Fan-filmed video footage of GODSMACK singer Sully Erna performing an original song called "Eyes of a Child" during his solo concert at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday, June 12, 2008 can be viewed below (clip uploaded by YouTube user "sullyjunkie").
Erna recently told Glam-Metal.com that doing his first solo shows was "extremely nerve-wracking," adding, "My first show, I was really, really nervous. Honestly, I haven't been that nervous since I was, I don't know, maybe 10 years old at a talent show or something." Erna kicked off his first solo acoustic trek on May 1 in Niagara Falls, New York and closed it out on May 30 in Las Vegas. The shows have combined GODSMACK songs with a few new originals and covers ranging from THE BEATLES to ALICE IN CHAINS to the theme from "Love Story".
Regarding how he went about selecting the material used for his solo show, Erna said, "I wanted to stick a couple of originals in and try them out because there was a couple of songs that were done on the piano or the guitar that I wrote that I don't think I would use on a GODSMACK record," he said. "For example, 'Eyes of a Child' and 'Until Then'. It was a great opportunity to showcase that and see if I can hit home with the people on those two pieces. Those songs are the most emotional pieces of the evening. One song is about children born with or dying from AIDS and the other is about a tribute to the troops of the United States Armed Forces."
Erna told The Pulse of Radio that playing some new material live is a good way for him to test out songs that might not work for GODSMACK. "We're all musicians and we like to write music and not necessarily rock all the time," he said. "So, you know, if I sit home and I'm writing on the piano and sometimes just cool songs are written that don't necessarily fit maybe what you do with GODSMACK, but you don't wanna not record them."
GODSMACK has been on a break since late last year, with the other members releasing an album under the name ANOTHER ANIMAL.
Erna stated at the time that he planned to work on his first solo album, but little has been heard about it since.
GODSMACK will reportedly regroup this summer for some shows with SEVENDUST and ALTER BRIDGE, but details have yet to be announced.