Godsmack plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut album by playing it in its entirety during concerts next year.
The Boston group's self-titled debut came out August 25, 1998 and has been certified four-times platinum, launching the Top 10 Mainstream rock hits "Voodoo," "Keep Away," "Whatever" and "Bad Religion."
Godsmack has been on hiatus since touring to support 2014's "1000 Horsepower," and while the group has sent out social media messages that it's begun writing new material but Erna tells us the anniversary celebration will likely take precedence:
"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."
Erna spent the last part of 2016 releasing and promoting his second solo album, "Hometown Life," and may play some shows with his own band later this year.
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.