Slash, through his work with Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver and his iconic solo career, has become an institution of guitar playing. A modern-day hero who has a legacy but doesn’t ignore his other muses to stay current and vital. Armed with a new album and his killer band did over a month on the road promoting their new album, they treated fans to a career spanning show.
Joyous Wolf opened things up with a fire that belied that fact that they drove all night from the mid-west to Long Island and just ripped the audience a new one. The crowd was definitely not their own, few really knew the band, but by the end of the performance, there were many new fans in the building. Bringing back the original spirit and swagger of rock n roll: dangerous, badass and super talented to boot! The band was sensational and as soon as they tore into their set, the crowd got up to speed. Frontman Nick Reese is a goddamn wild man on stage and the crowd went nuts for him. Dancing and flying all over the stage, while delivering his vocals, he compliments the entire band who just slay their parts. Especially guitarist Blake Allard on guitar. The band ended the set with two new cuts from their current release via Roadrunner. One was a dope cover of Mountain’s classic ‘Mississippi Queen’, complete with ripping leads and cowbell, baby. The other played was their new original ‘Slow Hand’. If this is where these guys are headed musically, I can’t wait for their next full-length album!
Slash and crew hit the stage with the main man walking out last to huge applause. The audience full of guitar nerds and blues-rock fans just dropped all their inky eggs into the murk, so to speak. Slash has that kind of effect on a crowd. Each player in the band a master killer at their craft and Slash shows off in his solo work, as much or more than in GNR. Each song is a showcase for the man to really show off his expansive lead chops. It doesn’t hurt that the albums with Myles et all including some of the best songs of Slash’s entire career. Myles just crushes every song and you Slash touched on all his solo work, and Velvet Revolver with Scott Weiland tribute of ‘Fall To Pieces’. The 10-minute guitar solo in the middle of the awesome GNR staple ‘Rocket Queen’ may have been a little excessive, but is certainly wasn’t a surprise. The crowd definitely lapped it all up and really seem to live the depth of the set, including the songs from the new album Living The Dream (Snakebite Records/Roadrunner). Sure, Slash is still busy with GNR and his other interests, but this album and tour proved that Slash fans just crave more of this material, so here’s hoping the wait for the next album is shorter.
Slash ft. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators set list:
Standing in the Sun
Ghost (Slash cover)
Back From Cali (Slash cover)
You’re a Lie
Serve You Right
Fall to Pieces (Velvet Revolver cover)
We’re All Gonna Die (Slash cover) (Todd Kerns on lead vocals)
Doctor Alibi (Slash cover) (Todd Kerns on lead vocals)
Mind Your Manners
Rocket Queen (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Starlight (Slash cover)
The Great Pretender (First time played live)
By the Sword (Slash cover)
World on Fire
The Call of the Wild
WORDS BY KEITH CHACHKES
PHOTOS BY OMAR CORDY OF OJC PHOTOGRAPHY