Godsmack’s Sully Erna: I’m writing a documentary based on my life story

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Music biopics are all the rage at the moment, with artists including Queen (opens in new tab), Motley Crue (opens in new tab) and Elton John (opens in new tab) the subjects of recent films.

But could there be a documentary about Godsmack? According to vocalist Sully Erna (opens in new tab), that’s still some way off – but he reports he has something else up his sleeve.

Speaking to 98 Rock Tampa Bay (opens in new tab), Erna says: “A lot of people are asking us about the Godsmack (opens in new tab) documentary, if it’s going to come out, when it will come out. My answer is it can't come out yet, because we don't know how it ends. We're still living through it. 

“I have been working on a feature documentary about my life story that's based on my book The Paths We Choose (opens in new tab) that has a lot of Godsmack elements in it because it goes from the time I was born and all the struggles I went through up until I got a record deal, and it kind of ends there. 

“So there's going to be somewhat of a tease of that story coming in, or at least the birth of it, but as far as the Godsmack story, it's still a little bit premature.”

Last month, Erna and his bandmates established The Scars Foundation (opens in new tab) to raise awareness about mental health.

The charity provides resources and tools “to educate and empower people on a global level that struggle with these burdens.”

Godsmack are currently on tour across Canada (opens in new tab) in support of their latest album When Legends Rise (opens in new tab).

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Scott Munro
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Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.