Slash, Myles, and the Conspirators Were Hard to Beat at Pechanga

Slash-81As the house lights dimmed shortly before 9 pm on Saturday night, there was a palpable level of energy coursing through the 1,200-seat theater at the Pechanga Casino. Slash strapped on his Tobacco Burst Les Paul and, for the next 90 minutes or so, a legend put on a helluva show in front of rabid fans. Fronted for the past few years by Myles Kennedy the band also consists of Conspirators: Brent Fitz on drums, bassist, Todd “Dammit” Kerns, and rhythm guitarist, Frank Sidoris.

The band played a variety of material ranging from songs off of Appetite for Destruction to the band’s new release, World on Fire. It’s always great to hear Kennedy sing the Guns N’ Roses era material. On this night, Kerns took over vocal duties for “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Doctor Alibi,” a song from Slash’s debut album. The music that Slash has made with Kennedy and the Conspirators has become some of my favorite and I think he’s playing better now than he did earlier in his career. Seeing the show validated this thought as I witnessed Slash’s fleet fingers scatter all along the fretboard. Sidoris did a great job playing the nuanced rhythm parts to these songs, while Fitz and Kerns kept the rhythmic train chuggin’ along.

Slash-65It was really nice to see children and their parents enjoying the show together. I saw kids who couldn’t have been older than 13 taking it all in with a look of amazement. The same kind of look I had when I was 9 and first saw Slash plug in his Les Paul in the “Sweet Child O’ Mine” video. Slash was my inspiration for picking up the guitar and I’ll bet he did the same thing for a handful of people last night.

 

Set List

You’re a Lie
Nightrain
Avalon
Halo
Back from Cali
Wicked Stone
You Could Be Mine
Doctor Alibi
Welcome to the Jungle
Mr. Brownstone
Beneath the Savage Sun
The Dissident
Rocket Queen
Bent to Fly
World on Fire
Anastasia
Sweet Child O’Mine
Slither

Encore
Paradise City

Photos courtesy of Steve Rose

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

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