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8.28.2014

Review: Slash goes acoustic for exclusive unplugged set at Tampa's Hard Rock Cafe



Slash and Myles Kennedy goes acoustic for exclusive unplugged set at Tampa's Hard Rock Cafe


Top hat? Check. Ray-Bans? Check. Solid-body Gibson Les Paul?

Actually that's the one piece of the classic Slash ensemble we didn’t see Wednesday at Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The iconic guitarist and his vocal partner in crime, Myles Kennedy, took a break from their tour with Aerosmith for an invite-only acoustic performance at the Hard Rock Café.

While the concert was open only to VIPs and contest winners, Slash offered hope for a future gig for the rest of us, saying: “We’ll come through here next year. We’ll be here sometime in the spring.

Odds are that show will be classic, electric Slash. So the rare glimpse he offered the Hard Rock of his skills on an acoustic hollow-body Gibson was quite a treat indeed.

It was a short set, only six songs, and it wasn’t really a preview of Slash’s forthcoming album World on Fire, which was recorded partly in Orlando – only one new song, the swampy backcountry number Bent to Fly, made the cut. And while most of the songs were from Slash’s solo output, they were smartly chosen, showing the range that helped Slash bridge the gap between hair metal (Guns N’ Roses) and grunge (Velvet Revolver).

With Kennedy offering perfect blank-slate hair metal vocals, each song was simply an excuse to get to Slash’s solos, like the falling-star twinkles of Fall to Pieces or the early ’70s country rock of Starlight.

But nothing, of course, can top his riff to GNR’s Sweet Child O’ Mine, which closed the night.

Invariably ranked at or near the top of just about every classic guitar-solo power poll, Sweet Child O’ Mine’s nimble intro isn’t terribly difficult to replicate on an acoustic guitar – just ask any sales associate at Guitar Center – and Slash faithfully did that, plucking out the clean, crisp, almost pizzicato notes that everyone wanted to hear. With Kennedy mewling “Where do we go now?” in a nasally quasi-Axl moan, the sleek Hard Rock even felt a bit like an arena.

After the set, Slash donated a few signed guitars to Hard Rock International, including the one he played Wednesday. Maybe it’ll stay in Tampa. And maybe if Slash comes back in the spring, he’ll bring a Gibson Les Paul. It’d make a nice matching set.

SETLIST: Standing in the Sun, Back From Cali, Fall to Pieces, Bent to Fly, Starlight, Sweet Child O' Mine




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SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & CO. CONCERT: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion


(08/25/14) Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX, USA. Check the setlist, photos and videos:

Setlist:

01.You're a Lie
02.Nightrain
03.Standing in the Sun
04.Back from Cali
05.You Could Be Mine
06.World on Fire
07.Anastasia
08.By the Sword
09.Sweet Child O' Mine
10.Slither
11.Paradise City

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8.26.2014

SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & CO. CONCERT: American Airlines Center, Dallas


(08/22/14) Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX, USA. Check the setlist, photos and videos:

Setlist:

01.You're a Lie
02.Nightrain
03.Halo
04.Back from Cali
05.You Could Be Mine
06.World on Fire
07.Mr. Brownstone
08.Anastasia
09.Sweet Child O' Mine
10.Slither
11.Paradise City

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8.23.2014

SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & CO. CONCERT: Pepsi Center, Denver


(08/19/14) Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at Pepsi Center, Denver, CO, USA. Check the setlist, photos and videos:

Setlist:

01.You're a Lie
02.Nightrain
03.Halo
04.Back from Cali
05.You Could Be Mine
06.World on Fire
07.Mr. Brownstone
08.Anastasia
09.Sweet Child O' Mine
10.Slither
11.Paradise City

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8.19.2014

SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & CO. CONCERT: The Gorge Amphitheatre


(08/16/14) Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA, USA. Check the setlist, photos and videos:

Setlist:

01.You're a Lie
02.Nightrain
03.Standing in the Sun
04.Back from Cali
05.You Could Be Mine
06.World on Fire
07.It's So Easy  (with Duff McKagan)
08.Anastasia
09.Sweet Child O' Mine
10.Slither
11.Paradise City

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SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & CO. CONCERT: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in Coquitlam


(08/15/14) Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in Coquitlam, BC, Canada. Check the setlist, photos and videos:

Setlist:

01.You're a Lie
02.Nightrain
03.Halo
04.Standing in the Sun
05.Back from Cali
06.Stone Blind
07.You Could Be Mine
08.Doctor Alibi (Todd Kerns on lead vocals)
09.It's So Easy (Todd Kerns on lead vocals)
10.Not for Me
11.30 Years to Life
12.Rocket Queen
13.No More Heroes
14.Starlight
15.World on Fire
16.Anastasia
17.By the Sword
18.Sweet Child O' Mine
19.Slither

Encore
20.Paradise City


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8.15.2014

SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & CO. CONCERT: The Fillmore, San Francisco


(08/13/14) Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, USA. Check the setlist, photos and videos:

Setlist:

01.You're a Lie
02.Nightrain
03.Halo
04.Standing in the Sun
05.Back from Cali
06.Stone Blind
07.You Could Be Mine
08.Doctor Alibi (Todd Kerns on lead vocals)
09.You're Crazy  (Todd Kerns on lead vocals)
10.Not for Me
11.30 Years to Life
12.Rocket Queen
13.No More Heroes
14.Starlight
15.World on Fire
16.Anastasia
17.By the Sword
18.Sweet Child O' Mine
19.Slither

Encore:
20.Paradise City


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For Kennedy, there’s no place like home


For Kennedy, there’s no place like home

It’s a Monday afternoon, and Myles Kennedy is in a hotel room in San Francisco. Or, at least, he thinks he’s in San Francisco.

