This particular show was quite a treat for anyone that was in attendance. Hell, anytime seeing Slash is a treat. On Sunday evening, Slash, the guitarist that rose to prominence after performing for a number of years with legendary rock act Guns N’ Roses, took the stage at The Warfield in San Francisco with his band, Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators.
The first time that I ever saw Slash and Myles Kennedy & Co. perform together was several years ago (2011?) when they opened up for Ozzy Osbourne in San Jose. I actually thought that (and sometimes still do, to a certain degree) think that Kennedy blows Axl Rose out of the water. Then again, I don’t know what Rose sounds like today. But I do know that Kennedy has an incredibly versatile vocal range, and could pull off both Slash’s solo material and older GNR material perfectly.
Only one opener was present at this show: up and coming UK rock trio RavenEye. The three-piece show an extreme amount of potential, and I look forward to seeing what comes of them in the future.
Slash’s set included a wide variety of both solo tracks and covers. Songs like “You’re A Lie” and “Avalon” kicked off the night, but were mixed in with GNR tracks like “Nightrain”. “Welcome To The Jungle” made a well-received appearance in the set list about halfway through the night. Slash and Co. even closed out with Velvet Revolver track “Slither”, before reuniting onstage for a “Paradise City” encore that was laced with confetti.
The best part about seeing musicians like Slash & Co. is, to put it simply, getting to watch them be masters at their craft. They’re all incredible musicians; simply watching one of them craft a guitar lick or pluck a bass string induces this odd form of hypnosis. You forget what you’re doing, and you’re able to focus on what’s most important: the music.
This has been another Shameless Promotion.