SULLY ERNA: ‘Pound For Pound, GODSMACK Is One Of The Best Live Performances Out There’

L. Kent Wolgamott of the Colorado Springs Independent recently conducted an interview with GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On how he thinks GODSMACK will measure up against co-headliners DISTURBED and MEGADETH at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival:

“I truly believe in my heart that, pound for pound, GODSMACK is one of the best live performances out there. We’ve spent the last 15 years performing. We are good at it, great at it. . . I believe we can go up against anybody live. FOO FIGHTERS, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, those guys are unbelievable live. They’re so good, so intense, so powerful. I think we’re that good. We take a lot of pride in what we do and put on the best show we can.”

On whether fans can expect any new music from GODSMACK in the near future:

“We just finished doing ‘The Oracle’ and I just got the solo record [‘Avalon’] out. For me, the biggest reward is doing the live performance and touring. I’m always writing. But the short answer is ‘no.’ I’m not going to write for a while, and just enjoy the tours.”

On shuffling touring activities between GODSMACK and his solo project:

“It’s ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’. That’s what it is. It’s an extreme change to jump from one to the other.”

“[The solo project is] a huge part of me. I need GODSMACK to be loud and crazy and bring the chaos. I needed the solo project for the spiritual, seductive side. I need both for balance. There’s no way I can be on 10 all the time, but there’s no way I can be on two all the time, either.”

On the impetus for his solo project’s more open, confessional lyrics:

“Over the years, I stuffed a lot of stuff inside me. I wanted to use it as therapeutic, a release through art.”

Read more from the Colorado Springs Independent.

Video footage of GODSMACK performing live at the Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte, NC on May 7, 2011 can be seen below.