Godsmack's Sully Erna puts woman in coma with his Hummer

The Eagle Tribune

Published: April 16, 2007 12:00 am

Crash victim’s condition upgraded; car hit by Godsmack lead singer

By Jill Harmacinski , Staff Writer

METHUEN – The condition of a Chelmsford woman injured in an automobile crash involving a local rock star improved at a Boston hospital yesterday.

Lindsay Taylor, 25, was upgraded to serious condition yesterday, said Jerry Berger, a spokesman for Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Taylor was said to be in a coma and on life support after the crash Wednesday night on Interstate 93 south.

Taylor was sitting in the back seat of a Toyota Camry that was struck from behind by a Hummer H3 driven by Salvatore “Sully” Erna, 38, of Windham, N.H. Erna, a Lawrence native, is the lead singer of the rock band Godsmack. He was not injured in the accident, police said.

The Camry was pushed forward and rear-ended by a Honda Odyssey driven by a Londonderry, N.H., woman.

The crash occurred about 7 p.m. on the ramp leading from I-93 south to Route 213.

The accident remains under investigation by state police. No citations or charges were filed over the weekend, state police said.

Talking to GODSMACK about what they use they use their music for [Arthur, 2006]

Godsmack are a millionaire hard rock band who have sold millions of records in the last eight years. Their fourth album, “IV,” was released on April 25, 2006. It sold 211,000 copies in its first week in the USA to debut at Number One on the Billboard chart.

Several weeks previous, I had been solicited by Godsmack’s record label and publicist for press coverage. Ken Phillips, the band’s publicist told me on May 3, after the interview had been conducted, that he had “assumed that it would be a feature about the new cd, tour and what the band has been doing since the last release.” The latter is all that I was able to discuss with Godsmack frontman/lyricist/producer Sully Erna on Monday, May 1 by telephone before he hung up on me mid-sentence, and refused to answer any further questions over the following days.

Here is the full transcript of our conversation. — Jay Babcock (Editor, ARTHUR Magazine)

Feature article published in Arthur No. 23 (July 2006)

(Initial audio digitizing courtesy Bobby Tamkin!)

JAY BABCOCK of Arthur Magazine: Alright let me get the tape rolling here. How you doing?

SULLY ERNA of Godsmack: I’m good!

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