Sully Erna plots spring solo shows

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Sully Erna will return to the road this spring for a series of solo performances. The Godsmack frontman will deliver a pair of New England shows, first in Connecticut and then New Hampshire.

Erna will perform at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on Sunday, March 24. Tickets for the show are available through Ticketmaster for $25. The Massachusetts native will kick off the concert season at New Hampshire’s Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Friday, April 5. Tickets, which range in price from $30 to $50, are available through Ticketmaster.

The live shows will feature songs over the span of Erna’s career, including those with Godsmack and his solo debut, Avalon. Released in September of 2010, Avalon is the combination of work that took Erna almost seven years to complete. The seeds for the album were planted back when Erna was pre-Godsmack, discovering Australian world fusion band Dead Can Dance’s 1993 album Into the Labyrinth. Their “eclectic, mystical, hand drumming” approach filtered into Godsmack hits like “Voodoo” and “Serenity”. From there, an organic process of assembling the right musicians began. Erna recruited Dead Can Dance percussionist Niall Gregory and long time friend and blues vocalist Lisa Guyer, who introduced the guitarists, that lead to a keyboardist and cellists that would help complete Avalon.

Erna recently released a limited edition Avalon box set that contains 5 DVDs, including “Avalon Live”, which captured his performance at the Wilbur Theater in November of 2011. The box also contains 2 CDs – Avalon, the studio album, and Avalon Live, the live show from Boston. Other items include a limited edition coffee table book, an updated version of Erna’s personal memoir, “The Paths We Choose”, a limited edition autographed poster from the Wilbur show and other merchandise. Five “golden tickets” were hidden in the boxes and will offer grand prize luxury trips with Erna himself to Napa, Boston, New York, Las Vegas and Catalina Island.

“Avalon Live” can also be purchased as a single disc DVD and Blu-Ray.

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