To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album, Godsmack are looking to perform the LP in full on the road in 2018. According to frontman Sully Erna, the decision to mark the occasion has delayed the release of a new record.
“We were going to drop a record this year. We didn’t want the records to be so spaced apart, but it kind of seems like a theme with us, it’s always three or four years before another record comes out,” Erna tells The Rod Ryan Show on Houston’s 94.5 The Buzz. “Part of that is because by the time it takes you to write and record and tour on an album, it’s 18 months to two years. But this time, we wanted to do something this year, but we were just, like, ‘You know, let’s just wait another second,’ because if we release this at the top of 2018, it will be our 20th-year anniversary of the first record, and we wanna do something special.”
Godsmack’s major label debut was released in the summer of 1998 and spawned the hits “Whatever,” “Keep Away” and “Bad Religion,” going on to sell more than four million copies worldwide.
“We wanna create a big world tour, we’re gonna do a massive production, we’re gonna kinda base it around the theme of the first record,” Erna continues. “We’re even talking about coming out and doing the first record front-to-back to open the show, set up the staging a little bit more old school and stuff like that and then kinda morph it into the back half of the set which would be the hits and solo and new stuff and whatever.”
Erna says he’ll be taking the much of this year to work on production of the set for 2018. This summer, Godsmack is headlining a handful of music festivals around the country, including the River City Rockfest in San Antonio, Texas in May and Rockfest Kansas City in June.