TSB Bank Arena
Wednesday, February 18
Slash (b. Saul Hudson) found fame a quarter-century ago as the top-hatted guitarist in Guns N’Roses, his oily riffs and greasy hair so much a part of that band’s sound and look. Almost inexplicably he continues to hold on to that fame – more so than anyone else from Guns N’ Roses. He’s dabbled in other bands (Slash’s Snakepit, Velvet Revolver) released solo albums with guest vocalists and continued to appear near the top of Best Guitarist lists.
Myles Kennedy sings and plays guitar with the post-grunge/nu-metal band Alter Bridge. He does a pretty decent Axl Rose impersonation – it’s both a blessing and a curse. It’s given him a side-line career as Slash’s go-to singer for the latest version of Slash-as-bandleader/marquee name. It makes him anonymous within rock music history.
The Conspirators are the bass player, rhythm guitarist and bassist – and speaking of anonymous they might as well be anyone. The bassist most certainly thought he was someone far more famous and important than Todd Kerns as he stalked the audience from all angles of the stage, flicking picks, even guesting with screechy lead vocal spots.
At their best Kennedy and The Conspirators can recreate the Guns N’ Roses sound, Slash still knows the licks and though he looked bored – until he bucked his ideas up and tried to impersonate AC/DC’s Angus Young, when he just looked weird – he can still run the lines. It all amounts to the best Guns N’ Roses tribute band you might see on a night out. The problem being there’s half a set of flabby leftovers, turgid, tired rock songs – not even all bark, hardly ever any bite. And though it was fun to hear Nightrain, Mr. Brownstown and Out Ta Get Me they started to sound a little too samey – You Could Be Mine was definitely the mid-set highlight.
And then Sweet Child O’ Mine and Paradise City sent the fans home happy, with lip-service to Velvet Revolver via Slither.
This review appeared in The Dominion Post – I’ve reposted it here on Off The Tracks due to requests from people wanting to view it online