SLASH Bassist TODD KERNS On ShawTV's 'The Rush'; Interview, Acoustic Performance (Video)

July 26, 2013

Todd Kerns, the bassist and backup vocalist in Slash's band as well as a member of SIN CITY SINNERS, took part in an interview and acoustic performance on "The Rush" on ShawTV. You can now watch video footage of his appearance below.

Kerns recently released a solo album, "Borrowing Trouble", which features 12 tracks of acoustically arranged material that spotlights his lyrical and songwriting talents. The CD was recorded in memory of his good friend Greg Verdusco.

"I'm not sure that everyone understands that 'Borrowing Trouble' is a bit different from what I normally do," stated Todd. "It's a more acoustic-based recording that I really tried to make as intimate an experience as possible for both myself and the listener."

He added: "I handwrote my name and the album title on the CD cover because I want it to be very personal.

"This record is so much more of a selective piece for the people who have been supporting me for many years and for those who have just come on board.

"'Borrowing Trouble' is the beginning of what I foresee to be a very productive chapter. You never know what lies ahead. Create new opportunities and see what happens. I'm excited about the journey."

In a 2012 interview with The Belleville Intelligencer, Kerns stated about how far Slash is removed from being a wild and crazy, egomanical rock diva: "We're talking about a guy who is in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, who has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, and has those millions of albums sold, and has worked with everyone from Fergie, to Michael Jackson and QUEEN ... it really doesn't get much bigger in a lot of ways. For all those things, he could be a total monster and a totally awful person, although we would all still put up with it because of all those accomplishments. But he is not. He is one of the kindest people I know. And I am always afraid of saying things like that for fear that it somehow blows an image of him, like he wants to come off as a little darker or a little heavier. He is a serious man, and he is incredibly focused and incredibly driven at a time in his life and career when he really doesn't need to ne. He could be one of those guys that just phones it in. In a lot of ways, I think he is playing better than he ever did. And I think it's a case of him still trying to dig deep and carving out new things and new challenges for himself."

Regarding how much he and drummer Brent Fritz are seen as part of Slash's band, and not simply hired guns, Todd said: "Even when we did the 'Live At Stoke' live CD and DVD, I didn't anticipate it being anything more than a photo of Slash and probably Myles on the cover and inside, because it was always billed as Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and I knew that walking in. Slash is an icon and Myles is a multi-platinum selling artist and has accomplished a great deal on his own. I always knew my place and I am okay with my place. And then all of a sudden they put out this live album and our photos are in it and we're listed as part of the band."

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