Slash – Anastasia – iHeartRadio

Slash – Anastasia – iHeartRadio.

Slash, Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators do it again!

iHeartRadio has the US Exclusive for Apocalyptic Love’s Anastasia Live Video Premiere.

I had goosebumps the whole way through, ENJOY! \m/

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Rock Regards,

Lauren K

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Bassist of the week – Todd “Dammit” Kerns

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Todd Kerns was born on the 5th of December 1969 in Smallville, Canada. Todd is a Canadian musician who has worked with several successful Canadian bands most notably Age of Electric where Todd contributed to the band as a guitarist and a vocalist. Todd’s brother bassist John Kerns was part of the band including another pair of brothers namely Kurt and Ryan Dahle. Age of Electric was one of the most commercially successful Canadian rock bands in the mid-90s. Their commercial breakthrough came with the release of their debut album titled Ugly which was released in 1993, after that they released their second album called The Age of Electric in 1995. The band regrouped in 1997 to release their third album titled Make A Pest A Pet, the album spawned the radio rock hit “Remote Control” which peaked at Number 9 on Canada’s Singles Chart. Although the album was a hit, tensions within the band led to a breakup after a 1998 tour as the opening act for Our Lady Peace.

Todd, his brother John along with their youngest sibling Ryan Kerns and Scott McCargar formed Static in Stereo in 1999. Static in Stereo released a self-titled album in 2002 which documented the challenges that the band members experienced after the breakup of Age of Electric. Each song on the album is written in quasi-diary form and each song chronicles the obstacles the band faced after Age of Electric. The album pays homage to the bands that inspired Static in Stereo such as The Rolling Stones, The Clash and Kiss. The different musical style of each band member is present throughout the entire album. Heavy guitar driven tracks and heavy bass dominate on the album.

In 2004 Todd released a solo album called GO TIME which is a collection of original songs influenced by artists that is close to Todd’s heart for example T-Rex, Bowie, MC5 and The Stooges. In the past up until now Todd has delved into another passion of his which is production and songwriting with other musicians. Todd has appeared on albums by artists like The Matthew Good Band, Bif Naked and The Neverending White Lights.

In 2007 production projects brought Todd to Las Vegas where he formed Sin City Sinners with former Faster Pussycat guitarist Brent Muscat which would eventually become Vegas’ favourite rock band. Sin City Sinners perform self-penned originals and rock ‘n roll covers throughout Las Vegas, Nevada. The band is composed of Brent Muscat, Todd Kerns, Zachary Throne and Rob Cournoyer. Sin City Sinners regularly feature appearances by many notable musicians, actors. comedians and other entertainers. In 2009 Sin City Sinners finally decided to put some of their self-penned originals and covers on their debut album. The album “Exile on Fremont Street” was produced by Todd Kerns and released in early 2010. The album was met with rave reviews.

In mid 2010 Todd was offered the opportunity of a lifetime, to go on tour with the one and only Slash. Todd joined Slash on his solo album promotion tour and still fronted Sin City Sinners when he was in Las Vegas. On the 17th of December 2010 the Sin City Sinners released an acoustic album titled “Broken Record” and on November 25th the band released a holiday album called “A Sinners Christmas”.

Todd is currently on tour with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators as the bassist and backing vocalist. Todd joined Slash in 2010 and after his solo tour Slash decided that he wanted to make the band more permanent, because they had such great chemistry together. So the band recorded Apocalyptic Love which they are currently supporting out on tour. Todd’s addittion to Slash’s band brought him to my attention for the first time. Todd has his own blog where he chats about his experiences while he is on tour. You can read his blog here: http://toddkerns.com/blog/

You will probably be forgiven for being transfixed by Slash and Myles during their live performances, but Todd can hold his own among these talented musicians. He even sang a 1/4 of their set when Myles Kennedy was ill with bronchitis. His current bandmates tease him, because he is so handsome. My impression of Todd when I see him perform is that he was born to be a musician and that he is extremely passionate about his career in music. He is a fun-loving guy and he enjoys music as a listener as well. He has found some really unique ways of connecting with his audience, by answering their questions on his website and through his blog he shares interesting stories that his fans can appreciate. I love the way he mimics the words of a song while Myles is singing. To me it just shows how humble he is and that he enjoys the music just as much as the audience does. I love his version of Doctor Alibi he sings during their live shows. Todd has proven himself time and again, I hope we can look forward to many more years of music with this talented musician.

