Bassist Tony Montana (GREAT WHITE) will fill in for Todd Kerns as a member of Slash's (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES) touring band during the group's upcoming Asia/Australia tour.
Kerns, who also plays guitar and sings for SIN CITY SINNERS, underwent surgery on July 16 for a retinal detachment in his right eye and will be out of commission for the next several weeks. He previously stated, "I have been playing almost every night for God knows how many years now and the idea of not doing so for a while is a bit unnerving. I plan to make the best of it."
Slash's Asian tour is scheduled to kick off on July 29 at the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong.
Slash is incorporating songs from his entire career into his solo tour, including material from GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER, SLASH'S SNAKEPIT and his new solo album. The guitarist told The Pulse of Radio he can do that thanks to the man who's handling lead vocals on the trek, ALTER BRIDGE's Myles Kennedy. "The tour's . . . comprised of some GUNS stuff and some VELVET stuff and some SNAKEPIT, and then also songs off the record. He's such an amazing vocalist, so he can cover all that, he can handle all that 'cause he's got a great range."
Slash's all-star collaborations album, simply titled "Slash", scored the highest new entry on The Billboard 200 chart in early April, with first-week U.S. sales of around 60,000 copies.
"Slash" was released in North America on April 6 via EMI Label Services. The album features an all-star roster of guest musicians, including Ian Astbury, Chris Cornell, Rocco DeLuca, Fergie, Dave Grohl, Myles Kennedy, Kid Rock, Lemmy Kilmister, Adam Levine, Duff McKagan, M. Shadows of AVENGED SEVENFOLD, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, and Andrew Stockdale of WOLFMOTHER.
"Slash" was produced by Eric Valentine (QUEENS OF STONE AGE, THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS) and was completed with the rhythm section of bassist Chris Chaney (JANE'S ADDICTION) and drummer Josh Freese (NINE INCH NAILS). Slash handled the majority of arranging and songwriting duties and hand-picked each guest artist. The album's guests worked collaboratively with Slash to round out the song.