Sully Erna of GODSMACK has gathered some of rock’s top voices for his LIVE FROM THE LIVING ROOM marathon fundraiser to benefit THE SCARS FOUNDATION, which he founded. Click here for more info. The Thursday, August 6 benefit will stream on his YouTube channel and the Foundation’s Facebook page at 8:00 PM (ET)/5:00 PM (PT) and will feature special sets from GODSMACK special and SULLY solo (accompanied by Chris Lester and Máiréad Nesbitt), plus performances from Aaron Lewis (Staind), Brent & Zach Of Shinedown, Papa Roach, Mike & Adam Of Saint Asonia, Nuno Bettencourt and Clint Lowery (Sevendust).
“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 ERNA says. “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 TSF 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!”
Beyond the livestream (which will feature a live ticker displaying how much money is being raised throughout the event), a 10-day auction will advance the event with a variety of GODSMACK instruments (listed below); bids can be placed here. Proceeds from the live event and auction will benefit THE SCARS FOUNDATION. 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.
Auction items include:
Four guitars, signed by all the members of Godsmack:
TAKEMINE 12 STRING (BLONDE)
Used to record AVALON and during the Avalon touring cycle
TAKAMINE 12 STRING (RED)
Used to record Godsmack’s song “Serenity” as well as on several Godsmack tours and TV appearances
TAKAMINE TUBE 6 STRING (BIG BODY)
Used to record Sully Erna’s “My Light” and seen on the “Journey To Avalon” video
TAKAMINE 6 STRING CUTAWAY
Sully Erna solo live guitar on Hometown Life tour. Also used to record “A Different Kind Of Tears” and “Don’t Comfort Me”
A custom drum kit:
FIVE PIECE GREEN YAMAHA MAPLE CUSTOM
Drum set Sully used to record the 2001 Godsmack album Awakefeaturing iconic songs such as “Greed,” “Bad Magick” and “Awake”
The Scars Foundation has been established by Sully Erna and Godsmack to help raise awareness of the mental health issues that so many are faced with today.
With the rise of suicides, bullying, addiction, abuse and so many other challenges, The Scars Foundation is dedicated to providing resources and tools to educate and empower people on a global level that struggle with these burdens.
Recent The Scars Foundation beneficiaries include:
THRIVE BOXING: Scholarships for at risk youth boxing program in New Hampshire
WINTER POLISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Swimming Championships for the Disabled 2019
GUITARS4VETS: The Scars Foundation is providing a mental health toolkit for all the veterans that participate in all 110 locations
School of Rock
During the month of May/ Mental Health Awareness Month and June/ PTSD Awareness Month, The Scars Foundation provided 12 hours per week for both months of free counseling with master’s level therapists to our Scars Foundation Facebook Group (over 3200 members)
For more information on THE SCARS FOUNDATION, please visit: