Review: Godsmack’s Sully Erna Marks Mohegan’s Birthday With An Entertaining Set
PLAINS TWP. – Sunday marked 15 years since the official opening of casino gaming operations at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the venue marked that anniversary with a visit from Godsmack lead singer Sully Erna on Saturday night.
Four-time Grammy nominee Erna who has released two solo albums in addition to her work with Godsmack, performed an hour on stage at Breakers, consisting of her solo work, hits from Godsmack and a few covers of some of the greats of rock music hits that made the crowd scream all night long.
“I haven’t done this for too long,” Erna said at one point in her set, reflecting a COVID-induced hiatus from live music that dated back almost two years. ” Thanks all for coming. “
From the start it was clear how much Erna missed performing in front of a crowd; with guitarist Chris Lester by her side, Erna still sounded great on vocals, guitar and even playing a little on the keyboard.
Even with just 24 hours notice (the Mohegan Sun officially announced the show on Friday afternoon via its Facebook page), Breakers was teeming with fans looking for the live entertainment the bar has become famous for since opening at the interior of the casino.
At 8 p.m., the first act of the evening took to the stage. Local and must-have Breakers musician Ken Norton took the stage to open for Sully, and he set the tone for the evening wonderfully.
Norton, who performed later that night with his band, Ken Norton and the Fuchery, hit hit after hit, covering songs like “Baba O’Riley” and “Santeria” with her dazzling full-screen vocals.
He performed for just under an hour before handing the stage to Erna, who emerged to a thunderous standing ovation from the crowd.
Always a showman, Erna performed in front of the crowds and kept the entertainment high all night long, repeatedly joking that he “might not remember how to do this one” before embarking on a another song, taken mainly from his two solo albums.
Godsmack fans got a rendition of the band’s hit “Runnin ‘Blind,” and Erna worked a number of covers in the set, saying he enjoyed doing covers at smaller gigs because ‘he didn’t interpret them as often.
Among them were Oasis’ “Champagne Supernova”, “Hotel California” – with vocals and killer guitar work by Lester – and closer show “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica.
About halfway through her performance, Erna broke last-minute news to the Godsmack fans in attendance.
“We’re back in the studio to work on our next album,” he said. “Godsmack will be back in 2022.”