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]

Godsmack Announce European/UK Tour

Godsmack have announced a headlining European/UK tour. That trek is scheduled for October.

Tour Dates:

10/05 Cologne GER – Palladium
10/06 Paris, FRA – Casino de Paris
10/08 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
10/09 Manchester, UK – Academy
10/11 London, UK – Roundhouse
10/12 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy
10/14 Brussels, BEL – AB
10/15 Offenbach, GER Stadthalle
10/16 Berlin, GER – Columbiahalle
10/18 Munich, GER – Zenith
10/19 Zurich, SWI – Komplex 457
10/20 Milan, ITA – Alcatraz
10/22 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
10/23 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra Club
10/25 Sofia, BUL – Arena Armeets
10/26 Bucharest, ROM – Arenele Romanes Marquee
10/28 Kyiv, UKR – Stereoplaza
10/30 Moscow, RUS – Adrenaline Stadium
10/31 St. Petersburg, RUS – A2

Godsmack Planning To Work On New Album In January

Godsmack are planning to hit the studio on January 2 to work on their new album. Frontman Sully Erna recently confirmed the news during an interview with 93X:

“We’ve committed to getting in there [the studio] January 2nd and we’re gonna work through the end of April to try to button up a record. And that’s why we’re looking at probably like a late summer, early fall release for a new single. And then [a full-length] record following that.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Godsmack’s “When Legends Rise” Certified Gold In The U.S.

Godsmack’s latest album “When Legends Rise” has officially been certified gold by the RIAA. The band received the honor after moving 500,000 units of the record in the U.S. Notably, two singles from the record, the title track and “Under Your Scars,“ were recently certified gold as well.

Godsmack’s Sully Erna: “We Plan On Trying To Get A Record Finished By The End Of The Year, Maybe Two”

During a recent appearance on The VR Sessions’ “Riff On It,” Sully Erna offered an update on Godsmack’s current plans. According to him, the band are going to “plan on trying to get a record finished by the end of the year, maybe two.”

Erna said the following:

“We just started writing again — like, literally a month ago; not even. I bought a property down in Florida recently, because I just wanted to get away from all this nonsense that is going around the country. I don’t wanna go down that whole conversation right now, but I’ve learned a lot from this whole political nonsense and crap that’s happened with COVID about just people and the way everyone’s behaved during it. And I just wanted to kind of check out for a little bit and go focus on myself, my life, my family and my band, who is doing great, by the way. So I bought a place in Florida, and I actually moved the studio that we had up here in the New England area down to Fort Myers area. And that’s where we’ve been working. It’s been going good. We have probably — I don’t know — 12 songs written in the last three weeks. And, obviously, as everyone knows, a song isn’t a song until the lyrics and melodies are done. So I just started diving into that. And I came home to take a little break from the band so I could literally catch up and start writing some melodies to some of these instrumentals that we have.”

“We never, even last March when COVID started really becoming a thing and they were starting to shut down the country, I knew right away… There was bands that were, like, ‘Oh, we’re gonna push our tour back until the fall,’ or, ‘We’re gonna go next spring.’ And I don’t know why I knew this, but I just knew this thing was gonna make a mess. So we immediately were, like, ‘Okay, we’re shut down and we’re gonna not even think about 2020.’ And 2021 is even shady and maybe a possibility by fall, but I still think that it’s not gonna be quite ready yet. So we decided to just focus on this year being in one place, working on music with no agenda, with no timeline, with no even plan on what kind of music we’re gonna write. It could be piano and acoustic ballads, it could be vintage road rock, it could be a big, fat, heavy rock song. We just said, ‘Let’s just go play and be happy playing together. And we’ll just jam. And whatever happens happens. We’ll throw it in different folders and we’ll sort it out later.’ And that’s just gonna be our agenda for the rest of the year. We plan on trying to get a record finished by the end of the year, maybe two [records]. We might do like a specialty album and a big full-length rock record and then release it sometime in the first quarter of ’22.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Godsmack’s Sully Erna Floats Conspiracy Theory That The Coronavirus Death Count Is Inflated

During a recent appearance on “The Mistress Carrie Podcast,” Godsmack’s Sully Erna floated some conspiracy theories regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The frontman said that he believes “COVID is not a global killer,” while also pushing unsubstantiated claims of the death toll being inflated.

Erna said the following:

“I’m sorry, man, and there may be some people that may get mad at me about saying this, but COVID is not a global killer. It’s doing damage, and it’s certainly affecting the elderly, and we pray for them, and we are really sympathetic towards that, and that’s why we’re all wearing masks, that’s why we’re all doing our job. Because there’s a lot of us that aren’t afraid of COVID, and we know that we’re probably gonna blow right through it. But we don’t wanna roll the dice with our loved ones, so we’re being responsible. But at the same time, the reality is this isn’t a global killer. It’s gonna pass, we’re gonna get past it, and we need to get back to normal. So we have to influence the strong to get out there and start working and start going to school and doing what they need to do so we can create population immunity. That’s what’s gonna get us through this. And then we’ll be able to get back to normal.”

He also added:

“There’s been a lot of things proven within the media, the news, to who’s on what side of what, and whether some of this was a political agenda to begin within, whether the numbers are accurate enough to be able to base it on, those half a million people dead. Because there was a lot of people coming forward, a lot of doctors and everything, saying, ‘Why the fuck are we being asked to put COVID on everything? Why did someone just die of pneumonia, and we have to write ‘COVID’? Why did someone come in and have a heart attack, and we’re being told to write ‘COVID’?’ So whether that half-a-million number is correct, that’s the part that I feel like we need to be responsible enough to try and be optimistic about not steering people down one rabbit hole, because that’s what CNN does on one side and Fox does on the other side. So CNN delivers one side of this, and Fox takes you down a different rabbit hole.”

“The thing with COVID is I myself know at least — at least — a dozen, two dozen people, maybe, that have gotten COVID. And I have a friend of mine that, three months later, he’s, like, ‘I’m still having some issues. And it’s weird — I’m getting dizzy spells. I’m getting this, that and the other thing. And what the fuck?’ And then I know another group of people that were, like, ‘Dude, I’ve had a hangover that was worse than this. I had a fever of 99 for about a day and a half and haven’t had a problem since.’ And so it affects everybody differently, and that’s the big mystery.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Godsmack Working On “Full-Length Rock Record” And “Cool Vibey Acoustic” Release

During a recent appearance on “The Mistress Carrie Podcast,” Sully Erna talked a bit about Godsmack’s current projects. Among them are “a full-length rock record” and a “cool vibey acoustic album or EP.”

Erna said the following [via Blabbermouth]:

“We are working hard this year and isolating and locking ourselves in the studio to not write one record but to write two records. We always listen to our fans and we pay attention, and although we write the kind of music that we love and that we wanna write that satisfies us, we still like to hear and try to honor the fanbase that’s stuck by us for the last 26 years. So one of the things they’ve always asked us, ‘When are you gonna do another acoustic record? That was so cool that one you did.’ But that acoustic record [2004’s ‘The Other Side’ EP] really was nothing more than our own songs stripped down into acoustic cover version of ’em with a couple of originals on it. So this year, what we wanna do is create a full-length rock record, but we also want to go back and create a really cool vibey acoustic album or EP, so we can launch a couple of records, or at least have ’em in the can. And that’s our goal. We’re gonna be in there all year just writing music. And if it’s a big fat rock song, it’s gonna go in one folder, and if it’s kind of a cool piano piece or acoustic track, it’s gonna go in another folder, and then we’re gonna record everything and then pick our favorites and put out a couple of albums’ worth. So we have no [intention] of slowing down whatsoever right now.”

