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Larkin performing at a Sabian live show.
|Birth name||James Shannon Larkin|
|Born||April 24, 1967|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
James Shannon Larkin (born April 24, 1967), is a musician best known as the drummer for rock band Godsmack. He replaced the previous drummer Tommy Stewart in June 2002. Prior to Godsmack, his previous bands were Amen, Candlebox, Ugly Kid Joe, and Souls at Zero (formerly Wrathchild America).
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 Revue with Tony Rombola.
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.
Shannon has been tattooed by artists all over the world. In addition to a full sleeve on his left arm and tattoos on his right arm, Shannon has Amen tattooed across his knuckles and a hand ripping into the skin on his stomach.
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