GODSMACK's greatest-hits collection, "Good Times Bad Times....Ten Years of Godsmack", sold 40,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart. The 16-track collection is loaded with career-defining milestones and seminal GODSMACK classics. Among the songs included are the band's clarion call "Whatever", their breakthrough #1 rock mainstream smash "Awake", "I Stand Alone" (2002's most played rock radio song of the year), "Speak" (the #1 rock cut from their 2006 album "IV") and ad a rare GODSMACK cover of LED ZEPPELIN's classic 1969 debut single "Good Times, Bad Times".
GODSMACK's video for "Good Times, Bad Times" can be viewed below. The clip was shot on October 20, 2007 on the corner of Milk Street and Oliver Street in Boston's financial district.
In other news, GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna was the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline", hosted by Bob Coburn, on December 3, 2007. The program is now available for streaming at this location.
Considered one of the definitive alternative hard rock bands of the modern era, the Boston-based group stormed on to the music scene in 1998 with their masterful self-titled debut album, and have never looked back. The only rock band to have scored 13 Top 10 hits in the Active Rock format, their most recent album, "IV", debuted at #1 on The Billboard 200 chart (their second #1 debut following 2003's "Faceless") and harking back to the thunderous arc of multiplatinum masterpieces like their five-million-selling breakthrough debut album and 2000's "Awake", as well as the more subtle flexing heard on their 2004 acoustic EP "The Other Side".
The band will take an extended, indefinite break following the release of the hits compilation, but singer Sully Erna had a message for all the fans that have stuck with GODSMACK for the past decade: "I want to say thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for the support and the love that you've given this band over the years. We're not going away, we are just gonna take a break and enjoy our 10th year anniversary, and kind of recharge our batteries. And then GODSMACK will be back, and we will come back bigger and badder than ever."
ANOTHER ANIMAL, featuring GODSMACK guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill and drummer Shannon Larkin, released its self-titled debut disc on October 2. The new outfit also includes original GODSMACK guitarist Lee Richards and former UGLY KID JOE frontman Whitfield Crane.