GODSMACK—Sully Erna [vocals, guitar], Tony Rombola [guitar], Robbie Merrill [bass] and Shannon Larkin [drums]–have achieved a career first by scoring three #1 singles from the same album.
This week, “Under Your Scars,” the third single from the band’s WHEN LEGENDS RISE (BMG) album, has ascended to #1 on the Active Rock Chart. This marks the group’s third #1 rock hit from their current album. “Under Your Scars” follows the album’s two previous tracks that were #1 active rock hits: “When Legends Rise” and “Bulletproof,” the latter of which was recently certified Gold in the U.S. and was also the most-played song at rock radio in 2018.
“What a proud moment to be able to announce that “Under Your Scars” has officially gone #1 in the country!” says Erna. “To have any song reach #1 is such an honor. But to have three in a row on one album is unreal. Feeling blessed!”
The newly released video for the song showcases GODSMACK’s electrifying live performances alongside heartfelt backstage exchanges with the group’s fans over the years. Check out the video for “Under Your Scars,” here.
To coincide with the release of “Under Your Scars,” Erna announced the creation of The Scars Foundation to support ongoing mental health struggles facing so many. For more information, please click here.
“I’ve realized that ‘Under Your Scars’ has become such an important song to me for so many reasons,” Erna says. “It’s the first time Godsmack has decided to put this kind of a ballad on an album–which was pretty ballsy for us. I’m so happy that the fans have embraced it in the way they have, because the meaning behind it is so much bigger than any of us.
“It also reminds me that taking all the credit without acknowledging the people or events that have touched our lives deeply enough to inspire songs like these would just be wrong.
“So humbly I will say, this song came to me shortly after I had spent some quality time with someone who I consider a dear friend, and have grown to admire and respect as one of the smartest and most talented artists today, Stefani Germanotta, who most of you may know as Lady Gaga. In the short amount of time we hung out, she made me realize that we all have these imperfections, these wounds that we carry (whether they’re physical or emotional) that cut so deep they can cripple us.
“These feelings leave us vulnerable, or embarrassed, or even unworthy at times. And our human nature–when they’re exposed–is to shut down, rather than embrace them and realize that not only can we overcome them, but we can also become an inspiration to inspire others to have a voice and find their inner strength to show their scars off loudly and proudly to the world. Our ‘Scars’ are nothing more than our battle wounds from life and they helped mold you into who you are today.
“All of this is what drove us to create ‘The Scars Foundation,’ our new non-profit organization battling everything from severe depression to addiction, bullying, suicide prevention and so on. “Finding acceptance, that’s what ‘Under Your Scars’ and what ‘The Scars Foundation,’ are about. We’re all imperfect–that’s what makes us perfect!”
GODSMACK have spent more than a year on the road, both in North America and throughout Europe in support of their WHEN LEGENDS RISE album. They just wrapped the European and U.K. dates on their in-progress world tour and are currently headlining a run of North American shows (including a July 23 New York City show at the Beacon Theatre) with special guests New Years Day. Next up is a stretch of festival appearances leading GODSMACK straight into the recently added fall shows with Halestorm supporting. The new dates kick off September 20 in Green Bay, WI and wrap October 18 in Tulsa, OK.
The full and updated tour schedule can be found HERE.
WHEN LEGENDS RISE marks the band’s seventh studio album and their first in four years. The critically acclaimed 11-song collection entered the Billboard Top 200 album chart in the top ten (#8), with four #1 placements on other charts: Top Rock Albums, Top Hard Music Albums, Top Independent Albums and Top Alternative Albums. WHEN LEGENDS RISE is available on CD, LP and Digital; purchase or stream it here. The album finds the guys doubling down on their combination of tightly wound riffs, rhythmic fury, naked emotions and pushed-to-the-edge vocals, all fired up with melodic precision and tight songcraft.
Godsmack stand strong as 21st century hard rock titans. With an unbreakable spirit and diehard work ethic evocative of their hometown, the Boston quartet fought hard to secure a place in music history since first smashing their way on to the scene in 1998. To date, they’ve notched a staggering ten #1 singles at mainstream rock radio, including “Awake,” “Straight Out of Line,” “Cryin’ Like A Bitch,” and “I Stand Alone.” Moreover, they’ve enjoyed 24 Top 10 hits at the format-the most of any act since February 1999-as well as four Grammy nominations, and were winners of The Billboard Music Awards Rock Artists of the Year in 2001. Selling over20 million records worldwide, the band has also unleashed three consecutive albums at #1 on the Billboard Top 200-namely Faceless , IV , and The Oracle . This places them in league with Van Halen, U2, Metallica, Dave Matthews Band, and Linkin Park who have also enjoyed the same streak. Moreover, the accomplishment on the road remains staggering with headlining sets around the world. They still stand alone.