Slash, Myles Kennedy rock Madison’s Orpheum Theatre

Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators rocked their way into Madison, Wisconsin, touring to promote their new release “Apocalyptic Love” scheduled for release May 22nd. In Slash’s current endeavor with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, he seems as talented as always and healthier than ever. In recent years, Slash has been extremely active compared to the rest of the original lineup of GNR. Slash has had solo work, Velvet Revolver, Guitar Hero, books and countless other appearances that has kept him busy and in the musical spotlight.

The current lineup with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators is proving to be very successful. New music coming, full tour spanning North America; Slash (and band) are setting the bar high and exceeding expectations all over the place, especially on stage.

Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators’ onstage performances are energetic and bring you back to the good ol days of 80’s rock, especially when they break out GNR. The classic grouping of twin guitarists, bassist, drummer and powerful singer reminded the vast majority of the middle aged crowds of the time when they grew up with GNR, The Cult, Motley Crue, and countless other musical heros.

Performing everything from Guns to Velvet Revolver to Slash’s solo work with Myles Kennedy himself, Ian Astbury, and Lemmy Kilmeister, Slash and band kept it fresh throughout the pleasingly long setlist. Hits like “Rocket Queen” blended well with Slash’s own “Ghost” and “Dirty Little Thing” from the Velvet Revolver days. Bleeding energy came from all sides of the stage as The Conspirators, Myles Kennedy and Slash all played very well together; their performances flowing and seeming effortless throughout the entire night.

That classic Slash sound complimented by his stack of vintage Marshall amps is something to be expected at shows with Slash, and there was no absence of it in Madison. Between Slash ripping away at his guitar and Myles Kennedy belting out some extremely impressive vocals very similar to Axl Rose, I would’ve guessed GNR got back together if I didn’t know who was singing.

Even the openers were far more entertaining that I had initially expected. Hillbilly Herald’s lead singer was all over the place and made some very interesting faces as he belted out some originals and covers. Brand New Sin was not far behind with their face melting guitar solos and powerful singer, but still not as crowd pleasing as Hillbilly Herald.

Slash will continue on his current tour with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators in the US and then continue on into Europe and other international locations throughout the summer. Remember to pick up “Apocalyptic Love” when it drops on the 22nd. I think you’ll be pleasently surprised!

Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators

Brand New Sin

Hillbilly Herald

Setlist: Mean Bone – Dirty Little Thing – Night Train – Back from Cali – Ghost – Standing in the Sun – Rocket Queen – Dr. Alibi – Speed Parade – Apocalyptic Love – Fall to Pieces – Watch This – Starlight – Communication Breakdown – Just Like Anything – You’re a Lie – Sweet Child of Mine – Slither – By the Sword – Paradise City

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