• World STILL On Fire

    September 15th 2015
    Los Angeles, California

    Long time no see, brothers and sisters. Though I should probably apologize for the lengthy break between these digital confessions to be honest I think once in a while it’s good to make one’s self scarce. I get positively sick of myself now and again. I think in this day and age of needing to share every thought that enters our heads with the twitterverse/Facebookland/SocialNetworkVille has gone too far for my comfort level. Now and then I think it’s healthy to unplug and disengage from the great neon bloodstream that is the internet. That said, I’m never really completely unplugged and since I’m posting now to catch up on all the time that has gone by I suppose I may as well have been posting all along.

    Sometimes you just don’t have anything to say and that’s perfectly ok. Better to say nothing than a whole lot of something that equals nothing.

    Though the good ship, USS Conspirator landed in dry dock some time ago things have been anything but quiet. I don’t remember the last time things were quiet. I don’t know that they ever were. Never. Ever.

    Upon arriving home from the road I spent time bouncing from Las Vegas to LA to Vancouver back to LA back to Vancouver to Calgary back to Vegas back to LA.

    SMKC senior staff have been down in the engine room preparing for a whole new journey set to make way in 2016 tentatively titled SMKCIII. Well, at least I’m calling it that. As it has been, off and on for the past five years, Slash, Fitzy and myself have holed ourselves up in a cold, dark room to create the music that Myles Kennedy will eventually sing upon turning riffs into songs. Commander Kennedy beams aboard now and again to assess progress and make his suggestions then we other three put our heads down and get to work. It stays this way until SMKCIII is in your hot little hands and ears.

    Before even re-acclimating to Las Vegas’ dense atmosphere we found ourselves in Malibu celebrating Slash’s birthday with our home team of family and friends. A good time was had by all. Slash has built a very happy and strong world around him these past five years and I’m happy to be a part of that.

    From there we were writing, writing and writing in our rehearsal space. While there we saw Duff and Matt rehearsing for a Kings Of Chaos show. Always good to catch up with the extended family. Those who came before us. They are the Kings Of Chaos. I am but a Squire Of Silly.

    Back to Vegas where the Conspirators all watched Aerosmith play at the MGM Grand only a year after we shared that same stage with them on the Let Rock Rule Tour before World On Fire was even officially released. I have been especially focused on these artists that are in their 60s and still rocking. None as powerfully or convincingly as the mighty Aerosmith. It is inspiring to know I’ll still be doing this well into my 60s and 70s. And beyond. Rocking into my grave.

    From there I was off to Vancouver for something resembling a family holiday sprinkled with initial rehearsals, for the first time in 17 years, mind you, with The Age Of Electric. It has been no secret that my old band from Canada played a reunion show August 29th in Calgary. These initial rehearsals were just early refreshers with the Dahle brothers as my brother, John, was still in Toronto and would be ’til about five days before the show. This initial visit to Vancouver was still about three weeks out from August 29th.

    The strangest thing about revisiting these songs with these guys for the first time in almost two decades is how NOT strange it was. There was something very expectedly normal to be playing those songs with THOSE guys. It’s what we did. It’s the music we made together. Mostly it was a lot of laughing and reminiscing. These guys are more than ex-bandmates. They are family. I truly mean that. Whatever differences we may or may not have had over the years in no way precludes that. I have known Kurt Dahle since we were 17 or 18 years old. We formed a band with our little brothers and went on to achieve more than, I think, we ever could have imagined. We weren’t the biggest band on the planet and we didn’t get rich but we did go Gold and cover a lot of ground, geographically and otherwise, in the almost 10 years we played together.

    There’s a reason why each member managed to do a lot of great things beyond the end of AOE. Kurt played on Letterman a bunch of times with the New Pornographers. I never got to play on Letterman. He will always have that on me.

    But these were only preliminary jam sessions. Refreshers. Homework for the eventual REAL rehearsal. Besides…I’d been called back to LA!

    Things had gone so swimmingly with the writing/preproduction of SMKCIII it was decided we needed to do another week of racket making. So off I went back to LA.

    This was Vegas, LA, Vegas, Vancouver back to LA.

    Another week of mining and polishing rare gems from deep within our souls proved extremely productive. Fitz and I caught up with Biff Byford, the lead singer for Saxon who happened to be rehearsing next door. That was a trip. He’s a legend. Saxon had been on tour with the almighty Motorhead. A tour which has since been cancelled due to health problems for the one they call Lemmy. We are all wishing Lem a speedy recovery. He has been through a lot these past couple years but he’s still kicking. We only hope he can regain his full strength and get out there and show us how it’s done again as he always has. Every time I sing Dr. Alibi I am singing it for Lem.

    Troy Duffy, the writer and director of one of my all time fave films, Boondocks Saints, stopped by for a visit. He is a real character and a very cool guy. There is an amazing documentary about Troy called Overnight which is a cautionary tale about this beast called Hollywood. I’m a big fan of documentaries that show the challenges of seemingly doomed projects that go on to be sometimes great like Apocalypse Now (the documentary of the making of that film is called Hearts Of Darkness). Sometimes not like The Island Of Dr Moreau. The documentary about the making of Moreau is called Lost Soul:  The Doomed Journey Of Richard Stanley’s Island Of Dr Moreau. Speaking of cautionary. There is another great doc called Lost In La Mancha which was to be a Terry Gilliam film starring Johnny Depp that never got made and has no foreseeable future either. I find it comforting to know that creators often go through unexpected challenges to finally see their art realized. My Apocalypse Now was called Static In Stereo. That was a very challenging project but ended up being a personal high water mark. Another one is called TKO. That one has yet to see it’s complete fruition but it will. I promise.

    Anyway, long story short-I’m a fan of Troy’s. Boondocks Saints is a classic. Always good to see him.

    So then after a week of cooking up future classics with Brother Slash and Brother Fitz I headed back to Vancouver to commence official rehearsals. For those following along that’s home from tour, Vegas, LA, Vegas, Vancouver, LA back to Vancouver.

    Interestingly enough upon my arrival in Vancouver my brother, John, had arrived ahead of me. Both of my brothers and I had dinner with our parents for the first time without girlfriends, wives or children since we were kids. It was kinda surreal. Like going back 20 years just like that.

    Just as before John’s inclusion there was something eerily normal about when all four members of The Age Of Electric were plugged in and playing together. As if an entire 17 year gap had simply been folded over and stitched up rendering the order of time…1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2015…as if 1999 thru 2014 had been torn out of the book altogether. On top of working through songs that we hadn’t played in a loooong time we had three brand new songs that had never been performed live to work up as well. I was reticent to force new material on anyone crazy enough to join us on this trip down memory lane but Ryan Dahle was rightly insistent and I thank him for being so. We didn’t want it to be an oldies show.

    So after about five days of actual, full band rehearsal we hopped on a plane and played our first show in 17 years at the Marquee in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

    It’s hard to really put into words how this event felt. To be honest at first, during rehearsal and even the trip to Calgary it all felt very normal. I’m a working, touring musician. This is what I do. That all felt very familiar and normal to me.

    On the day of the show I think the gravity was still lost on me. It was a day of chaotic socializing. Reed and his band Zuckerbaby, who had played with us back in the day were there to add to the nostalgia of the event. Of course, Reed is one of my closest friends so seeing him was probably more comfortingly familiar than time travelingly nostalgic.

    Zuckerbaby were incredible. One of the most underrated bands I know of. Andy has one of those voices that scratches me where I itch. Ian is not only one of my favorite drummers to watch but one of my favorites to play with. He plays drums on the TKO project and portions of Go Time! Jamie is a great addition to the fold. Reed is one of my favorite guitar players on the planet and I say that without hyperbole. He should be playing for someone important. He’s that good.

    Then it was time.

    And I think that’s when it hit me. I looked out at those faces and I realized that this wasn’t just something important to me. It wasn’t just something special for the four guys on stage. It seemed to me that those faces looking back at us thought this was pretty damned important and special, too. There were smiles from one end of the room to the other and those smiles were shared by the guys on stage.

    We opened with Motor, the first song from the ’95 Untitled album and the crowd sang the chorus at the top of their lungs. It was, admittedly, one of the heaviest moments of my career. A song that we played back in ’95/’96 that didn’t even find it’s way into the ’97/’98 Make A Pest A Pet Tour setlist. From that moment on I knew this was going to be a very special night. Possibly one of the most special nights of my life.

    All capped off with an entire crowd singing Oh! Canada at the top of their collective lungs, no less.

    Though it is easy to keep things in perspective there is nothing wrong with losing one’s self in the moment. I knew that the next morning I would be back in the US and in the comforting breast of my new life but tonight I was 17 years younger. We all were and we were going to enjoy it.

    I had been saying for years that I always wanted to do this someday and now it has been done. All that can be done from here is to do it again. I have no answer as to when that could be. Or, as is the most frequently asked question, where. But I can say that this will happen again. Hopefully sooner than later. Only time will tell.

    We played songs we hadn’t played since 1993. That’s 22 years ago. We played three songs that had never, ever been played live before. Songs that don’t have an absolutely defined idea of what will happen to them or where they will go or what they will be. Maybe a release someday. I don’t know. Isn’t that the beauty of not knowing? I like to think so.

    After our show we moved on to a friend’s club where I had done an acoustic show the previous year called the Trop where we had an after show party. It was a chaotic yet enjoyable time. I only wish the boys in the band could have spent more celebratory time together. We were sucked into the vortex and didn’t really see one another again. Ryan Dahle and I went back to the hotel together and agreed that it had been a magical time. Ryan and I have had our differences over the years and nothing makes me happier than to have those childish things behind us.

    I think this show has probably created a momentum that will lead to more. Even Kurt Dahle who carries himself with a certain amount of healthy skepticism seemed to have a good time.

    And just like that I was up and back to Vegas.

    For those keeping track-


    I was OFF tour yet still ON tour.

    While in Vegas Fitz and I joined Bob Kulick to watch Grand Funk Railroad which features Bob’s brother Bruce on Guitar. They were playing a the classic Fremont Street casino, the Golden Nugget. It was a great time. Bruce Kulick is an old bandmate of Fitz’s when they were in Union together with John Corabi of Motley Crue.

    Bob Kulick is a legend, of course. He has been closely associated with KISS since the very beginning playing on recordings throughout their career. He played on Paul Stanley’s solo tour back in 1988. Eric Singer was the drummer on that tour. He went on to replace Eric Carr for the Revenge album.

    Bruce Kulick has been a friend of mine for almost a decade. I first saw him play when I was a kid at the Agridome in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in March of 1985 when he was in KISS on the Animalize tour. Now he’s a friend. Life is funny that way.

    The next night the Conspirators went to see the Guess Who at the Cannery Casino in North Vegas. A good time with a bunch of Canadians playing hit after hit after hit.

    Funny to have been to see two golden age bands like that two nights in a row. Like Aerosmith it made me think what it’ll be like playing music in 10, 20, 30 years from now. I think it’ll be awesome. Can’t wait.

    So now here I am back in LA. In the same hotel I’ve been staying for the past five years off and on.

    We played a private show over at the Chrome Hearts factory. Chrome Hearts, the high end, jeweler/clothier. It was an immensely good time. Most especially because I got to meet yet another hero, Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols. Steve was there and got up and jammed Rock And Roll by Zeppelin with us. That seemed like the least and most punk rock thing ever at the same time.

    Some of you may know that I named my cream Les Paul Custom Jonesy after Steve. He has made a long standing impression on me all of my life.

    I also loved the one off album he did with Duff and Matt called the Neurotic Outsiders. I told Matt and Duff at the above Kings Of Chaos rehearsals that if they ever do a Neurotic Outsiders reunion show and John Taylor can’t do it to call me. That’d be a blast. Of course, I’m sure Mr Taylor would be happy to be a part of that.

    9/11 showed up again as it does every year. It brings with it terrible memories and pending melancholy.

    Kerry Simon passed away. Slash and I played a benefit gig for Kerry a few years ago that included Bill Murray, Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, Vince Neil, Billy Duffy and Matt Sorum. We were trying to raise money to help save Kerry from his terrible affliction but he, sadly, has succumbed to his disease. It’s heartbreaking but one can only find peace in the idea that he is suffering no more. Little solace but that’s what we cling to.

    The other day I stopped by to say hello to Duff at a Hollywood Vampires rehearsal and had a pleasant surprise. Duff and Matt are playing with Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp’s Hollywood Vampires. What a blast.

    Sure enough who should walk in but Mr Depp himself. I’d never met the man but he was as charming and as friendly as I could have hoped. He was engaging and thoughtful. We chatted about his new film, Black Mass (which looks amazing). I asked if he had to shave his head as he did in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (one of my faves). He said he didn’t have to this time but told a very amusing story of how he would walk around undetected during the filming of Fear And Loathing as no one could recognize this bald man as the world famous actor, Johnny Depp. The only people who did pay him mind were other bald men who would nod to him as if they were all part of some secret society. I found that to be an amusing story indeed. He told us to stick around as he headed off to his duties but I had rehearsing of my own to do. I’m glad he was a cool guy. You always hope that those kinds of meetings will be positive. I still think Johnny is one of the greats. Ed Wood, Raul Duke, Scissorhands, Jack Sparrow…he has created some almighty characters. I look forward to his next creation.

    Alice Cooper said hello and he is always a total gentleman. I never expect these people to remember me and maybe he didn’t but he sure seemed like he did and that’s enough for me. Speaking of ‘the greats’-Alice is in a class all his own.

    So yesterday we pressed the pause button on the writing and preproduction chapter for creating SMKCIII so that today we could focus on the World On Fire US/Canada Fall Tour 2015. Before closing the pre production chapter we erased all the titles from our dry erase board from the World On Fire writing sessions. That wasn’t an easy exorcism. I remember writing those titles down as if it were yesterday and here we are ALREADY writing new ones in their place. I won’t give away too much about this chapter of SMKCIII but let it be said that we are well over halfway through the writing of that future album as it stands today. The entire album could be written before the end of 2015. I’m that optimistic. You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one…


    Today Slash, Fitzy, Frank and I ran through all the songs we are going to play on the upcoming tour. Myles shows up tomorrow for full rehearsal. We will run through it as a refresher and be ready to kill by the first show of the tour this Friday.

    For the fall tour we have introduced a limited, one of a kind, white DAMMIT-True, Strong, Free shirt. Created in conjunction with Caffeine Nation for Dammitwear. Caffein Nation is my brudda from down Unda’s company, Andrew Treadwell. Check out his stuff it’s killer.

    We’ve never done a white Dammit shirt before. I think it’s time. Stay tuned to when it will be available.


    Alright, well it’s now 2:18am September 15 2015 so I should get some rest for the full rehearsal tomorrow. Hope to see you out there helping us set the world on fire!

    Though these have been seemingly dark times of late with so many shootings, latent racism, latent homophobia I still believe that we are better than all of this. It is my belief that our children are better than we are. They are going to be a part of a world I hope I live long enough to see. Tolerance, life without fear. Crazy words like ‘brotherhood’ could actually mean something. I am ever hopeful and I hope you can join me in doing the same. Love is bigger than hate. It always has been. It always will be.


