Slash rocks the House of Blues
A review of Slash With Myles Kennedy at the House of Blues on Septyember 15, 2010
When you’re one of the best guitarists of all time, you’re going to have plenty of material to draw from. Slash showed just how deep his catalogue of guitar mastery is at the House of Blues as he mixed songs from Guns ‘N Roses, Velvet Revolver, Slash’s Snakepit and tracks from his new self-titled solo release.
Slash is now 45 years old but you would never know it from watching him. He looks and plays like it’s 1988. Judging from the new material he turned out, it’s certain that he hasn’t lost his rock n’ roll touch either. The guitar great didn’t take many liberties with his famous work with his former bands, playing songs note for note like a kid trying to get the high score in “Guitar Hero”. Adding to the authenticity of the band’s sound was vocalist Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge-fame, who commendably filled the role of Slash’s former frontmen. Kennedy kept songs like “Nightrain”, “Civil War”, and “Sucker Train Blues” from sounding like covers with his adaptable vocal ability. Despite nailing the sound of two unique frontman, he would steal the show with his vocals on a song of his own with a rare ballad in “Starlight”.
Though Kennedy was excellent, it still wasn’t enough to outshine the man of the hour. Kennedy actually had nothing to do with the best moment of the show as Slash turned an instrumental showcase into the theme from “The Godfather”. He then made an offer nobody could refuse as he starting riffing away on “Sweet Child O’ Mine”.
The only down part of the show was an instrumental intro to “Slither” that was way too drawn out. It was definitely destined to disappoint after the thrill of “The Godfather” as well. Although the clock was creeping closer to midnight, Slash and co. didn’t alter the show at all as they fit in a three-song encore. They even went a few minutes over curfew as they capped the night off in rowdy fashion with “Paradise City”.
With Axl Rose running around with a band of misfits and the status of Velvet Revolver up in the air, a Slash show is really the only place you can hear the music of those two bands the way it’s meant to be played. There have always been rumors about a GNR reunion and Velvet Revolver is still without a frontman, but even if neither of those bands ever re-emerged with Slash killing it solo it may not be such a big loss.