There's roughly 1000 people that were lucky enough to receive a rock'n roll ass kicking over the weekend, myself included. It's mid-week already, and I'm still recovering. I've seen some good rock shows...but this is undoubtedly on my list of favorites.
I checked out one of the sold out stops on Slash's solo "We're All Gonna Die" tour over the weekend. I've never been a huge Guns 'N' Roses fan to be honest. I like them of course, they're classic...but really, there's only so much Axl I can take. G'n'R aside, I'm pretty much sold on the Slash & Friends album...it's a mix of everything. Besides the fact that it was only one of the greatest guitarists of all time in an intimate venue - Todd Kerns of Age of Electric was on bass. Todd's originally from my home town, so it was a bit of a reunion of sorts for a lot of folks.
Not much for stage antics, Slash didn't have much to say. But you don't have to say too much when you're one of the most respected musicians of all time...the presence alone speaks volumes. Top hat, Les Paul, and sans cigarette (I should really kick the habit too), the legendary rocker treated the beer- soaked, horn-throwing audience to a night of classics, new tunes, and even a Godfather themed blues solo.
The guy's got more energy than most rockers half his age. Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) picked up the vocals - move over Axl...in my opinion, this guy's got more chops either of the former frontmen. Though nothing against the great talent of Weiland or Axl - but Kennedy seriously blew me away.
To top it off, Slash stuck around and tended to the die-hards waiting at the back of the venue after the show, as well as a few that couldn't get tickets. I watched as a few guys got thier Les Pauls signed.
It wasn't Guns 'N' Roses. It wasn't Velvet Revolver. There was no pyro or choreograpy, and it wasn't scripted. Summe up: It was like the best garage band you've ever seen. Straight up, raw, rock 'n' roll at it's finest - the best kind, no doubt.