Confessional

May 6 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada

Well, brothers and sisters I can honestly say that these are very exciting times. I have been living with the mixes from the new SMK&C (Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators for the uninitiated) and I can say that this record goes beyond any expectations I could have had. There is so much I am biting my tongue about because these things are to be announced through formal channels-album title, song titles, artwork etc. Suffice it to say that it has grown to be a sprawling and diverse journey of an album. I’ve taken to calling it our Physical Graffiti due to its weight, size and diversity. In the coming weeks so many things will be revealed. I believe it is the boldest thing we could have done. All to be revealed soon enough.

I can say that we will be doing photos sooner than later as our scheduling is always dependent upon the availability of Mr Kennedy. While Myles is globetrotting with the fabulous Alter Bridge the rest of us are putting the final touches on the record and preparing ourselves for battle. Living with the record, sharpening our senses and honing our attack so that day one of rehearsal will be a mere formality. My intention is to be battle ready long before a stage is in sight.

The Let Rock Rule tour with Aerosmith has long since been announced taking us across the US and into Canada. We are filling in holes between Let Rock Rule dates taking us to Vancouver, Cleveland, Kansas City and more on our own without the mighty Aerosmith. Steven likes to take a day or two between shows. The Conspirators do not. So while the headliner rests we will be raiding and pillaging on our own before returning to the mothership. I’m chomping at the bit!

So here we are in the familiar holding pattern. The record is mixed. Next up is mastering. Simultaneously artwork is underway. Photos will be an important part of the puzzle then once everything has fallen into place a song will probably be released to the hot little ears of our brethren the world round to carry us through the summer and into September when the album will be released. I’m only speculating. Never hold me to anything I say here. This is my little domain and the tales woven here can be rife with fact or riddled with misleading fiction.
But then again maybe not.

On July 10th 2014 we will unleash Hell at Jones Beach, NY and we will continue till 2016 if I have anything to say about it. If Slash has anything to say about it we will never stop. He is an animal of the road and it all trickles down from there. We are all cut from the same cloth. Myles Kennedy lives ‘on the road’. If he’s not with us he’s with AB and back and forth and back and forth perpetually. No one knows how he does it. He is a machine.
As Myles sang in We Will Roam from Apocalyptic Love

“And stil we roam now forevermore,
Tread the night on steel and stone,
And still we roam never asking more,
Where we are will be our home”

There is heavy truth in those words.

In the meantime I have my own fish to fry. Just announced was the release of Bootleg Confessional : Live In Vegas, my live album recorded September 2nd 2013 at Count’s Vamp’d in Las Vegas. This will be released as a full download of 17 and 1/2 songs exclusively at www.pledgemusic.com on May 26th 2014.

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/bootlegconfessional

 

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The show featured dear friends of mine who joined me for the fun. Brent Fitz and Frank Sidoris from SMK&C plus Doc Ellis and Zachary Throne, my brothers from the Sin City Sinners and the amazingly talented Cian Coey from the legendary Meat Loaf’s band. It was a magical night and I’m so happy that we captured it.

Todd Kerns-Bootleg Confessional : Live In Vegas

1. The Devil In Me
2. The Maker/Indian Summer
3. You Can Always Go Home
4. It’s Always Been You
5. Hideous
6. Let My Love Open The Door/So Scandalous (Featuring Doc Ellis)
7. Wicked Games (Featuring Doc Ellis)
8. Nothing Personal (Featuring Doc Ellis, Cian Coey and Zachary Throne)
9. This Changes Everything (Featuring Doc Ellis, Cian Coey and Zachary Throne)
10. So Close/So Far
11. The One
12. Heathrow 4am
13. We Are The Champions (Featuring Brent Fitz and Frank Sidoris)
14. Stairway To Heaven (Featuring Brent Fitz and Frank Sidoris)
15. It’s Not You It’s Me
16. Space Oddity (Featuring Zachary Throne)

Bootleg Confessional : Live In Vegas also includes the never released song, The One. Performed only once ever that night and only available on the live recording. The casual and impromptu performance has been preserved in its original form though some of the banter was cut down due to time. There tends to be a great deal of chatter at my shows. We try to make it fun.

So in honor of the release of Bootleg Confessional : Live In Vegas and as the unofficial one year anniversary of the release of last year’s Borrowing Trouble we have booked a show at the very scene of the crime, Count’s Vamp’d on Sahara in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Count in the name of the club is the one and only, Danny Koker from Counting Cars on A&E. It’s Danny’s club and his amazing wife, Korie is always so good to me whenever I’m there. It is the best rock venue in Vegas. Ask any Vegas rock fan and they’ll tell you the same.

May 26th, which is Memorial Day-a Monday-is the day of the yet another awesome acoustic show at Count’s Vamp’d. People always ask why I book these shows on Sundays and now a Monday. I booked it on Memorial Day cuz it’s a holiday. It’s an acoustic show. I make the show early and I make it all ages so anybody of any age can come share in the fun of live music. Music is my drug of choice and I am a complete junkie. I’m a pusher too. I’m an enabler. Tickets are selling fast and it warms my heart to know that people are coming from all over to come enjoy the last acoustic show of 2014 before I head out on the good ship Let Rock Rule with SMK&C and Aerosmith!

There are packages at www.pledgemusic.com for downloads, downloads plus tickets and even a VIP package where you can come hang out with us for the day. I can’t wait. It is going to be a major celebration. I hope to see you there!