    Big love to each and every one of you

    Your loyal and humble servant,

    Todd Dammit




  • Into An Electric Age

    Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
    July 20 2015

    My intention was to have this chapter out loooong ago but when a special announcement started to present itself I decided to double dip and treat this as one big information drop. That announcement kept being pushed back and pushed back and so did these words you are reading. I’m writing now for what will be officially released Monday.
    Got back to Vegas 6 days ago and it’s as hot as the Sun here. Perfect reason to stay indoors and decompress. Also necessary to work through the jet lag. Had to finish seasons of Mad Men, Bates Motel and Vikings. Once that’s out of the way the stir crazy sets in. Our pace is so fast on the road that once removed from it there is a brief moment of gratitude to not be needed for much of anything. Soon after, like a drug, you find yourself needing to be needed somewhere. Anywhere. Lobby call, bus call. 30 minutes to show time. It’s a sickness. The stage is my drug. The music, the large gathering of friends to share in the celebration, the ceremony. I am happy to take these objective steps back now and again to regroup and make returning to the stage all the more sweet. You never want to overstay your welcome. Leave them wanting more is the old show biz credo.
    Everyone always comments on how hard we work. I can’t argue. We have been touring for one year as of July 9th on the World On Fire album cycle. Prior to that it has been a pattern of recording and touring and recording and touring that has gone on for over five years now. With no end in sight, by the way. During this break I currently write from SMKC will be continuing to fine polish the music that will go on to make up what I am affectionately referring to as SMKC III. There is no one more focused and driven than Slash. New music is our life blood. Slash has never been a man to rest on his laurels. There is no official plan but 2016 is largely being set aside for whatever the next chapter will be. An eventual new record followed by several more trips around the planet. The band will be six years old by then and will have covered a lot of miles in that time. By the time we come off the road from SMKC III the band will be into it’s seventh year. That’s pushing a decade. When I first started with Slash I wasn’t sure if it was going to be only a few months but here we are still writing, still playing, still growing stronger than ever. I couldn’t be happier. I am where I am meant to be.

    So let’s time travel a bit. Shall we?
    I last left you in one of my favorite places on the planet, Rome, Italy. What can be said about Rome that hasn’t been said by millions before? It is truly a wonderful place.
    The show in Rome was in a beautiful outdoor facility. It was hot and sweaty and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
    That night Starlight was added back into the set and pretty much stayed there until the end of the run. As the years have gone by the SMKC catalogue has grown so much that it’s hard to accommodate everyone and everything. There are songs I miss like Not For Me. That song always gave me goosebumps when the audience would sing that first chorus before the band kicked in. No More Heroes is also one of my favorites I miss.
    For the two Italian shows our very good friends, Rival Sons, were opening for us. These guys are an amazing band. I cannot say enough good things about them. I highly recommend you check them out. We have been trying to lineup a tour together forever but hasn’t worked out. Hopefully one of these days.

    From there we were off to the great city of Milan. What a truly beautiful place. It becomes redundant because I could say that about every stop along the way but Milan is a stunning sight to behold.
    The show was another triumph. Rival Sons raising the bar for us before we even get to the stage. Starlight in the set list yet again. Even a little of Bad Company’s Feel Like Makin’ Love during the intro of Slither. A magical night.

    From there we made our way to a place we’d always wanted to go but never had the opportunity, Croatia. Zagreb to be specific. The Conspirators walked the streets of Zagreb thinking we could cleverly blend in. We never do. Tall, long black haired dudes dressed in black doesn’t make for blending. Really beautiful place. i recommend it.
    The gig was nuts. No other word for it. It’s the first time I’ve ever witnessed people standing on one another’s shoulders. We’ve played plenty of shows where girls climb on their boyfriend’s shoulders but I’d never seen them standing on shoulders like a cheerleader routine. Throughout the audience it appeared as if people were standing above the crowd. Because they were. A bizarre thing to witness.
    The show was amazing. Great crowd. Really loud. Really passionate. For a long time I’d been getting letters asking us to come to Croatia. Now most of my letters are asking when we are coming back to Croatia. Hopefully soon!

    Next up, Bucharest, Romania. We had played Bucharest before on the Apocalyptic Love tour in 2013. It had been too long. Great show! Great people. Bucharest is a truly beautiful place. The venue was an amazing looking, historic, open air arena. Some of these venues have to be centuries old. True history over there. Can’t wait to return.

    An overnight drive and we found ourselves in lovely Sofia, Bulgaria. Yet another beautiful location. It’s a shame we really don’t get to see more of these places but seeing their smiling faces from the stage is better than anything else I could imagine. We also played Sofia on the Apocalyptic Love tour back in 2013 so it was high time we returned.
    Yet another brilliant show. They were loud!

    Our next show was on Canada Day (Canada’s Independence Day) July 1st in Hungary. This was one of those eclectic Eruo festivals with a interesting mix of acts. That day we headlined our stage followed by the DJ David Guetta playing set into the wee hours. Brent Fitz hung a Canadian flag from his drums to commemorate Canada Day. It remained there ’til the end of the tour. That show was streamed over the internet as a lot of the festival shows we did were. Some of these will appear somewhere like the Palladia channel down the road, I’m sure. Keep a look out. The show was an amazing experience.
    Even though the show had to be shortened due to the festival lineup Starlight remained in the set. I mentioned before how people sometimes complain about us only playing 90 minutes sometimes at festivals but this is merely to accommodate all the acts in one day on a large festival before curfew is called. I appreciate their passion though. Wish we could play two hours every time.

    In Austria we played yet another castle. You would think by now that wouldn’t be weird but it’s weird. Never expected in my life to ever play a proper castle. It is called the Burg Clam. Google that. It’s amazing.

    One of the coolest things about doing the gig was getting to play with the Black Star Riders. The Black Star Riders evolved out of the reformed Thin Lizzy put together by original member Scott Gorham. It features our friend, Damon Johnson from the amazing Brother Cane. Damon served with the Alice Cooper camp for years. He’s a super talented and amazing man. Also on board Ricky Warwick from The Almighty bringing the Irish flavor, Jimmy Degrasso on drums from Alice Cooper, Megadeth, the list goes on, Robby Crane on bass from Ratt and Vince Neil. Of course, original Lizzy guitarist, Scott Gorham is present and he is a proper legend! Great band. Highly recommended.

    Anybody who knows me knows that I always have a black bass with a mirror pick guard in tribute to the late great Phil Lynott. So I am a fan.
    After getting schooled watching the Riders play we took the stage on a hot Austrian night. The show was epic and one of the longest of the tour. Some of the Riders were side stage watching which always make you take it up a notch. Don’t wanna look like a chump in front of professionals. This is to the benefit of the audience. Makes everyone play at their best. Also makes for a very memorable night.

    Off to Switzerland where we celebrated the 4th of July. Geneva to be more specific. We had never played Geneva before but it was a true blast. By this point in the tour there was a very definite heat wave that followed us from here on out. Certain places don’t seem as air conditioning friendly as others in Europe and that venue was one of them. From this point on ’til the end of the tour we were a sweaty disaster. A lot of our friends came from France for this one to join in with the festivities. We had a great time.

    From there we would return to Nice, France where we had played some five years before opening for the great AC/DC. That was an amazing experience. Guess what the air conditioning situation was like in Nice? You got it. No air conditioning. Another hot, hot show. I kinda like those though. You’re pretty much sweating before you even get on stage so by the time the first song stars you are drenched. The audience is drenched too though so it all makes sense.
    For many stops along the way I was given custom made DAMMIT shirts with the colors of the local flag. Austria, France, Italy, Spain. It is a true honor to receive these. Five years ago I hadn’t even been to some of these countries and now I get to fly their individual colors. A true honor, indeed.
    The venue in Nice was a beautiful outdoor facility near the beach. Definitely an exotic setting. The crowd was amazing and very close.

    Next up was Spain. We hadn’t been to Spain in far too long. I have no idea why. First up was the beautiful city of Madrid. We hadn’t been in Madrid since 2011. That’s even before Apocalyptic Love. We can’t allow that kind of lapse to happen again. The crowd was killing it. They sang every word. Another hot and sweaty show. We will definitely not be taking so long to return.

    From there we went to the stunning Barcelona. We had never done Barcelona before. This is one place in particular that I regretted not getting to see more of. We had driven in overnight and upon waking up it was immediately time to get to the venue. With that there is no time for sightseeing. I did manage to see my favorite sight of any and every city and that was watching a crowd of people have a great time from the stage. I hope this is only our first trip to Barcelona. Next time I’m getting out and seeing more. The show was incredible.

    The next day during our trip to the final stop of the World On Fire European Summer Tour 2015 I realized something important. That day, July 9th, was the one year anniversary of the World On Fire tour. We did a warm up show in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire before connecting with Aerosmith in Jones Beach, New York for the Let Rock Rule tour. That tour was a career highlight for all of us. Since then we have been around the world a few times. I’m told at this point we have done 95 shows since July 9 2014. That’s a lot. A year into the tour and still a long way to go. This tour will take us right til the end of You wait and see. Bring it on I say.

    And then there we were at our final destination. End of the line. The Musilac Festival in Aix-les-Baines, France. We played a truncated set for our final show which was a weird way to end but very satisfying. This was another eclectic mix of artists. Gojira played but we missed them. Woulda been cool to see them.
    It was a great way to end the tour. Great crowd under the great, open, French country sky.

    And from there we began our long journey home knowing we were a year into a very successful tour having completed the very important leg of European summer dates playing plenty of places we either had never played before or hadn’t in a long time. We went home the successful conquerors knowing we had accomplished all we had set out to do and then some.

    And so now I have been home the better part of a week decompressing and convalescing. In a few days we will head to Los Angeles to celebrate Slash’s 50th birthday and then we will hunker down somewhere and continue writing songs together for the eventual SMKC III to be released sometime in 2016. This machine keeps moving forward. Exciting times indeed.

    Now we finally get to the reason I have taken so long to finish this chapter. By now you are probably aware that my old band from Canada, The Age Of Electric, will be playing our first show in 17 years at the Marquee in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on August 29th. I had to wait til that was officially announced before releasing this blog otherwise i’d have blown the big surprise. This is something I never really knew could ever happen but here we are. The big question is ‘why now?’ and the answer is ‘why not?’ No one had really asked before. I assume when a band hasn’t performed in a long time you write them off but then someone asked and we collectively said ‘yea, that sounds like fun’
    All original members for the first time in almost two decades. It is going to be actual time traveling. We are really looking forward to it. Hopefully you can join us. It is going to be downright historic.
    The band formed 26 years ago in 1989. That’s hard to believe, isn’t it? That’s a loooong time ago. Probably before some of you were born.
    We released 1 indie cassette as Electric before adding The Age Of onto the front and releasing yet another indie cassette then 3 cds. In 1998 we had a gold album under our belt as well as a Juno (like a Canadian Grammy) nomination for best new artist. Best new artist for a band that had been together 9 years. We didn’t win it. I don’t remember who did. I don’t think anyone else does either.

    It’s going to be a very special night as my brother, John, and I haven’t played together since 2002 in any full capacity. Damn time flies. That’s 13 years ago. Jesus.
    The other two members of the band are brothers too. I’ve known Kurt Dahle, the drummer, for 30 years and his younger brother, Ryan, about the same.
    A lot of history there. Basically family, really. To be sure this is a very special event for all involved.

    And opening will be my best friend, Reed Shimozawa’s band, Zuckerbaby, who opened for The Age Of Electric back in 1998 on the Make A Pest A Pet tour at our peak. Reed is co-writer/producer of half the tracks on Go Time! and my partner in the as yet to be released TKO project. Again-family.
    Not to be missed, brothers and sisters. See you there.


    And that, for now, is, as they say, that. There is a great many things going on in the world right now that I wish I could extrapolate on but let me just say that 4 marines were shot to death by what appears to be an extremist. My heart goes out to their families. When those who are meant to protect us are not safe on home soil it is all the more unsettling. These are young men with so much to live for. Truly heartbreaking. I only hope someday this kind of thing will be a thing of the past. It feels like every time I write one of these there’s a new tragedy to comment on. I pray next time I do there will be some peace.

    Alright, I gotta go do some shopping for Slash’s birthday. What the Hell do you get the guy who’s got it all? Another black tee shirt? Hey, that always puts a smile on my face.

    Keep on with the free world rocking’!
    Big Love
    Your loyal and humble servant,
    Todd Dammit

  • Sick Men Of Europe

    June 18 2015

    Antwerp, Belgium

    What a whirlwind. We have been on the road for for almost three months on this leg alone though I have to admit that it feels as though we’ve been out for much longer. These breaks between the legs of the tour barely register. The World On Fire tour started July 9th 2014 in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, USA. That means we are almost one year into the tour. That’s about how long this tour feels and I mean that in the best way possible. Sometimes it feels like all of the tours bleed into one another making it one long tour that started in 2010. Night after night we stand in front of people and play music. Really, really loud music. For really, really great people.

    I wish I could go back and tell my 15 year old self that this would be my reality. I wonder if he’d ever believe me. It is my favorite thing to do and I get to do it every day. I couldn’t be more grateful than I am.

    When last I joined you we were in one of my favorite cities, Stockholm, Sweden. Home of the Hellacopters, The Backyard Babies, King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Entombed, Electric Boys and, of course, ABBA. Speaking of ABBA the Conspirators took in the ABBA museum after soundcheck and it is well worth the trip. If you’re ever in Stockholm check it out. It was too much fun.

    That night we played at the Grona Lund, an open stage in the middle of an amusement park. Fitz and I joked that it felt like we were in the movie KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park. In that film KISS plays at an amusement park as well.

    Almost every historic artist imaginable has played at Grona Lund in Stockholm from Miles Davis to The Who to The Ramones to Iggy Pop. Their wall of fame is insane. Standing on that stage while knowing all the great people who had stood there before us was an awe inspiring experience.

    The show was amazing. It’s always a whole different vibe playing in broad daylight. On one of the festival shows in the US a musician from another band said that rock and roll shouldn’t happen in the day time. I disagreed. I’d seen footage and photos in my youth of so many festival shows. Castle Donington. The US Festival. Live Aid. Umm, hello…Woodstock? I think the festival experience is a very important part of Rock N Roll and the Europeans would agree with me.

    This, of course, wasn’t a festival. Just a Rock N Roll show happening in broad daylight at an amusement park in front of thousands of hard rocking Swedes! Good times.

    After the show I got to finally meet Conny Bloom from Electric Boys. I’ve long been an admirer and we’d been in touch for years online. Conny also served in the last version of Hanoi Rocks which I enjoyed very much as well. Conny is a gent and now officially a friend and not just the online kind.

    Next up we were off to Oslo, Norway. Good Rock N Roll country up there! We got to play Unholy again that night. 30 Years To Life made an appearance. And I got to scream Welcome To The Jungle to all our Norse brethren! What a blast.

    From there we boomeranged back to Sweden to play the great festival, Sweden Rock. Imagine looking over and seeing Slash, Myles Kennedy, Steve Lukather from Toto and Michael Monroe standing around telling war stories. That was my surreal view for a moment there backstage.

    Michael has grown to be a great friend. It is no secret what a gigantic fan I am of his so that’s what makes it so crazy when he stands side stage watching our set. For me that’s a trip.

    Our set was a blast. Our second time rocking with the Swedes in mere days.

    Got to hang with Michael and his merry men who are also some of my favorite people in the world as well as being one of my favorite bands. Unfortunately they were playing after we had to drive on to our next destination so I didn’t get to sit in with the guys again. Next time!

    We did get to stand side stage and watch Toto which was a trip. Some of these festivals are so diverse you get Judas Priest one day and a band like Toto the next. I like that kinda diversity. Steve Lukather is one of the greatest guitar players on the planet and he is also one of the best story tellers, too. He ended up sitting on the bus with us rapping with Slash and da boyz til we had to leave. What an honor. Steve played on Thriller, ya know?

    Next up the mighty Rock Am Ring in Nuremberg, Germany. The site is next to a very historic site where Hitler made speeches. It’s a super dark sight to behold when you see it. It leaves you a little breathless.

    I first did this festival back in 2010. It was amongst the first shows we did together with Slash’s then new band. It was awesome then and it is awesome now. It will be awesome the next time we do it, too.

    That day Frank and I did an interview for Gibson guitars on the Gibson bus and it was the height of silliness. I don’t know why anyone would put a microphone in our faces when we are together because it just gets ridiculous but we have fun. It’s online somewhere. It’s mostly me laughing.

    As a parting gift from the interview, Herman from Gibson gave me a brand new Gibson SG bass. I was floored. What an incredibly kind gesture. Herman is incredibly kind to us and I can’t thank him enough. What a genuinely kind individual.

