UPDATE: It has now been confirmed that the party will take place in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at Cabo Wabo Cantina on February 3.
Godsmack’s Sully Erna has revealed that he is planning a special 50th birthday party at a secret location. His solo band and Godsmack are both expected to play at the event. Keep an eye on Erna’s social media accounts to get more info when it becomes available.
Sully Erna has confirmed that him and Erik Ron will be producing the new Godsmack album. He also offered a bit of a timeline during an interview with metal-heads.de:
“Right [after I am done with] this [solo] tour, [I go] right into the studio, record the new GODSMACK record this winter. The [first] single will probably come out sometime around January and then hopefully we’ll have the record in everyone’s hands by April.”
Godsmack paid tribute to both Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell during their August 9 show at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA. You can see footage of them performing Linkin Park’s “Crawling” and Temple Of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike” below:
In other news, Sully Erna and Shannon Larkin were recently interviewed by WFMZ-TV, and talked a bit about their new direction. Erna said the following when asked if their new album has a theme:
“Not so much a theme, but we have made a conscious decision to kind of change the game a bit. This show [Musikfest] we’re kind of marking as the last of the nostalgic Godsmack shows, and from this point forward, we’re gonna kind of open a new chapter in our career and go for a new sound, a new stage and a new look for the band. We’re gonna change things up enough, maintain the integrity of what we are and what we do. But it feels so far that the writing is going a little bit more down into a commercial, mainstream kind of feel. But, again, without losing the power and the stuff that we built our heritage on.”
Godsmack’s Sully Erna recently said the band may play their first album in full on a 2018 tour to celebrate its 20th anniversary, but now he has dialed back a bit on his comments. During an interview with Minneapolis 93X’s Lyndsy Marie he said the following about the possibility of performing the effort:
“We don’t know that yet. That’s been circulating because I opened my mouth a little bit soon, but as we get deeper into writing this new record that may change. So we’re not making any promises on that yet.”