GODSMACK's third full-length CD, "Faceless", features a track called "Serenity", which frontman Sully Erna wrote after reading the book "Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road", penned by RUSH drummer Neil Peart.
"The song was inspired by a book I read by Neil Peart, 'The Ghost Rider', and it's about the tragedies he went through," Erna explained in the latest issue of Metal Edge. "The poor guy lost his wife and kid within a 10-month period, his dog died, and then his best friend went to prison for dealing weed when he was supposed to go out with him and ride his motorcycle to just clear his head and help comfort him. He had been through so much, he just got on his motorcycle, and within 14 months drove 55,000 miles — from Canada to Alaska, to America, to Belize, Mexico, back to Canada — and basically journaled out this thing about how he tried to heal himself and not put a noose around his neck. It's just an amazing book, and he meaning I got out of it was so inspirational, because I'm thinking, 'God, if a guy can get through that kind of shit, why should I bitch about anything?' That's pretty heavy duty. So I got this beautiful song, and the cool part to the story is, I got to meet Neil Peart and hand him this song and ask him to play drums on it. Though he had to decline because they were touring and stuff, he wrote me back a letter and signed my book, wished me the best of luck, and kind of gave me his approval on the song, because I was really nervous about it. For one, he's one of my drum heroes, and for two, I didn't want him to feel like I was prying into his life on such a sensitive subject."
GODSMACK's "Faceless" is due out today (April 8) through Republic/Universal Records.