Godsmack frontman Sully Erna had previously made it known that their latest record Lighting Up The Sky would be their last. Not that Godsmack was breaking up or anything – they just felt that Lighting The Sky was a good place to stop releasing albums, and that they'd just focus on touring from here on out.
Apparently that plan to stop releasing albums also extends to singles. In an interview with the Everblack podcast, Erna said he doesn't think Godsmack will even dip their toes into the world of standalone singles. Erna added that he feels Godsmack's musical journey feels "very complete" right now, and who can argue with that? The band did what they did, wrote some hits, and they're done doing it. Cool.
"I don't think so. I don't feel that right now," said Erna. "I mean, you can never say never, but right now it feels right. The way this record laid out, the story it tells and how it ends, and how this record ends where the first record begins, it feels very resolved right now and it feels very complete. And I don't even know how I would top that."
Erna later elaborated that he feels Godsmack is in a position where they can just go out and play the hits. He also notes that people generally don't want to hear the new stuff from legacy acts, which is true to an extent – I'm not sure anyone's gonna be stoked on new Aerosmith, but I guarantee Metallica fans want to see some 72 Seasons stuff make the cut.
"When you go see your favorite bands, and you go see Metallica and Aerosmith, are you really looking forward to [hearing songs from] their new record? Maybe there's a song or two that you're digging, but most of the time when you go see Aerosmith, you wanna see 'Walk This Way' and 'Same Old Song And Dance' and 'Train Kept A-Rollin'.' How do you not play those songs? They are the soundtrack to people's lives.
"And I'd like to think, after twenty-six Top 10 singles now, and five number ones, if we pull another three or four off this album, which is very possible — it has the material — we'll be at thirty Top 10 singles. That means we could do back-to-back nights in an arena and play 15 songs a night and never play the same single twice, let alone the 'B' cuts. So at one point you need to honor that career and go out and give the people what they wanna hear. And that's what we're looking forward to.
"It's not the end; we're just ending one chapter in our lives and we're gonna open up a new chapter and start to enjoy the sunset years by creating a greatest-hits show."