Slash at 3Arena – Review & Photos
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators at 3 Arena, Dublin
It must have been an enlightening moment for Slash when he came across Myles Kennedy while working on his debut album. A guy that comes with no baggage compared to what he had to put up with from the frontmen in his previous two bands. The question is often asked when will there be a Guns’n’Roses reunion…my question is, why would Slash want one? He finds himself in the later stages of his career surrounded by highly talented musicians (the Conspirators) and the finest voice in rock music at the moment.
Kennedy must be the hardest working man in the music industry, juggling his commitments to Slash and his alternative employment with Alter Bridge. This guy must be near exhaustion having recently finished an album and tour with AB before embarking on this foray with Slash. Then again, when you work at doing what you love it’s not really work, is it? Slash’s recent albums suggest a guy who still has a hell of a lot to offer the world of rock music, no resting on past glories here. His recent solo albums ‘Apocalyptic Love’ and ‘World on Fire’ stand toe to toe with all of his past glories and really are two of the finest rock albums released in the last few decades. These albums are must hears if you like your music loud and raw. 18 months ago Slash played at the Olympia to a sold out crowd and tonight he’s attracted a crowd of about 10,000 to the 3Arena…who says rock is dead?
As the lights dim, we’re treated to a carnival soundtrack intro and the band appear on stage to a massive roar, kicking into ‘You’re a Lie’ from the Apocalyptic Love album…great opening track…but the show shoots into overdrive by the second number, a raucous rendition of the GnR song ‘Nightrain’ from the ‘Appetite for Destruction’ album. It sends the crowd nuts…it’s plainly obvious that a lot of people still crave the GnR buzz. Great sequencing by the band it has to be said. They barely pause for breath throughout the entire show. An early highlight is a premiere of the song ‘Avalon’ from their latest album, a Celtic-y feeling song inspired by Rory Gallagher, I have it on good authority! Bass player Todd Kerns takes over vocal duties for 2 songs and proves he’s no slouch in the singing department either…beware, Myles.
After another live premiere of the song ‘Beneath the Savage Sun’, Slash showcases his talent with a version of ‘Rocket Queen’ featuring an extended middle section highlighting his prowess on the guitar…something for the guitar nerds (myself included) to drool over.
The biggest cheer of the night though, inevitably, is reserved for ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’ which the crowd duly sings, giving Myles a breather. It’s hard to pick out highlights from a set that really was a non-stop rollercoaster ride of blood, sweat and tears, but this seems to be a song that has an emotional resonance with a lot of people.
There’s a nod of the head to all his previous musical incarnations (apart from the Snakepit era) finishing the set with a rendition of ‘Slither’ from the Velvet Revolver era. The inevitable encore of ‘Paradise City’ has the crowd in waves of adulation once again and then its adios, ‘til the next time, which Slash assures us will be in the not too distant future.
All we need now is for Myles to bring his ‘other’ band to Dublin some time soon and we’ll all be happy campers.
An honourable mention must also go to the support act ‘Monster Truck’. It’s always difficult for support bands to generate interest within a crowd waiting for the main attraction, but this 4 piece from Canada seemed to get a good reception with their brand of Motorhead/Black Sabbath inspired heavy metal.
Review by Tony Martin
Photos by Tudor Marian