You can follow Todd Kerns on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/todddammitkerns

Todd Kerns

Todd Kerns
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Todd Kerns

Todd Kerns
Source and Photographer: http://www.suzannesagmeister.com/

English: The Sin City Sinners arriving at the ...

Todd discusses every song on Apocalyptic Love on his website here: http://www.toddkerns.com/index.html

Rock Regards,

Lauren Kruger

Apocalyptic Love Album Review

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The long wait is finally over! I have been waiting patiently to rip the music from this album to my library on my laptop. I received the album a week ago and the wait was definitely worth it, just like I expected. I will try to explain my thoughts and my experiences while taking a trip through Apocalyptic Love.

First off keep in mind that this album was recorded live and it’s recorded to analog. It has all the mistakes and it has the talking in between the takes.

“It’s a traditional way of recording. Because of modern technology, you can make a record without having to be in the same room with the other people on the record. You also don’t have to know how to play, because they can fix that, too.” – Slash quoted by Amy Sciarretto March 24, 2012 on Loudwire

With a guitarist as famous as Slash and a lead singer as popular as Myles you listen to the record differently than you would a band that has played together for a long time. The first time you listen to the album as a whole, then the second time you may pay more attention to the guitar solos and music. The third time you admire Myles’s vocal abilities and the variety that his voice offers to each song.

The first thing that I realised while listening to the album was how much attention was paid to the music. The perfect timing of the screaming guitar solos, the drums and the rhythm guitar played by Myles as well as the bass that ties everything together.

I believe each song was structured in a way to evoke a certain nostalgia or emotion from the listener. Even though I didn’t grow up listening to classic/80s rock I can still tell there are sections that sound very similiar to the rock bands of the 80s, which I love. In my opnion this album is a modern take on classic rock ‘n roll if that makes any sense.

I think this album has reinvented 80’s rock music for the modern audience. I’m writing about modern rock music on my blog, because I believe that in the 21st century we have musicians that are just as talented as musicians in the past. Although I can appreciate a touch of old school here and there, Apocalyptic Love has that combination just right.

One of my favourites is One Last Thrill, how Myles pulls that song off without becoming out of breath I don’t know. It just makes you want to dance. Bad Rain is my overall favourite with its feisty lyrics and guitar licks. It teases the listener with slow verses and an anticipating chorus. Anastasia starts off with an acoustic guitar and the band behind Slash suddenly enters showing what they are capable of. Anastasia is a straight up rock track which is really enjoyable. Shots Fired builds up into a frenzy of instruments and bites into an angry chorus.

So, if you have been salivating to get a taste of some real rock n roll, add this album to your collection you WILL NOT be dissapointed. I feel like I have had a taste of a different brand of rock music and I have to say I like it!

From the many performance I have seen from Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators all of these artists are effortless performers. Myles sings extremely high notes without showing any effort on his face or in his body language. The same goes for Slash who makes playing a guitar look like child’s play.

I highly recommend this album to any rock music lover.

Congratulations to Slash on his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Calif. What an amazing achievement and the best thing about it is that he deserves it. Well done!

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Photo can be viewed here:http://www.triplem.com.au/brisbane/music/photos/slash-acoustic-max-sessions-2010

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Original photo can be viewed here: http://loudwire.com/slash-announces-dates-for-2012-north-america-summer-tour/

Rock Regards,

Lauren

SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

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Last week I accidentally discovered the new single from SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. The SLASH/Myles Kennedy fever got hold of me and I watched the music video 3 times, thats how awesome the song is.

I will be very interested in purchasing Apocalyptic Love (title of their new album) once its becomes available in South Africa.

You can view the official video here, you won’t be sorry! http://youtu.be/1SZrJLMTO-8

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Photo taken from SLASH’s official Facebook Page.