Spotlight Report conducted an interview with GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna during this year's Soundwave festival in Australia. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked which other band he was especially looking forward to seeing at this year's Soundwave, Erna said: "Probably JUDAS PRIEST. You know, they were one of my childhood hero bands. I really, really love them. They changed my life in metal. They were one of those bands that, when the first time I heard 'Victim Of Changes', it just blew me away. It was one of those moments that I just knew I was witnessing something great. So I've always been a real big fan of JUDAS PRIEST."
GODSMACK paid tribute to JUDAS PRIEST at the 2006 "VH1 Rock Honors" event by playing a medley of "Electric Eye", "Victim Of Changes" and "Hell Bent For Leather" (see video below).
GODSMACK's sixth studio album, "1000hp", sold approximately 58,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 album chart. The disc, which arrived on August 5, 2014, followed up 2011's "The Oracle", which topped the chart with sales of 117,000 copies in its debut week.
Erna described the sound of the "1000hp" album to The Pulse Of Radio as "a little bit more raw, a little bit more open. The writing was a little freer. The production is really kind of raw and in your face, and the songs, man — I'm really, really excited about these songs. And I have to tell you honestly, I wasn't that excited about writing this record at first."