Slash’s Bandmate Says Guns N’ Roses Classics Belong To Axl Rose


Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators bassist Todd Kerns discussed singing Guns N’ Roses songs in a new interview with Rock Today.

“It’s really interesting that you say that because at first it was just sort of like Slash had that solo album out and he had Iggy Pop and Lemmy, God rest his soul, and there’s a few songs that weren’t really in Myles’ sort of wheelhouse. So it was sort of like “why don’t you sing it?” kind of thing, and I was like ‘Ok!’. Initially, I don’t know whether it was all that welcome of a break from the steady flow of what was happening during the show (laughs) and I’m sure a lot people were like ‘who the hell is this guy and where did Myles go?’ but over time it became kind of a thing and people came to really identify Doctor Alibi with myself as much as Lemmy in a funny way, although it will always be Lemmy’s work. It became our own version of the song and became its own thing. It’s surreal to look back on it now because I don’t remember questioning it in any fashion because I’m such a musician who when someone says something like ‘Let’s try this, let’s try that’ I’m usually the one that goes ‘Let’s do it!’. I don’t really think of the repercussions.

It’s just like diving into a cold pool without thinking what’s underneath the water? Is this contaminated? Is this 3 feet deep? Am I going to break my head? It became a lot more serious when Slash said ‘why don’t you sing Welcome To The Jungle’. That’s when I said of course, I know that song. I’ve been singing it in bands since I was a kid. It wasn’t until later that I thought to myself ‘Jeez! That’s like singing the national anthem or something’. There’s some seriousness behind certain songs. Sweet Child O’Mine, Welcome To The Jungle – they really belong to another person entirely really, Axl Rose essentially. To me it’s you do your tribute to it, you do your thing, you put your spin on it and that’s kind of that.”

  • Duh. Sometimes people say the damnedest things. Eruption really belongs to Eddie Van Halen. Welcome to the Jungle really belongs to Axl Rose. No shit?

    • Dimmy Dense

      I’ve been known to say the damndest things on a regular basis. I’ll admit I went overboard by bringing your mom into the conversation. It was a weak attempt to make people laugh. Sorry if I offended.

      • Look what the cat dragged in. Felonious Punk said you would come back. and really soon. Since Halcyon used this in another thread, I’m going to respond to your ‘apology’ with cum grant salis.

        STERN WARNING. You take *ONE* swipe at me you bastard and I will come back at you with material that would make Satan blush.

        You are warned.

        • Dimmy Dense

          Well, can’t say I disagree with you guys. Things got out of hand. Consider me warned. That said, it’s only fair that you guys cut out the constant mocking if I agree to play nice. I will admit I’ve said many stupid things around here but will try not to be an asshole

          • If you’re on the level and a good bloke, I won’t be mocking you at all. The next time you take a swipe at me, ole Corndog will have a coronary reading my comments before he can delete them.

          • Dimmy Dense

            Lol well I can agree to shake hands and move on. As the Cranberries once said there’s No Need to Argue

          • Bobs your uncle.

          • Beefcake

            Wait…that’s it? You mates already made up? Fuck me running I was waiting in anticipation for a good ‘ol scrap or -something- else!

            Call each other names, please?

          • Sounds a bit like you watch way too much reality shit on the telly. You wanted another row? I could always have a go at you. LOL

          • Beefcake

            LOL no mate, I cannot stand that filth and fortunately don’t even have a TV subscription. Was merely thinking there would have been more of a dust up once they returned.

  • Felonious Punk

    I’ll never forget Axl refusing to show up to GnR’s hall of fame induction a few years ago, so the other GnR guys performed with that Myles Kennedy doofus on vocals.

    What a fucking disgrace. Why don’t you just get Vanilla Ice to sing in place of Robert Plant in fucking Zeppelin, ffs. Nothing is sacred when it comes to commerce..

    • Dimmy Dense

      Talk about another disgrace…I quit AltNation for a couple weeks and suddenly I’m the guy everyone is talking about in the comments…does my timing suck or what!

      • Simple. You’re an….
        (Fill in the blanks)

        • Dimmy Dense

          I’m definitely an asshole lol. I hope my prize is being able to wipe the slate clean with you guys. Don’t want any more arguments.

          • Earned over time. You know what you need to do.

          • Dimmy Dense

            Honestly I’m not sure. I’ve apologized. What do you think I need to do? Fuck off? Shove my head up my ass? I tried for three weeks and it was boring lol

          • I don’t give a monkeys what you do with your arse. You sure cocked up your situation last time eh, is that what you want again? Be a good bloke and no more of your massive rows. You can do that, than everything’s hunky dory.

          • Dimmy Dense

            Sounds good. I’ll play nice and that includes everyone. No more bitching about click bait or starting flame wars.

          • Beefcake

            Based on reputation alone it’s a good start. As you were, Dimmy.

  • Beefcake

    Stupid man makes stupid comment about stupid band and their stupid songs. All this and more at 6 o’clock

    • Dimmy Dense

      You’re right it is stupid. I would know; I am an honors graduate afterall.

      • Beefcake

        Yes, we know. Your reputation precedes your second-coming, as it were. Now fuck off!

  • dakotablue

    When I saw this headline I thought it referred to legal stuff, since I know Axl has been claiming he’s the founder of GnR and Slash and Duff are only original members or some such BS. I would also add that Sweet Child and Jungle are as much Slash as Axl imo, although no question Axl did a great job on those vocals, esp. Jungle.