The first Thursday in December marked the last UK show of the European leg of Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators’ (aka SMK&C) World on Fire tour. They rounded things off at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow in front of an almost capacity crowd.
First on stage were Australian band Twenty Two Hundred. They seemed to take to the stage ahead of the published time and suffered a little from a lack of audience. (A lot of fans were still only just arriving at the venue.)The sound quality wasn’t great during their short seven song set but un-deterred these guys gave a stellar performance. A band well worth checking out.
Next up, California Breed, a relatively newly formed band fronted by the legendary Glenn Hughes, of Deep Purple fame. By now, the arena was almost full and the sound quality had improved dramatically. Personally, I was a little anxious about seeing this band for two reasons. One – I haven’t really warmed to their self-titled debut album. Two- could Glenn Hughes voice still match expectations? California Breed surpassed my expectations and proved to be the ideal support band. By the climax of their nine song set, they had the Glasgow crowd well and truly on the boil for Slash. Highlights of their set were “Scars” and “Midnight Oil”. And boy can Glenn Hughes still sing! Check them out!
After a brief thirty minute interval, the house lights dimmed and raised a couple of times as the spotlights shone and the intro tape of creepy clown/funhouse music played until finally SMK&C took to the stage. They launched straight into “You’re A Lie”, promptly following this with “Nightrain” and, one of my favourites, “Halo”.
Slash just quietly gets on with the job in hand, smiling under his trademark top hat and aviator shades while effortlessly playing his Les Paul. In fact, all of them seemed relaxed and smiling and this shone through during the entire twenty one song set.
Dressed in tight black jeans and a loose fitting grey vest (swoon…) Myles Kennedy displayed exactly why he is one of the greatest rock voices around today. He delivered a stunning performance!
The vocal chores were delegated briefly to bassist Todd Dammit Kerns. His performance during Dr Alibi proved he is underrated as a vocalist. He can really deliver a tune! Watch out, Myles. Fantastic number!
Six songs from SMK&C’s new album “World On Fire” made their way into the set. My personal favourite from these was “Beneath The Savage Sun”. Myles told the audience that he would need a little help with this one. The Glasgow choir didn’t need a second invitation!
Two other highlights of the main set harked back to Slash’sGuns N Roses days. Hearing “Rocket Queen” live for the first time was incredible and Slash’s fifteen minute solo mind-blowing. Yes, it’s a bit of an indulgence for the man in the hat but, when you play guitar like he does, it’s allowed. And who doesn’t love “Sweet Child O’ Mine”? Another fantastic performance here from Mr Kennedy.
The main set drew to a close with a rendition of Bad Company’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love” that led nicely into “Slither”, the only Velvet Revolver song of the night.
Amid appreciative cheers SMK&C returned for their encore,accompanied by Glenn Hughes and Andrew Watt from California Breed. They joined SMK&C to perform the Deep Purple classic “Burn”. Watching Myles sing alongside Glenn Hughes is a memory that will live with me and many others for a long time to come. Simply awesome!
All too soon they were bringing the evening to a close with “Paradise City”, their standard set closer. Confetti rained down on the fans, filling the hood of the guy standing in front of me and my handbag- oops. There really is no better way to end a show. An awesomely ear-gasmic night that truly set Glasgow, if not the World, on Fire!