Don’t you love it when a local boy makes good? OK, Todd Kerns isn’t exactly local, but who is these days, right? Originally hailing from Saskatchewan, Canada, Kerns made a name for himself in that country with Age of Electric, a Juno-nominated (that’s the Canadian Grammy) ’90s alt-rock act. After the band’s dissolution, he went on to found Sin City Sinners, as the singer/guitarist, in 2007. The Sinners’ debut CD, Exile on Fremont Street, has been available for download via iTunes since March and, as of April 1, you can purchase physical copies at Amazon, CDBaby and the band’s own website, thesincitysinners.com.
But, um, that’s not why the boy made good. In what must be awkward timing for the rest of the Sinners, Kerns just signed on as bass player for Slash’s world-touring band. Kerns joins a group of other well-regarded rockers, including guitarist Bobby Schneck (Weezer, Green Day), drummer Brent Fitz (Alice Cooper, Vince Neil) and vocalist Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge).
A statement from the Sinners congratulates Kerns and spins his defection as “a great opportunity and a chance to promote Sin City Sinners on national level.” The band adds that they will “soon announce an extremely talented and well-known sub to fill in for any shows Todd may miss.” Bet you $20 the sub turns out to be Magna-Fi frontman/former Sinner Mike Szuter. Dude’s got lungs and plays guitar like a man possessed.
You can see Kerns perform with the ex-Guns N’ Roses and current Velvet Revolver guitarist on the boob tube on the following dates: April 6 (The Tonight Show With Jay Leno), April 8 (Lopez Tonight) and April 9 (The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson). Slash’s self-titled debut (EMI) drops April 6.
Mark your calendars, metalheads. What’s shaping up to be a massive doom-metal/stoner-rock event has been oh-so-quietly announced on MySpace. Doom in June is slated to crush Cheyenne Saloon (3103 N. Rancho Dr.) on the fifth of that month, starting at 1 p.m. and ending at dawn’s early light. Confirmed acts so far include Fireball Ministry, Black Cobra, Slough Feg and Gates of Slumber. There are few festivals devoted to doom metal/stoner rock, so expect many (inter)national bands and fans. The show’s organizer, Marco Barbieri from Salem Rose Music, is looking to add local acts.
Speaking of big events: Frank Sinatra Jr. is bringing a 20-piece band to Suncoast Showroom April 9-11. The show, Sinatra Sings Sinatra, obviously involves Junior paying tribute to his legendary dad. Expect to hear classics such as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “Strangers in the Night.” Don’t laugh at my earplugs, young man! If you’ve ever heard a big band live, then you know they get loud.
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