It’s been almost four years since the last time I’ve seen Slash perform in this very same venue. A lot has happened with Slash since then. He put aside his grievances with Guns N Roses singer Axl Rose and along with original GnR bassist Duff McKagan, these three joined the stage together for the first time in twenty three years to perform at the legendary Los Angeles nightclub The Troubadour in 2016. This was a kick off gig that took Guns n Roses on a Worldwide tour that ended its 10th leg of the tour in December of 2018. GnR are schedule to start the 11th leg of the tour in September of this year.

Slash has never been one to rest on his past accolades and has always considered himself a touring musician. He proves that by using his down time to tour with his solo band featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators as well as record new material with GnR.



The reason we’re here is to discuss Slash on tour. The Gibson Les Paul playing, Top hat & sunglasses wearing guitarist was in rare form tonight. Maybe the fact that girlfriend Meegan Hodges was stage left for the whole show showing her support. Either way, His playing was completely on point and it seems that his time touring with Axl has served him well.

I’m used to seeing Slash as a solo artist and I enjoy the music he’s released with Slash’s Snakepit as well as Velvet Revolver. Tonight is always a treat to hear Myles Kennedy in the mic because he is one of the best vocalists in today’s music industry.

The band hits the stage with “The Call of The Wild” off the latest solo album followed by shredders like “Halo”, and one of my favorites “Standing In The Sun”.



Slash & the Conspirators continue the set with “Apocalyptic Love”, “Back From Cali”, “My Antidote” and “Serve You Right”. Not only is Slash killing it on stage but the rest of the band is at the same level of energy and commitment to putting on the best show possible musically and visually.

“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Shadow Life are performed with Myles before bassist Todd Kerns takes over for the next couple of songs. Todd belts out “We’re All Gonna Die” and “Doctor Alibi”.

The show takes a change in pace as the melodic ballad “The One You Loved is Gone” is played. This song is the perfect hold your lighters up and sway to the music but nowadays it’s light up your cell phones while trying to still film.

Next is were Slash shows why his revered as a modern day ‘Guitar God’ or ‘Guitar Hero’ with the 12 minute guitar solo performed during “Wicked Stone”. Yes, he’s that ‘Bad Ass’ that he shreds continuously without getting repetitive.



“Mind Your Manners”, “Driving Raid”, and “By The Sword” are played as the shows energy continues to build. The only Guns n Roses track to enter the set is “Nightrain” which Myles performs perfectly.

I have to give credit where credit is due with rhythm guitarist Frank Sidoris, bassist Todd Kerns, and drummer Brent Fitz holding their own with the rock n roll maestro.

“Starlight”, “You’re a Lie” and “World on Fire” end the show. Well that is until the crowd chants “SLASH!” for more for a few minutes until the band reenter the stage to encore and with “Avalon” and “Anastasia”.

It was a great show and I look forward to seeing Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators again in the future.



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