Slash’s Bassist Todd Kerns Shares The Lesson He Took From Paul McCartney’s Playing

In a recent interview with Bass Player, Slash bassist Todd Kerns addressed Paul McCartney‘s influence on his music by referring to the Beatles icon’s skills as a bassist who can sing perfectly simultaneously.

Todd Kerns’ journey with Slash began when he was primarily known as the lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses; Slash decided to embark on a solo career in 2009. The self-titled album ‘Slash’ featured various musicians and vocalists. Slash toured with Myles Kennedy, Bobby Schneck, Todd Kerns, and Brent Fitz to promote the release.

After concluding his first solo tour, Slash continued working with Kennedy, Kerns, and Fitz during the recordings of his second album. In 2012, they released ‘Apocalyptic Love,’ the first album of Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

In an interview with Bass Player, Todd Kerns said he always turns to Paul McCartney for inspiration and guidance. Kerns said that McCartney wasn’t a bass player until he had to be, and he became the best. The Beatles icon’s ability to sing and play simultaneously is what Todd strives to achieve in his craft.

Todd Kerns’ words about the tricks he learned from Paul McCartney’s playing:

“Paul McCartney is always the one I return to because I play with a pick, and I can play with my fingers. In Bass Player, there’s always this thing of guys with picks versus guys without them, like a bizarre rivalry, which I find pretty funny. To me, it’s not really about one or the other; it’s whatever you started as.

McCartney was a guitarist – he wasn’t a bass player until he had to be. He just happened to become one of the most influential bass players in history, with the ability to sing and play his bass parts simultaneously. As a singer who plays bass, I’m constantly inspired by that.

Despite reuniting with GN’R in 2016, Slash has continued to work on his solo craft and released his band’s latest album ‘4’ on February 11, 2022. Fans received the album well; it peaked at number 93 on U.S. Billboard 200 and topped U.K. Rock & Metal Albums.