Winnipeg, the vibrant heart of Manitoba, witnessed a thunderous and unforgettable night on October 16th, as the Canada Life Centre played host to the iconic rock band Godsmack. This high-octane event featured not only the headlining act but also the powerful opening bands, Flat Back and I Prevail, who set the stage on fire. Concert-goers were in for a treat, as Godsmack delivered a powerful performance that left the audience craving for more. 


Flat Black

The evening began with a burst of energy as Flat Black took the stage. This band is quickly making a name for itself in the rock scene, and their opening set proved why. Flat Back’s sound is a blend of hard rock and heavy metal, and they wasted no time in demonstrating their musical prowess. With a heavy dose of adrenaline-pumping guitar riffs and thunderous drum beats, Flat Back brought the audience to life. Their charismatic lead vocalist engaged the crowd with his powerful and gritty voice, singing songs that spoke to the heart of the metal and rock enthusiasts in attendance.


I Prevail

Next up was I Prevail, an American post-hardcore band known for their unique fusion of metal and emotional, soul-stirring lyrics. They didn’t disappoint. The audience was treated to an intense, high-energy performance that had a perfect balance of heavy, melodic, and emotional moments. I Prevail’s lead vocalist showcased remarkable vocal range, seamlessly transitioning between clean and screamed vocals, and his emotive singing connected deeply with the crowd. Their music resonated with the audience, who sang along passionately, turning the venue into a collective sea of voices.



As the clock struck 9, the moment everyone had been eagerly awaiting arrived. Godsmack took the stage amid an eruption of applause and cheers. The band, led by the charismatic Sully Erna, exuded an aura of confidence and rock ‘n’ roll prowess that had the audience in the palm of their hands from the very first note.


Godsmack kicked off their set with “When Legends Rise,” the title track from their latest album. The deafening sound of drums and scorching guitar riffs filled the arena, setting the tone for a night of pure rock euphoria. The band’s incredible stage presence was evident as they moved around with boundless energy, interacting with the fans, and encouraging them to get involved.

Sully Erna’s powerful and resonant vocals were a highlight of the night. His ability to convey raw emotion through his singing is second to none. The audience was treated to hits like “I Stand Alone,” “Awake,” and “Voodoo,” which elicited thunderous applause and singing along from the crowd. Godsmack’s ability to seamlessly blend hard rock with elements of nu-metal and alternative rock was on full display.


The visual aspects of the show were not overlooked either. The stage setup, lighting, and pyrotechnics added a layer of spectacle that complemented the sonic intensity of Godsmack’s performance. The synchronized light show and well-timed pyrotechnics added to the overall concert experience, making it a feast for both the eyes and the ears.


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