He also added the following when asked if the band are using any outside songwriters:

“Not yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I do at some point. ‘Cause the last record, I really enjoyed the process of not only writing by myself or writing with my band, but then I ventured out too, and I worked with some other writers who are just really great songwriters, like [John] Feldmann, who writes for BLINK-182 and 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER and a really weird list of bands that no one would ever make the connection of GODSMACK and those kind of artists. Great artists, but just a different style of music. Or Erik Ron. Or even Clint Lowery from SEVENDUST; I did some writing with him. And I enjoyed the process a lot, and out of that process, I got some great songs. And so, yeah, it does inspire me, and it makes me think outside the box.

I’m way past the ego side of this business and who writes it and trying to hero everything myself. If I write it, great. I enjoyed it. I wrote ‘Unforgettable’, I wrote ‘Under Your Scars’ — those are two big songs that became No. 1s on the last album. But I co-wrote with ‘Bulletproof’ and ‘When Legends Rise’, and I’m not embarrassed to say that or shy about it. I have no ego when it comes to that.

I have always been someone who has endorsed the thought of ‘do what’s best for the song.’ And whoever needs to get credited for that is the person that gets credited for it. But for me, it’s just about writing the best music I can write and continuously evolving into the best songwriter I can be. And that’s my goal. I look up to — Elton John is my favorite all-time artist for songwriters. And I would like to be able to just have the music live on and be able to evolve into being a timeless songwriter one day. ‘Cause that’s gonna be my legacy — that’s the only thing I have on this planet to leave behind and do my small little miniscule part on this planet to help people.”

Godsmack’s “Bulletproof” Goes Platinum In The U.S.

Godsmack’s single “Bulletproof” has officially gone platinum in the U.S. That track is from the band’s latest album “When Legends Rise.”

Godsmack May Release A New Album And An Acoustic EP Next Year

During a recent appearance on the “Appetite For Distortion” podcast, Sully Erna talked a bit about Godsmack’s current plans. He said the following:

“We’re starting to get ready to write some more music now for the GODSMACK record. We’re gonna try to maybe even do two albums next year, so there’s an acoustic EP and a full-length rock record. And I might even work with the solo band and do some solo stuff. So I’ve got a lot going on. It’s better to stay busy, I believe, than stay bored. Bored gets you in trouble.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Godsmack’s Sully Erna: “I’m Gonna Try To Get Two Records Done Before The Holidays”

During a recent appearance on “Offstage With DWP”, Sully Erna discussed his upcoming plans amid the coronavirus pandemic. The frontman said he is hoping to use his time to finish a new Godsmack album and a new solo record.

Erna said the following:

“There’s a lot going on, but what is gonna be permitted is yet to be told. My main priority is to spend the rest of this year with my band, writing, rehearsing, recording, mixing, mastering, getting new GODSMACK ready to go for the top of ’21. And I’m really hoping to be able to get even a solo record done this year. So I’m gonna try to get very aggressive with my creativity and get two records done before the holidays. So that’s gonna be challenging. Once I’m in that creative space, though, it usually starts going quick. It’s just getting that wound open again and trying to get that vessel to work, that instrument to work. Because when it’s closed off for a while and you’re just being dad, and you’re being the guy who’s trying to set up a new business, and you’re installing new hardwood floors at your house or something — you’re just that dude, right? And you’re not playing the guitar and getting artsy. So I’ve gotta shut off that to become this again. Once I get into that open space, then I think I should be able to get a couple of records done this year. So as far as content goes, that’s one of my missions to accomplish in 2020 while the world is rehabbing.”

He continued:

“The other thing that we are getting very close on is, I have a feature documentary that’s been shot for many years now about my life story from zero until I got a record deal, which is based on a book that I put out, ‘The Paths We Choose’. They’ve been working on this feature documentary about that, and we’re really hoping that’s gonna be wrapped by the end of July and try to find a home for it, whether it’s Netflix or somewhere it has a platform to play it on. So that’s on the plate.”

[via Blabbermouth]