Sully Erna of Godsmack is bringing together many of his rock and roll friends for a marathon fundraiser to benefit The Scars Foundation, which he founded. The benefit on Thursday, Aug. 6 will stream on Sully’s Youtube Channel, and on the The Scars Foundation’s Facebook Page.
In addition to special sets from Godsmack, and Sully solo, there will be performances by Brent Smith and Zach Myers of Shinedown, Papa Roach, Clint Lowery of Sevendust, Aaron Lewis of Staind, Nuno Bettencourt, and Mike Mushok and Adam Gontier of Saint Asonia.
“I had always looked for ways to give back and help others in some way after reaching certain levels of success in my life,” Sully said. “But I could never really figure out where to dedicate my time and attention and what was important to me, or where I even had experience to offer.”
“One day I started thinking about my own life and being a survivor of such an extremely rough inner city and that’s where all my experience was. It was all the battle wounds and scars I’ve carried that made me stronger and made me the man I am today. Instead of being ashamed of my imperfections, or hiding from them, I learned how to embrace them and grow from those experiences. I want to share that with people and lend my stories, my experiences, and my theories on how you can overcome challenging times rather than letting them ruin your life.”
“And that’s why the Scars Foundation is so important to me. It’s personal. It’s my life. And it’s important that people who struggle with these mental health issues and ‘imperfections’ or ‘Scars’ as we call them, learn how to embrace them, and show them to the world loudly and proudly! I hope the work we do with The Scars Foundation inspires people to come forward and share their stories so that those stories inspire more people to come forward and break the silence and internal struggles. Just remember you’re not alone. And we’re all imperfectly perfect. Just the way we’re supposed to be!”
Watch Godsmack perform “Under Your Scars” on YouTube:
Along with the livestream, a 10 day auction is taking place in advance of the event. Auction items include four guitars signed by all members of Godsmack, and a custom drum set Sully used to record the 2001 Godsmack album, Awake.
Proceeds from the live event and auction will benefit The Scars Foundation, and all donations made through The Scars Foundation efforts will go to benefit those programs with a proven track record of effectiveness in addressing mental health issues.
Sully and Friends
W/ Godsmack, Brent Smith and Zach Myers of Shinedown, Papa Roach, Clint Lowery of Sevendust, Aaron Lewis of Staind, Nuno Bettencourt, and Mike Mushok and Adam Gontier of Saint Asonia
Thursday, Aug. 6
Show @ 8pm ET
Check out these pictures of the artists performing individually in the DC metro area. All photos copyright and courtesy of Chris Smyth!