Godsmack has officially pulled the plug on all of their 2020 touring plans due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, frontman Sully Erna told SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk in a new interview.
“We were going out with The Pretty Reckless to do a major tour in July through September, but all that’s gone now, Because I don’t see this thing resolving itself to the point where people are going to want to jump back into big crowds yet.” Erna told Trunk.
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Erna continued to elaborate in the interview why they decided to cancel all 2020 touring plans, saying, “I do think we’re gonna eradicate this thing and I have high hopes that this is gonna end soon, but I do think there’s gonna be a lag where people are gonna say (a) ‘Maybe I’m not gonna go right to a concert yet or a sports event and be around a lot of people; there’s lingering parts of this thing going on.’ And (b), with people losing houses and their jobs and stuff like that, I think when it comes back, they’re gonna be, like, ‘All right. I’m glad it’s over. Let’s get back to work. But I probably should replenish my savings account before I start buying concert tickets.'”
He says that this down time will allow the band to focus on their new album which they are at the tail end of anyway saying “so this gives us time to go work on a new album and also be first next year to be able to pick the venues we wanna go to, the tour buses that we want, the days that we wanna be at those venues, the markets we wanna be in, and let’s just book out ahead of time and be first next year instead of trying to find our little piece of real estate this fall when every other band is probably gonna try to go out and tour.”
The new album will be the follow up to their 2018 release of, When Legends Rise.
Transcription of interview via Blabbermouth.