by Reggie Edwards
Sully Erna’s latest release, a larger-than-life box set has officially been released, including seven discs, incense, guitar picks, Erna’s autobiography, a backstage pass from Erna’s solo Avalon tour and much more.
Also included in the box set will be a “golden ticket” contest, giving five winners a chance to spend a day with him in a major U.S. city.
Erna just wrapped up his time on the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival with Godsmack and is enjoying some time off after a monster year.
Avalon, released in 2010, was Erna’s first solo record, elements of which took over seven years to complete and which took a different musical avenue than Erna’s Godsmack work sounded.
Some of this was planned but some was not, Erna explains.
“Looking back now, it’s just a really special record for me,” explains Erna. “It’s very vulnerable. It’s very eclectic and epic, you know, it’s very visual. You can just lay there and listen to the album and it’ll paint very specific pictures and that’s what I love about it.
“It’s a great journey through music,” Erna says. “Kinda like back in the day when Pink Floyd and them would put out records, you know, it’s very visual.”
The iconic frontman took some time to sit down with us recently to talk about the Avalon project, the different direction he took with it, some of the differences between writing a solo project and with a band.
The interview in its entirety can be heard below:
Sully Erna talks Avalon and new box set: