Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators and Dead Sara at LA’s YouTube Theater: A Boisterous Rock & Roll Party


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The vibe within the walls of the YouTube Theater in Los Angeles on Feb. 18 was perhaps best summed up by one enthusiastic fan, who during a break between songs screamed, full-throated, “FUCKING SLASH!”

The perennially top-hatted guitar icon was in town for a headlining performance at the posh new theater located inside the SoFi Stadium complex in Inglewood, his frequent collaborators Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators along for the ride.

It was a Friday night, the weekend was near, and the atmosphere was electric — and not just in terms of Slash’s guitar, which was on full, exhilarating display throughout the set. This was a rock & roll concert of the highest pedigree, no doubt.

Opening the show was Dead Sara, the hard-working Los Angeles band that released its most recent record, Ain’t It Tragic, in late November. Playing to a still-arriving crowd of Slash fans that hadn’t yet filled the seats due in large part to typically horrendous Friday evening L.A. traffic, Dead Sara delivered a high-energy set of songs from throughout its handful of albums, winning over some new converts along the way.

 

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Songs like “Hypnotic,” from Ain’t It Tragic, were particularly popular with the crowd, heads bobbing along with vocalist Emily Armstrong as she led the band with a vibrant stage presence (clad in a bright red outfit). Some in the crowd were clearly impressed by what they may have assumed is a “new” band, so hopefully this introduction leads these new fans through the Dead Sara back catalog.

Opening for Slash for some dates on a national tour is a rather substantial opportunity for any band, and Dead Sara seems primed to reach thousands of new fans as a result of this very smart pairing.

After a break, the masses — many of them in Guns N’ Roses shirts or Slash apparel, or both — showed up, filling in their seats after grabbing huge beers from one of the theater’s many bars on the concourse for the main event.

One thing quickly became apparent as soon as Slash and Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators tore into their set. This is not “Slash and his backing band” in concert. Rather, it’s a loud, proud and confident rock and roll band that features Slash on lead guitar.

That is to say, chemistry abounds from all corners of the stage. Kennedy is a powerhouse vocalist with an engaging style of between-song banter, even dedicating the song “Fill My World” (from the band’s new album, 4) to his dog, Mozart. He also recalled practicing “all day in my hotel room” for a split-second triangle solo on “Whatever Gets You Buy,” eliciting laughs from the crowd.

He and the Conspirators — bassist Todd Kerns (who sang lead on a few songs, including a cover of Lenny Kravitz’s “Always On the Run” and “Dr. Alibi,” a Slash track that originally featured Lemmy from Motorhead), drummer Brent Fitz and guitarist Frank Sidoris — slammed through their set, touching on their handful of albums with Slash as well as some of his older material (like Slash’s Snakepit).

Slash, of course, takes center stage frequently and enthusiastically, the spotlight shining upon him as he wails away on the six-string (and, once, a double-neck guitar for “The One You Loved Is Gone”).

There were no “Sweet Child O’ Mine” or “Welcome to the Jungle” singalongs, however, despite some fans (like the screaming one mentioned earlier) shouting “NIGHTRAIN!” to no avail. It’s unlikely any in attendance felt let down by that, though, as the bombastic rock & roll precision from Slash and Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators left no room for complaining as they delivered one emphatic rock anthem after another.

Four collaborative albums in, the ensemble clearly has a cohesion and commitment to creative vision that makes for a hell of a live show, and an excellent opportunity to see one of the greatest, most innovative guitarists in rock history do his thing as only he can.

 

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Slash set list at the YouTube Theater, Feb. 18:

Driving Rain
My Antidote
Shots Fired
Serve You Right
Back From Cali
Bad Rain
The River Is Rising
Whatever Gets You By
Always on the Run (Lenny Kravitz cover) (Todd Kerns on Vocals)
No More Heroes
Speed Parade (Slash’s Snakepit cover)
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Fill My World
The One You Loved Is Gone
Call off the Dogs
Doctor Alibi (Slash song) (Todd Kerns on Vocals)
Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time) (Elton John cover)
Nothing to Say
You’re a Lie
World on Fire (Extended)

Encore:
Anastasia

Catch a show from the remaining dates of Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators’ tour, with two more shows including Dead Sara:

TUE 2/22 SALT LAKE CITY, UT DELTA HALL -ECCLES THEATER (with Dead Sara)
WED 2/23 DENVER, CO PARAMOUNT THEATRE (with Dead Sara)
FRI 2/25 KANSAS CITY, MO ARVEST BANK THEATRE-THE MIDLAND
SAT 2/26 PRIOR LAKE, MN MYSTIC LAKE CASINO-MYSTIC SHOWROOM
MON 2/28 MILWAUKEE, WI RIVERSIDE THEATER
WED 3/2 CHICAGO, IL THE RIVIERA THEATRE
FRI 3/4 WINDSOR, ON CAESARS WINDSOR-THE COLOSSEUM
SAT 3/5 WATERLOO, NY THE VINE @ DEL LAGO RESORT
MON 3/7 BOSTON, MA HOUSE OF BLUES
WED 3/9 SILVER SPRING, MD THE FILLMORE -SILVER SPRING
FRI 3/11 ATLANTIC CITY, NJ TROPICANA-ATLANTIC CITY
SAT 3/12 NEW YORK, NY BEACON THEATRE
MON 3/14 RICHMOND, VA DOMINION ENERGY CENTER
WED 3/16 NASHVILLE, TN GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE
FRI 3/18 ATLANTA, GA COCA COLA ROXY
SAT 3/19 DURHAM, NC DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
MON 3/21 CHARLOTTE, NC THE FILLMORE-CHARLOTTE
WED 3/23 CHARLESTON, SC N. CHARLESTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
FRI 3/25 CLEARWATER, FL RUTH ECKERD HALL
SAT 3/26 ORLANDO, FL HARD ROCK LIVE – ORLANDO



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