Title - Live At The Roxy 9.25.14 [3 LP] [Limited Edition]
Artist - Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators
On September 25th 2014, shortly after the release of their World On Fire album, Slash with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators (Todd Kerns - Bass & Vocals; Brent Fitz - Drums; Frank Sidoris - Guitar & Vocals) took the stage at the legendary Roxy Theatre on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.
The atmospheric venue, steeped in rock history, gave fans a brilliant opportunity to experience the band up close as they delivered a set packed with more recent solo tracks, including several from the new album, and classics from Slash's earlier career with Guns 'n' Roses and Velvet Revolver
Indeed, the intimate setting inspired the band to deliver a scintillating, dynamic performance that is expertly captured on this wonderful, crisp, and limited edition old school 3LP VINYL set!
Side A of the powerhaus Live At the Roxy 9.25.14 opens with a quick acknowledgement to a baying crowd, before 'Ghost' is brought forth. Taken from Slash's 2010 solo album, it's a gently way to start this album, but is soon backed by a crazy-great 'Nightrain.' It's the first of six Guns 'n' Roses cuts on here, and as much as Kennedy has the chops for this kind of sound, it's most certainly still not Axel. But, then again, could anything G'n'R ever be without The Mighty Rose?
Next up is a guitar laden 'Halo,' which is backed by a Slash staple, 'Back from Cali.' "You guys sound fantastic," Kennedy tells the crowd, "How're you guys doin' so far?" He then introduces the first song from the album they were actually touring at the time, the aforementioned World On Fire, 'Stone Blind.'
Side B opens with a frantic drum solo that leads into a terrific 'You Could Be Mine,' which does allow Kennedy to meld into the Rose-esque pitch that is associated with the song. Bassist Todd Kerns then takes over lead vocals on both the full on 'Doctor Alibi' and 'You're Crazy,' before Kennedy introduces another new song from the latest album, 'Wicked Stone.'
Side C opens with Kennedy admitting that the band appreciates the fact that even though the songs are pretty new to them, that the fact the crowd is singing along as best they can is amazing to them. They then launch into the brilliant '30 Years To Life,' and back that with an outrageously fantastic near-20 minute version of 'Rocket Queen'! Highlighting the guitar skills of Slash, alongside those of Sidoris, it truly is a massive highlight of this fantastic live album.
Side D eases in with 'Bent To Fly,' before some distorted guitar work leads us into the beautiful Slash go-to, 'Starlight.' After that hands-in-the-air-and-sway track, we then plow straight into the second shortest track on the entire recording, 'You're A Lie.' Make no mistake, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators are a highly well-oiled machine, sounding super tight and confident, and no matter if you miss Axel's distinct vocals or not, there's no dismissing the fact that Kennedy has what it takes to carry most all of these tracks.
Side E opens with the new album's title track, 'World On Fire,' before another true highlight of the album is upon us in the form of crowd favorite, 'Anastasia.' A track that opens with acoustic guitar, and features more within it, it soon blasts off into a real down and dirty rock track, it's backed by an astounding, albeit too short for my personal liking, 'Sweet Child O' Mine.' "You guys have been f**kin' great," Kennedy tells the crowd, "so thank you for coming out and hanging with us." Then, after introducing the entire band, Side F opens with a near-10 minute Velvet Revolver rendition of 'Slither,' before the whole 3LP set closes with an outrageously stunning 'Paradise City.'
Live At The Roxy 9.25.14 is also released on Blu ray, DVD, 2CD, on Digital, and, of course, in this incredible 3LP Limited Edition format.