    As I mentioned above the show was insanity. I have no idea how many humans were out there but it makes you dizzy trying to take it all in.

    The entire show was streamed live online. I haven’t had a chance to watch it though I very rarely watch us online. Once in a while to hear how one of the new songs is sounding. I believe the entire show exists on youtube. Let me know how it looks!

    From there we were off to Rock Im Park, the sister festival of Rock Am Ring. Also in Germany with mostly the same acts from Rock Am Ring. I didn’t get to see much as the travel usually gets us to the venue just before our set and we are back on the bus traveling just after we finish. Pirate life. Germany is very good to us.

    We also first did Rock Im Park back in 2010 and it’s just as breathtaking now. It is always hard to fathom that many human beings in one place at one time. An amazing experience.

    Our set was super intense. It was a warm, sunny day with a bunch of our beaming and friendly German family.

    Then off to Berlin where we have spent a great deal of time over the years. We played in an out and out castle called Zitadelle Spandau which had apparently become a prison at some point and was now used as a live venue. We had a blast wandering the grounds feeling like we were on the set of Game Of Thrones or something. Crazy history over there. Kind of hard to fathom for us North Americans.

    On top of playing an incredible venue our opening act would be the amazing L7 which was a big thrill for all of us. I got to watch them soundcheck but didn’t get to see their set due to the distance from our dressing room area to the stage. Unfortunately the girls had to leave before we were done our set. We were looking forward to getting to hang and get a photo. Bummer but they were amazing.

    Our set was a blast. What a very cool place to play. It’s not every day you get to say you are playing at a castle. These things are never lost on me. I’m always in a state of wonder of these things. What a crazy thing this life is.

    Rich Jones from Michael Monroe’s band came down to say hi. The next day we wandered Berlin looking at the great sites and sights. Rich has relocated to Berlin and was a kind and generous tour guide. We, of course, made a stop at the Ramones Museum, a must see for any fan making their way to Berlin. I’ve known Rich 20 plus years. He’s a good man.

    Then we made our way to the Netherlands for the legendary festival, Pinkpop which we had done a couple of times before.

    We got to watch Faith No More which was amazing. I hadn’t seen them since the 90s. They all wore casual white and the stage was adorned in flowers. It was like a Sunday garden party. That image countered by their music made for a bizarre mix. It was really good to see those guys sounding as good as ever.

    Our set was a blast. Another sunny day. I believe there is footage of our set online. Check it out.

    Somewhere around this point Dave Grohl fell off the stage in Gothenburg and broke his leg. Even so he still returned and finished the set. Absolutely crazy. Now THAT is a testament to the power of Rock N Roll. The Foos had been on a lot of these same festivals with us but we never had the chance to connect. Unfortunately even though Dave returned to finish that set the Foos had to cancel the rest of their dates. Really a shame but hardly unexpected considering what he endured.

    The Edge had fallen off the stage not that long ago in Vancouver during the first U2 show of their current tour. Yikes. Makes me nervous that my turn is coming. I have to admit I eye the edge of these stages a little more closely now. If you are on stage as much as we are the chances of falling increases. i’ve fallen on stage many, many times just not OFF a stage. That would suck.

    Dave will be back in no time. He’s a trooper. Most ‘rock stars’ storm off stage because of a hang nail. Dave Grohl legitimately breaks his leg and returns to finish the set. Now THAT is impressive.

    Off to Download! This is another big one for us. We appeared on the same stage as Motley Crue, who are on their farewell tour, and KISS. With Billy Idol on before us. That’s quite a day. I have been a fan of all of these artists since my childhood. That is not lost on me.

    Jimmy Webb from Trash And Vaudeville in NYC came over for the festivities and he joined Frank and I in viewing the surprise set by the Darkness. Always entertaining. Justin was on fire peacocking around the stage with his new haircut. He’s actually a very tasty guitar player. It was a great way to start the day’s adventures in mud and rain.

    I was bummed to have arrived too late to see the Backyard Babies play but caught up with Dregen nonetheless. I’m a huge fan of the Babies but have never had the opportunity to see them. Now that they have reformed and are on some of these festivals with us I thought we’d have the chance but not so.

    Dregen is a talent and a proper rock star. Check out his solo album. One of my faves of the last couple years. Flat Tyre On A Muddy Road is a classic.

    Eric Singer, drummer for KISS, our good friend, came by to catch up. It had been too long. He’s a good man. Though we never got to see KISS that night it was great to catch up with Mr Singer.

    The interesting thing about Download is the shanty town they build for the artist’s backstage area. It’s all trailers with different bands/artists in each one. The English rain mists and sometimes pours off and on throughout the day and you carry that Castle Donington mud on your boots for weeks afterwards.

    Back in the day this festival was called Castle Donington. They’d do the Monsters Of Rock shows. When I was a kid I’d see pictures of Motley supporting Shout At The Devil there drinking Heineken beer. I’d never seen beer in green bottles before. I was a kid. I suppose I hadn’t seen too much beer nonetheless.

    Randy Blythe from Lamb Of God stopped by and a more intelligent and thoughtful person you could not meet. Randy spent a month plus in a Czech Republic jail due to the death of a stage diving kid at a LOG show. He was eventually acquitted of all charges but having survived such an ordeal must have left a lasting effect. He has a book coming this summer that I’m looking forward to reading. There is a documentary covering it all that is a fascinating viewing. I highly recommend it. Through it all he remains a very warm and sharp man. I admire him a great deal. I honestly don’t know what that experience would have done to me. The idea of someone passing away at one of our shows would devastate me enough let alone being unjustly held responsible. He is a strong man.

    Playing at Download is one of the truly great European festival moments. It is a major deal for UK and European rock fans. I can understand why with the lineup of acts that appear there. Our set was heavy for me. We had first appeared there in 2010 and Lemmy got up and sang Dr Alibi with us. I try very hard to find a moment to take the event in. Photographers complain that I move about too much to snap a pic but every once in a while you’ll find me surveying the entire spectacle, taking mental pictures to look back on. It was a magical night. Proof that SMKC grows every year.

    Caught up with Mark Tremonti and his band of merry gentlemen there as well. Good men and a great band. Mark is a very strong singer. I am always impressed.

    Also got to catch up with the girls from L7 finally. They are wonderful people. They were full of compliments about the show we did together in Berlin. I was like, ‘are you kidding? You guys were great!’ One of those moments where you are trying to one up one another with compliments. Very kind people those L7s.

    Frank and I went and watched Motley Crue and got schooled on BIG ROCK SHOW 101. Fire! Fire! Fire! So much Fire! Nikki even had a flame thrower bass. Madness.

    Motley is one of those bands that meant the world to me as a kid. As time goes by you put things into perspective as an adult but times like standing just behind Nikki Fucking Sixx while he tears it up in front of thousands immediately takes me back to looking at pictures of them in Circus magazine playing Castle Donington in the 80s.

    Vince waved at us. Nikki peace signed us. It was awesome to be acknowledged.

    And with that we were whisked back on the bus into a rainy english night. Like I said we didn’t get to see KISS but it was another successful Download in our rearview mirror.

    Hello, Hamburg! Back in Germany! Man oh man do we love Germany. We just can’t seem to stay away. The interesting thing about this night was it was the first performance of the song Iris Of the Storm from World On Fire. It was the last of 17 songs on the album we had yet to perform. This band will stay on the road til 2016 and we’ve already managed to play every single song on the album live. That is quite an achievement. There is no other artist this far into his career that would even dare to do such a thing but Slash is the most daring person i know. We managed to play every single song off of Apocalyptic Love, too. Somewhere someone could compile an entire playlist of live versions of songs off of AL and WOF. I’m pretty proud of that.

    It’s always a pleasure to play our full 2 hour plus set. Festivals usually call for a truncated set to fit all the bands in. A lot of the big touring bands don’t have their full stage show for the festival shows because of the restricted stage room and set time.

    I had someone complain to me that we only played an hour long set once as if we had made this decision. At a festival when there are a thousand bands playing we all have to play limited sets under strict time restrictions to fit everyone on. Anyone who has seen our own shows knows that we play far beyond our allotted time every time. Some people just don’t have a clue. Think before you speak. If you wanna see us play our 2 hour set come see us outside of the festival setting.

    The Hamburg show was awesome. Like I said before Germany is very good to us. This was our last appearance in Germany for a while so we had to make it a good one. Hence the addition of Iris Of The Storm.

    Back to Luxembourg! We have been playing Luxembourg since 2010 and it’s always a great live stop. Two plus hours of Rock N Roll. We had friends come in from France and as far away as Japan. Lux was a particularly special show.

    June 20 2015
    Somewhere in France

    I usually try and write these things in one sitting but every now and again I get sidetracked by life and have to finish as I go along. I have decided to not post until after today’s show at Hellfest as then this block of shows will be over with into a day off…somewhere…

    Just back from breakfast with Mikkey Dee from Motorhead. We drove in overnight from Graspop in Belgium and are now in France for today’s performance at Hellfest. Roll off the bus with little sleep and head into the restaurant to over fuel on coffee. Who should show up but Mikkey. Motorhead just played last night at Hellfest. Mikkey is one of the best dudes in rock. In fact all three members of Motorhead are complete gentlemen. Innocent bystanders might think otherwise based on the music they play but Phil, Lem and Mikkey are all great dudes. Very thoughtful and not a ‘rock star’ ego in the bunch. When they talk to you they talk to you. They are listening to what you say and engaging. Lessons to learn for any aspiring musician. Never lose track of where your feet tread. On the ground. You are above no one.

    Mikkey plays drums in the one of the most important bands in the world but is the most salt of the Earth dude imaginable. An honest to goodness pleasure to hang with.

    Last night we played at Graspop in Belgium. It’s actually called Graspop Metal Meeting which is an indication of the kind of music featured there. The entire show was filmed and is already online. In fact, I just posted in on Twitter. Enjoy.

    The funny thing was that Neil Diamond and his touring entourage were staying at our hotel. I never saw him but I assume he wasn’t playing at the ‘Metal Meeting’. Neil is the king. I gotta see him once before he retires.

    The day was fun at Graspop. Got to hang out with old friends and make new ones. Got to hang with the guys from Dead Dasies, a supergroup of sorts featuring old friends and new. Caught up with John Corabi, their singer. You might remember him from the Vince Neil-less Motley Crue album from the 90s that featured Hooligans Holiday. He also played in Union with Bruce Kulick from KISS and some kid named Brent Fitz. John is a character and a great story teller. He has a great, classic voice.

    I caught up with old friend, Dizzy Reed, from Slash’s old band. Diz is a great dude. We’ve jammed together many, many times and he’s a good man.

    Tommy Cluefestos from Ozzy/Sabbath was on drums and got to say hi to him. Great drummer. Good dude. We toured with Ozzy back in the day.

    Bassist Marco Mendoza from a number of great things including the most recent version of Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake and Black Star Riders is also a member. He’s such a good dude. A great talent, too.

    I got to meet Richard Fortus one of the guitar players from Axl’s GNR. He’s a great guitar player and a great guy. Richard is one talented dude.

    Eric Singer from KISS stopped by again as they were headlining. Eric is a good friend but if you read this regularly you already know that.

    The show was awesome. It was a little windy and chilly but that just puts a spring in your step to keep warm. We all wore black leather like the Ramones. I was pretty proud of that.

    Our set was all too brief but epic nonetheless. Tommy Thanyer from KISS was side stage watching a good chunk of our set. Tommy is a great guy.

    As we wind down into the last few weeks of this run I feel more invigorated than I should. I’m usually worn to a nub by now but I feel better than ever. I have a couple of hours to chill before we take our bus out to the Hellfest grounds so I’ll finish this up tonight or maybe tomorrow.

    Next stop-Hell. France, Population : Gazillions

    Milan, Italy
    June 21 2015

    Well, that was fun!

    Just got to Milan for a quiet day off before making our way to Rome. I love Italy. It was one of the first places I fell in love with when I first came to Europe back in ’06. Been back many, many times since and it never loses its luster.

    Yesterday we appeared at Hellfest in France. Last time we were there Slash was also appearing with Ozzy for his Ozzy and friends show while Tony Iommi was sick. Ozzy’s band plus Zakk, Slash and Geezer. Was a good time.

    This time was an amazing time, too. When we arrived Fitz and I ran for the stage. Ace Frehley had just started and we wanted to see as much as we could. As anyone knows I am a well invested soldier in the KISS Army and Ace is pretty high on my list of heroes. His set was great. Loaded with classics including Shock Me featuring his smoking guitar! It was absolute Rock N Roll heaven for me. Later in the day I got to meet Chris Wyse who is playing bass for Ace. In recent years Chris was playing bass for the Cult, another fave of mine. Caught up with Ace drummer, Scott Coogan who is a Vegas resident these days and a great guy.

    Directly after Ace I ran to the other stage to finally get to see the Backyard Babies. It was only something like their fifth show since reforming after a five year hiatus. The band sounded great. Super tight and broke out all the classics I love. I got to meet Johan the bass player later in the day. Got to say a quick hello to Dregen again. Always a pleasure. I’m a fan.

    Our set was mental. In many ways it felt like the biggest festival audience of the tour but I could be wrong. They all seem mind alteringly huge. There is footage of our set on youtube. They had amazing cameras on cranes sweeping over the audience and in close to us which makes for some impressive shots. Check it out.

    After our set I got to say hello to a lot of friends and fiends also appearing. The Conspirators spent a considerable amount of time with That Metal Show’s Don Jamieson, who is a good friend. He eventually ended up on our bus hanging out and if we hadn’t paid attention he’d be here in Milan with us. Lucky for him he bailed before our ship sailed (yes, I’m aware that rhymed). Hellfest was an epic blast.

    Our Live At The Roxy DVD/Blu-Ray/CD/Vinyl is out everywhere. I don’t even have a copy yet but I’ve managed to sign a few since their release. Yet another great achievement I am proud of.

    Also the SMKC ‘action’ figures from Staramba have been released individually or as a set. It’s a very strange thing to have a figure of myself available out there. I’m the guy that has Johnny Ramone, Lemmy, Iggy Pop and Johnny Rotten jamming together on his dresser in action figure form. Strange times, brothers and sister. Strange and exciting times.

    Hope you enjoy the new music and toys we’ve release for you. Those are two of the things I love most!

    There. Now I’m all caught up. I can finally have this posted.

    Still much to talk about. A few days ago a guy walked into Emanuel AME Church in Charlestown, South Carolina and killed nine people. The fact that he was white and they were black is abhorrent. It is the 21st century and we are still dealing with these people trying to turn the clock back. We have come so far as a society yet in the last couple of years there have been continuing events of blatant racism that make me embarrassed to be a human being. I do not share one shred of these small minded ideals. To live with hate is to live in fear. People think hate makes them stronger but it doesn’t. It gives the power to whatever it is you are bafflingly afraid of.

    It’s 2015 people. It is the 21st century. The future is now. We live in a time spinning forward faster than any other time in history. You may cling to your forgotten, flawed and ancient ideals but the rest of us are moving forward. You will be left behind. Eventually there will be none of you left. There will be the enlightened, the open minded, the open hearted.

    Choose a path that unites us. Avoid paths that divide us. They will lead you nowhere.

    Racism is an embarrassing, antiquated trait to have. Almost a trait to be pitied rather than feared. What was missing from one’s life that they chose this ideal? Love your children. Fill them full of wonder and ambition. If you do not they get lost. They have anger and sadness that leads them in the wrong directions. Venting hatred on kind people who had every intention of having lunch with family after church. Now they are gone. For what? For the misdirected anger of a very lost soul. Such a shame.

    Jim Carrey had a great quote in a speech he recently gave. He said, “Beware the unloved or they will eventually hurt themselves. Or me” Or you for that matter. I think that is a very heavy thing. The unloved. Such a sad thing to think about. You hope that the unloved could find some fulfillment elsewhere but it is such a deep-seated issue that no one can know how it will manifest itself. There should be no unloved.

