you get too drunk, you black out. And then when I blacked out, I would do these crazy things and pick fights with way bigger people and all kinds of crazy things. And it was funny because I always attacked the people that were closest to me, the people I loved the most. And that was one of the parts in rehab where, why do I attack the people I love the most? And so it was an inner thing. And they helped me find out why. I’m not gonna tell the world that, but everybody has their issues. And so I think alcoholism, drug addiction, it’s all about locating the issue, finding it, destroying it, and then finding your higher power, becoming better, finding happiness within. Pretty simple sounding. Not so simple.”

Sully Erna Believes Shannon Larkin Is An Inspiration

Godsmack’s Sully Erna was inspired by Erna Larkin’s recovery and happy that he got the help he needed. He spoke to Meltdown of Detroit‘s WRIF radio station about Shannon Larkin‘s addiction to alcohol in 2020. He said:

“Yeah, he’s an inspiration, man. He’s come a long way since the days where he just had this kind of ‘F.U.’ punk rock attitude and didn’t care about what he looked like, what he sounded like, who he insulted when he was drinking. ‘Cause he was a bad drunk. He was a blackout drunk, and that’s where it’s dangerous. Everybody would laugh with him and just think it’s funny that he’s smashing bottles and breaking lamps in hotel rooms and all that, but at the same time, he doesn’t remember anything, and he’s calling people horrible names. When you’re that kind of an alcoholic, it’s not good, ’cause you’re either gonna hurt somebody or hurt yourself and not even know you did it the next morning. So I’m glad he got help, because he needed to.”

According to Sully, Shannon’s alcohol addiction was getting in the way of Godsmack. About the difficulties they experienced with his alcoholism, Sully continued:

“When you’re a dangerous alcoholic that’s blacked out and you don’t know what you’re doing or what you did the next morning, you have to understand you have a disease and a bigger problem and do something about it. And he took it (upon) himself to deal with it. We never told him what to do, but he knew that it was getting close to, like — we can’t do this much longer, because it was getting to the point where it was interfering with business.”

You can watch the full interview below, where Shannon Larkin talks about his addiction and recovery.