Godsmack’s Music Publishing Catalog And Master Royalty Stream Acquired By Primary Wave Music Publishing

Primary Wave Music Publishing has officially acquired Godsmack’s music publishing catalog and master royalty stream. Frontman Sully Erna said the following about that:

“I can honestly say on behalf of myself and my boys in Godsmack, we couldn’t be happier at this stage in our career to have such an elite publishing company onboard team Godsmack. This goes much deeper for me than just money; these guys really care about the music and doing the right thing to keep it alive and bring the most visibility to the brand. Being the main songwriter for the band, these songs, are my life’s work, and I would NEVER put that in anyone’s hands unless I was 100% sure they were the right fit for us. And I believe Primary Wave is exactly where this music should be.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Godsmack Go Behind The Scenes Of Their “Unforgettable” Video

Godsmack have shared a behind the scenes look at their recently released video for “Unforgettable.” That clip features over 400 music students and it can be seen HERE. The track appears on the band’s latest album “When Legends Rise.”

Godsmack Cancel 2020 Touring Plans

Godsmack have decided to cancel all of their 2020 touring plans due to the coronavirus pandemic. This includes a previously unannounced summer tour with The Pretty Reckless.

Sully Erna said the following during an appearance on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation”:

“We were going out with The Pretty Reckless to do a major tour in July through September, but all that’s gone now. Because I don’t see this thing resolving itself to the point where people are going to want to jump back into big crowds yet.

I do think we’re gonna eradicate this thing and I have high hopes that this is gonna end soon, but I do think there’s gonna be a lag where people are gonna [say] (a) ‘Maybe I’m not gonna go right to a concert yet or a sports event and be around a lot of people; there’s lingering parts of this thing going on.’ And (b), with people losing houses and their jobs and stuff like that, I think when it comes back, they’re gonna be, like, ‘All right. I’m glad it’s over. Let’s get back to work. But I probably should replenish my savings account before I start buying concert tickets.’”

“We decided, ‘You know what? Let’s not try to jam ourselves into the fall.’ We were at the tail end of this record anyway, so this gives us time to go work on a new album and also be first next year to be able to pick the venues we wanna go to, the tour buses that we want, the days that we wanna be at those venues, the markets we wanna be in, and let’s just book out ahead of time and be first next year instead of trying to find our little piece of real estate this fall when every other band is probably gonna try to go out and tour.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Godsmack’s Sully Erna Says He “Wouldn’t Be Surprised” If He Already Contracted COVID-19 And “Got Over It”

Godsmack’s Sully Erna recently discussed the ongoing cornavirus pandemic during a Facebook Live chat with iHeartRadio. Interestingly, the frontman mentioned that he thinks he may have contracted COVID-19 and “got over it” in February.

Erna said the following:

“I’ve gotta tell you, man, honestly, I have not, since day one, with this thing been one of the people that are flipping out about this. At the same time, I’m following the rules, I’m being responsible, because I know there’s other people that are way more in jeopardy than I am.

“I actually wouldn’t even be surprised — I’ll tell you a quick story — if I already got COVID and got over it, because right in the middle to late part of February, I went to L.A. with my daughter, a couple of her friends and my girlfriend, which we do every year for her February vacation. And two days after I got off the plane, I got this really weird flu. And I remember it feeling foreign. It was, like, ‘Ah, is this the flu or is it allergies?’ It was the body chills, the body aches, it went into my chest — it was really feeling like it was getting my chest infected. I was coughing, coughing, coughing — dry cough. Like, every symptom that they say you get. I just didn’t get the shortness-of-breath thing, but I’m assuming since I’m a runner and I sing a lot, I probably have a much bigger lung capacity than a lot of people. And then I’m thinking, well, maybe I didn’t get it, ’cause no one else got sick. But I had to take Azithromycin [also known as Z-Pak]. This was before it was a thing, or being called the thing, so there was no test yet or whatever, so I really couldn’t test. But my doctor was just, like, ‘Hey, don’t forget, you have a Z-Pak in your bathroom bag,’ ’cause I keep one on me when I go on tour, just in case. So I took it, and it knocked out the chest respiratory stuff. But then I coughed for, like, a while — for days and days — and it probably took about 14 days to get rid of it. So I’m just wondering if I got this thing already and I’m immune to it now, which I’m hoping.

“So, even with that — not knowing or knowing if I had it or I didn’t have it; I’m not sure — but it was a really foreign, weird-feeling flu. And so it makes me think, with all the symptoms, that maybe I caught an early dose of it.”

He also went on to say that he has been following the “stay-at-home” order in his state:

“My GODSMACK headquarters is about three or four miles up the street from my house, which also has a gym built into it. So I just go there. And I have a very small group of people around me at all times, but all those people are super responsible. They don’t go anywhere, they’re not in groups, they’re not going to stores and hanging out with people. Either we’re working, to do things like this, or in the gym working out and then back home. So I’m not going crazy because I’m isolated so much. I get out, I go for a run, I take a drive, I go to my studio, I work on some music, work in the gym and come back home, and that’s about it. But at least I have human contact.”

Erna also added the following about the economy:

“It’s gonna take us a minute to get back. For sure, people are nervous, they are scared, they are fearful, they are trying to figure out how they’re gonna keep their savings replenished or keep their houses or what’s gonna happen with their jobs. But I will just say that it’s all gonna work itself out. It’s just gonna take a little time, because this thing did some real damage. But this isn’t the end of the world; it’s not Armageddon. If anything, people know that we’re resilient and humans in general are resilient.”

