Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live The Dream In Philadelphia
Living The Dream In Philadelphia
They just don’t make rockstars like this anymore…
Of course I’m referring to legendary guitarist Slash. After circling the world for three or so years with Guns N’ Roses, the guitarist had no plans of slowing down. On September 21st the band known as Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators released their third album Living The Dream (Snakepit Records).
The record was lead by the track “Driving Rain” which helped land the album #1on the Top Hard Music Album chart, #3 on the Rock Chart, #9 on the Top CurrentAlbums chart and #27 on the Top 200 chart. The song marks the fastest rising single of his solo career.
Along with Slash on this journey are a talented group of musicians, fronted by Myles Kennedy, who you may know from his band Alter Bridge. The band also consists of bassist Todd Kerns, drummer Brent Fitz, and rhythm guitarist Frank Sidoris. The group has spent the past month or so trailblazing across the country on their first tour in four years. Wednesday night they made their way to the city of brotherly love, and I was there to capture all the action.
What seemed like everybody in Pennsylvania made their way to North Seventh (Formerly known as the Electric Factory) to get their nightly dosage of rock from one of the best around. The venue dimmed and the stage blue with the band’s backdrop glowing at the back of the stage, fans anxiously awaited the music to begin.
Slash, Myles, and The Conspirators took the stage, surprisingly before nine. The venue packed with fans filling every inch of the floor as well as the entire balcony. Slash made his way into the spotlight wearing his signature top hat, sunglasses, a Rolling Stones T-shirt and of course leather pants.
The set kicked off with “The Call of The Wild” just like the album. Fans immediately were in a frenzy and anticipation had built for what other songs would be played.
Myles Kennedy commands the stage, just like you would expect from the electrifying frontman. The vocals sound great, maybe even better than on the album, if that’s possible. Slash can’t be overlooked by any means; he makes his way to the front of the stage and gets up close and personal delivering riffs and solos like only he can.
During the Slash/Lemmy song “Doctor Alibi”, bassist Todd Kerns took over lead vocals allowing the band to show a musically different side and give vocalist Myles Kennedy a break. The song is a beautifully timed shift in the set. The setlist featured six songs from the latest album Living The Dream, surprisingly only one Guns n Roses track was performed in the form of the classic “Rocket Queen”.
The opening guitar riff was met with a massive roar from the crowd. Slash used the song to flex his guitar muscle, however the highlight of the night in my opinion was a performance paying tribute to the late Scott Weiland. Slash and company performed the Velvet Revolver track “Fall To Pieces”, in which Kennedy did a beautiful job vocally.
The twenty one song setlist covered a great range of material, ranging from old to new. It catered perfectly to both long time fans and newcomers alike.
The tour wraps up on October 16th in Los Angeles, CA. Slash will then return back to Guns n Roses for a month-long tour of Asia in November. I anticipate we will be seeing these guys back on the road in 2019, as this is just leg one of presumably an on going tour in support of Living The Dream. The band will head oversees for the European run in February and March. The new year ahead could also see new music from Myles Kennedy either with his solo project or with Alter Bridge and gasp… even maybe new GNR?
Only time will tell, for now you can pick up Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators latest record Living The Dream Here.
Remaining tour dates:
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