Heaven Below’s Patrick Kennison Set To Rock With Lita Ford
Dec04

Heaven Below’s Patrick Kennison Set To Rock With Lita Ford

 BY: Bear Frazer The musician cut his teeth in Union Underground, then went on to lead Heaven Below and, along the way, picked up a gig in Lita Ford’s band. And, despite the semi-hazy memory, he remembers living with Papa Roach and Linkin Park getting booed off stage. Kennison co-founded San Antonio, Texas nu-metal act Union Underground in 1996 with lead singer Bryan Scott, and they achieved their biggest success when they released their debut album, An Education In Rebellion, in 2000 via Columbia. Amidst singles like “Turn Me On ‘Mr. Deadman'” and “Revolution Man,” and securing a slot on the 2001 edition of Ozzfest, they became well known for their song “Across The Nation,” which served as the theme song to WWE’s Monday Night Raw. But after getting dumped by Columbia, and inner turmoil, the group disbanded and Kennison retreated to Los Angeles, California. Though he did some studio work, he “found his balls” in 2008, formed hard rock troupe Heaven Below, and decided to step up to the mic and try his hand at frontman, in area where he continues to excel to this day. Though Heaven Below are currently putting the finishing touches on their third full-length album, he is now pulling double duty as he joined Lita Ford‘s band as one of their guitarists back in October. Together, they are working on her next studio effort, due out sometime next year. He stays busy, but if you ask Kennison, he isn’t busy enough, nor does he sleep much at all. In this Arena exclusive, Patrick talks about becoming a full-fledged member of Lita Ford’s band. He also reflects on his days in Union Underground, remembers whenLinkin Park was booed off stage, recalls living in the same apartment complex withPapa Roach, and reveals what’s next with Heaven Below. Arena: You’re from San Antonio, and now you’re living out west in Los Angeles. That said, what’s it like for a Texas boy out there in Cali? Patrick: Well the first shocker is L.A. is a lot more expensive than San Antonio (laughs). I was born and raised in San Antonio, and by the time Union Underground got going, I don’t want to say I conquered the city because no one ever conquers the city, but I went further than I was expecting to, so it only made sense I moved to Los Angeles after Union Underground. Arena: I must to admit, I almost didn’t remember that you were in Union Underground at first because it’s been so long. Patrick: Those were good times, from what I can remember (laughs). Arena: Right? Well let’s spark your memory. Talk to...

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