Friday 7th November 2014 saw the return of rock music to MTV – and it couldn’t have happened in better style. Slash, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators brought the house down at Glasgow’s O2 Academy with an hour and a quarter of scorching hot rock ‘n’ roll.
Part of the run up to the MTV Europe Music Awards at Glasgow’s Hydro Arena, Slash, Myles and Co shared the bill with Scottish homeboys Biffy Clyro, who thoroughly warmed the crowd up before the guitar legend took to the stage. Slash and the boys are about to embark on the European leg of their ‘World On Fire’ tour, and this extra gig gave 2000 hardcore fans a chance to hear tracks from the new album as well as old favourites.
Opening with ‘You’re A Lie’, the first single from their previous album ‘Apocalyptic Love’, Slash, Myles and Co bounced on stage and started as they meant to go on. There’s no mistaking Slash with his signature guitar style and trademark top-hatted look, but these guys are all now fully established as a band in its own right, every one of them bringing his musical chops to the table. Myles Kennedy was in excellent form with that powerful voice alternately belting out lyrics and encouraging the crowd to sing, scream and generally join in the mayhem. Backing vocals were expertly provided by bassist Todd Kerns, with Brent Fitz holding everything down on drums and Frank Sidoris rounding out the guitar sound.
The overexcited crowd moshed happily to the Guns ‘n’ Roses classic ‘Night Train’, ‘Halo’ from Apocalyptic Love, and sang along with ‘Back From Cali’, from Slash’s first solo album. The latter is one of the two tracks which Myles Kennedy sang on that album, leading to him joining Slash on his first solo tour and ultimately to the formation of Slash, Myles and Co. Then fans were treated to the first of a selection from World On Fire, ‘Stone Blind’. Myles asked the crowd if they had heard the album, which was a resounding ‘yes’ if the singing was anything to go by! The band performed three other new tracks during the set: ‘Wicked Stone’, album title track ‘World On Fire’ and ‘Bent To Fly’. The latter was the only less-than-perfect spot in the gig, with a little too much bass spoiling the sound and obscuring Kennedy’s heartfelt vocal.
The band closed the blisteringly tight set in their usual way: ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, followed by Velvet Revolver’s ‘Slither’. Slash has such a massive back catalog of excellent music to choose from, there can only be a taste of it at one gig, especially with a shortened set for this special MTV feature. After leaving the stage for a quick breather, the guys returned to play ‘Paradise City’, the usual confetti cannons spraying band and crowd and finishing things off in true party style.
If this is a taster for their full set on the tour, I can’t wait! This is a band that just gets better, tighter and more accomplished every time they perform. Go see them for yourself. You’d be mad not to.