Aaron Lewis (Staind) & Sully Erna (Godsmack) Announce “The American Drive-In Tour”

Aaron Lewis (Staind) and Sully Erna (Godsmack) will be joining forces for “The American Drive-In Tour” this fall. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow (September 15) via aaronandsully.com.

Tour Dates:

10/01 Wichita, KS – Starlite Drive-In
10/02 Cedar Rapids, IA – McGrath Amphitheatre
10/03 Somerset, WI – Somerset Amphitheater
10/09 Obetz, OH – Fortress Obetz
10/10 McHenry, IL – McHenry Outdoor Theater
10/11 Independence, MO – B&B Theatres Twin Drive-In
10/17 Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum Lawn
10/18 Lafayette, LA – Acadiana Drive-In at Cajun Dome
10/23 Daytona, FL – TBA
10/24 Concord, NC – Charlotte Motor Speedway
10/30 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona State Fairgrounds
10/31 Ventura, CA – Ventura County Fairgrounds
11/01 Del Mar, CA – Del Mar Fairgrounds

Lewis commented:

“Sully and I have been friends for 25 years. We’ve been talking about doing something for the last 10 years. The time has finally come. I couldn’t be more excited to be bringing this to you in such strange times.”

Erna continued:

“Me and Aaron Lewis? Onstage together…acoustic? Do I need to say more? Just don’t miss it! It may never happen again.”

Promoters Danny Wimmer Presents added:

“The nationwide trek will follow current local health guidelines for fans’ safety and enjoyment. Some shows will be drive-in events with patrons in or adjacent to their cars, and other shows will feature viewing from socially distanced fan “pods” or tables designed for up to four people.”

Godsmack’s Sully Erna Recruits Shinedown, Papa Roach, Staind, Etc. Members For “Live From The Living Room” Charity Fundraiser

Sully Erna (Godsmack) has announced a “Live From The Living Room” fundraiser for The Scars Foundation. The event will stream on the frontman’s YouTube channel and the Foundation’s Facebook page on August 6 at 5:00 p.m PT / 8:00 p.m. ET and it will feature Godsmack, Erna solo (feat. Chris Lester and Máiréad Nesbitt), Staind’s Aaron Lewis, Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Zach Myers, Papa Roach, Saint Asonia’s Mike Mushok and Adam Gontier, Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt, and Sevendust’s Clint Lowery.

Erna commented:

“I had always looked for ways to give back and help others in some way after reaching certain levels of success in my life. But I could never really figure out where to dedicate my time and attention and what was important to me, or where I even had experience to offer. One day, I started thinking about my own life and being a survivor of such an extremely rough inner city and that’s where all my experience was. It was all the battle wounds and scars I’ve carried that made me stronger and made me the man I am today. Instead of being ashamed of my imperfections, or hiding from them, I learned how to embrace them and grow from those experiences. I want to share that with people and lend my stories, my experiences, and my theories on how you can overcome challenging times rather than letting them ruin your life.

And that’s why The Scars Foundation is so important to me. It’s personal. It’s my life. And it’s important that people who struggle with these mental health issues and ‘imperfections,’ or ‘scars,’ as we call them, learn how to embrace them, and show them to the world loudly and proudly!

I hope the work we do with The Scars Foundation inspires people to come forward and share their stories so that those stories inspire more people to come forward and break the silence and internal struggles.

Just remember: you’re not alone. And we’re all imperfectly perfect. Just the way we’re supposed to be!”

In addition to the livestream, fans can also participate in a charity auction HERE.

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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]

Sully Erna (Godsmack) To Launch New Internet Show “Hometown Sessions”

Godsmack frontman Sully Erna has announced that he will be launching a new Internet show called “Hometown Sessions.” The first episode will premiere on April 14 at 6:00 p.m.

Erna commented:

“Yes, I have finally gone covid crazy! If you’ve been looking to hang out with someone besides your parents 😆… here’s your chance!

My new show “Hometown Sessions” will premiere this tues at 6PM from my very own home only on: www.YouTube.com/SullyErna – Be sure to head over there and click “subscribe” to my channel now!

Every Tuesday I will be bringing on celebrity guests, musician friends and talking all things music. You never know, you may even catch some unique live performances from time to time. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Thursdays will be reserved for “real talk” about “real life”, as we invite some of the top experts in to talk about mental health, struggles with addiction, depression, bullying and so much more!

We will even be opening the phone lines to all of you to help answer your questions, share advice, or simply hear your heartfelt stories that will inspire others to come forward and tell theirs.

So join me every Tues & Thurs at 6PM EST! Click “share” ans passing this along this to your friends!! 🤘 – Sully”

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’s Sully Erna Under Fire After Spreading Disinformation About Bernie Sanders

Godsmack’s Sully Erna has apparently contributed to the spread of false information about Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. The frontman shared a viral post that has been flagged by Facebook for falsely claiming that Sanders suggested placing a 52% tax on income earnings over $29,000 to pay for free health care, which would make his proposed minimum wage increase pointless. In actuality, the 52% tax Sanders mentioned was for income earnings over $10 million.

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Sully Erna (Godsmack) & Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) Cover Alice In Chains & The Doobie Brothers

During a recent “Soundcheck Live” event at Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles, CA, Sully Erna (Godsmack) took the stage to perform covers of Alice In Chains’ “Man In The Box” and The Doobie Brothers’ “Long Train Running” with Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Glen Sobel, Derek Frank, and Steve Fekete. You can see footage of that in the below video at about the 46:25 mark.

Godsmack Frontman Sully Erna’s Scars Foundation Donates $12,500 To Youth Boxing Program

Godsmack frontman Sully Erna’s Scars Foundation has donated $12,500 to the Inner-City Youth Boxing Program at Thrive Boxing and Fitness in Londonderry, NH. As part of the donation, three young students will be given one-year scholarships to Thrive Boxing Gym. A portion of the funds will also be used to upgrade some of the gym’s equipment.

Erna commented:

“The Scars Foundation was established to raise money and bring awareness on a global level to mental health issues. We are battling everything from addiction to severe depression, bullying, suicide prevention and more.

I’ve seen the positive impact Coach Julio Peña at Thrive Boxing has on his young students with my own eyes, and I feel that not only does his work help develop these young athletes into better athletes, but it teaches these kids how to be better mentors themselves for the next generation of kids that will need the same guidance in choosing the right paths in life.”

The program also received donations from UFC President Dana White, The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation Executive Director Jim Wahlberg, and the fundraising event, “Scars For Scars,” which was put on by Peter Czymbor’s Boston Boxing Promotions. Czymbor said the following:

“While this summer’s past pro-boxing event we did in conjunction with The Scars Foundation was fun and exciting for everyone, at the end of the day the event was to raise money. It is so appropriate and fitting with the spirit of both The Scars Foundation and Boston Boxing Promotions to see a donation being made to this inner-city youth boxing and fitness program that’ll help youth members with both physical fitness and life lessons. I’m sure we’ll see some good athletes created as a result of this program, but more importantly, youth who will grow up to be productive citizens.”

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]

Godsmack’s Sully Erna Says Documentary On His Life Is In Post-Production

During a recent interview on the “TODDCast Podcast”, Godsmack’s Sully Erna confirmed that the upcoming documentary on his life is currently in post-production. He said the following:

“We’re not doing a proper GODSMACK documentary right now — we think it’s just a little bit early for that — but I am releasing a documentary on my life story, from zero until we get a record deal, to show people the path that I took and the struggles I faced and things like that. So we’re working on that now. It’s actually in post-production. I’m hoping to get that out next year.”

[via Blabbermouth]