    Someday these things will be a thing of the past. Extreme measures need to take place first. Things that a lot of people are not prepared to sacrifice but I think baby steps towards a bigger goal is important. That goal is peace.

    Jon Stewart said it best. We live in fear of Al-Qaeda and Isis yet how can we feel safe at home? We need to do whatever it takes to take care of one another. We should not be afraid of one another especially in our schools or churches.

    I find it all very sad and my heart goes out to the families of the victims of the shootings on what should have just been another quiet Sunday in that historic church. Deeply sad.

    That’s all I have to say. So much good to look for in this world. Keep your mind and heart open.

    I’m off to enjoy a day wandering Milan with brother Fitz. As it has been since 2010 and it ever shall be.

    Today is Father’s Day back home. Spoil your Dad today. In fact spoil everyone you care about today. In fact spoil everyone you care about every day. Live. Love. Laugh.

    Happy Father’s Day!

    Keep your minds and hearts open.

    Big Love
    Your loyal and humble servant,
    Todd Dammit=

  • The Upside of Down

    Stockholm, Sweden
    May 30th 2015

    I had every intention of checking in long before this but then the unexpected grew beyond my control. Life is funny that way. Sometimes there is no way to prepare for what might come your way.
    Currently I sit in my room in the beautiful city of Stockholm, Sweden. In honor of that I have ABBA playing as I stare out at a rainy day. Great music from this neck of the woods. Chris Jericho’s band, Fozzy, plays a version of ABBA’s SOS in their set. Most unexpected but proof that a well written song can be executed in any fashion and ABBA knew how to write a song.

    When last I checked in we were about to partake in one of the biggest US summer festivals, Carolina Rebellion which had a refreshingly strong female presence with groups like our friends Butcher Babies, Halestorm, Pretty Reckless and In This Moment.
    Our set was amazing. Always fun to turn around and see so many fellow musicians standing in the wings of the stage watching in support just as we do during their sets. It’s a great community we have there. That night we got to stand side stage and watch the mighty Slayer which we have done many, many times and it never ceases to be an amazing treat. The heaviest of the heavy.

    Next up was Stroudsburg, PA which I had never been to before. Cool town. We brought Dirty Girl back into the set from the World On Fire cd. We are still playing 16 out of the 17 songs from World On Fire live. Not all at once but they get rotated in and out. Dirty Girl was a fun one to have back in if even for one night.

    Back in NYC where we did our cd release show not so long ago. This time we were at Terminal 5 which we played 4 or 5 years ago. I remember that show well. This one was even better. You always get accustomed to jaded audiences in the big centers like New York and LA. People have seen and heard it all in places like this. This night in New York was a real surprise for us because the audience was ravenous. I went out there all ready for an uphill battle but the audience was truly great. I was taken aback by it to be honest. It was a really great night.
    For the encore Kimberly Nichole, who was a contestant on NBC’s ‘The Voice’, got up and sang a slamming rendition of Hey Joe with us. She tore the roof off the place.
    That night we got to catch up with good friends like Eddie Trunk. Always good to see Brother Ed.

    From there we were off to the site of where we kicked off the very first show of the World On Fire tour, Hampton Beach, NH. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again-Hampton Beach looks like the town from Jaws.
    We’ve managed to play there a few times over the years and it was really cool to return to the scene where we first played songs from World On Fire live. I distinctly remember the audience listening intently to the new songs back then. This time everyone was singing them full volume. It is good to return to places to compare the reactions. I have to say that these most recent shows were the best responses we have ever gotten from both NYC and Hampton Beach. We had a blast.
    I got to see our opening act at Hampton Beach. They are called Unlocking The Truth and they are staggeringly great. They are literally teenagers. If you get a chance do yourself a favor and check them out.

    Next up was the Rise Above festival in Bangor, Maine. Most festivals are basically camping with music and this one proved to be more than ever complete with marshmallow roasting and s’mores.
    Another great show with our friends Tremonti and Butcher Babies hanging out.

    We found ourselves next in Sayreville, New Jersey where Jim Florentine from That Metal Show came down to hang out at sound check though I didn’t get to see him. My bad. We were playing at the legendary Starland Ballroom. What a blast.
    Legendary photographer, Mark Weiss, was there snapping photos. What a trip. Google him. He’s done all the greats. Neil Zlozower, Ross Halfin and Mark have all taken photos of this band. All legends.

    Then we were back to the Ram’s Head in Baltimore. We played the very first show ever for the Apocalyptic Love tour back in 2012 there. Again this was a real treat to return to because the audience was so much rowdier than ever before. I have been in a very fortunate vantage point to watch this thing grow and grow. Every day has been more exciting than the last.

    On the 14th of May BB King passed away and a greater loss to the music world I can’t imagine. I was lucky enough to see BB live a few years back when they opened a BB King’s bart/restaurant location in Vegas. It was quite a night. Willie Nelson was there as was Buddy Guy. I was pretty star struck. I remember BB’s entrance on his little scooter. The crowd parted as he made his way in with a big, warm, welcoming smile on his face. He played with such soul that night. I made a point to remember how special of an occasion that was and I’m glad I did. He is dearly missed.

    Another massive American festival is Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio. We had fun the night before hanging out with Jim Root from Slipknot just talking about coffee and Steely Dan, oddly enough. Both Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson from That Metal Show were present and we got to catch up. Good dudes.
    Our set was mental. What a great time. That is one of the biggest festivals to play in the states for us.
    Got to say hi to Twiggy from Manson as well as a bunch of other musician brethren.
    I watched Manson that day and it was a great deal of fun.
    My good friend, Scott Uchida, brought me a copy of Duff McKagan’s new book, How To Be A Man for me which I have been enjoying. It is really great. Check it out.

    From there we were off to Camden, New Jersey for the MMR*B*Q where we hung out with the Pretty Reckless gang. They sounded great that day. Halestorm also played and sounded killer, too.
    We got to hang out with the new version of Stone Temple Pilots. Robert is such a good dude. We’d only met him once before in Singapore in 2011 or so. Saw Dean and Chester from Linkin Park who is singing for the current lineup. They sounded amazing that night. Such an array of great songs. It’s really a shame that their original singer couldn’t pull it together enough to be a part of it but Chester did an admirable job.
    Our set was a blast. A storm welled up and delayed STP a bit which they probably didn’t feel too good about. We were concerned that would affect our set length but no such problem should arise. We did our whole show without incident.

    Off to Chicago where we met up with our new opening act, Fozzy, featuring our good friend, Chris Jericho. Chris is famous for being a WWF (now WWE) wrestler. He has written several books and appeared on multiple TV shows and movies. In many ways he’s the most famous person we know. He has had multiple action figures made of himself. That kind of famous.
    The night before the show Frank and I had dinner with Scott Marceau from Yamaha and Smashing Pumpkins guitar player, Jeff Schroeder. That was a good hang. Jeff is a good dude. We talked rock most of the night.
    The next night the show was huge. We had a blast and Fozzy kicked ass. We knew this was going to be a fun run together.

    From there we rocked the Hard Rock in Sioux City, Iowa. It’s always good to play the full two hour plus set when we have to play the odd abridged set at festivals. I always prefer the momentum of the full show. That was a good time.

    A new iPhone video game has been released called Stunt Wheels which features some music from my solo album, Go Time! It’s an honor to be on there. Check out the trailer featuring Wide Awake In the American Dream from Go Time!- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtR-cDcCQjY

    I stayed in and watched David Letterman’s last show on the 20th. I had always been a huge Dave supporter over the years and to see him finally retiring was truly the end of an era. He had been on the air since I was a boy where he reinvented the late night medium still exercised today. I highly recommend you read Late Shift by Bill Carter about Dave and Leno battling it out for the Tonight Show all those years ago. After that read the sequel about Conan getting hosed.
    Goodbye, Dave. Thanks for the memories.

    Back to Stubb’s Bare B-Q in Austin, Texas. We hadn’t played there since 2012 or so. Austin is another one of those great music towns like Nashville or Memphis or New Orleans. I love it when music is a major factor.
    Stubb’s is a cool outdoor venue. Fozzy tore the roof off then we blew the doors off. Good thing it was outdoors. The last time we played there it was sweltering and I was expecting the same this time. The day before the show it was Texas hot but the day of the show was overcast and made for a nice night. Good rocking weather.

    Houston was a great night. A buncha friends showed up in DAMMIT USA shirts and it was a lovely surprise. More and more that DAMMIT support shows up all the time. Just today a photo was posted of our pal, George Lopez rocking his DAMMIT shirt. How rad is that?
    The Houston show was amazing. I was sad to see the US tour winding up.

    Then on to Dallas, the final show of the US leg. I got to say a quick hello to my old friend, Vinnie Paul from Pantera/Damage Plan and now Hell Yeah! Always a pleasure to hook up.
    Dallas was an amazing and cathartic night for me. So much had been going on during this tour and this final night was a great release to be able to lose oneself in the ceremony of live music. I feel so fortunate to have this outlet. It was a great send off to the US and to the boys in Fozzy.
    Chris Jericho had ridden on our bus overnight from Houston to Dallas and it had been a lot of laughs. A fellow Canadian in our midst makes for deep references that only we can understand.
    Not to worry, we will return to the US and Canada for the fall. Stay tuned. See you soon.

    From the 21st of May on I had been dealing with the passing of my Grandmother. She was 95 years old and though we were all more than hyper aware of her advanced age none of us could ever have prepared ourselves for her passing. She had always been the glue that held our entire family together. I believe her spirit will do the same. She was the nucleus of a very wide reaching extended family.

    As will happen at that age I was only aware that she was feeling unwell before it became very serious very quickly. I am thankful I got to FaceTime with her the day before she was gone. She had always told stories of how as a child I had told all of my cousins that she was only MY Grandmother and not theirs. She was that special. So special that I think we all claimed her as our own.

    My deepest fear was that I would be unable to attend her memorial but as it turned out it would be held directly between the last date of the US tour and the first date of the European tour. Though it would be exhausting I was going to be there come Hell or high water.

    From Dallas, Texas I connected in Minneapolis before landing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. From there I drove with my family to Rosetown, Saskatchewan where my Grandmother had lived from the year of my birth. She had lived in the same house all that time and that house holds every warm, family memory for all of us. Now we would not only be saying goodbye to her but to the very home we had all pretty much grown up in. That was almost as difficult a task.
    I spent 24 hours in Rosetown with family honoring the memory of the woman who had meant so much to us before driving back to Saskatoon where I flew on to Calgary then to London and finally to Helsinki, Finland for the first show of the Euro tour.

    Though it was crushingly exhausting I wouldn’t have missed my Grandmother’s funeral for the world and I am so thankful that it all worked out that way. It was deeply sad but she had the most amazing life and we should all be so lucky to have such an impact on so many. I will miss her always but I have her name tattooed on me so she is more a part of me than ever.
    Hold on to the ones you love.

    Though I was shattered with jet lag I got up on stage with Michael Monroe last night in Helsinki for the opening show of the Euro tour and played two Hanoi Rocks songs. Rich Jones, my dear friend from Vancouver, is now playing guitar for Michael replacing Dregen who replaced Ginger.
    Playing Malibu Beach Nightmare AND Oriental Beat on stage with Michael and Sami Yaffa was a boyhood dream. I had long stared at the cover of Two Steps From The Move in my bedroom as a teen dreaming of playing with these guys. Michael and Sami stared back at me from that album cover and now here I was standing on stage with them. Though I had played with them individually in other circumstances it was a big deal to play THOSE songs with THOSE guys together. Not to mention with my old friends, Rich, Karl and of course, Steve Conte, who I watched play with the New York Dolls countless times.

    It was a great way to snap me back into the moment after such a sad time. To go from something so sad to something so joyous was a pretty big reminder of how crazy life can be. One day you could not be more sad and the next you could not be more elated. Life really is a magical and unknowable ride. We have to make the best of every situation. Always seek out that half full cup. Even if it is difficult to find. Never stop searching.

    In the course of my mourning Borrowing Trouble celebrated it’s 2nd anniversary. It seems only yesterday we put it out. Now those songs are a part of my day to day lexicon and new people find them every single day. Isn’t music crazy that way? Songs live longer than we do. Thank you to every single person who owns and enjoys Borrowing Trouble.

    The Live At The Roxy DVD/CD/Blue Ray/Vinyl will come out in June. That is right around the corner. I’m excited to have it out there. It’s one more release that I’ve been a part of in the Slash world that makes this all so exciting.

    1. Made In Stoke
    2. Apocalyptic Love
    3. World On Fire
    4. Live At The Roxy

    The catalog continues to grow.

    There are more exciting and interesting things brewing that will come into fruition in the coming days and weeks that I can’t comment on just yet but they will present themselves soon enough.

    That’s all I can muster for now. The Stockholm rain hasn’t let up but I should probably go out and take in some kind of oxygen outside of this room. I look forward to rocking Stockholm tomorrow night.

    Call your Grandmother. Tell her how much you love her.
    Big love
    Your loyal and humble servant
    Todd Dammit

  • From Disgraceland to Graceland

    Charlotte, North Carolina
    May 2nd 2015

    Apparently we have been on the road for one week as of today. Not including the few days of rehearsal and travel to that first date. Prior to that the 3 (Slash, Fitz and Dammit) were hunkered down in the Conspirators Cave coming up with new music for the eventual SMKC III album. I’m calling it III as it’s far too early to tell what the album will be called. We have a few songs on the go far earlier than anything we’ve done schedule-wise in the past. I’m excited. A lot of my favorite bands did great work by their third album.
    KISS-Dressed To Kill
    Aerosmith-Toys in The Attic
    Cheap Trick-Heaven Tonight
    The Ramones-Road To Ruin
    Sabbath-Masters Of Reality
    Metallica-Master Of Puppets

    I think that’s the album that solidifies a band’s legacy. In the case of Cheap Trick and KISS their third albums led them to the live albums that defined their careers. By SMKC III we will have released two live albums already-Made In Stoke and Live At The Roxy.
    It’s too early to really be talking about any of this but my exuberance should be noted. I love making new music and I’m one that tends to look forward rather than back. Stay tuned…

    Before we left Chris Jericho, the WWE wrestler and lead singer of Fozzy, appeared on That Metal Show and mentioned myself and Fitz as fellow Canadians. Fozzy will be joining us soon on tour as our opening act. Chris also plays with Fitz and I in a fun Canadian cover band called Coverboy that has played several charity events in Canada. It’s going to be a blast hanging with Chris on a daily basis!

    The first show of this run was in Orlando, Florida at a festival called Earthday Birthday. There were a lot of cool bands there. We got to catch up with our producer, Michael ‘Elvis’ Baskette. Always good to see him. He is family. He has such huge things cooking up in his world. I can’t wait for you to find out.

    We also got to catch up with the fellas from Five Finger Death Punch who are fellow Las Vegans. Also got to see brother Mark Tremonti and his awesome band.
    Playing a 50 minute set is beyond unusual for the boys in SMKC. Our version of Rocket Queen can be 30 minutes long sometimes to put that in perspective. 50 minutes would be like playing Rocket Queen and, like, four other songs. We did NOT do that though. We came out swinging and laid waste to all in our path.

    The next show was also in Florida but the great city of Jacksonville this time. This time we had an hour. This festival was called Welcome To Rockville. We had many of the same bands on this bill so we got to say hi to Brother Mark Tremonti and the Punchers of the Five Fingers of Death as well as Scott from Alter Bridge. Great to catch up with him. We got to play a full hour at this festival and did terrible damage with 10 extra minutes. Imagine what we could do with a full two hours!

    The next show we got to do just that-New Orleans, Louisiana. What an amazing town. Unfortunately our first day off of the tour was spent indoors as a tornado warning storm had rained down on the great city with furious anger. We actually had a blast. We hung out and watched the New York Islanders get beat by the Washington Capitals. That’s hockey for the uninitiated. I’m afraid I’m a bad Canadian. I have lost touch with my hockey roots. I’ve never been much of a sports guy but if you are a regular reader of these ramblings you already know that.

    The next day I went to the great vinyl shop, Peaches, in New Orleans and spoiled myself a little then made our way to the House Of Blues.

    The cool thing about this run is we’ve managed to squeeze in the most intimate of settings in between the gigantic summer festival shows. That makes for a great juxtaposition. Getting to play intimately to a room full of our closest friends is a great honor.
    As I mentioned we got to bust out the full two hour extravaganza including the first ever performance of The Unholy from World On Fire. That song is the heaviest song we’ve ever played. I don’t mean heavy metal I mean heavy dark. The subject matter is especially troubling as only Myles Kennedy could create. It has a dark Alice Cooper via Abbey Road Beatles thing going on.

    In listening back to it I expected it to be a tough one to pull off live but it came together very quickly and i think it stands up very powerfully live. Testament to a solid band that has been playing together for five years. Three with Frankie.

    That, of course, means that in total we are performing a record 16 songs from World On Fire at the moment. That leaves only ONE left to be performed live. Extra points for those of you that can name that song.

    On the Apocalyptic Love tour we added And We Roam in the 11th hour and it performed amazingly well. The last World On Fire song will see it’s moment in the sun. We still have a long way to go to finish the tour.

    New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the world. There is really nowhere else like it on the planet. Do yourself a favor and check it out. Lots of music which is always inspiring.

    Next up we played the Soul Kitchen in Mobile, Alabama. The cool thing is the changing accents along the southern United States. I’ve always found accents to be a fascinating thing. In England the accents change every few miles it seems. The southern states have variances along the way and I love hearing the music within them.

    This was another intimate show to offset the grandiosity of the festival summer circuit and it was a good one. We got to play another 2 hours and performed The Unholy for a second time.
    Mobile was a blast. We had friends come as far away as Japan for that show. Our family keeps growing all the time.

    I have been waiting my whole life to get to Memphis, Tennessee and we had finally arrived. I was so excited to get there that I paid no attention to the fact that I’d slept about only three hours on the bus that night and just got on with my day nonetheless.

    After ingesting all of the coffee in Memphis Frank and I made our way to the Gibson factory in Memphis. We had been to Gibson’s acoustic factory in Bozeman, Montana and the Gibson custom shop in Nashville so now we were going to the Memphis one which largely deals with the company’s hollow body guitars. As a guitar nerd these moments are never lost on me. It’s like wandering the Willy Wonka factory. Guitars Guitars GUITARS as far as the eye can see. A dream come true for a guy like me. Frank even went home with a brand new guitar. How much better could the day get.

    Well, it got even cooler cuz we were going to Graceland. I’m a massive Elvis fan. I’m a sucker for the entire mythology of the King. Graceland has been a destination I’ve had in mind since childhood and getting to walk through it’s doors was a heavy moment for me.
    We hopped on a shuttle through the gates of Graceland that I’d seen in a million pictures and documentaries. We pulled up to the house and there we were. People always tell you that the house is much smaller than you expect but since I’d been hearing that my whole life the house was much bigger than I expected. Strange turn there.


    Class trip to Graceland

    Upon walking through the front door we took in the sites and I snapped off pictures like I was making my own coffee table book on the place. Our tour guide, who was amazing, pointed to the ceiling above the entry way and said that is where the bathroom is located. At first it didn’t register what she was referring to but then it sunk in. THE bathroom. The scene of his death. We all had a cold chill moment at that. I still get the heebie jeebies thinking about that.

    Needless to say we wandered the house like any other tourists just taking it all in. Frozen in time as it had been in his life which lends it’s own chilling ambience. Seeing how those on top of the world may have lived in a not so distant past yet distant enough to seem completely alien.
    Seeing his gold albums and costumes was staggering. He wore those costumes. They are not reproductions. That IS his black leather ’68 Comeback Special outfit. Mental. His crazy 70s white Elvis costumes made him look like some kind of superhero. Certainly one of a kind. And there they are just lined up in glass one after another. Not all of them but a lot of them.
    Standing at his grave was heavy for me. Other than the initial chill at the mention of the place where he died the rest of the trip had been a great deal of fun. A celebration of the man’s life. Suddenly standing at his grave was very sad. You suddenly realized he was only 42 years old. He was the most famous person on the planet. He had achieved so much and yet I’m sure he had every intention to achieve so much more. But there it is. We are on this planet for the blink of an eye. Even 100 years seems so brief in the grand scheme of things. Well, not brief really. Not brief at all. I think if you can make it to 100 you’ve done something right. I never anticipated still being alive so I’m trying to make up for everything now by taking care of myself. I’ve outlived a lot of my heroes but there’s always Keith Richards. Keith made it to his 70s. No one expected that. Least of all Keith. He just might bury us all. Live, brothers and sisters. Live now. Live today. It’s all over too fast. I’m sure the King would tell you the same thing.

    So after all that I bought myself the Elvis glasses as I had a million times in my life but this time I was buying them at Graceland. And with that it was all over. To be honest it was a great experience and I will do it again someday but it was a little heavy for me. I don’t think of Elvis as some bloated joke that people make him out to be. I think of the dangerous young man that could slay with his voice and his body. Enough so to change the world forever. Never to be another like him. Ever. Listen to Mystery Train or That’s Alright, Mama. That stuff is the real deal. There is a fair amount of later Elvis that is just as important to me.

    I had every intention of getting to Sun Studios as well but they had a session going that night. It’s still a proper functioning studio. Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis had all recorded there. That’s nothing to sneeze at. That’s the Mount Rushmore of Rock N Roll as far as I’m concerned. The next day it didn’t work out either but that leaves me yet another reason to come back to Memphis.

    We wandered Beale street and heard live music coming out of almost every building. Memphis, Nashville, Austin Texas all of these towns keep live music alive and it’s why I return to them again and again. Music will always be alive in these places.

    We played right next to the Mississippi River that night for the Beale Street Music Festival. Another eerie moment came up while driving there and Myles reminded me that Jeff Buckley had drowned in that very river. So many heavy memories in such a beautiful town. Martin Luther King Jr died there as well. So many good men cut down too soon. Such a shame. A real crime.
    The show that night was pretty epic. We played about 70 minutes and it was a blast. Got to see In This Moment and Breaking Benjamin before taking the stage. A great time had by all.

    So now here we are in North Carolina getting ready for the Carolina Rebellion festival which will feature a bunch of bands who are friends of ours. We have a blast getting to watch bands and catch up with friends. Makes for a great day. I’m looking forward to it.
    Today as I went for a coffee I saw Kerry King from Slayer walk by. It’s that kind of a day. I had to double take then give him ‘the nod’. I guess I’m gonna enjoy some Slayer tomorrow night :)

    The Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens trailer has since surfaced and it is every bit as moving as I expected. Seeing Han and Chewie together in 2015 is something I never could prepare myself for. So many of us are feeling 7 years old at the moment. I welcome this. Not many things can have such universal impact. I still say JJ Abrams is the right man for the job. Remember I said that.

    A new game called Stunt Wheels is being released and it includes music from your’s truly. Songs from my 2004 solo album Go Time! will be included throughout the game and I’m super psyched about that.
    Check out the trailer here-

    The Riviera hotel in Las Vegas is going to be destroyed after 60 years of service. We all expected it but it’s kind of a drag. Slowly all the old casinos are going away. In the time I’ve lived there the Stardust, The Frontier, the Sahara and now the Riv have all but gone away. I guess change is a good thing. I spent a lot of time at the Riv. When I first came down to Vegas my friends worked there so I seemed to be there a lot. Sad to see it go.

    Well, that’s about enough for now. I’m excited to see Avengers-Age Of Ultron. They keep making movies for me. Bless ‘em. Terminator, Jurassic Park and eventually STAR WARS!!!! Big year. Bring it on!

    By the time you read this I will be preparing for the Carolina Rebellion Festival. Sure to be a blast.

    Big love to you and yours
    Your loyal and humble servant
    Todd Dammit

  • 5 Years

    April 20 2015
    Los Angeles, California

    5 years ago last month I got a call from my brother from another Mother, Brent Fitz. I had been house shopping in my new stomping grounds, Las Vegas, and my Father had come to town to help out as he’s knowledgeable in such matters. After a day of viewings I took my Dad to a Chili’s in the neighborhood for a bite when I got the call from Fitzy. Brent had only recently got the gig playing drums for Slash. I was thrilled for him. Fitzy didn’t have a whole lot of info, just asked if I could be in LA at noon the next day to come jam with Slash and the lads. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a jamming machine. I can throw down with anyone anytime. I was especially knowledgeable in all things GNR. I looked across the table at my father and asked if he wanted to go to LA that next day. My father said, ‘I’ve never been to LA’ and that as much as anything sealed it. Well, he should see LA.

    The next morning we got up, I grabbed my Fender P bass and made our way on the I-15 South to Los Angeles, California. I had before and have since driven this patch of highway countless times and probably ever shall. It’s one of my favorite drives. I can been in LA in three hours (3 and a half if I’m obeying the law) from my front door.

    We arrived at the rehearsal space and said a quick hello to the guys and I set up my stuff. While I was doing so Slash turned up. I turned around to see him talking to my Dad. That’s one of our favorite stories now. In fact we just revisited that story today. We said a quick hello then started jamming right away.

    I don’t specifically remember how many songs or for how long we played. In my memory all we jammed was Nightrain and suddenly I was being told about a bunch of TV appearances and some tour dates. I was very committed to my band back in Vegas and this was a great deal to take in. After all I wasn’t even entirely sure what I was doing there. As far as I knew there was a lineup in place. Sure enough the bass player they had in mind hadn’t worked out and here I was being all pursued.

    It was never an easy decision and was something I had to wrestle with and did so for a long, long time but after discussing it over with my Father I decided to take the plunge and the rest is history. Suddenly my entire life changed. I had only just become a homeowner and now I was playing with a legend. Crazy times.

    Over the next while we would do things I had long given up on like appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. That’s not something a kid from Smallville, Saskatchewan, Canada just assumes he will ever get to do.

    Over the next while Andrew Stockdale from Wolfmother had arrived to appear on such shows to sing the first single off of Slash’s new solo cd. The song was called By The Sword and it was one of many I would be cramming to learn.

    This guy, Myles Kennedy, eventually showed up as he would be the singer for the tour. As it turns out Myles would go on to be yet another brother of mine.

    We all appeared on George Lopez’s since debunked late night show, Lopez Tonight. We played on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

    We played a warm up show at The Roxy on the Sunset Strip and Mick Mars from Motley Crue was sitting right in the front booth. The guys from That Metal Show were there too. They would all go on to be bros of ours. I had played the Roxy in 1991 with my own band. The entire thing had taken on a whole new air of surreality.

    We rehearsed with Lemmy for an appearance together at Revolver Magazine’s Golden Gods Awards. That was another moment I never thought I’d experience. I still remember standing in studio C in Mates Studio singing a capella with Lemmy and our then guitar player, Bobby Shneck nailing the bridge harmonies on Dr Alibi. That was beyond surreal.

    At that awards show Rob Halford from Judas Priest told me we sounded good on Leno. I was gobsmacked. I got to perform Dr Alibi with Lemmy then watched Slash, Lemmy and Dave Grohl play Ace Of Spades together. Life could not have been more gloriously weird.

    Since then we went on to play with Alice Cooper, Rick Neilsen, Michael Monroe just one hero after another. We went around the world. We opened for AC/DC in soccer stadiums in France. We went around the world again. I lost an eye, they put it back together. We went around the world another time. We played Download in England to tens of thousands. We played with KISS. We played festivals so big I couldn’t see where the audience ended. We toured with Ozzy. We lost Bobby. We got another guitar player. He became my little brother. His name is Frank. We released an album. We went around the world again and again and again. We got gold albums here and there and there again. We played with Motley Crue. We played bigger and bigger venues. We made yet another album. We toured with fucking Aerosmith. We went around the world and around the world and around the world again and again and again.
    When this whole thing started no one knew who the hell this Todd guy was. It turned out I could sing all the harmonies in all the songs with Brother Myles and then Slash made me sing one myself. Then another. Then another and another.

    Then there was a fan page from here then from there then from over there and back over there. And we kept on going around and around and around the world to places that in 2010 had seemed completely alien until they became completely familiar by 2015.

    I have only forced you to join me on this journey down memory lane to illustrate one thing and that thing is gratitude. Gratitude for the last five years of my life. The good as well as the challenging sides of it. It’s not all glamour. There is hard determination and grit required for this life in space and we have all been tested along the way. I am thankful to be part of the family I perform with proudly and I have never taken for granted how lucky I am to be a part of it. My contributions to the history books are cemented in two proud releases called Apocalyptic Love and World On Fire and no one can take that from me now. They exist and they are out there. Forever and always.

    I tell you all this as I stare into the future knowing that by the time the World On Fire tour has been completely put to bed we will be upon the eve of calling this journey 6 years with the next chapter already underway as I write this. That means that with another record SMKC could be on the road until 2017 perhaps even 2018 if everything goes smoothly. That’s a significant chunk of my life.

    Of course, I’m not one to look too far into the future. I don’t spend too much time looking back either. Maybe only to see how far we’ve come and how much we’ve grown. It is today we have to learn to keep our focus on. Today with a healthy dose of tomorrow.

    I grew up in a town of 1500 people in the frozen center of a beautiful place called Canada. As far away from ‘the scene’ as I could be. As my journey unfolded it has taken me places I could never have foreseen. Never let anyone tell you what you cannot do. That’s just them voicing their fears that for you to succeed is to highlight their own inability to do the same. There is nothing you cannot achieve. There is nowhere you cannot go and there is nobody that can stop you. Only you can stop you. You need to learn to let you be you.

    The last two days we have been writing songs in the very room I payed Nightrain that first time with the guys five years ago. We will write a few more then begin rehearsing for the upcoming US tour. From there we will head back to Europe for festival season. Then after a short break we’ll tour some more and some more and some more until 2015 is 2016 and then…who knows? That’s the beautiful thing about the future. It is history yet to be made.

    The past five years have been some of the greatest of my life. I have a feeling the next five are going to be even better. Then the five after that and the five after that until I run out of time on this crazy wheel. I plan to leave a very well played out corpse behind.

    Big love to all the Co-Conspirators, The Dammed and all you beautiful Anti-Stars out there who’ve come together with us along the way to make one big, beautiful misfit family. It has been a glorious chapter and I look forward to writing the next one with you.

