Godsmack frontman Sully Erna is equivocating a bit on plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the group's first album next year.
Erna has spoken about Godsmack playing its self-titled 1998 debut album in its entirety next year, as well as releasing a new album. But during an interview during last weekend's Northern Explosion festival, Erna walked that back, saying, "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 yet."
Erna told us, in fact, that Godsmack made a conscious decision to make plans for 2018 in anticipation of celebrating the anniversary:
"We could've done something this year...but we were just like, 'Y'know what? Let's wait one more, 'cause in 2018 will be the 20th anniversary of our first album, so we're thinking that's a lot cooler. We don't know how much longer we're gonna go for; We may do another five, 10 records, this may be the last one, I don't know. But I do know that for whatever reason, if we decided not to do it anymore I think a better way of being remembered is going out and doing a real theme-based show around the first album, play the whole first record front to back and then do all the hits and the new stuff and the fun stuff. And so that's why we're gonna wait (to record.)"
Godsmack has four more festival shows booked so far this year while it continues writing and begins to record the follow-up to 2014's "1200hp."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.