MMRBQ Flashback: Backstage with Godsmack
Today (2/7) is Sully Erna’s birthday, and we’ve had the pleasure of speaking with him many times over the years at WMMR. We’re flashing back to an interview from the MMaRchives that happened in 2017 when Godsmack headlined the MMRBQ.
Before their fiery ‘RBQ set, Brent Porche and Jacky Bam Bam sat down backstage with Sully alongside Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin. Their conversation covered everything from the origin of the band’s name (no, they’re not named after that Alice In Chains song), the blues, our least favorite words (is it “moist” or “cream”?) and Sully’s love of blues artists like Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis and Amy Winehouse. Plus: who in the Erna family makes the best meatballs?
The Godsmack fellas told us about their earliest memories of Philadelphia, like their first gig in the city “at a roast beef joint” (but now they’re playing our big barbecue!). Sully was stoked to run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art a la Rocky, quipping, “I did it better than Stallone!”
All four of the guys at the table – Shannon and Sully and Brent and Bam Bam – are drummers, so of course they talked about the live drum battles that are a staple of every Godsmack concert: Batalla De Los Tambores.
Fast forward to the present: the band have been on a victory lap since 2023 and into 2024. Lighting Up The Sky is their eighth and final album, with the group indicating that even though they’re still bursting with energy, they want to go out on a high note with Godsmack and gracefully move on to other projects.
The last time we saw Sully and Godsmack on stage in the Philly area was last fall at the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, NJ. Check out Brent’s photos from the gig below.