    Big love for the last five, the next five and the five after that.
    Your loyal and humble servant
    Todd Dammit

  • Gotta Make My Way Down To Mexico

    March 30th 2015
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    “Blood red sky on a desert road, Gotta make my way down to Mexico”
    -Anastasia from Apocalyptic Love

    I sang that song along with brother Myles as we played three shows in Mexico and thought every time, “Hey, we’re IN Mexico!” I wondered if anyone attending appreciated that.
    I am currently on MY couch in MY house after watching a full day of the Walking Dead. I hadn’t watched any episodes of the current season while on the road so I had to indulge and had a one man Walking Dead marathon and I’ve never felt more accomplished. I just came off almost 8 weeks on the road. I deserve a little me time. Well, a little me/zombie time.
    Some of you may have seen the post that our assistant tour manager, Sam Risbridger, put online-
    51 Days
    26 Flights
    26 Shows
    10 Countries
    4 Continents
    2 Friday The 13ths
    5 Days Off
    That is the glamor of being in a touring rock band. From Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil to Mexico we spent day in/day out in airports, clearing customs, waiting in lines, driving to the airport at least an hour in advance, driving from the airport to the hotel or often the venue after barely sleeping, rocking hard then rinse/repeat.
    And you know what? I fucking love it. I can’t get enough of it. It is the single greatest thing in the world. Seeing the world, playing music every night for people who give a damn then getting to hang with those people. It is the single greatest job in the world. I know this and I have never and will never take that for granted.
    When touring by bus we play a show then get on the bus and drive overnight to the next city. Often we sleep a bit then check into the hotel in the middle of the night, try and go back to sleep but that’s never as easy as you’d like. Then you eat, shower and head to the venue. Soundcheck, eat dinner, play hard, say hi to your people then you’re back on the bus-rinse/repeat.
    Both scenarios have their pluses and minuses. When flying you get to go back to a hotel room and sleep but then you have to be up early to get to the airport and often fly into the next city to play a show.
    By bus you climb onto a coffin like bunk rather than a cozy hotel room bed but then you don’t have to deal with the airport experience. Let’s be honest try as they might there is little enjoyable about the airport experience. Especially post 9/11.
    That said I love it all. The most important thing to me is always that two hours on stage. Doesn’t matter if it’s Tokyo, Japan or Medicine Hat, Canada. Give me a stage and some loud amplifiers and I’m in heaven.
    It’s our road crew that deserve all the love. These men are tearing down equipment til all hours of the night then up ungodly early to do it all over again. The true road warriors in our world. Big love and gigantic respect to Quake, Ian, Doug, Mark, Sam and John who make up the executive officers of our road crew. It doesn’t happen without them.
    I last joined you in Brasilia, Brazil where we celebrated St Patrick’s Day. Brother Gilby was with us for the last four Brazilian shows. It is amazing to be able to play in Brazil at all let alone doing six shows there. Gilby Clarke is a good man and one talented one at that. It was great to hang with him day in and day out. Brasilia was nuts. I know I keep clamoring about it but the audiences down there are the best. They are with us when we land at the airport, they are with us at the hotel, they are with us at the venue then back at the hotel and again at the airport when we have to leave. It is a beautiful thing. Brasilia was no exception in this scenario. Super intense.
    The next show was in Curitiba, Brazil on the 19th of March. The significance of this day was more than just playing an amazing show in Curitiba as three years earlier was the first time we ever appeared under the name The Conspirators for the unplugged performance to be televised for Guitar Center Sessions. It was the first time Frank Sidoris played live with us as well. It will soon be five years that Fitzy and I have been a part of this organization. That is mind blowing. Time flies when you are having fun.
    Brother Gilby was with us again in Curitiba and a grand time was had by all. Welcome To The Jungle is normally reserved for special occasions and the fact that we played it every single night of the South and Central American shows tells you how special they were.
    On March 20th I awoke to the sad new that AJ Pero from Twisted Sister had passed away. I was lucky enough to play with AJ when he was a guest of the Sinners a few years back. He was an amazing guy and a better drummer than most people realize. Listen to his drum intro to Tear It Loose from the Under The Blade album. Epic. My heart goes out to his family. He was far too young.

    Brother AJ and I. Big love

    I personally dedicated the show that night to AJ’s memory. Fitzy recorded himself playing the drum intro to We’re Not Gonna Take It as a loving tribute. Gone but never forgotten.
    The show that night was in Porto Alegre, Brazil and it was a special night indeed. Brother Slash got up with Brother Gilby and the Coverheads to play Tijuana Jail. Those in the know are aware that Slash played the solo on that song and that Tijuana Jail was performed during live sets by Slash’s Snakepit back in the day. Then in return Gilby got up and played Mr Brownstone with us which was a blast. Like I said Gilby is a great man and it’s an honor to be a part of the extended family with him. Curitiba got a special treat but they deserved it.
    Our final Brazilian show was in Sao Paulo which is another massive city. We went out in style with Brother Gilby joining us for the encore of Paradise City. We had a great little get together with our Brazilian family and got to say our goodbyes or ‘until next times’. Brazil has been so amazing to us every since our very first trip. I have some of my favorite memories there and cannot wait to return. Big love to those of you who came out and celebrated with us there. There were a lot of DAMMIT shirts out there and a lot of people flashing PEACELOVEMETAL. Truly my kinda place!
    The next day was March 23rd which marked the third anniversary of the very first full concert of us officially performing under the moniker ‘The Conspirators’. We played that show at the Phoenix Theater in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Fitting that it would be on Canadian soil. 3 years of Conspiring and counting. 5 years of Slashing.
    From there we were off to Mexico City. Officially in Mexico! Exciting times. By this point we had only three shows left but after nearly two months on the road the boys were getting a little crispy. As in ‘fried’. There had been a cold floating around our camp and it was about to grab the one guy you do NOT want to catch it-Myles Kennedy. You can play guitar with a cold. You can play drums with a cold but your voice is most certainly affected by a cold. And that suuuuucks.
    That said, Mexico City was relatively unaffected. Myles was still swinging a sharpened sword of that voice from God of his. Mexico City was off the chain. Suuuuuper exciting crowd. Charged up and ready to go. Lots of DAMMIT flags and shirts in the audience. The best!
    Unfortunately we had to be up super early to catch a flight to Guadalajara the next day after not getting back from the venue til late. The only thing worse than fighting a cold is fighting a cold with no sleep. With no sleep that cold hopped on top of Brother Myles like an angry silverback gorilla. To be honest I wasn’t at 100%. I felt that cold trying to grab me too but I knew Myles was gonna need me now so I sucked it up. It’s been a long time since we did the Todd Dammit mini set but it made it’s new debut in Guadalajara. Dr Alibi, Out Ta Get Me, You’re Crazy AND Welcome To The Jungle. That’s a heavy hitting set with three, count ‘em, three songs from Appetite For Destruction.
    We also brought back Slash’s epic theme from the Godfather which I’ve missed. He really makes magic when he plays that. All of these would be repeated for the next show in Monterrey.
    The next day was Brent Fitz’s birthday which was spent traveling to the destination of our last show, We devoured obscene amounts of food and celebrated the birth of my brother from another mother. People always ask if Fitz and I are brothers. I always say ‘kind of’.
    Brother Myles was still not 100% for our final show of the tour in Monterrey, Mexico so those fine folks got the Todd Dammit mini set, the Godfather theme AND the first performance ever of Safari Inn from World On Fire. We literally decided last minute to play it and so we did. With Safari Inn we now play 15 of the 17 songs on World On Fire live. That is quite an achievement. There are not many artists as far into their career as Slash is that will play that volume of new material. I think that’s pretty impressive. To be honest the World On Fire material gets some of the biggest reactions of the night. That is an awesome achievement.
    With that the tour was done. We had started in Japan through Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia, into Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil then Mexico. That’s a lot of ground covered. Each show was special in it’s own way. I remember every one of them as I write this. I do feel very lucky to have seen all these amazing places and been able to do what I love best every single night .
    So here I am now back in Dammit manor/Disgraceland with my head on the road but my feet at home. Once again the Todd Dammit costume gets hung up in the Dammit-cave and mild mannered get about, Todd Kerns gets to roam the streets unnoticed.
    This summer we release the dvd of our performance at The Roxy during our Sunset Strip takeover. Live At The Roxy is coming out in DVD/Blue Ray/CD and Vinyl forms which is exciting. It was an insane night and a lot of the Dammed were in attendance. Be sure to pick that up.
    The Conspirators start writing new material in April. You might want to ask what the plan is but I think the plan is just as it always is. Write, write and write. Prepare for the next chapter ahead of the curve. World Tour On Fire will carry us into the new year but in the meantime we plan to have a song or ten ready for Chapter 3 of the Conspirators. I have no idea when that will be. Could be as far away as 2017 but I’m ready now and I’ll be ready then.
    In the meantime it is RNFNR time (rest and F’n relaxation) then back to RNFNR (the other kind) around the US then Europe for festival time. Those festivals are some of the best gigs ever. I’m already looking forward to it. One day of Walking Dead is all I need. I’m ready. Let’s go!
    All right, brothers and sisters. We will be back on the road before you know it. In the meantime catch your breath and get ready. We still have a lot more territory to cover!
    See you OUT THERE!
    Big Love
    Your loyal and humble servant,
    Todd Dammit

  • Deep Concern At 20,000 Feet

    March 16 2015
    Brasilia, Brazil

    It’s one of those nights where the rest of the gang went out to eat but I decided to hang back and catch up with y’all. We have been at it hard since February 9th in Osaka, Japan. This is one of the longest runs we’ve done in a while. All told this will be about two months straight by the time we get to Mexico. Of course we’ve been out since the summer when we toured with Aerosmith. World On Fire didn’t even come out ’til September. That said these are still early days. I have a feeling that we have a long way to go before Team Conspirators comes off the road in any real sense. Me? I’m totally fine with that.

    When last I joined you we had only just arrived in Chile on the eve of the South American tour. Upon our arrival a Chilean volcano erupted. Coincidence? I think not. I think Mother Nature shares as much flair for the dramatic as we do. We’ve had a lot of experience with weird phenomena following us. Bombings in Turkey, Meteors in Russia. These sorts of occurrences barely faze me anymore. I only hope no one is harmed by these bizarre phenomenon that seem to follow us.

    Upon our arrival in the beautiful city of Santiago, Chile we came to learn that none other than Ringo Starr would be playing the night before our gig and since we had the night off we had to go! Ringo has been touring for years with his ‘All Star Band’. The lineup changes all the time but always features some legend of Rock N Roll.

    On this particular run Ringo’s band featured Steve Lukather from Toto who is a monster guitar player, Todd Rundgren who I had met at the Kerry Simon benefit we had done in Vegas last year, Richard Page from Mr Mister, Greg Rollie from Journey and Greg Bisonette from David Lee Roth’s Eat Em And Smile era band. This lineup has apparently been together for a few years.
    So we made our way down to the venue and got to hang out with the guys sans Ringo who is a Beatle and was being pulled this way and that. I’m sure had Slash come with us Ringo would have had to come say hi but we had just come off a skull crushing flight from Australia so Slash opted out. I almost did so myself but how often do you get to rub shoulders with a Beatle?
    Ringo went by on his way to the stage and said a quick hello which was mind blowing. I could spent this entire time telling you how fully invested I am in the Fab Four but let it be said that it was a great thrill.
    The show was a blast. The band played a bunch of Ringo’s best plus hits from each of their own careers. Myles and The Conspirators had a great time singing along to all those great songs of yesteryear.

    Richard Page, Gregg Rolie, T-Damm, Gregg Bisonette, Dame Lady Cheryl Hall, Steve Lukather, MK, Frankie. Fitzy not pictured.
    Richard Page, Gregg Rolie, T-Damm, Gregg Bisonette, Dame Lady Cheryl Hall, Steve Lukather, MK, Frankie. Fitzy not pictured.

    The next night was our show. This was our second or third time at Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile. I lose track of how many times yet it seems so familiar. All the seats are red which adds to the sense of heat and fury that the Chilean audience permeates. There couldn’t be a better place to kick off our South American run than the great city of Santiago. Such a beautiful city and one of the best audiences in the entire world. They were waiting for us at the airport and they hung out at the hotel the whole time we were there. An incredible show and an incredible time. A Chilean DAMMIT flag even made an appearance. It always warms my heart to see the shirts and flags and PEACELOVEMETAL signs everywhere. Such a gigantic thrill for me. See you soon, brothers and sisters of Chile!

    Camila and the DAMMED Chile Chapter
    Camila and the DAMMED Chile Chapter

    That very day the new DAMMIT shirts went on sale from Agent Royale and DAMMITWEAR which managed to sell out dizzyingly quick. I was pretty shocked by that. Doc Ellis made me a DAMMIT shirt five years ago for my birthday. I wore it on the Made In Stoke DVD and people started asking where to get it. We started selling a simple DAMMIT design on my website and it has grown into a whole other thing. Thank you to all of you who snapped one up. More are being made available as I write this at agentroyaleonline.com

    Next up was the amazing city of Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires, of course, is one of those dream destinations people always talk about it and we have been there multiple times. It’s the kind of thing you try not to take for granted.
    That day I got to catch up with the boys from Loaded. Duff McKagan and his boys. They along with Gilby Clarke were to be playing the following night’s show with us. What a dream lineup for the lucky people of Buenos Aires.
    The first show was our own show at Teatro Vorterix. Pretty much considered a warm up show for the big outdoor event the next night. I can’t tell you how unnerving it is to turn around and see Duff McKagan sitting behind your amp while you’re trying to replicate his bass lines. Kind of a trip. He is a lovely guy and I think the world of him.
    That night we added Welcome To The Jungle to the set and it has pretty much remained for the remainder of the South American shows. I screamed my head off to that song with Duff McKagan standing right behind me. For the encore we played both It’s So Easy and Paradise City with Brother Duff on bass while I played guitar. I know I say it every time Duff gets up with us but I really do look up to the guy. He is a bona fide legend. A real honor and a real thrill to share the stage with him.
    As always Buenos Aires does not disappoint. Epic audiences that literally follow us from the airport to the hotel to the venue and back again. And when I say follow I mean literally follow. There is a convoy of vehicles following us from place to place. One old car had the World On Fire face painted onto its hood.
    The next morning I had breakfast with brother Duff and Jeff Rouse from the Loaded camp. Duff was complimentary on my voice which made me feel pretty dammed good if I may say so myself. I’ve always felt a great connection to the Seattle guys as I spent so much time in Vancouver. There is a similar state of mind in that part of the world. Mike Squires, guitar player for Loaded, came down eventually as did Myles and the rest of the Conspirators and we broke bread as one big happy family. I’m looking forward to Duff’s new book coming out in May. He is one talented man.
    The show that night was completely insane. It was streamed online so it was enjoyed by gazillions of people. Like I said the Buenos Aires audiences never disappoint and this night was them at their most powerful. There had to be somewhere in the area of 10,000 people out there. It was a huge crowd. Randomly Slash asked if I wanted to sing We’re All Gonna Die for a change. Hell yea! I’m always keen to change things up.
    Gilby Clarke opened the show and was followed by Duff and the Loaded boys. I didn’t get to see Gilby until he was standing side stage during our show. When I was guzzling water before Anastasia I got to say a quick hello before running back onstage. Duff came out and did It’s So Easy with us again and then Gilby came out and did Paradise City with all of us. Seven of us on stage together. What a massive thrill. As always this stuff is never lost on me. I was a fan before, I’m a fan now and I will be a fan when I’m old and grey. Rock And Roll is my lifeblood and these men are all a part of a great chapter in that book’s history. A true honor.

    As mentioned the show was completely mental. You should Google it right now and watch the entire two plus hours.

    The Magnificent Seven-Frank, T-Damm, Brother Duff, Myles, Slash, Brother Gilby, Fitzy
    The Magnificent Seven-Frank, T-Damm, Brother Duff, Myles, Slash, Brother Gilby, Fitzy

    Not one person in our entourage had been to the next stop-Lima, Peru. Slash has always made it a point to try and hit as many places that he has never been to as possible. Surprisingly there are still a few out there. Peru has now been checked off of our list. I have to admit it was one of my favorite stops on the entire trip. I really had no idea what to expect but the people were lovely and the food amazing. As always and ever the audience was on fire. Peru is one of those places that I hope to get a chance to get back to and see a lot more of. When we travel we see a lot of airports, hotels and venues. We see a lot of great sights through the windows of vehicles moving from A to B. That said the show in Lima was insane. Great audience. Great people.

    Next up was where the title of this blog comes from (see above). On most tours we travel by bus but in South America the great distances can only be covered by plane. We have been in and out of every airport imaginable from Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia to South America. There are pluses and minuses to each of these scenarios. On the one hand if you have a bus you finish a show and get on a bus to ride all night to your next destination which sometimes doesn’t make for the best night’s sleep. In the other circumstance you go back to your hotel bed and crash then get up to catch a plane which may actually sound better except for the fact that you are in an airport every single day. Clearing customs, security check and all the other things we love to hate about flying. It’s hard to complain about it and I really don’t. It’s just the reality of the situation while touring in certain regions.

