Slash puts on an old school rock show at House of Blues

A review of Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and the Consiprators at the House of Blues on August 2, 2012

, Managing Editor

When one thinks of the symbols and major players of the 1980’s hard rock scene Slash is certainly on the short list. When his tour stopped off at Boston’s House of Blues on Thursday the notorious former Guns N’ Roses guitarist delivered a good ol’ rock show that was like taking a time machine to the era which he spawned from, with long-haired, black-attired fans, a beer soaked floor , and the smell of B.O. and weed wafting through the venue. There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about whether “Rock N’ Roll is dead”, but judging from the scene on Thursday night it certainly seems like it’s still kicking.

Last time around Slash toured with Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy in support of his debut solo album, on which Kennedy contributed vocals to two tracks. With his new release, Apocalyptic Love, the album turned into more of a collaboration between the two as Kennedy is featured on every song. In this case, the tour was billed as “Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Consiprators”, featuring a setlist heavy on new material.

Although Kennedy’s vocals are solid and Slash certainly has the guitar chops to carry a song on his own, it was the times that they broke away from the big chorus/flashy guitar solo format that were actually the best moments of the show. One such instance was the surprise appearance of Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, who took over on vocals for “Doctor Alibi” for one of the few punk rock moments of the night. The blues jam that turned into the theme from “The Godfather” wowed as well, even though Slash did the latter part on his previous tour.

Slash and Kennedy had more material to work with for this tour, but that didn’t stop them from including some GNR tunes, to the delight of fans. Kennedy doesn’t have the same snarl as Axl to really pull off some of GNR’s harder, faster stuff light “My Michelle” and “Rocket Queen”, but he held his own on “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and show-closer “Paradise City”.

With Velvet Revolver’s search for a new singer never-ending Slash has had time for two solo albums and subsequent tours and with the way things are going for him on the road and in the studio, fans probably wouldn’t mind if they took a little longer.

Standing in the Sun
Back From Cali
My Michelle
Beggars & Hangers-On
Not for Me
Rocket Queen
Doctor Alibi
You’re Crazy
No More Heroes
Hard & Fast
Blues Jam/Godfather Theme
Sweet Child O’ Mine
You’re a Lie
By the Sword
Paradise City

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