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Todd Kerns, Gilby Clarke Comment on Guns N’ Roses Reunion

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When you have a history like Guns N’ Roses, there are many branches to the family tree and a couple of the rockers sitting on those branches are speaking about the upcoming Guns N’ Roses reunion with Slash and Duff McKagan returning to the band. In separate interviews, Slash’s Conspirators bassist Todd Kerns and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke have offered their takes.

Speaking with Eddie Trunk on his Podcast One podcast, Kerns stated, “I think that this thing … is bigger than all of us. This whole thing is history of rock occurring right under our noses, which is interesting for a guy from my perspective. This is something that is important for [Slash] to do. Guns N’ Roses, obviously, it’s important for multiple reasons. I think it’s an important part of his life that he has to kind of embrace a little bit. I think it’s a really great thing for the entire planet, but for the individuals involved — guys like Duff, who I know and love to death too, I think this is an important part of a return for them.”

Though Kerns has been with Slash, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators for a while, the cloud of a potential return to Guns N’ Roses is something he’s said has always loomed over the group. There’s also a mystique about the band too, given their history. He adds, “Isn’t that part of the awesomeness of this situation — the kind of, like, ‘Who knows?’ The Guns N’ Roses thing is … When we talk about it, there’s, like, five bands in the history of rock that have that kind of a reputation of just completely, who knows what could happen? And I think that that’s the beauty of this.”

As for Clarke, he spoke with The Rock Show on Star Radio With Neil Jones. “You know, I’m probably just as curious as everybody else is. It’s gonna be interesting to see Slash and Axl back together after all these years,” said Clarke (transcribed by Blabbermouth). “I mean, I have certainly seen Slash many times; I’ve seen his solo band, I’ve seen Velvet Revolver. So it’s gonna be interesting to see, after that big hiatus, what comes together from this. I’m just like a fan. I’m curious too.”

During Kerns’ interview with Trunk, he revealed that not much has changed in terms of what plans are with Slash and the Conspirators. “We already knew we were kind of off for 2016, other than kind of maybe chipping away at … you know, bass and drums here. Even the way we had done ‘World On Fire’ was very piecemeal. We had done bass and drums and then Slash went off to do guitars on his own. This time, if everything goes according to plan, we will do exactly the same thing; it’ll just probably be a little bit more broken up by Slash’s schedule, essentially. You know, like anything else, I’m always aware that anything can change, anything can happen,” says Kerns.

He adds, “We’ve always had a springtime plan to get into bass and drums recording. And we’ve already got an album-plus worth of music together. I think he’s gonna go off and have this great experience and then we’re gonna make this record. There’s no reason to not make it or whatever other than scheduling getting really crazy, which, let’s be honest, could happen, and I’m perfectly okay with that. I’m perfectly okay with just sort of playing it out and see what happens.” Hear more of Kern’s interview with Trunk below and stay tuned for Clarke’s interview with Jones coming soon.

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