Godsmack’s Sully Erna Opens Up About Battle With COVID-19, Says The Band’s Upcoming Album Might Be Their Last

During a recent interview with 101.1 WJRR, Godsmack’s Sully Erna opened about his recent battle with COVID-19 and the band’s upcoming plans. Notably, the frontman also mentioned that the group’s new album may be their last.

Erna, who is reportedly unvaccinated, said the following about contracting COVID-19:

“I got very sick. I was sick for five and a half weeks, but I was in the hospital for four days.”

He continued when asked if he ever thought he would get the disease:

“I didn’t. I take really good care of myself. I’m a runner. I’ve boxed for over 20 years. And I’m onstage two hours a night. I have pretty big lungs, so even thinking if I was gonna get it, I figured I’d get sick like the normal flu get sick and then you push through it, but I definitely didn’t expect for it to knock me down the way it did. I just got some bad luck and bad timing. Part of it was I got hit during the Christmas holidays, so all my doctors were on vacation; there was only substitutes. They were kind of guiding me over the phone. And what happened was the COVID left my body within seven to 10 days, but then pneumonia developed, and that’s what got me [really sick]. I ended up getting blood clots in my lungs and stuff like that. That’s when everything went down. It was pretty gnarly for a while because my oxygen had dipped to 76. And if anyone knows anything about oxygen levels, you’re not supposed to go below 95. If you go below, you go to the hospital and 70 is, like, [when they put you on a] ventilator. So I was pretty emotional, pretty nervous about wondering if I was coming out of this. But thankfully I was in the shape that I was in, and my doctor thinks, like, that proved to him… He goes, ‘I know exactly how good of a shape you’re in now, because,’ he goes, ‘I’ve gotta tell you, man, when you came in, I was really nervous for you. And most people that come in in that condition, they don’t leave with a happy ending.'”

He also commented on the randomness of COVID-19:

“It’s pretty random. I think it has something to do with the blood type and DNA; they’re testing for that kind of stuff now. But regardless, I got to the other side of it. I’m doing better than I ever have. It was a very humbling experience and a crazy journey. It puts things in perspective for you. So, that being said, I’m here to just do what we do, man. There was a reason for all of this, and it’s made me appreciate life more and my career more and music more and things like that. But I’m also not overjamming my schedule like I used to. I’m taking time for my family, my daughter, the people that I love the most. And I’ll play music when I wanna play music now, not because I have to.”

On another note, Erna also had the following to say about Godsmack’s current plans:

“The first thing to do is these shows. We have six of ’em to do, last night [being] one of ’em and tonight another one. We have four more to do over the next two weekends. And then it’s pretty loose until October. Then we start ‘touring touring’ in Europe, we do South America, we [play] some international [shows]. We’ll be back first quarter of ’23 with a new record. The record’s finished; we’re done recording it. You should probably be hearing new music by summertime — mid to late summer — and then following it up with a second single and the full record by the top of ’23. That’s the plan. And then we’re just gonna hit it one more time hard and heavy. And I’ve gotta tell you, this might be the last one for us — it might be the last record for us.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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