Godsmack Honor Fans in Video for Lady Gaga-Inspired ‘Under Your Scars’
On When Legends Rise, Godsmack tried a few new things, including their first shot at writing a ballad. "Under Your Scars" is a tender, powerful track that inspired the band to launch the Scars Foundation and they've now highlighted the symbiotic relationship with their fans in a music video (seen below) that fuels strength and support on both sides of the stage.
"'Under Your Scars' has become such an important song to me for so many reasons," frontman Sully Erna commented. "It’s the first time Godsmack has decided to put this kind of a ballad on an album, which was pretty ballsy for us. I’m so happy that the fans have embraced it in the way they have, because the meaning behind it is so much bigger than any of us."
Appreciative of everything Godsmack fans have given him back, he continued, "It reminds me that taking all the credit without acknowledging the people or events that have touched our lives deeply enough to inspire songs like these, and so many others would just be wrong."
Fans may be surprised to learn the source of the inspiration behind the song was pop superstar Lady Gaga, who has openly defied standards, encouraging honor in individuality. "So humbly I will say, this song came to me shortly after I had spent some quality time with someone who I consider a dear friend, and have grown to admire and respect as one of the smartest and most talented artists today, Stephanie Germanotta, who most of you may know as Lady Gaga," said Erna.
"In the short amount of time we hung out, she made me realize that we all have these imperfections, these wounds that we carry (whether they’re physical or emotional) that cut so deep they can cripple us," the singer/guitarist described.
Speaking further, the Godsmack frontman explained, "These feelings leave us vulnerable, or embarrassed, or even unworthy at times. And our human nature — when they’re exposed — is to shut down, rather than embrace them and realize that not only can we overcome them, but we can also become an inspiration to inspire others to have a voice and find their inner strength to show their scars off loudly and proudly to the world. Our 'Scars' are nothing more than our battle wounds from life and they helped mold you into who you are today."
"All of this is what drove us to create 'The Scars Foundation,' our new non-profit organization battling everything from severe depression to addiction, bullying, suicide prevention and so on," Erna added, concluding, "Finding acceptance, that's what 'Under Your Scars' and what 'The Scars Foundation,' are about. We’re all imperfect--that’s what makes us perfect!"
Watch the video for "Under Your Scars" below and to learn more about the Scars Foundation, head here.
See Godsmack's full list of upcoming North American tour dates beneath the video.
Godsmack 2019 North American Tour Dates
July 19 — Virginia Beach, Va. @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater &
July 20 — Atlantic City, N.J. @ Ocean Resort Casino - Ovation Hall &
July 21 — Glenn Falls, N.Y. @ Cool Insuring Arena &
July 23 — New York, N.Y. @ Beacon Theatre &
July 24 — Oxon Hill, Md. @ The Theatre at MGM National Harbor &
July 26 — Montville, Conn. @ Mohegan Sun Arena &
July 27 — Montreal, Quebec @ Heavy Montreal **
July 28 — Bangor, Maine @ Impact Music Festival **
Aug. 04 — Sturgis, S.D. @ Buffalo Chip Campground **
Aug. 09 — Bethlehem, Penn. @ Musikfest **
Sept. 07 — Concord, Va. @ Blue Ridge Rock Fest ^**
Sept. 20 - Green Bay, Wis. @ Resch Center *
Sept. 21 - Madison, Wis. @ Aliant Energy Center *
Sept. 22 - Moline, Ill. @ Tax Slayer Center *
Sept. 24 - Sioux Falls, S.D. @ Denny Sanford Premier Center *
Sept. 25 - Wichita, Kan. @ Intrust Bank Arena *
Sept. 27 - Cape Girardeau, Mo. @ Show Me Center *
Sept. 29 - Alpharetta, Ga. @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre *
Oct. 01 - West Palm Beach, Fla. @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre *
Oct. 02 - Estero, Fla. @ Hertz Arena *
Oct. 04 - Pensacola, Fla. @ Pensacola Civic Center *
Oct. 05 - Southaven, Miss. @ Landers Center *
Oct. 06 - Rogers, Ark. @ Walmart Amphitheatre *
Oct. 08 - Loveland, Colo. @ Budweiser Arena *
Oct. 09 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ USANA Pavilion *
Oct. 12 - Bakersfield, Calif. @ Rabobank Arena *
Oct. 13 - Ontario, Calif. @ Citizens Bank Arena *
Oct. 15 - San Diego, Calif. @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater *
Oct. 16 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ Comerica Paviliion *
Oct. 18 - Tulsa, Okla. @ BOK Center *
&Godsmack with support from New Years Day
**Godsmack festival appearance
*Godsmack with support from Halestorm
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