In this Crazy Tour Stories segment, the pop rock musician, Nick Brodeur, shares one of his favorite stories from playing concerts. You can check out the story, after the break.
I was asked to play on stage with the band Godsmack. The lead singer, Sully Erna, asked me to learn a couple of songs to play with them at one of their shows in Atlantic City. The songs were Come Together by The Beatles and Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin. I worked really hard on learning the tracks and stayed up all night practicing on the guitar making sure I had everything down perfectly. I practiced rigorously for about a week straight all the way up until the night of the show.
All my life I’ve wanted to be a musician and it felt like everything I had worked for was finally paying off. Godsmack is one of my favorite bands of all time and it was such an incredible honor to be asked to join them on stage. It was definitely the biggest opportunity of my music career up to that point, so I wanted to make sure I killed it.
Godsmack is a chart-topping Rock/Metal band from Boston that has toured all over the world. They’ve sold millions of records; done everything I’ve ever dreamed of. It all started when my Dad called his old friend Jim Wahlberg to catch up. Jim and my dad have been friends for a long time and they originally met when we lived down in Miami, FL. When Jim asked how I was doing, my dad told him that I just finished High School, was about to start college, and that I had been really seriously working on music. Jim asked him to send over some music that I had created to check it out. He loved the music he said he wanted to share with people he knew. He told my dad he was friends with the lead singer of Godsmack, and knowing what a big fan I am, he wanted to try to help me out. Even though nothing was set in stone, my dad couldn’t wait to tell me- we were both in disbelief about the possibility.
Once everyone spoke and was properly introduced, things started coming together quickly. Sully had said he loved my music and would love to have me play with them in Atlantic City. He explained all the details- I’d come on stage for the encore, be introduced, and play two covers with them. We got off the phone and suddenly everything felt real, I couldn’t believe it. I saw the band play when I was thirteen- the idea of being on stage with them only five years later felt wild. Once we got on stage, things couldn’t have gone any better, Sully even said so himself. We spoke for an hour and he even asked me to play with them again. He gave me a signed drumhead- it was the best day of my life. He told me we were just getting started, and I really believed him. I’m so excited for the future and to be able to keep working on music.