AMP: Godsmack Concert in LaFargeville 'Went Smoothly'

by Timothy W. Scee II

Special to N
Published August 25,

—  AMP Entertainment officials and concertgoers say the promoter’s first experience hosting a show Can-Am Motorsports Park over the weekend “went smoothly,” despite not having exceeded expected numbers in ticket sales.

Massachusetts-based heavy metal band, Godsmack, performed before a crowd of just over 4,000 at the LaFargeville speedway Saturday, Aug. 20., after promoters decided to move the concert from its proposed location at Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. 

AMP Entertainment Owner Sebby R. Abbate told reporters at a July 28 press conference the concert was being moved to Can-Am Motorsports Park to due logistics, “security and crowd control.”

“It wasn’t a bad venue to hold a show at,” Abbate said. “Attendance-wise, we were a few hundred people short of our anticipated number that we were trying to reach of 3,600 people.” About 400 attended the concert with complementary tickets, according to the promoter.

“The concert went smoothly and no sheriffs or state troopers were called in.”

Those who attended the concert seemed to agree the venue matched exactly what Godsmack fans were looking for. 

Christopher G. DiStefano, of Watertown, has been a fan of the band since the release of its 1998 self-titled debut album.

“Bringing in a name like that, you need that kind of space and the organization that the speedway had to put on a good show,” DiStefano said. “It was great because it had lots of access to bathrooms, the beer lines were short, the food lines were short and there was lots of space for parking.”

DiStefano, who attended a Godsmack concert in 2001, said the band sounded “just as good” as it did 10 years ago. 

“Exactly like Sully (Godsmack lead singer) said, ‘We’re just going to some rocking,’ that’s exactly what they did,” DiStefano said.

Having previously attended concerts hosted by AMP Entertainment at the fairgrounds Taylour L. Scanlin, of Carthage, said she prefers the Can-Am Motorsports Park venue for future concerts because of its setting. 

“It was more relaxing and the weather was nice,” Scanlin said. “I definitely preferred it to having it at the fairgrounds.”

Scanlin, who serves as president of the Greater Watertown Jaycess, touted outdoor concerts as a beneficial way to engage youth.

“I just hope that they keep bringing these types of things to Watertown,” Scanlin said. “It’s great for young people.”

As for the future of holding more concerts at the LaFargeville venue, Abbate said that decision will have to made on a “show-to-show basis.”

“Each show would have to warrant whether it would be outside or inside,” Abbate said. “The staff at Can-Am Motorsports Park were very accommodating to us and helped us with every little need that we may have had.”

Official: AMP Entertainment

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