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They played clubs in the Boston area for years before catching a break in 1999 when they were invited to play on the Ozzfest tour.
Their first album, All Wound Up, was made for $2,500 in 1997 and released on an independent label. Universal Records signed them a year later and re-released the album, changing the title to Godsmack.
Erna is a wiccan, meaning he is part of a religion that practices witchcraft and worships nature.
Erna is a big boxing fan. His boxing trainer used to travel with him on tour.
Their original name was The Scam. Stewart came in one day when they were doing pictures with a huge cold sore on his lip. For the entire day, Sully was making fun of him because of it. The next day, Sully came in with the same size cold sore on the same spot on his lip. Erna told Sully, "That's God smacking you for making fun of Tommy!" and bam, there was a great name. They knew it was also the name of an Alice in Chains song (from the album Dirt), but the name was too good to pass up. (thanks, katie - Buffalo, NY)
Bassist Robbie Merril can't move his middle finger because of a birth defect. (thanks, Nick - Paramus, NJ)
One of Erna's many tattoos is of Animal, the drummer for The Muppets.
Erna's real name is Salvator Paul Erna.
Their original guitarist was Lee Richards. He joined a band formed by sully called Dropbox. (thanks, robbie - placentia, CA, for above 2)
Songs like "Spiral" "Serenity" and "Voodoo" were influenced by the tribal band Dead Can Dance. (thanks, Akiko - Ft Worth, TX)