“I don’t know where I am half the time,” he said with a laugh. And no wonder: Kennedy, a Spokane native, has been busy on tour opening for Aerosmith with Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash, and as soon as he has a break from that, he’ll be hitting the road again with his band Alter Bridge. He still lives in Spokane, but he’s rarely home these days, and he hasn’t played a major local show since Alter Bridge passed through here in 2010.

“It kind of makes me feel bad considering how much I tour how little I get to play home, and that’s been difficult for me,” Kennedy said. “Hopefully as the next few years unfold, I’ll get to play home more often. Nothing would make me happier.”

In the last decade, Kennedy has become something of a local legend: He got his start as a guitar teacher and musician here (his earliest bands include Citizen Swing and the Mayfield Four), and he gained national prominence as the lead vocalist and guitarist for Alter Bridge, a hard rock quartet that formed following the breakup of late ’90s hit-makers Creed.

Kennedy’s latest venture is his collaboration with Slash, which started several years ago when the guitarist was putting together his first solo album. (Slash reportedly wanted Kennedy to sing with his supergroup Velvet Revolver, a gig that eventually went to Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots.)

“On that record, there were a lot of different singers that he brought on board to collaborate and write with him, everyone from Ozzy (Osbourne) to Fergie to Lemmy from Motörhead,” Kennedy said. “So when he called I was pretty shocked, to say the least, that he even thought of me. We hit it off … and ended up doing two songs together on that record, then we discussed the idea of touring.

“It’s just been a really gradual build, where the dynamic was really great and we had a lot of fun doing it, and it just evolved into something that five years later we’re still doing.”

Kennedy’s is the only voice you’ll hear on the new Slash record, “World on Fire,” which will be released Sept. 15 and is co-credited to backing band the Conspirators. Kennedy describes his working relationship with Slash as a healthy and productive one.

“Considering the amount of success that he’s had – he’s an icon – he doesn’t act like it, and that makes it really great from an artistic standpoint. … Slash will have a very clear idea musically of what he wants to do, so he’ll send me a riff or a chord progression. It’s kind of like this sonic canvas to paint over with my melodies and lyrics.

“He’s not precious with his ideas. Considering the magnitude of what he’s achieved as an artist that really says a lot about him, that he’s open to that, and that’s been a really positive thing.”

As for his lyrics, Kennedy says he’s opened up since his early songwriting days – not necessarily because he’s being more honest, but because he’s searching for inspiration in a diversity of places: His songs on “World on Fire” were inspired by everything from the ’60s angst of “Mad Men” to the surrealistic satire of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five.”

“When I started back in my Mayfield Four days, it was all very personal,” Kennedy said. “In fact, I can’t listen to the first two Mayfield Four records, because it’s like listening to a musical journal. As the time has gone on, I’ve learned to look outward a little more.”

And though his schedule isn’t going to slow down anytime soon, further keeping him away from home, Kennedy says he always looks forward to returning to Spokane (Alter Bridge is scheduled to play the Knitting Factory in October).

“A lot of people think I left Spokane, but Spokane is still home,” he said. “My wife and I tried living in Florida for about six months 10 years ago, and we just found that Spokane is the place for us. We love it there, our family’s there, it’s just a great quality of life. We’re there whenever I’m not on the road, which is a lot anymore – it feels like I’m in this state of perpetual touring – but I love coming back to Spokane.”

Credits: spokesman.com

SLASH & MYLES KENNEDY IN SESSION, TeamRock


Slash & Myles Kennedy came into the TeamRock studios recently and performed a stripped-back, intimate version of Standing In The Sun

"I love Standing In The Sun," says Myles. "It's got a great groove, and a really good vibe. There's just something about it, you know?"

The track is taken from the album Apocalyptic Love, and was given another acoustic outing when the duo performed at London's Houses Of Commons during a special launch party for new collection World On Fire.

The new album will be released as a Classic Rock Fanpack on September 15 – a full four weeks ahead of its regular release date. The pack includes a metal pin badge, 116-page magazine including exclusive interviews and track-by-track breakdown.

Slash told Music Radar about the new CD, "I wrote the majority of the music when I was on the 'Apocalyptic Love' tour. You know, just sitting around in dressing rooms and hotel rooms for a year, I accumulated all these ideas. Then in September [2013] I sat down and went through everything I'd recorded on my voice memo on my phone and picked out about 20 different ideas then we went into pre-production in October and just started jamming. We were there for a couple of months, holed up in Mates rehearsal studio in Los Angeles. There was the whole writing process then once we had all the songs down we rehearsed the shit out of it, and then we brought the producer, Mike Baskette, in. And so we went through another phase of fine tooth-combing everything and getting the arrangements together. Myles came down and started working on his vocal parts… and by the time we were done with all that we were ready to go in and just bang the stuff out. It was a very quick process in the studio."

He continued: "The one thing about this record is that it was almost like it wrote itself, it was very effortless. And that happens very rarely, when there's a certain energy that carries the creative process and it's almost like you're not in control of it and you just ride that wave. That's how this record was. I can't think of any outside influence other than just going with this creative flow."


SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & CO. CONCERT: Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula


(08/09/14) Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA, USA. Check the setlist, photos and videos:

Setlist:

01.You're a Lie
02.Nightrain
03.Halo
04.Standing in the Sun
05.Back from Cali
06.Stone Blind
07.You Could Be Mine
08.Doctor Alibi
09.You're Crazy
10.Not for Me
11.30 Years to Life
12.Rocket Queen
13.No More Heroes
14.Starlight
15.World on Fire
16.Anastasia
17.By the Sword
18.Sweet Child O' Mine
19.Slither

Encore
20.Paradise City

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