On the day the internet was rife with rumors of Axl Rose’s death (fake of course) the other half of Gun’s and Roses thundered into Glasgow’s newest stadium venue – The Hydro. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators to give the tour its Sunday name was a gig high on the list of gigs of 2014 not to be missed.

Twenty Two Hundred make a brave attempt to start proceedings at 6:45pm….a ridiculously start for a rock’n’roll gig, a couple of hundred punters made the effort to give the guys a welcome but that few people in the cathedral proportions of the Hydro it all seemed in vain. Now when Californian Breed took to the stage things changed. Unfortunately Jason Bonham is no longer part of the trio but Joey Castillo mad a damn fine replacement. Glenn Hughes and guitarist Andrew Watt made excellent use of the massive stage and the 3 100 watt lamps focused onto them… An excellent warm up for the main event and worthy of a headlining tour of their own..

In Slash’s own words this is no solo project….its a band and boy what a band Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy is a natural front man/vocalist and teamed up with bassist Todd Kerns and drummer Brent Fitz this is true rock royalty.

The Hydro explodes when the house light s drop….3 times!! before the band take the stage and open with ‘You’re A Lie’ and the cavernous venue is rocking to its foundations… The first G&R song of the night ‘Nightrain’ …mega about describes it. Myles Kennedy’s vocals on ‘Ghost’ is perfect and miles better (doh!!) than Ian Astbury’s…

The setlist was packed with tracks from the recent release ‘World On Fire’ and littered with ‘Guns N Roses’ classics such as ‘Nightrain’, ‘You Could Be Mine’, ‘Mr Brownstone’ and ‘Rocket Queen’, which including an impromptu 10 minute guitar solo, showcasing the amazing talent Slash possesses.   Highlight of the night was the eagerly anticipated ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, from the GNR album ‘Appetite For Destruction’. Other tracks were taken from Slash’s earlier solo albums ‘Slash’ and ‘Apocalyptic Love’. ‘Slither’, by Slash’s previous band ‘Velvet Revolver’ closed the first part of the set. Myles Kennedy, front man from the Florida rockers ‘Alter Bridge’ was on lead vocals and had the crowd in the palm of his hand from the first minute of the show. He was joined for a cover of the ‘Deep Purple’ track ‘Burn’ at the beginning of the encore, aided by Glenn Hughes, previously of ‘Deep Purple’ and ‘Black Sabbath’. His latest band, ‘Californian Breed’, had provided the warm up earlier in the evening. The show closed with a storming rendition of the Guns N Roses classic, ‘Paradise City’

The question has to be asked would Slash and Co attract such a big crowd if they didn’t play the Guns and Roses material…maybe not, maybe he doesn’t care… but his own material is good…very good, time to break free from the shackles of the past ??? but then again Slash is the connection to the past for all of these rock fans here tonight and after all playing music from the past seems to be the future these days…

Words by Stephen Wilson/Westy

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