A Vancouver, Canada-based vocalist by the name of Todd Kerns (THE AGE OF ELECTRIC, STATIC IN STEREO) has reportedly been auditioning for the vacant singer slot in the new band formed by ex-GUNS N' ROSES members Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum.Kerns, who possesses a voice that has been described as a mixture of "Sebastian Bach and Ian Astbury with a little Axl Rose," is said to have laid down his vocals to three instrumental tracks so far and is presently awaiting further word from the ex-GNR camp, who have been "pretty much trying out every singer who ever walked," according to one of the frontrunner candidates, the aforementioned Bach (formerly of SKID ROW). For more information on Kerns, who is currently working on a solo CD, visit his official web site at this location. In related news, the following item was posted on Slash's Official Fan Site (www.snakepit.org) regarding a GUNS N' ROSES fan's recent experience of meeting GNR keyboardist Dizzy Reed at a Boston hotel: "[A GUNS N' ROSES fan by the name of] Steve was at the Boston new GNR show, and he ran into Dizzy Reed at a hotel there. Steve pulled out a [SLASH'S] SNAKEPIT CD and asked Dizzy to sign it. Now, Dizzy did not play on either SNAKEPIT CD, and this may have been a reason for his hissy fit. Dizzy told Steve he would never sign that and reluctantly signed the [GNR] 'Illusion' CDs. [GUNS N' ROSES friend/collaborator] Del James was there and acted like "a real f*ckhead" as he looked on in horror at the idea that Dizzy would sign something. He told Steve, 'Don't ever ask him for anything ever again!!' Steve said they both seemed insane. Slash signed all Steve's GNR CDs with a smile at one of the SNAKEPIT shows. Steve himself was in a fury and was about to tell them that the real GNR will stand up next year and wipe the f*ckin' floor with this f*ckin' cover band! Steve was especially angry with Del James as no one ever seems to know what this guy is doing hanging around. Remember 'Beggars & Hangers-On'? Well, there you have it...be careful who you approach at the GNR shows because these guys seem to think they are the rock star! Let's hope that Slash's attitude toward his fans is part of the whole band's attitude. We've never heard a complaint like this about Slash...the only ones being that he did not stay around afterward sometimes. Never be worried about approaching Slash. He likes his fans and likes to talk to them after a show."
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