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    Mon, 21 Nov 2011 07:23:45

    Slash "Made In Stoke 24/7/11" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars - Review by ARTISTdirect.com editor and "Dolor" author Rick Florino...

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    Made In Stoke 24/7/11 chronicles a very special gig for Slash—namely the first show he's played in his birthplace, Stoke-on-Trent, England.

    However, every time he hits the stage is a monumental occasion in its own right.

    He's the most versatile and vibrant living guitar legend, and this collection lucidly exhibits that. At The Victoria Hall with singer Myles Kennedy [Alter Bridge], the guitarist relives an impressive catalog of material spanning Guns N' Roses, Slash's Snakepit, velvet Revolver, and his fantastic 2010 solo debut.

    Across the 2-CD and DVD compilation, Slash sounds pummeling, pristine, and powerful. Every note resounds just as clearly as it does on the original recordings. Kicking off with "Been There Lately" from Ain't Life Grand, Slash's bluesy riff crunch roars impeccably as Kennedy carries an arena-filling refrain. From the jump, the duo's chemistry palpably pulsates. They've got the same legendary spark Robert Plant and Jimmy Page and Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey shared. If anything, they're partnership is emblematic of that classic mystique for the 21st century.

    Appetite For Destruction's "Nightrain" steamrolls on the strength of Slash's airtight fretwork and Kennedy's soulful delivery. Just as potent, solo cut "Ghost" climbs from a haunting ethereal intro into a massive chorus from the singer, while "Back From Cali" is the ultimate rock anthem. "Civil War" rises with the same magnificence of "Stairway to Heaven" before sliding into Slash's furious shredding of the intro to "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)". The instrumental magnificence of "Watch This" stands out as completely invigorating as Slash takes us to "the nether regions, the land of no return".

    After a heartfelt "Patience", Slash's guitar solo practically burns through the speakers. He combines a jazzy perfection a la Jeff Beck's Blow By Blow with the impenetrable metallic mastery of Randy Rhoads. He masterfully controls each crescendo before sliding into a distorted take on "The Godfather" theme. Elsewhere, he goes heavier than all hell on one of Kennedy's favorites the thrashed-out teeth-kick of "Nothing to Say", which stands out as a timeless fret-burner.

    Just as a versatile as the six-string sorcerer, Kennedy can nail the Velvet Revolver material—"Slither"—and he's got the Guns N' Roses fare down incredibly—hear "Rocket Queen" and "Paradise City" for proof. However, on "Starlight," he shines the most. It's a gorgeous spacey live rendition that sees the singer's voice reach heavenly heights on the wings of Slash's soloing. It's an immortal pairing.

    Hearing the two of them together live only increases anticipation for their forthcoming studio album, but until then Made In Stoke 24/7/11 is more than perfect…

    Rick Florino
    11.21.11


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