    So the next day after our show in Peru we were flying into yet another place none of us had ever been before-Quito, Ecuador. Business as usual. Same old airport situation. On the plane, nothing out of the ordinary but then upon landing in Quito the plane starts to shake like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. Enough so that you can’t help but make eye contact with your fellow travelers as if to say, ‘that’s not right’. That seemed to go on for way too long. I half expected the breathing apparatus to drop down in front of me and then to be cursing myself for not listening all those times to the nice people telling me what to do with the dammed thing once I had it in my hands. Place over nose and mouth I believe is the standard procedure. I can do that.

    Just as the plane is sure to shake itself to pieces the pilot takes the plane back up. I immediately knew that this means we are being relocated to a different place due to weather. As soon as they pull back up due to weather you are being redirected. So we ended up someplace called Guayaquil and sat on the tarmac for what seemed an eternity but I suppose the other option of plummeting in a fiery plane crash was less appetizing. Our sound guy, Quake has survived two plane crashes. Now THAT is impressive but that’s a whole other story.
    So long story short we eventually made our way to Quito safe and sound though maybe a little rattled. Like Peru, Ecuador is another place I wish we’d had more time to explore. With the delayed arrival we’d basically missed any opportunity to see much but what I did see seemed lovely.

    The show was yet another insane evening. The audience was too far away. They were so great but the building had one of those barricades where the audience is a world away. It’s really hard to make a strong connection that way but it was a great show nonetheless.
    From there off to another dream destination for anyone-Rio de Janeiro. Again, another place I do my best not to take for granted. Brazil is a stunning country with glorious beaches and beautiful people. As anyone and everyone knows I am NOT a beach guy but I did manage to get my toes in the sand just a bit to say I did. We stayed at the very same hotel we did back on our first trip there. It was a bit surreal. That was almost five years ago.
    The Rio show was the hottest show of the tour by far. Like pass out, out of body experience, delirium hot! I have played some hot shows in my life but I think that was the most punishing one I’ve ever experienced. It was hard to catch my breath and as usual I’m never very good at pacing myself so I completely overdid it. Sometimes I think I’m an athlete. I’m so not. I’m not even a mathlete (yes, I’ve used that joke before). That said it was an amazing show. I can go on and on about the audiences down here but I will never be able to illustrate the immensity of it until you experience it first hand. It is the best of the best.
    Rio was so great they got Communication Breakdown by Zep as well as Paradise City for the encore. Then I believe we all fell into sweaty, crumpled heaps. Some of our American friends have materialized in Brazil. Our friends are crazy!
    Last night we played in yet another city we had never played before-Belo Horizonte. We have 6 shows in total in Brazil. That’s mental. What a great night. Lots of PEACELOVEMETAL signs everywhere, yet another DAMMIT flag. I have a collection of them now. Those and DAMMIT shirts with different flags on them. I appreciate that stuff so much. I even got DAMMIT flip flops! How awesome is that? So awesome.
    The show was yet another monster. I mentally prepared myself for the heat this time. Breathed as calmly as possible. Dave Lombardo from Slayer once told me it’s all about your breathing. I took his word to heart and had a much less delirious show. It was truly a great show. Nice and up close and personal with the audience the way I like it. Looking forward to getting know Belo Horizonte a little better in the future.

    People with amazing taste in Belo Horizonte, Brazil!
    People with amazing taste in Belo Horizonte, Brazil!

    Today we woke up and got on a plane to Brasilia, Brazil for what feels like the first day off in a while. Technically it’s a travel day. We only call it a day off if there is no travel and no show. Either way I’m taking advantage of some me time (or some T time, if you will) and writing to y’all.

    Tomorrow is St Patrick’s day and show day in the beautiful city of Brasilia with our dear friend Gilby Clarke. He is family and it’s going to be an amazing night. I’m sure you’ll see Brother Gilby on stage with the lads so be sure to tune in. The excitement continues.

    I will probably wrap up the entire tour at the end of the upcoming seven shows. Then the Conspirators will be noodling around with the first inklings of new material for whatever the future may hold. Brother Slash is a machine and he is determined to make some new music wayyyyy ahead of the curve. He is an inspiration. I’m excited for yet another chapter forthcoming while the current one is still playing itself out. Exciting times, brothers and sisters. Exciting times.
    In a couple more days it will be the third anniversary of this thing officially being called Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. On March 19th 2012 we played our first appearance under that title at Guitar Center in Hollywood for an unplugged special that aired later on. On March 23rd 2012it will be the 3rd anniversary of us playing our first full live electric show under that name in Toronto at the Phoenix Theater. These were the first shows with our little brother Frank Sidoris. He has been an indispensable part of the heart and soul of this thing ever since and hopefully ever shall be. He is one of my favorite humans as is everyone else in this band.

    April will see the official fifth anniversary of Slash, Myles, Fitz and I playing together. That’s half a decade. That’s a good chunk of time. I will be tweeting about all these days in history as they arrive. Stay tuned.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day from this Black Irish Devil!
    Get ready Brasilia. We’re coming for you.

    Your loyal and humble servant
    Todd Dammit

  • Lived Long and Prospered

    March 3rd 2015
    Santiago, Chile

    Just survived 13 hours in the air from Sydney, Australia to Santiago, Chile. I really should have slept but the plane had an amazing selection of movies. I hosted my own Martin Scorsese retrospective Film Fest at my seat. Now it’s almost one am and I’m not acclimated to the new time zone so I shall put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) ’til the Sandman comes.
    When last I left you we had landed in the mythical land of New Zealand. It doubles for Middle Earth on film which gives it a whole other level of wonderment. The entire trip went by without getting a chance to see any Tolkien points of interest. One of these days I must see Hobbiton. But not on this trip.

    If only New Zealand weren’t on the absolute other side of the planet we would come over a lot more often. Coming to this part of the world makes hitting Asia, New Zealand AND Australia possible all in one stretch of dates. It really is a beautiful place. The people are extremely kind and love the rock and roll.

    We did two shows in New Zealand. Hamilton and Wellington. Last time we did Christchurch and Auckland. Always cool to do new places. Hamilton was the last time we did Battleground from World On Fire live. It will make it’s way back into the set but the live festivals in Australia were slightly shorter sets so some songs sat on the bench.
    The airports in New Zealand are loaded with Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit paraphernalia. The Peter Jackson/Tolkien franchise has become their calling card and I, for one, love it.
    The shows were amazing. Can’t wait to go back.


    A wrapped car to welcome us to Wellington

    Wellington felt like San Diego. Beautiful, coastal city. In a country this beautiful no wonder everyone seems so happy all the time. If only we’d had more time to see your beautiful country. Next time!

    Our sound engineer, Quake, had to be left behind for medical reasons which have turned out to be fine as he is with us now but at the time was disconcerting. Scary being in the hospital in a strange land even if it is as kind as New Zealand. Glad he’s better. Glad he’s back with us.
    From New Zealand we made our way to the mighty Soundwave Festival in Australia featuring such bands as Judas Priest, Marilyn Manson, Smashing Pumpkins, Steel Panther and so on and so on. A crazy amount of bands over the span of several days crisscrossing the country. It has to be logistically challenging to pull off with that many bands when it comes to flights and hotels. I can’t imagine. Luckily all I do is show up and rock.

    We have a long history with Australia. One of the first things we ever did was come to Melbourne to play an MTV launch of Slash’s solo album back in April of 2010. That’s almost five years ago for those of you keeping track. It has been an ongoing love affair ever since. Australia is extremely kind to us. They greet us at the airport and a lot of them follow from town to town kinda like the UK and European audiences do. Very cool.

    First up was Melbourne which is one of the cities I’m most familiar with in Oz. While sitting backstage I was immediately made aware of how immense this particular traveling festival is when Rob Halford walked into our dressing room. The METAL GOD himself. What a trip. Myles and I both exchanged that ‘I’m 14 years old right now’ glance. You never really lose that awe of your heroes. Priest, and especially Rob, was and ever shall be a God among us.
    Every day before we went on stage we got to watch Manson on the stage beside ours which was always a trip. I’ll hand it to Manson he never phones in a performance. It was hot and humid and he was out there in full leather and overcoat regalia. He must have been a dehydrated disaster after those performances.

    It was always an absolute pleasure to play for the great people of Melbourne. A super sweaty and intense experience I can assure you. The Dissident is a single over in that neck of the woods and Bent To Fly preceded it. The new album is very well received and the audience singing along was proof of that.

    On the flight from Melbourne to Adelaide the next day I got to witness one of the most entertaining sights ever. Myles Kennedy and Marilyn Manson sitting together on the plane. Side by side. Flight buddies. What any of us would have given to be a fly on that wall. Meeting of the minds. They should make a sitcom.

    Adelaide is another stunning city. My ongoing joke is that I wanna get a place in each city we are in. While in Australia it’s no joke.

    I got to know Twiggy Ramirez/Jeordie White from Manson a bit on the trip. I’ve always respected the man and all the work he’s done from Manson to NIN to A Perfect Circle. We caught up here and there during the festival. It’s a weird thing that festival vibe. You look over and see guys from Godsmack or Fall Out Boy all sitting in our little cliques. Very strange.
    I ran into Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy at breakfast. Just a quick hello. He was a perfectly nice guy. It seems between Pete and Jeordie I was only talking to bass players. That wasn’t my intention.

    I had breakfast with Michael Starr in Adelaide at Starbucks though I know him by his given/real/street name. His band, Steel Panther, is gigantic over there. I’ve known those guys for years from the Vegas scene and it is with great pride that I get to watch these guys take it to a whole other level. I wish I could tell you that I was having breakfast with Michael Starr at a strip club at 3 in the afternoon with a bunch of strippers but it wasn’t like that at all. Quite the opposite but I wouldn’t want to spoil your perception of those guys. They are all amazing guys and are a show not to be missed.
    The Adelaide Soundwave show was incredible. Got to watch some more Manson before taking the stage. As we left in a sweaty heap we watched the Slipknot guys make their way to the stage in full jumpsuits and latex masks. Made me want to pass out just looking at that. It was THAT hot. I don’t know how they do it.

    From Adelaide we did two ‘Sidewave’ shows with our pals, Steel Panther. During the Soundwave Festival some of the acts will put on their own ‘Sidewave’ shows independent of the festival. For these it was just Panther and us. The first one being in Sydney.
    Panther were on fire as usual. Even their soundcheck is hysterical. Satchel is an amazing guitar player. He really nails all the right metal notes and flair.

    We got to play our full two hour show which is always a pleasure. This show was indoors too so no fear of this homeless vampire bursting into flames.
    Then we did the very same thing all over again back in Melbourne. Getting to play Melbourne twice was awesome. Panther, of course, were incredible. I was happy to get to spend a few days with those guys as the festival itself was so impossible have any sort of social interaction.
    Got to see a bunch of the Butcher Babies on Soundwave though never their show. Just getting to say hi in passing. They came to our Melbourne side wave show and hung out side stage. Those guys are family.

    This night was one of my favorites of the tour. We had so much fun that we broke out Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song for the encore which is always a treat.

    The next day we were off to Brisbane. That morning I awoke at 5 am for no reason at all. Upon awaking I’d learned that Leonard Nimoy had passed away. I was aware he’d been taken to hospital with some kind of chest pains. It really knocked me for a loop. A few years back Fitz and I went to one of Leonard’s last speaking engagement. I was so happy I took that in. I could write a story twice as long as the one you are reading about Leonard and the effect he has had on my life but suffice it to say that his influence on me is as important as John Lennon, Gene Simmons or Joey Ramone.
    I 100% believe in the ideal that Gene Roddenberry created. That in the future we will have gotten past all the foolish things that separate us-imaginary borders, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender issues, war, poverty, disease-and be one. I know many a cynic who will never believe we will achieve such a zion but I truly do. Not in my lifetime and maybe not in my children’s but I believe someday people will look back on us the way we all look back on slavery or the holocaust and wonder how we could have allowed that to happen. In a hundred years from now our reality will seem as antiquated as what a hundred years ago seems like to us now.

    I love dark sci-fi about a dystopian future but I don’t really believe it. I believe that as time goes by we will grow more and more tolerant and the world will get smaller and smaller and all that divides us will fall away to unite us.
    A lot of people would think I’m talking a bunch of hippy nonsense and that’s perfectly ok because I won’t be here in 100 years to prove or disprove it but my great great grandchildren will be and they will know. It is my hope anyway. I look at life with endless wonderment how could i not look at our future the same way?

    Here is some wisdom from a prophet named Bill Hicks. He was a hyper intelligent comedian who died before he reached the mainstream but for those of us ‘in the know’ he was the man.
    “Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace”

    Now I don’t believe we are even close to ready for any of that but I believe it’s coming and when it does it is going to be by a united planet that is looking to be even further united. That’s my dream anyway. It’s easy to look at the world through eyes of subjective darkness. I choose to open mine wide with hope.
    Leonard was part of that opening of my mind from the time I was a little boy. Maybe i wasn’t supposed to have read so far into the future presented to me on that show. Maybe it was just supposed to be a show about guys flying around banging green chicks. But it wasn’t. At least not for me.

    Leonard lived long and he prospered. We should all be so lucky to have had a life full of such purpose and meaning and to have brought that much joy to so many people. I’m sad but thankful for the impact he has had on me.

    Brisbane is another amazing Australian city. At the festival site they brought a bunch of local wildlife for us to check out. That’s one of our favorite things about getting to Brisbane is that they always bring the animals out. There was a baby crocodile and a plethora of snakes. As always Slash was happy to play with and handle the most venomous and dangerous of the lot. the man is fearless. I got to hang out with a very friendly and curious olive python who I never wanted to give back. She was beautiful.


    The Brisbane show was another epic evening. I got to sing Welcome To The Jungle which was as intense as it always is. It is never lost on me how much of an honor it is to sing that song.
    After the show we watched Slipknot side stage which is always insane. I don’t know how they do it. It is so hot and muggy doing the festival but those guys are out there in their full gear with fire tearing the place up. It’s mind boggling. Those guys have the most intense audience. It’s a bit of an education getting to watch those guys take it up a notch.

    Then we were on our way to the final Soundwave festival show in Sydney. We had already been there with Steel Panther on a Sidewave show but now it was time to shut it all down.
    I got to hang with Tyler Bates who is playing guitar for Manson at the moment. He produced the new Manson album, the Pale Emperor. Tyler is a renowned soundtrack guy for films like 300 and Guardians Of The Galaxy. He seemed surprised that i knew this but I’m that kind of attention to detail guy. It was great to get to talk to him. I’m a fan. Always good to make new friends.

    The Sydney show was crazy because in the morning we were flying in from Brisbane. All the reports were that Sydney was the hottest day of the tour. Oh boy. But upon reaching Sydney it was ominously grey with foreboding cloud coverage. By the time we were in the van to the festival site the rain was pummeling down in giant sheets. Oh boy. The rain subsided a bit here and there but opened up during our show to great effect. Standing In The Sun refers to rain and Bent To Fly refers to a storm. These seemed all perfectly placed within context of the setting.
    I got to bellow Welcome To The Jungle to the fine citizens of Sydney in the pissing rain which was good fun and then as quickly as it had begun it was over. It felt as though we had been in Australia for about a year and five minutes at the same time. Strange that.

    Australia had been such an amazing experience. I saw more DAMMIT shirts than I had in a long time. I personally get a great deal of support down there. It’s heart warming.


    Jacqui, Jaleel and Kath with the DAMMIT Australian flag. Jodie should be in there too! Flag by Jaleel

    Speaking of DAMMIT shirts Agent Royale will be releasing their line of DAMMIT shirts march 4th. Keep an eye open for that. I’ve been wearing mine for a while now and everyone’s been asking where they can find one. Now you can!


    All in all this has been an amazing trip. As this band turns 5 years old soon it is important to have returned to Australia to see how far we’ve come in that time. The band is bigger, better and stronger than ever and only continues to grow. 2015 is shaping up to be one of the most important of our lives.

