Kimberly Houghton of The Union Leader is reporting that GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna is softening his image to promote a drug- and alcohol-free environment for local teenagers.
The 37-year-old rock star, who grew up in Boston, says it's time to give back to the community by participating in Derry's Community Alliance for Teen Safety.
"I've done well, and I feel like I should give something back," said Erna, of Windham.
Erna, whose multi-platinum band recently finished a 23-month tour, said yesterday he is taking time off and focusing his energy on community service.
He said he is using his passion for music to promote the Battle of the Bands, organized by the Community Alliance for Teen Safety. CATS is designed to increase awareness among local teenagers and their parents of high-risk behaviors that result in unsafe habits for teens, including drug and alcohol use.
It is important for teenagers to understand there is a way out of abusing drugs and alcohol, Erna said, adding that young people should be pursuing great things instead of drinking vodka in the woods and buying Ecstasy at the mall.
"This is to help kids find a better direction," Erna said of CATS. "Hopefully, they will do the right thing and make the right decisions."
Chris Freda, who is on the Youth Advisory Board for CATS, said the nonprofit organization is grateful to have Erna involved in the upcoming Battle of the Bands.
"We are a big fan of Sully," said Freda, a junior at Pinkerton Academy.
Read more at The Union Leader.