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Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

Postby Chris » Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:06 pm

Slash with Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators – Friday, July 19 at 11pm

Slash – Guitar
Myles Kennedy – Vocals
Todd Kerns – Bassist
Brent Fitz – Drummer

I think most people know the early story of Slash as an original member of Guns n’ Roses when the band was the biggest band in the world from the late 80’s to the early 90’s. The band had five top 5 albums from 1987 to 1993 but then disbanded to never reform again in their original form (or even close to it). However, not everyone knows what he has been up to since then. After two mildly successful albums with his band Slash’s Snakepit, he put together the supergroup Velvet Revolver with former Guns N’ Roses members Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, Dave Kushner from Wasted Youth, and Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland. The band’s first album Contraband went #1 in 2004 and their second album Libertad hit #5 in 2007. They also had 7 singles reach the top 20 in the US Mainstream Rock Chart, with “Slither” and “Fall to Pieces” reaching #1. He then teamed up with a host of guest vocalists for his solo album Slash in 2010. The album had two top 25 Mainstream Rock singles and reached #3 on the charts. The biggest single, “Back from Cali” with Myles Kennedy (from Alter Bridge), lead the two to pair up for the album Apocalyptic Love in 2012. The album reached #4 but more importantly spawned three huge Mainstream Rock Hits with #1 “You’re a Lie,” #4 “Standing in the Sun,” and #11 “Anastasia.” Slash and Kennedy currently tour as Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.

Did You Know?
Slash played his last concert with Guns N’ Roses on July 17, 1993 (My 21st birthday!!).
He is the runner up on Time magazine’s list of the “10 Bets Electric Guitar Players.”
His 2010 solo album featured a variety of singers, including Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock, Chris Cornell, Adam Levine, Lemmy Kilmister, Dave Grohl, Iggy Pop, M. Shadows, Ian Astbury, and Fergie.
Myles Kennedy sang on two songs from that album as well.
Kennedy first gained fame with his band Alter Bridge, which also features members of Creed.
Gun N’ Roses first signed with Geffen Records in 1986.
The band released the four-song EP Live ?!@ Like a Suicide.
The EP was limited to 10,000 copies but was eventually released on the album G N’ R Lies in 1988.
Appetite for Destruction has sold over 18 million copies in the US and over 28 million worldwide.
Use Your Illusion I and II debuted at #2 (685,000) and #1 (770,000) on the charts in 1991.
Many chain stores refused to stock the albums due to profanity.
The video for November Rain cost over $1 million and won an MTV VMA.
The song (at 8:57) is the longest song to ever hit the Billboard Hot 100 top 10.
Appetite for Destruction is ranked 27th album of the 1980’s by Rolling Stone.
Rolling Stone ranks the album #62 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Kerrang! lists the album as the #1 rock album of all time.
The song “Nightrain” from that album refers to the wine the band drank when recording the album.
The album debuted at #182 in August 1987 and finally hit #1 over a year later in September 1988.
Guitar World ranks Slash’s solo in “November Rain” as #6 on their list of “The Greatest Guitar Solos.”
Total Guitar ranks his riff in “Sweet Child o’ Mine” as #1 on their list of “The 100 Greatest Riffs.”
That riff was first done by Slash as a joke during a jam session.
The song was also originally thought of as filler on the album.
Slash’s real name is Saul Hudson.
His father Anthony Hudson created album covers for musicians such as Neil Young.
Velvet Revolver’s “Slither” won a Grammy in 2005 for Best Hard Rock Performance.
The band had two other Grammy Award nominations that year.
Scott Weiland left the band in 2008 after the band toured with Alice in Chains.
Slash played lead guitar on Michael Jackson’s 2001 single “Give In to Me.”
He also performed with Jackson on “Black or White” at the 1995 MTV VMA’s.
He and the members of Guns N’ Roses appeared in The Dead Pool, a Dirty Harry movie in 1988.
In 2010, the remaining members of Velvet Revolver began work on a new album.
However, the band has yet to choose a replacement lead singer for the band.
Velvet Revolver have not officially disbanded.
Slash wrote an autobiography in 2007.
In the book, he admits to years of drug and alcohol abuse, which led to his diagnosis of cardiomyopathy (a form of congestive heart failure).
He has been clean and sober since 2006.
Slash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Gun N’ Roses.
Lzzy Hale from Halestorm sang “Out Ta Get Me” with Slash live in 2012. See it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AWxruAzN4s