    Now here we are about to start a 4 week South American tour. While all the other Soundwave bands were making their way back to their cozy lives back home we were about to do another 4 weeks in the rowdiest, Rock N Roll corner of the world. This is gonna be awesome!

    Well, it’s now 3am in Santiago so I should try and think about getting some form of shut eye. We are talking about going to see Ringo Starr’s All Star band tomorrow. That sounds super exciting. Count me IN!
    Life is good. Don’t let anyone tell you different.
    The biggest love to all o’ y’all

    Your loyal and humble servant
    Todd Dammit

  • Turning Japanese To A Land Down Under (Two 80s songs in one title)

    February 16 2015

    Auckland, New Zealand

    I sure managed to go a long time since last checking in. Part of that is me slacking off and part of it is sometimes just not feeling like there is a whole lot to say.

    I spent the holidays with my family in Vancouver which was glorious. I spent the better part of three weeks just floating around like a vagabond drinking coffee and wandering the familiar streets meeting with friends here and there when I could. As always Vancouver has been very good to me. It will always be home. One of my many homes.

    Upon returning to Las Vegas I played the first show of 2015 at Count’s Vamp’d. Another acoustic solo show which was extremely enjoyable. Emily Wilson from Vancouver opened the show and was amazing. Zachary Throne did his first solo show that night which was incredibly well received. Zach is a crazy talented individual. I’m happy to have been a part of showcasing him out as a solo artist.

    I played my set to all the familiar faces of my amazing Dammed family. What an amazing lot they are. They come from all over to sing along with us and we have the best time. Well, at least I do. It’s like a big campfire sing along. Doc Ellis and the amazing Cian Coey joined me on stage along with Zach to complete the evening. I enjoy getting to play those shows so much. You write some songs and the next thing you know people are singing them back to you. It is the greatest gift anyone could give me. Thank you to all who come to these nights. You have no idea what it means to me.

    The craziest thing is that the night of my solo show at Vamp’d my Co-Conspirator, Brent Fitz, went under the knife for the very same operation I had endured 4 years earlier for a detached retina. About a week before Brent had called me asking a bunch of questions about seeing a lot of odd floaters (those weird floaty things you can see in your eye sometimes) and some flashing lights. I told him he should call an eye specialist right away as those are common signs of retinal issues. He went in that day but they could find no tear in his retina and was sent home to keep an eye (pun intended) on it. Then about a week later his retina detached and he was under the knife on the spot. It seems odd that the two of us would both have the same issue but in fact retinal detachment is more common than I thought. I’d never even heard of it before it happened to me but since then I’ve met many people who’ve endured it. Carla from Butcher Babies just recovered from the very same thing.

    Fitzy had to endure all the hassle I did but for not quite as long. There have been advancements since it happened to me and I guess I had a more extensive surgical procedure than he endured. It was touch and go for a bit there but he’s here with us now on the road and nothing can keep a good man down. It would have been a real drag if he couldn’t make it out here. I can’t imagine this band without him even for a stretch. It just wouldn’t be the same.
    I’m happy he’s healing well and will be right as rain in no time. Send Fitzy all your love. He is one tough, Canadian son of a gun!

    January proved to be a high profile time for the bass player in me. I managed to be covered by Bass Player Magazine which is always an honor AND was nominated for Best Bassplayer by Loudwire.com. I never for a second assumed I’d win. I thought I’d do ok. I was up against some heavy hitters, great players and legends. Right off the bat I couldn’t believe that I was running second to Nikki Sixx. Regardless of whatever contest pits us against one another Nikki will always be a hero of mine. So it was ultimately beyond a pleasant surprise to have won! Most of that credit goes to a loyal ‘fan base’ known as ‘Co-Conspirators’ and a loyal ‘friend base’ known as ‘the Dammed’ or ‘The Army Of The Dammed’ or ‘The Family Of The Dammed’. That one kinda sounds like the Manson family. That might be a little too scary. Either way it is the people who voted who deserve the award. You are all far too kind to me and my Co-Conspirators. We all did amazingly well in our perspective categories. It is really and truly an honor to call you guys my friends. My family. The Dammed.

    During my time in Vegas pre tour rehearsals I managed to see a number of shows. I saw Tenacious D do a private event in Vegas. Slash, Fitz, Frankie and I had a blast watching the guys and then had a late night meal with Jack Black himself. He was incredibly engaging and unbelievably, naturally funny. I’ve always been a fan of the D and watching Jack go on to become a very respected and successful actor has been most enjoyable and deserving. I gained a whole new respect for Jack by his just being a regular dude with us, hanging and joking around. He was big on the hugs as we said goodbye and left him as he was swallowed by a group of tourists for photos as he tried to escape to his room.

    Fitz and I went to see KISS play a corporate event which was a blast and surreal at the same time. It was at the Joint in the Hard Rock Casino where they had only recently been holding a residency. I did not get to see the residency as we were on tour in Europe at the time. It was surreal because it was a corporate event so not the usual KISS mayhem but more of a buttoned down, loose tie, office make out, tie as a headband, drunk co workers kinda party. We definitely stuck out. Always a pleasure to watch KISS though. Even at this kind of event KISS brings their A game. Pyro, FIRE FIRE FIRE!

    I finally got to see Elton John and was blown away by how sharp Elton’s voice was. His piano playing was more than I expected too. I guess I didn’t expect him to be shredding like that. A really amazing show. The man is a legend. Hit after hit after hit.

    Soon enough it was time for we Conspirators to make it back to the good ship Slash in North Hollywood, California. It always feels good to get back into rehearsal mode with the home team. Back when we were rehearsing for the European tour last year Slash was getting a computer rendering of himself for an action figure made at rehearsal. As an afterthought, they asked us if we wanted to get some made. Yea sure! Sounds fun. Of course! I’ve always wanted to be an action figure. To be honest they are more statues than action figures.

    So we all ran out and had them done. This is why in my figure I’m wearing just whatever I was rehearsing in which happened to be a Sex Panther tee shirt. Sex Panther as in the cologne from the first Anchor Man movie. Like I said this was kind of sprung on me last minute. I just went in and got scanned in what I was wearing. Turned out great!

    Well, now THOSE figures will be available to the public soon. Apparently as a set or individually. Very surreal like I said. I’m gonna have to order the set myself. They are a little eerie as the computer simply takes a rendering and prints out a figure that is a direct representation. Kinda bizarrely accurate. I’ll let y’all know when they are available and where to get ‘em.
    We played Conan on TBS on February 6th 2015 and it was a blast to be back on the Warner Brothers lot. It’s always a trip to me to be standing there on such a lot. I grew up in Smallville, Canada. Hollywood TV studios may as well be Mars.

    Between soundcheck (which is ridiculously early by the way) and our performance we wandered the Warner Brothers lot and eventually ended up at the Warner Brothers Museum which had a 75th anniversary of Batman exhibit. So awesome. They had actual costumes and props from all of the films from Tim Burtons Batman right up to Dark Knight Rises. Completely insane for a nerdy fan like me.

    Jeff Bridges was the lead guest on Conan that night and what a trip that is. Even Slash was star struck. Jeff is beyond awesome. He is THE DUDE after all for anyone who is aware of The Big Lebowski and if you’re not you should be.

    Our performance went great though it is weird enough hurrying up and waiting for a two hour show let alone hurrying up and waiting to play for four minutes. All that and it’s over in the blink of an eye. We played Bent To Fly the new single off of World On Fire. Bent To Fly has been a single in Australia for a while now but is now a single everywhere.

    I got to shake Jeff Bridges’ hand and we talked briefly about guitars. I own the same model, Gibson J-45, that he was playing on the show. Lily Collins the second guest was adorable and lovely. She is Phil Collins’ daughter. How crazy is that? I spoke briefly with Andy Richter about a possible 5th season of Arrested Development. Looks promising. Hell yes!
    With that we were on the punishing flight to Osaka, Japan. We hadn’t been to Japan in some time. It was good to get back. There is a great deal we could learn from the Japanese. Their kindness a respectfulness is beyond compare. They make Canadians look downright rude. The people were so friendly and warm I never wanted to leave.

    Our first show was in Osaka and we started the tour with a bang! At rehearsals we had worked up three new songs for the tour. Normally we introduce one then another as the tour goes on etc but Slash loaded up that first set list with all three songs so Osaka was not only the first night of the 2015 tour it was also the first night we ever played Dirty Girl, The Dissident and Battleground live. All of which are a pleasure to play live. I have to admit I think this band is getting tighter and tighter every tour. Osaka was an amazing night. Great to be back in Japan.

    The next day we was my first trip on the bullet train. Very exciting. There were many there to say goodbye to us in Osaka and many there to greet us in Tokyo. The Japanese fans are great. Some had shirts made, some had Kit Kat candy bars made of us. What a trip. So cool. I may have to get an extra suitcase to get all of this awesome stuff home!
    On the bullet train we got to see Mt Fuji which was a real trip. Like I said, I came from a little town in the middle of Canada. Getting to see Mt Fuji is something I never expected in this life. I’m a lucky, lucky man.

    The next night we played Shinkiba Studio Coast in Tokyo, Japan. All three new songs remained in the set as we want to get comfortable playing them in a live setting. I think these three are highlights at the moment. The whole audience sings The Dissident every night. That night was incredible and so much fun to get to say hi to friends after.

    The next day the Conspirators roamed the streets of Tokyo on our day off. We took the train to Harajuku and shopped to our hearts’ delight. I picked up a jacket at a cool punk rock shop called Jim Sinn. Kinda like Trash And Vaudeville East. Very far East! We stopped at Airs video store and I picked up a bunch of awesome bootleg videos of the New York Dolls, Michael Monroe, Wildhearts and a Motley show from Montreal, Canada in 1984. I love watching these kinds of shows. They are so inspiring. Before the internet these were especially hot commodities. Now bootlegging is the norm, really.
    Then it was back to work the next day but still in the great city of Tokyo. This time at Tsutaya O-East. On this night The Dissident was the only one of the new three to stay in the set but we did break out Welcome To The Jungle in a long time. Slash likes to keep things fresh night for night knowing that in a country like Japan a lot of people are traveling to all the shows. Pulling Jungle out of the air was a lot of fun. I get to sing that song and it always tears the roof off the place.

    I was sad to leave Japan. The people there are always so good to us. We have come to make great friends there and they have gone out of their way to make us feel more than at home. Thank you to all who came and shared their time with us. The honor is all ours.

    The following day was Friday the 13th. Friday the 13th and we were about to board a Malaysian Air flight. Wait a second! Didn’t they lose a plane or something? The only thing crazier would be boarding an Oceanic flight over the Bermuda Triangle on Friday the 13th. Regardless we reached Kuala Lumpur safe and sound. No problems there at all other than the flight being seven hours long. Ugh. 13 hours from LA to Korea then another 90 minutes to Osaka, hang for a few days then 7 hours to Kuala Lumpur then 10 hours to Auckland, New Zealand. Whew! Tell me to shut up. There is nothing bad about any of that. Especially when the destination is somewhere as awesome as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Kuala Lumpur is exotically beautiful. Those who know me know I’m what Jim Gaffigan would call ‘indoorsy’. This remains true even in places like Kuala Lumpur but that doesn’t mean for a second that I don’t appreciate its beauty. We stayed at the lovely Sunway Resort which has an amazing water park which was absolutely not enjoyed by yours truly though it looked like it might have been a great deal of fun. We wandered a mall taking in all the crazy sights that an asian mall has to offer. It was gigantic and had all the craziest amenities imaginable. I would need 5 new suitcases were I to buy all the things I wanted only to bring them home to prove they exist.

    The show was outdoors in the punishing heat and humidity. The crowd was amazing and never seemed affected by any of the oppressiveness of the air around them. We were drenched with sweat from song one as if we’d jumped fully clothed into the adjacent water park. All good Rock N Roll should be sweaty says I.

    Again The Dissident was the only remaining new song in the set to make room for such numbers as 30 Years To Life or Wicked Stone. We are currently playing 14 of the 17 songs live from World On Fire. The only three we haven’t played live yet are Iris Of The Storm, Safari Inn and The Unholy all of which I assure you will find their way into the set before the end of 2015. Slash is one of the only heritage artists with the balls to play every song from his latest album live. Most play the new single then cherry pick all the hits. Slash expects our audience to be invested in the ENTIRE catalog and I think that is extremely courageous. One of the many things I respect about the man.

    The Kuala Lumpur show was intense. Hot, sweaty and heavy. I had a blast though I always have a blast. I missed Kuala Lumpur the first time because I was laid up, or more laid down, with a detached retina. I’m very happy I got to see it this time. I look forward to returning one day.

    With that we found ourselves on a plane to Auckland, New Zealand. Every time I’m in New Zealand I want to go to the sights from the Lord Of The Rings movies but there simply isn’t enough time. It’s a bit of a bummer. It would be so awesome to see. One of these times hopefully!

    So after a day of sight seeing a bit I sit in my room a tap tap tapping on my lap top for you. Speaking of which I am finally starting to formulate the release of two books coming later this year and early next. Volume one will be 2010-2013 and Volume two will be 2013-2016. They will be comprised of blogs since the very beginning of my time here with Brother Slash. It should be noted that as of next month Slash and I will have been playing together for five years. Slash, Myles, Fitz and I as a cohesive unit for five whole years. That’s a long time. By the time we come off the World On Fire Tour that will be close to six years. SIX YEARS! That’s mental.

    So I’m going through old blogs enjoying the ride as much as if I hadn’t written them myself. A lot has happened in all that time. Detached retinas, gold records, losing friends, recording Apocalyptic Love as well as World On Fire, releasing my solo album, Borrowing Trouble along with it’s sister EP, Near Life Experience and the list goes on and on. When I started writing these I had no intention of doing much with them. Just ‘The Ramblings Of The Mentally Ill’ I called them. Now I’d like to compile as much as I can with rare pictures and memorabilia from the tours and recording sessions etc to share with all of you.

    It’s working title is Todd Dammit’s DIARY OF A DAM MAN (see how clever that is? It’s like Diary Of A Mad Man except Mad is backwards) Volume I:2010-2013 and Volume II:2013-2016. I’m excited about that. Gonna try and have the first one ready by Christmas. We’ll see. God knows I’ve been trying to get this off the ground for years. This will probably be handled as a campaign with Pledge Music so you guys can be as involved as possible. We are going to be looking for pictures of yourselves with me and in your Dammit wear. Stay tuned.

    Speaking of Dammitwear we are co-releasing a very limited run of the one of a kind Bat-Dammit-Devil In You shirt you have seen me wear courtesy of a partnership with Agent Royale on March 4th 2015. I will keep you posted on all the links etc as that gets closer. Exciting times on Planet Dammit.
    Also coming soon is the first line of DaRnit wear. My friends always tell me that they wanna give their kids Dammit shirts but their kids can’t wear them to school so the DaRnit line was born. We are starting with baby onesies. These things always start as a laugh and then the next thing you know they are real. Life is so fun that way. Down the line there will be bigger children’s DaRnit shirts available. We figured we should start at the beginning.
    Also coming in 2015 will be the rerelease of my 2004 solo album Go Time! with unreleased material from those recording sessions over ten years ago including an awesome cover of the Billy Squire song The Stroke. Probably this summer GO TIME! COMPLETE will be released with a CD Rerelease party at Count’s Vamp’d. Still in the formative stages. I’m super excited about that. Stay tuned for all this information.

    2015 is shaping up to be an amazing year. I hope you all can find some inspiration in all of these crazy things I get myself wrapped up in. I figure I only get one go round and I wanna do as much as possible. I envy the Hindu. They get multiple go rounds.

    Alright, my pretties. Thanks for being there for me, for us. Thank you for the votes. Thank you for your voices, ears and eyes. New Zealand, Australia, South America-see you very soon! The rest of the world we are coming! Be prepared!

    Big love
    Your loyal and humble servant,
    Todd Dammit