With Sully Erna's second solo album, Hometown Life, due out September 30, Godsmack is on ice for the time being.
But the frontman tells us that the group -- whose last album, 1000hp, came out in 2014 -- is already plotting its return:
"I think the general plan is gonna be to try to get together and start writing and recording by late next year. We could've done something this year and dropped it next 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...So that's why we're gonna wait. Record late next year and do an early 2018 release and then do the world tour with that."
Erna says the tour will likely include a performance of Godsmack's debut album in its entirety.
Meanwhile he'll be hitting the road to promote Hometown Life, first with stripped-down acoustic duo tour starting October 26 in Atlanta, then hopefully full-band dates in early 2017.
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.