IRVINE, California — Summer Sanitarium, Ozzfest, Lollapalooza and the Vans Warped Tour simultaneously crisscrossing the county is paradise to many rock fans, but an overdose to Godsmack.
While Metallica, Ozzy, Audioslave and others travel America, the Boston band will head oversees where the touring circuit isn't quite as crowded. "We zig when they zag," frontman Sully Erna said at Saturday's KROQ Weenie Roast (see "Pink Teams With Transplants, Good Charlotte Unplug For Weenie Roast").
Godsmack have a few more American dates on their Faceless tour, after which they'll launch a European outing July 13 in Manchester, England. They'll return to the States for a headlining tour in the fall, which like the current outing will offer $10 tickets to U.S. soldiers.
"We've always been supportive of our country and our president and stuff like that, whereas a lot of people, I thought, lashed out pretty quickly at what we did, and I thought the government did everything pretty cleanly and publicly as possible," Erna explained. "We have a lot of respect for the military and stuff like that, and we just wanted to give them something back for what they did for us, letting us live in a free country and that kind of thing. We're not a very political band, but we are supportive of the U.S. military and how they approach things."
Before heading overseas, Godsmack will shoot the video for "Serenity," a tribute to "Ghost Rider," Rush drummer Neil Peart's book about coping with the loss of his wife and daughter (see "Godsmack Ride Into 'Serenity' With Inspiration From Rush Drummer").
"We have a few ideas that are in the works, but we're trying to clear a few things," Erna said. "We're trying to make it as true to the storyline as possible without doing anything offensive."
For more on Godsmack, check out the feature "Godsmack: Unpolished, Uncompromised."