Slash conspires, perspires, inspires

Slash conspires, perspires, inspires


In the first of a series of three rare and intimate club gigs, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators packed the Troubadour in West Hollywood on Tuesday night to celebrate the release of their latest album, “World on Fire,” which dropped Sept. 16, as well as the 50th anniversary of the musicians’ beloved retailer, Guitar Center.


The festivities will continue with sold-out performances at the Roxy tonight and the whisky A Go-Go on Friday. If you weren’t one of the few hundred lucky fans to score tickets to one of these shows, Guitar Center will be filming the Roxy gig and air “Slash featuring Myles Kennedy at the Conspirators Live from the Roxy” as a 90-minute concert special on Directive TV’s Audience Network at 8 p.m. Nov. 9.


Slash, known for his guitar work in Guns N’ Roses and the super group Velvet Revolver, as well as his more recent solo career, showed up on stage with a wide grin. He was decked out in his signature black leather top hat and mirrored aviator sunglasses, and loyal devotees that were pressed up against the stage got an up-close-and-personal look at his mesmerizing finger work. He made it look effortless as the band launched into the opening track, “You’re a Lie.”


The set list, which will vary during these club dates, was peppered with tracks from this band’s first album, “Apocalyptic Love”; rarely performed Guns N’ Roses covers; a little taste of Velvet Revolver; and some of Slash’s 2010 self-titled solo debut. However, this evening was all about the new material, which die hard in the audience had seemingly memorized in the week since its release as they sang along to the title track as well as “30 Years to Life,” “Bent to Fly” and a song the band had yet to test in front of an audience, “Wicked Stone.” For its first run, the track fit in well with the rest of the set, though Kennedy did have to peek down at a lyrics cheat sheet taped at his feet.


The band delivered an extended and powerful performance of GNR’s “Rocket Queen,” and it was certainly a memorable moment when Slash walked to the very front of the stage, stood up on the amp, hoisted his guitar up on his knee and dug into “Sweet Child ‘O Mine.” Fans roared along to Velvet Revolver’s “Slither” and after a quick break the band returned to encore with a very rowdy and rocking’“Paradise City.”