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Sully Erna of Godsmack performs during the 2017 Chicago Open Air Festival at Toyota Park on July 15, 2017 in Bridgeview, Ill.
Global Artist Management’s clients also include Hoobastank and Like A Storm. The company co-manages Hollywood Vampires – which features Perry, Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper – with management legend Shep Gordon.
The new full-service artist management company is being run by a former multi-platinum artist and a veteran tour manager. Geary and Wood have worked together since the early 2000s at Geary’s previous artist management company, Paul Geary Management (PGM), which Geary reformed in 2013. They first met in the late ‘80s when Geary was the drummer in rock band Extreme and Wood was a tour manager for Cinderella.
Geary, who left Extreme in 1994 to pursue a full-time career in management, formed PGM in 1995 and signed Godsmack as one of his first clients when it was a little-known Boston bar band.
The band has gone on to sell more than 20 million records, headline worldwide tours and received four Grammy nods. Godsmack has a number of festival appearances lined up along with a summer co-bill tour with Shinedown. Sully Erna & Co. spent last summer playing festivals such as the sold-out Chicago Open Air, which grossed more than $2.9 million, and the sold-out Rockfest in Kansas City, which brought in more than $1.2 million.
Geary has since managed an array of major artists including Billy Ray Cyrus, Creed, Godsmack, Hoobastank, Joe Perry, Myles Kennedy, The Scorpions, Smashing Pumpkins and Steel Panther.
As a tour manager, Wood has worked with Megadeth, Nine Inch Nails, Scorpions, Soundgarden, Cinderella, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Bette Midler, Peter Frampton, Robert Plant, Dave Edmunds, Stone Temple Pilots and Audioslave. He joined PGM in 2002 and took over the touring responsibilities for Godsmack.
Geary and Wood continued their working relationship after Geary joined Azoff Music Management in 2005 and formed a new division of the company called AGP (Azoff, Geary, Paul Management). Wood became director of touring for the entire AGP roster in 2007, overseeing artists including Smashing Pumpkins, Creed, New Kids On The Block, and Godsmack. When Geary reformed PGM in 2013, Wood came on board as touring director for the company.
Global Artist Management is based in Century City, Calif.