Slash and Myles Kennedy Owned "The Jungle" at the Sunset Strip House of Blues
Fri, 08 Oct 2010 13:06:39
Slash really is this generation's Jimi Hendrix.
Watching him tear up the Sunset Strip House of Blues on Wednesday night supported that claim two-hundred percent. However, he's not like Jimi in terms of style. Where Slash and Jimi meet is in terms of approach, feel and soul—which are the most important elements of guitar playing. Slash speaks through his instrument, and it was instantly evident watching him tap out the intro on "Ghost," from his phenomenal self-titled solo debut. Slash's fingers glide across the fretboard just as smoothly as Jimi's did, but then he'll turn on the thrash heat during "Nightrain" or the countrified blues of "Back to Cali" and you'll only hear one preeminent instrumental voice—Slash.
Slash also makes every stage that he steps on his bitch. Whether he was front and center exorcising the lead from Guns N' Roses classic "Civil War" or playing the angelic choral passage of "Fall to Pieces," he and his Gibson are unequivocally in charge.
Varying up the set list significantly from Tuesday's show, legendary Motörhead mainman Lemmy Kilmister took the mic for a bloody brilliant rendition of "Dr. Alibi." Watching Slash and Kilmister play off each other live is an undeniably badass experience. Then there was the blinding fury of "Nothing to Say." Donning a guitar and screaming vibrantly, vocalist Myles Kennedy [Alter Bridge] took the reins of the track bringing the metal like really no one else can.
Slash and Kennedy have something spectacular, and the two will go down in history as one of rock 'n' roll's most important and impactful pairs. During a gritty fast "Welcome to the Jungle," Kennedy infused the song with a combination of soul and swagger, delivering it with raw reverence and a spin that was entirely his. Kennedy's powerful pipes proved teeth-kicking, and the crowd chanted along in unison. However, Kennedy also managed to pull back on the gorgeous "Starlight," a standout from Slash, and let his voice reach heavenly heights in unison with Slash's riffing. Velvet Revolver's "Slither" took on a whole new life as well, exuding pure heart from Kennedy.
There was also a poetic moment towards the end. Kennedy genuinely addressed the crowd saying, "You guys have been so wonderful! This isn't the end. This is just the end for a couple months. This has been amazing, so thank ya'll for letting me be a part of it."
With that Slash hugged him, and it was a special vignette into how much this whole pairing means to both musicians. It also increases the anticipation for the next Slash and Myles Kennedy jaunt. May it be real soon…
Were you there at night 1 or night 2?
Read the review of night 1 here! Check out our review of the deluxe edition of Slash here!