TODD KERNS To Play Guitar For MICHAEL MONROE Next Month
November 9, 2015, 3 years ago
"It hasn’t been formally announced yet but will be very soon that your pal, Todd Dammit, will be playing guitar for the legendary Michael Monroe in Finland for five shows this December," writes Slash's bassist Todd Kerns in his latest blog.
"That’s right. It was bound to happen at some point. Michael and the men from his band have become some of my favorite humans on the planet. I have known guitarist, Rich Jones, for eons back in Canada. Guitarist, Steve Conte, will be unavailable for these dates in December so I got the call. I could not be more thrilled. Anyone who knows me knows what a gigantic fan I am of Michael and his previous band, Hanoi Rocks. I remember sitting in my room as a kid staring at the cover of albums like Two Steps From The Move dreaming of playing alongside these gypsy minstrels. Now all these years later I will be playing alongside two of the characters on that album cover - Michael and the legendary Sami Yaffa. The third person on that cover now plays drums for John Lennon in the great beyond. RIP Razzle.
I have knows Sami for a long time, too as we jammed together in the Dive Bar days in Vegas. We have always maintained contact. He’s another hero of mine. It has been a very important awakening in me to bring back to life the guitar player in me. Playing Steve Conte’s parts has completely reinvigorated my brain. I feel dormant cells springing back to life. I feel old ninja skill firing back up. It is good to challenge yourself. Do something different once in a while. I am a big believer in saying yes to challenges that you initially want to say, ‘absolutely not’ to. One day someone walked up to me and asked if I wanted to act in a film. My knee jerk reaction would have been ‘hell no’ but I decided to see that through. Though it never really took root in my soul I have always been thankful that I treaded in waters out of my comfort zone. Life is all about experiences and I’ve had every shape and color.
I am very excited to be sitting in with Michael, Sami, Rich and Karl. Steve Conte is one of my favorite guitar players and it’s been a blast learning his chops to these legendary songs."