Good Times, Bad Times: 10 Years of Godsmack, was released today. Among the sixteen tracks spanning their 10 year career is the Peart-inspired song "Serenity". The package also includes a 75 minute DVD, "An Evening With Godsmack", featuring a recent acoustic performance filmed at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. During a Q&A with the crowd, Sully Erna explains that "Serenity" was written after reading the book Ghost Rider: Travels On The Healing Road by Neil Peart (pronounced incorrectly as "Pert") of Rush". Erna gives the audience an encapsulated synopsis of Neil's story, and then goes on to credit Neil as being an important influence on he and fellow Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin. Thanks to Kyle Doyle for the headsup!
Neil Peart has updated his website with his latest installment of "News, Weather & Sports": The Hour of Arriving. In it he describes his stays in some of the finer establishments in Europe, discusses his interest in cooking, and closes with memories of a typical show day.