Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
Terminal 5 – New York City – May 07, 2015
Words and Photos by Ana Santos
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators rolled into town this past Thursday, May 7th, for one explosive night of badass rock & roll. With a solid lineup featuring Myles Kennedy (vocals), Todd Kerns (bass), Frank Sidoris (guitar) and Brent Fitz (drums), the band played an extended two-hour set for a jam-packed, sold-out crowd at New York City’s Terminal 5.
The set fired off with “You’re a Lie” from the 2012 Apocalyptic Love album, and rolled straight into “Nightrain,” which would be the first of seven Guns N’ Roses covers to set blaze to already enthused fans. While it might have been Slash‘s name sprawled bright and bold across the back of the stage, it’s clear by the chemistry and overall fan reception that it’s become more than a one-man show. Kennedy flawlessly commanded the audience from the high perch of his ego-riser, prompting sing-alongs and thundering applause. Bassist Todd Kerns took over for Kennedy on vocals halfway through the 20-song set, fronting “Doctor Alibi” and the fourth Guns N’ Roses cover of the night, “Welcome To The Jungle.”
Both vocalists showcased an incredible ability to seamlessly emulate Axl Rose in such a way that stayed true to the original performance without becoming a complete carbon copy. The highlight showcase of the night, however, was Slash’s electrifying 15 minute guitar solo midway through “Rocket Queen.” The band closed off the main set with a run of heavy hitters – “World On Fire,” “Anastasia,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and the Velvet Revolver cover, “Slither.” Thanks to city curfew, the adrenalized audience didn’t have to wait long for the two-song encore. In a surprise move, Slash introduced recent The Voice contestant, Kimberly Nicole for a soulful rendition of Jimi Hendrix‘s “Hey Joe.”
It was a night that could have easily belonged in the seemingly bygone era of early nineties rock & roll as the band said their farewell with confetti canons shooting off to the booming sound of “Paradise City.”
Slash will be on the road in the US through May 24th, before heading off to Europe on May 28th. Check out all the tour dates here!