As always we are trying to our best to raise money for a cause along the way. This time proceeds will be going towards Cancer research. Most of you know that Borrowing Trouble was in part inspired by the passing of my dear friend, Greg Verdusco. I dream of a day when we won’t have to raise money for such a thing anymore. Until then we have a long way to go. I thank you in advance for being such a big part of something so near and dear to me.

In the interim I’ve been sitting in with my brothers in sin, the Sin City Sinners, here and there. I will be at the Showroom at South Point Casino this Friday night with the lads. These are rare appearances with all five of us, Brent Muscat, Doc Ellis, Zachary Throne, Rob ‘Boom Boom’ Cournoyer and myself appearing for the first time all together for a full two hours. These have been a great deal of fun.

Since I’ve been home I invited myself over to the Ellises (Doc Ellis and Cian Coey) for tacos (as made by Doc. We call them ‘Doc-os’) and stayed up late making Cian watch KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park with us. For the uninitiated KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park is the greatest cinematic experience in the history of film. In the history of man, really… Maybe not. It’s a cheesy movie that KISS made in 1978 that all of us were the perfect age to have loved every second of. So now we watch it with our tongues firmly planted in cheek and basically Mystery Science Theater our way through it savoring every moment.
If you know it like us you know the quotes- “What’s his trip?”

“His trip’s a trap”
“Let’s spring it!”
Cian, the trooper that she is, endured all 80 minutes of it and laughed at us quoting along with the four lads from NYC.
I highly recommend and strongly urge against viewing it at the same time. It is our proud guilty pleasure or our guilty pleasure we watch with pride. I’m not sure. It’s a complicated relationship but rewarding just the same.
Last night Zachary Throne came to my house to borrow a guitar. He came at midnight and stayed till 4am watching old Simpsons DVDs and talking about the great English band Squeeze from the 80s.
It has been good fun being a Sinner these past few weeks. Hope to see you Friday night if you are in the great city of Las Vegas, Nevada.

I devoured Paul Stanley’s book, Face The Music:A Life Exposed so we’ve all been on a bit of a KISS kick around here. To be honest a lot of us are kinda always on a KISS kick. It’s a great book. Probably the most telling of all four of the original members. It has a lot of inspiring elements to it about his being deaf in one ear (actually missing his right ear altogether) and those guys having the balls to turn the most seemingly ludicrous vision into an enduring success story for these past 40 plus years and going, The comedian Brian Posehn said it best when he said that if KISS caught you at the right age they had you for life. I’m paraphrasing, of course, but truer words have never been spoken. I always enjoyed the danger of being a KISS fan because not everyone was or is a KISS fan. There are many of us. We’re millions strong (Crazy Crazy Nights) but there were always people who didn’t ‘get it’ and that’s ok. It made it ours. It made it exclusive.

I love Led Zeppelin but there’s nothing dangerous about liking Led Zeppelin. Everybody loves Led Zeppelin. No one takes a stand and says they love Led Zeppelin. Everybody else in the room would just agree with you.

Unless your friends are militant punk rockers like some of my friends. They didn’t like anybody. Well, they loved punk rock but found the rest of it bloated and silly. In many ways I don’t necessarily disagree with them.

I have always felt very fortunate to have found gold in so many different genres. This is why I can talk at length about everything from Slipknot to The Clash to Adam And The Ants. I generally just don’t hear what doesn’t grab me. It’s not that I dislike it. It’s that I just don’t hear it. I have always tried to live by being perfectly ok with liking what I like and that goes for music, film, books and even people. Like what you like and enjoy what you enjoy. Never let anyone tell you you’re wrong. If they don’t get what you like then that’s their problem. The cool thing is if you’re into something you will find a whole community of people who are into it too.

Anyway, I am trying to enjoy the experience of being in MY house, on MY couch, in MY bed before I am whisked off around the world a gazillion times again. I’m ready. I’ll be honest, I have enjoyed the time off but I’m ready. My viking blood calls to me. Valhalla I am coming!

Watching-
Game Of Thrones
Vikings
Mad Men
Bates Motel
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D
Fargo

I am an unashamed television addict. I always have been. There is so much garbage on tv that I am thankful to see good writing and good acting in the above shows. Unless, of course, you do not share my love for the above shows and take exception to my referring to Honey Boo Boo as garbage. To each thine own. The spice of life and all that.

Reading-
KISS:Nothing To Lose, a bio about, you guessed it, the hottest band in the world, KISS! A Christmas gift that I figured was the best follow up to Paul’s book. I have a library of books to get to but as I mentioned above we’re all on a bit of a KISS kick though, to be fair, I’m one of those people that’s always on a bit of a KISS kick.

So in closing-
May 26th Bootleg Confessional : Live In Vegas released at www.pledgemusic.com May 26th Bootleg Confessional : Live In Vegas release show/Borrowing Trouble One Year Anniversary show at Count’s Vamp’d, Las Vegas, Nevada Sinners-Friday SMK&C coming sooooooon!
Let Rock Rule coming even sooner!

2014/2015/2016 are going to be amazing.

See you Friday
See you May 26th
See you on Let Rock Rule
See you OUT THERE!

Big love
Your loyal and humble servant,
Todd Dammit


One Response to Confessional

  1. Avatar Sonja Göltz
    Sonja Göltz says:

    Hi Todd,got my VIP Tickets for 5.26. in Vegas.See you there.