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Break helped Godsmack get its act back together

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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After a four-year hiatus, Godsmack is back at "1000hp" these days, and happy about it.

But the Boston headbangers also know how to slow down, too.

Frontman Sully Erna says the gap between "The Oracle" in 2000 and last year's "1000hp" was simply a case of band burnout more than real animosities between the four group members.

"The brotherhood is still there," Erna, 47, says by phone from his home in rural Massachusetts. "It's the touring. The touring really breaks you down after awhile, and you need a break from that. Btu we didn't know that. There was such a high demand for the band for such a long time we kept doing everything we were scheduled to do, and you don't realize you're not taking care of yourself or giving yourself the peace of mind you need."

Godsmack's hard work certainly yielded good results; the group scored three consecutive No. 1 albums and a string of 20 Top 10 Mainstream Rock chart hits. But, Erna acknowledges, "It just broke us down, and it took us some time apart to realize, 'Y'know what? We really do have a special thing here. We just have to treat it a little more delicately and pay attention to each other and we'll be able to have a great, long career."

"1000hp" came after Erna and his bandmates took time for outside projects. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, while the title track was another No. 1 hit. And while Godsmack is still doing plenty of touring, Erna says the group has learned to pace itself better since coming back together.

"I'm really proud to say now we've learned so much and we've gotten over those hills," he says. "Whether this band stays together or not, we've learned how to understand that we're four different people from four different worlds, and although we came together to write music you still have to respect that and give people their space.

"It just takes awhile, unfortunately, to learn that you're in a band, you're in a marriage, and you can't just make the music and be blind to everything else."

Godsmack, Sevendust and Sideways

Wednesday, Sept. 23. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

Tickets are $39.50-$75.

Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.thefillmoredetroit.com.

Web Site: www.thefillmoredetroit.com

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