He continued:

“I just wanna kind of inspire people by sending out good, positive messages like this video and like these other things that we have — our families and our friends — and people that we always complain about, ‘Oh, I never have enough time with my kids. I never have time to see my friends anymore. I’m so busy. I work, I work, I work.’ Well, God just gave you a gift, man. So, sit home and enjoy it, ’cause it’s not gonna last forever and we will get back to our normal routine and things are gonna heal, including the economy. I just want people to stay positive about this, ’cause we are the only ones that can control what’s gonna happen from this point forward. They will eradicate this virus — they will get rid of that part — but how we handle it and how we conduct ourselves from that point forward is gonna dictate how normal we become again. So just hang in there, man, and be responsible, but know that this is just a moment.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Godsmack Premiere “Unforgettable” Music Video

Godsmack have premiered a new video for their song “Unforgettable.” The clip features over 400 music students and it can be seen below. The track appears on the band’s latest album “When Legends Rise.”

The following was said about the video in a press release:

“With music programs continuing to be at risk in schools across the US, it was important for the band–Sully Erna [vocals, guitar], Tony Rombola [guitar], Robbie Merrill [bass] and Shannon Larkin [drums]–to make a video about the power of music to uplift lives. They invited 400+ aspiring musicians from all over New England to join them at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, NH for the shoot.

The “Unforgettable” video (directed by Noah Berlow) culminates a two-year process where the band involved students, starting with the recording of the song when 20 students joined them in the studio to provide vocals on the chorus.

These same students were also invited to perform the song live onstage with GODSMACK at their show in Gilford, NH on August 22, 2018 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion. Earlier this year, the band returned to the Gilbert H. Hood Middle School and enlisted students to rehearse with them the day before the shoot to prepare them for the filming.

As part of the band’s visit, SULLY talked to the students about his life–the challenges, blending in, how music saved him–and encouraged the young musicians to continue to pursue their dreams.”

Erna himself added:

“We took these middle school students on a two-year long journey to show them how important music truly is to us all. Throughout 2018, we continued to include these kids in all aspects of the process by showing up at their school and personally teaching them the song, including them joining part of our world tour inviting them to perform live onstage with us, taking them to NYC to further educate them on the business side of the music industry, visiting them at their schools to talk to them about the gift of music, and ultimately inviting them to shoot their first ‘official music video’ with the band.”

Godsmack Writing New Music

It looks like Godsmack are using their current downtime to work on new music. Shannon Larkin revealed the news in the below video shared by SiriusXM:

“We’re spending our time right now trying to write some new music for y’all, because we can’t tour right now. So we hope that everybody’s staying safe during this pandemic. All of our tours and shows are canceled for the time being. But this is gonna get better. So just try to be productive with your time and try not to go too crazy home alone. Wash your hands. Don’t lick no door knobs and let’s stay positive through this thing. We’re gonna get through it.”

Godsmack Invited Hundreds Of New Hampshire Music Students To Take Part In Their “Unforgettable” Video Shoot

Godsmack invited more than 300 music students to take part in their “Unforgettable” music video shoot at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire on February 15. WMUR shared the below video report on that:

Godsmack Inviting 300 New Hampshire Music Students To Take Part In “Unforgettable” Video Shoot

Godsmack will be inviting 300 music students from the Gilbert H. Hood Middle School in Derry, New Hampshire to take part in the video shoot for their “Unforgettable” music video. The kids will join the band for a performance of the track at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire on February 15. One day prior (February 14), frontman Sully Erna will also be talking about his life and encouraging the musicians to follow their dreams during a special assembly that will end with the students learning the song for the upcoming performance.

Godsmack Frontman Sully Erna Gave Drummer Shannon Larkin A 1964 Chevy Impala For Christmas

Godsmack’s Sully Erna recently surprised his bandmate Shannon Larkin with a 1964 Chevy Impala for Christmas. The band shared the below video of the cool moment:

Sully Erna (Godsmack) To Serve As Cornerman At Professional Boxing Event

Godsmack’s Sully Erna will be serving as a professionally licensed cornerman during the upcoming “Scars For Scars” professional boxing event. The event will take place on August 16 at Nashua Community College and Erna will be working with two-time national PAL amateur champion David Tubbs as he makes his professional debut against Ranieri Souza.

Trainer Joseph “Hoss” Janik (KnuckleHeadz Boxing) will be joining Erna in Tubbs’ corner and he had the following to say about working with the musician:

“I recently met Sully through a mutual friend. We hit it off immediately. I was impressed with Sully’s knowledge and passion for boxing. I spoke with David and we agreed that with Sully’s charity involved in the event, it would be great for him to join us to share some knowledge in the locker room and in the corner.”

Erna added:

“Anyone who knows me, knows what a passion I have for boxing. I’ve spent the last 19 years training and learning from so many great coaches from Freddie Roach’s camp, to one of New England’s best boxing coaches, Julio Peña, right here in Londonderry, New Hampshire. So I’m extremely honored to have been asked to work this corner with Hoss. He’s the real deal, and so is David Tubbs. Wait ’til you see him fight. It is going to be a phenomenal night of pro boxing.”

The event will include eight boxing matches and proceeds will benefit Erna’s Scars Foundation. Various items will also be raffled off to raise money for the organization.

[via Boston Boxing]