The year of 2012 had a significant impact on this blog (and me too), it featured many bands from the "hair metal" era. There were so many in fact that I could barely keep up but one show sticks out for good reason. That show being "Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators".
The reputation of Slash himself is what legends are made of so what else would you
expect from Myles Kennedy or the Conspirators"? Slash has put
together a band that in all honesty is killer. Of the members of the band
one person stood out: Todd Kerns. I had the good fortune to talk to Mr.
Kerns through the world of electronic mail and he agreed to an electronic Q and
Did you participate in
any sort of elementary or high school bands? Which instrument(s)?
I did not. By 13/14 I was already playing with guys much older than me in
a rock band. I have no formal training
I had read that you are
from Canada are there many differences between the music scene in Canada and
Well, like any country there is music that is successful at home but
doesn't spread internationally for whatever reason. Canada has a much
smaller population to reach. The US is a giant market. There are too many
differences to list with many similarities as well
Was “The Age of Electric”
your first serious band or were there any others?
There were other bands before that but AOE was the first to release music
While working with Bob
Rock and Gil Norton in the band “The Age of Electric”, did they give you “tips”
or advice on what your next step should be?
Not purposely but I picked their brains and watched them work very
closely. They have both done amazing things
With “The Age of
Electric” being a success, was it easy to end that project?
Not easy at all. In fact we all look back on that as a mistake but
everything has turned out well enough for all involved
It seems to be a
stereotype that families cannot work with one another. Starting
“Static in Stereo” with your brothers (John and Ryan) was there any trepidation
or concerns that the family would split apart?
Not for us. I loved working with my brothers. We had each others backs
and have great chemistry together
What kind of music would
you say that “Static in Stereo” played? Did your brothers continue
with the band after your solo project began?
No. The only reason I did a solo album was because SIS had ended. We
played pretty straight up rock with some pop songwriting chops
It’s fascinating to me
when I look back at the influences you list for your first solo album, what
other influences do you have?
My influences are largely the same though I look to people like Jack
White, Dave Grohl and Josh Homme of the new breed
Your support of several
charities such as The St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fight Cancer & The
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation shows your devotion to giving back (and should be
commended), can you tell me a little bit about the Greg Verdusco Memorial Fund?
We only just started it to help his family dig themselves out of the pile
of debt incurred hole trying to save his life. He is missed
Is there a way others
can contribute to Greg’s family?
Yes. There is a donation section on the main page at toddkerns.com
Was there much
“pressure” heaped upon you to shave your head like your drummer and manager
I never feel pressure to so. It is an honor to do whatever I can to help
in any way I can.
Your latest solo project
the upcoming release of “Borrowing Trouble” on June 2nd, can the
album be purchased online and/or music stores?
At the moment it will be available on iTunes, pledgemusic.com
and of course toddkerns.com We plan to have it
in stores later in the summer. Music stores are a bit of a specialty thing
these days but some of my favorite places in the world
Speaking of your body of
work, where can your other CD’s be purchased?
Sinners CDs can be purchase at www.thesincitysinners.com
During a performance
with Slash (featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) we got to hear your
vocals on a GNR (Out Ta Get Me) and a Slash (Dr.Alibi) song, do you do vocals
on any other songs (when touring with Slash)?
I also sing You're Crazy by GNR and We're All Gonna Die from Slash's 1st
What kind of gear do you
use? Do you make changes to the gear depending on your solo act and
I use Music Man Stingray basses and GK amps with Slash. When playing
guitar I use Gibson guitars and Marshall amplifiers. Acoustic wise I use mostly
my Gibson J-45
What has been your
biggest challenge performing with Slash?
I don't find too much challenging about life with Slash. I love playing
music and any curve ball thrown at me is a more than welcome challenge
When Slash feat. Myles
Kennedy and the Conspirators performed in Dubuque, IA Slash said "Dubuque,
Iowa was the most intimate show of the tour; very up close & personal.
Great vibe from the crowd. Good time. iiii]; )' do think that the
band may come back?
I posed the question on Facebook “What would you like me to ask Todd Kerns”
so if I could I’ll ask a couple of those.
Where did “DAMMIT” come
My friends used it as a nickname. It rhymes with God Dammit.
What is your favorite
horror film character?
Hmmm...probably Alien. The first film changed my life
First of all THANK YOU Todd, I sincerely appreciate it! When Slash
made his presence known in Dubuque, Iowa most people had no idea who his band might
be. Sure people knew Slash and many knew Myles Kennedy but that was
really about it. What happened during that show was something
amazing. With all of the flash, pomp and circumstance that blew into
Dubuque we were privy to one heck of a band. Todd Kerns made his presence
known and I have to tell you he is incredible. Kerns is an elite bass
player, strike that, he is an elite performer, musician and a great guy!
Check out his website, his CD's and his charities and tell him I said hello!
Thank you again!!