Godsmack frontman Sully Erna sat for an interview recently with our sister program, HardDrive Radio, and revealed that meeting “childhood heroes” like Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Ozzy Osbourne and others was the highlight of his 20 years as a touring and recording artist. Erna cited one artist in particular: [“Being able to meet (Rush drummer) Neil Peart a couple of times, I didn’t need to meet anyone else after that. As much as I love the Steven Tylers and the Joe Perrys and the James Hetfields, you know, I quit school because of Rush. Really, that’s all I did is I studied Rush, you know. I sat home and strapped on headphones and played Moving Pictures and Exit…Stage Left and Signals and all these great albums.”] 

Erna added that meeting “childhood heroes” like Peart, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Ozzy Osbourne and others was the highlight of his 20 years as a touring and recording artist.

  • Erna is out promoting his second solo album, Hometown Life, which arrived on September 30th.
  • He also told HardDrive Radio that Godsmack will probably enter the studio next fall to record an album in time for the band’s 20th anniversary in 2018. He explained, “We could have pushed it and did something to drop in 2017, but we were, like . . . if we do that and we drop in 2018, we can make a really big, great world tour with the whole theme of the first album concepts involved in it and all that.”
  • Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin and guitarist Tony Rombola recently released the debut album from their side project, the Apocalypse Blues Review.
  • Sully Erna will begin a tour in support of Hometown Life on October 26th in Atlanta.