If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, not knowing who Slash is would be a crime. For several generations of music lovers, and especially those who love rock, Slash is not only a talented guitar player famous for his stint with the legendary Guns N’ Roses, but an embodiment of rock n’ roll and everything that rock n’ roll is synonymous with.
And while unconfirmed rumors about a long-awaited GNR reunion stubbornly never go away, Slash keeps on making new chart-topping music with his now not-so-new band The Conspirators, fronted by the charismatic and undeniably talented singer Myles Kennedy.
For most who were not able to make it to the last three shows Slash and his band played in Los Angeles, the Palladium show was a long-awaited event. Last summer, when Slash announced the dates for the Troubadour and iconic Sunset Strip venues – the Whisky A Go Go and The Roxy, the tickets were sold out in mere seconds.
With a capacity of 3700 people, the Palladium was surrounded by a line of fans early in the afternoon. The line extended all the way from the entrance on Argyle street, along the building on Sunset and curved around the corner to El Centro Avenue.
When you see a line outside a venue like that, you know this must be something special going on, and indeed it was.
Slash seems to be very comfortable working with Kennedy; their second album together has been receiving positive reviews from critics and fans all over the world. The title track “World On Fire” made it to #1 at U.S. Rock Radio. The band, consisting of Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass), and touring guitarist Frank Sidoris, is very tight and gives it 100% each time they take the stage.
Rock trio Raven Eye took the stage around 9:20 to warm up the crowd before the legendary guitarist and his band took over shortly after 10 pm. If you saw Slash before, you know he is not a talkative guy and he does not do fancy entrances. He just gets straight to it.
You can call it either talent or magic, but if you hear Slash’s guitar playing, you will never be impartial anymore. After all, he is the creator of the most famous hard rock riff “Sweet Child O’Mine.” You can be sure of one thing, at this show concertgoers get a great fix of awesome guitar playing.
Starting off the show with “You’re A Lie” from “Apocalyptic Love” the band then quickly transitioned to the iconic “Nightrain” – one of Slash’s hits from GNR. They then followed with “Avalon”, “Standing in the Sun” and “Back from Cali.”
Slash has no shortage of hits. Being a key member of GNR and Velvet Revolver, he circled back to some of those classic hits several times – “You Could Be Mine”, Civil War”, “Slither”, and of course the audience was just as ecstatic at the opening riff of “Welcome To The Jungle” as they were at the entry melody of the beautiful and catchy “Anastasia.”
Fusing both soul and rock elements in his voice, Myles Kennedy perfects and owns each song in his own way. Not trying to be like the original singer of the cover material, Kennedy does justice, adds freshness and passion, and without a doubt there is a chemistry between him and each member of the band.
The anthemic “Paradise City” closed out the night at the Palladium prompting every person in the audience to jump and sing. Most fans left the venue sweaty, tired, and nearly deaf. All fans had one of the best rock n’roll nights of the year.
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