Live Review: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
Sun, 24 May 2015 13:38:30
Guitar legend and vocal powerhouse ignite sold out crowd at House of Blues Houston in the Lone Star State!
Slash, singer Myles Kennedy [Alter Bridge], and The Conspirators—Todd Kerns [bass, backing vocals], Brent Fitz [drums], and Frank Sidoris [live rhythm guitarist]—lit up the House of Blues in Houston, TX last night. The World On Fire Tour, which boasted an opening set from Fozzy, packed the venue to the gills, making for a complete sell out. Even though there was no pyro on the stage, it got quite fiery as these five musicians ripped through a near two-hour set locked and loaded with material from Slash, Apocalyptic Love, and last year's World on Fire as well as select Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver classics. The fact that the place was so stacked with fans, and they even screamed the newer songs back to the band doesn't just bode well for rock ‘n' roll, it illuminates how alive and kicking the genre actually is.
The fieriest aspect of the evening was the new material. The epic Thor-size hammer swing of "Avalon" fit comfortably right next Appetite for Destruction ripper "Nightrain." The combination of "Wicked Stone" and "Shadow Life" unearthed the explosive alchemy at the heart of the group. Myles remains a truly formidable vocal ally for Slash. His voice seamlessly covers a jaw-dropping range as he works the stage with immense charisma and effusive enthusiasm. He delivered each line with soaring soul and impenetrable power, never missing a note, and entwining with Slash's sidewinder soloing and entrancing riffs. Slash, meanwhile, stood out as flawless as ever. He could make Use Your Illusion II classic "You Could Be Mine" punch with raw gutter punk spirit, while adding a robust sense of heart to World On Fire's "Beneath The Savage Sun."
Photo Gallery: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators