GODSMACK “Vibez Tour” Won’t Be Only Acoustic: “There’s Gonna Be Electric Performances As Well”

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Godsmack is trading arenas for more intimate vibes on their upcoming “Vibez Tour.” After a grueling year of big-show spectacles, frontman Sully Erna and his bandmates will take a change of pace in a series of acoustic/electric performances and untold stories in theatres across North America.

“The ‘Vibez Tour’, it’s almost kind of like a break from the big-show touring. We went out all last year and we worked a lot and it was the big show — it was the show that we did in the arenas and the amphitheaters. And when we go out with the big show, as people know, we have this big double-drum battle we do, there’s moving lighting and pyro and it’s just a big arena show like we grew up on when we were kids. It’s the kind of show I always wanted to put out there for the people. But as we get older, the body needs to heal.” Sully explained to The Mistress Carrie Podcast. “But we didn’t wanna take a break from when we wrapped up at the end of October until summer hits again when they open up amphitheaters and we start doing these big festival shows or whatever again. There’s just too much of a gap there. We wanna be loyal to our crew, so we wanna keep them working. And we also wanna kind of stay tuned up, but to try to do those kinds of shows in the winter, it just doesn’t make sense. So we wanted to come back to what we did back in — it was like ’03, ’04, right around the time we were doing the Metallica thing. And we did an acoustic tour in theaters.”

“People have asked us about when we would ever do that again for so long now — almost 20 years it’s been since we did that. So we decided, like, why not do a couple of quick runs, keep us tuned up, and play some of the other stuff that we don’t get to play on the big show? ‘Cause the big show fires up and you wanna hit people and make it the big rock songs, but there’s so many cool songs that we also enjoy playing from our catalog that we don’t ever get to do ’cause we don’t have time. So that this ‘Vibez Tour’ is gonna be exactly that — we’re gonna set a vibe in the theater. Incense candles. We’re gonna bring in some of the old memorabilia from other tours, like the gargoyles that we had on the “Awake” tour and the brass sun that we used on the “Faceless” tour. And we’re gonna try to decorate the stage with all these elements and hopefully take people through the history of the band, so it becomes really cool vibey songs with some storytelling behind it that helps educate the new generation that’s been turned on to the band, and just give people a different experience of what else, the other side of what we do as a band.” Sully added.

But don’t worry, headbangers. Electric guitars will still make an appearance, according to Erna: “So it won’t be fully acoustic — there’s gonna be electric performances as well — but it’s gonna be a blend of all that: piano songs, acoustic songs, electric songs. We’re gonna mix in some really cool vibey covers. I don’t wanna give those away because we haven’t done ’em yet, for one, practiced them, so we wanna make sure that we can pull the ones we wanna do off. But I can tell you that it will fit in that same vibe of what we’re doing with the ‘Voodoo’s and the ‘Serenity’s and the ‘Spiral’s, and even some of the stuff on the new record, like Growing Old’ and ‘Truth’ and ‘Under Your Scars’ and all that stuff. So we wanna just create like a really cool night of music and storytelling.”


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