DVD review: SLASH feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – Live At The Roxy 25.9.14

SLASH feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators - Live At The Roxy 25.9.14

Armoury Records/Eagle Rock [Release date 15.06.15] Also available as 2-CD and Bluray

Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Live At The Roxy finds Slash and pals onstage at the Roxy Theatre on Sunset Strip shortly after the release of their World On Fire album in 2014.

The venue is the perfect setting for Slash’s unique brand of playing that straddles punk/ sleaze with classic hard rock.  No one does it better, although post Guns ‘n’ Roses he’s never quite found the perfect vehicle, dabbling with Snakepit, Velvet Revolver, and now seemingly settling with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators (Todd Kerns – bass, Brent Fitz – drums, and Frank Sidoris – rhythm guitar).

Personally, I’ve never quite been convinced by Kennedy and while on paper he ticks all the right boxes he doesn’t seem to have rock ‘n’ roll flowing through his veins in quite the same way as Slash, who it’s hard to imagine being separated from his hat, shades and Les Paul, except by surgical removal.

But if you’re going to see Slash, somewhere like the Roxy is the perfect venue – small, sweaty and steeped in rock history.  And there’s plenty of perspiration from fans and band alike as they rip through a set packed with material from Slash’s recent solo work, including several from the [then] new album, and classics from his career with Guns ‘n’ Roses and Velvet Revolver.

While Slash looks like he’s been overdosing on pies, rather than steroids, it’s not diminished his ‘cool’ or his fretboard dexterity and while Kennedy hardly seems to break sweat, licks and liquid pour from Slash.  It’s intimate, it’s raw and it’s fluid with the Conspirators playing their supporting role to perfection.

Whatever you may think of Slash, and he divides opinion, he’s the epitome of an enduring brand of rock that emerged from the Troubadour, Roxy and Whisky clubs of Sunset Strip in the late 1980′s.  And while he may be something of a caricature of himself these days, this up close and personal gig does a decent job of celebrating those glory days.  ****

Review by Pete Whalley

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