GODSMACK will release a live album called “Live And Inspired” this spring. The effort will include 13 songs recorded at a show in Detroit, Michigan on the band’s last tour and will be packaged with a bonus disc containing four cover songs.
With regards to the band’s decision to use the Detroit concert as a basis for the concert album, GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna told Loudwire, “We were going to do a compilation with this song from Vegas, this song is from Chicago, this one is from Dallas, but, I don’t know, the more we listened to the Detroit show, the more we kind of figured out that it was a really good show for us.”
He added, “[Detroit is] always a great audience, as any rock band will tell you. Playing there is a special kind of fanbase that they have there, they live up to their reputation. They’re a great rock audience, so that’s where the record was recorded.”
Erna recently declined to reveal to The Pulse Of Radio which songs the band covered for the bonus EP. “I will tell you this: we picked covers that everybody should know,” he said. “They’re very popular songs, and people are asking us, you know, why are we picking these songs? Well, because the record hasn’t come out yet, and we’ve already sold probably 180 million copies. They’re all hits (laughs).”
The EP and live album will coincide with GODSMACK‘s upcoming co-headlining tour with STAIND, which will kick off on April 13 in Augusta, Georgia. HALESTORM will be the supporting act for the entire road trip.
In addition to having the tour named by a fan through a contest, the bands have run a second competition in which fans have submitted designs for the tour poster. The designer of the winning poster received $500 and a prize pack.
Erna told The Pulse Of Radio he likes the idea of getting the fans involved as much as possible. “I like that we’re including the fans into this and, you know, the whole thing has kind of been, you know, derived for the fans,” he said. “Everything’s been inspired by the fans so far. I’m actually excited too because we have this live record coming out, which is live and inspired by the fans kind of thing, and so this is actually a really good time for us to go out and do a tour like this, where we’re incorporating fans into helping us create the name and create the posters and stuff like that.”
GODSMACK‘s fifth album, “The Oracle”, sold 117,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart.