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Godsmack 20th-anniversary documentary to include a drum solo review by Neil Peart

Sun, Nov 13, 2016@7:18PM | comments

Godsmack's Sully Erna was recently interviewed for to discuss the band's upcoming 20th anniversary and their future plans. At one point Erna talks about Rush and Neil Peart's influence on himself and the band. From (thanks Will C):

... Citing RUSH's classic 1981 live album "Exit...Stage Left" as one of the LPs that changed his life, Erna said: "Being a drummer my whole life, [RUSH drummer] Neil Peart was probably the biggest influence in my life. He's the reason why I quit school, I quit family, I quit relationships, I quit everything to practice RUSH albums."

Asked if he has had a chance to tell Neil what an influence he has been on his life, Erna said: "Oh, yeah. I've met him a few times. We've actually become friends. As a matter of fact, we've been fiming along the way, over the last couple of years, what will be, at some point, twenty years of GODSMACK, a movie, and just interviewing different people along the way, and we got Neil Peart to agree to... I think we might have the last Neil Peart interview on tape. But he actually reviewed our drum solo, and it was really very surreal to hear Neil Peart talking about me and Shannon [Larkin, GODSMACK drummer] and how well he enjoyed it and the technical aspects of it and how entertaining it was. And it was pretty cool." ...

You can listen to the entire interview online here. Godsmack plans to enter the studio at the end of next year to begin recording a new album for an early 2018 release, coinciding with the band's twentieth anniversary.