Albums and Chart Positions
With Guns N’ Roses:
1987 Appetite for Destruction #1 (18X Platinum)
1988 G N’ R Lies #2 (5X Platinum)
1991 Use Your Illusion I #2 (7X Platinum)
1991 Use Your Illusion II #1 (7X Platinum)
1993 The Spaghetti Incident? #4 (Platinum)
1999 Live Era ’87-’93 #45 (Gold)
2004 Greatest Hits #3 (5X Platinum)

With Velvet Revolver:
2004 Contraband #1 (2X Platinum)
2007 Libertad #5

Slash’s Snakepit:
1995 Slash’s Snakepit #70
2000 Ain’t Life Grand

Solo:
2010 Slash #3
2012 Apocalyptic Love #4

Songs and Mainstream Rock Chart Positions
With Guns N’ Roses:
1987 Welcome to the Jungle #24 (#7 on the Billboard Hot 100)
1988 Sweet Child o’ Mine #6 (#1)
1988 Paradise City #2 (#5)
1989 Patience #7 (#4)
1989 Nightrain #13 (#93)
1991 You Could Be Mine #2 (#29)
1991 Don’t Cry #3 (#10)
1991 Live and Let Die #20 (#33)
1992 November Rain #15 (#3)
1992 Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door #18
1992 Yesterdays #13 (#72)
1993 Civil War #4
1993 Ain’t It Fun #8
1993 Hair of the Dog #11
1993 Estranged #16
1994 Since I Don’t Have You (#69)
1994 Sympathy for the Devil #10 (#55)

With Velvet Revolver:
2003 Set Me Free #17
2004 Slither #1 (#56)
2004 Fall to Pieces #1 (#67)
2005 Dirty Little Thing #8
2005 Come On, Come In #14
2007 She Builds Quick Machines #2
2007 The Last Fight #16
2008 Get Out the Door #34


Solo:
2010 By the Sword #25
2010 Back from Cali #24
2012 You’re a Lie #1
2012 Standing in the Sun #4
2013 Anastasia #11

My Take
I will never forget the first time I heard Gun N’ Roses. It was 1987, before they hit it big, at my high school’s talent show. It was just some guys lip syncing, but I remember almost being scared by the music. Little did I know they would go on to become one of my favorite bands of all-time. I played Appetite for Destruction so much that, to this day, I can still sing every song it word for word. And I can still remember where I was the first time I listened to Use Your Illusions I and II after buying them on the day they were released. I actually had tickets to see the band in Kansas City right after Axl Roses’ infamous meltdown in St. Louis. That show was cancelled. However, I was lucky enough to see them on their stadium tour with Metallica. The band didn’t come on until 2 ½ hours after Metallica finished, but put on a show into the wee hours of the morning that I will never forget. And then, just like that, the band was finished. Yes, I know, Axl has reformed what he calls Guns N’ Roses, but, to me, they are a cover band (that may change after I see them June 2!). I didn’t pay a lot of attention to his early solo stuff but I definitely took note of the formation of Velvet Revolver. I am still kicking myself for not going to see them in KC at a small venue when they first got started. Unfortunately, any band with Scott Weiland singing has a chance of breaking up before breakfast. That band had a great sound but will probably never reach its potential. That leads us to Slash’s current (somewhat) solo career, which is one of my favorite bands going right now. I bought his 2010 solo album just to hear all the different collaborations and was just blown away by the sound. Slash still has that signature guitar sound that you just know is him when a song starts. I like just about every song on that album, and I am shocked that his song with Fergie, “Beautiful Dangerous,” did not become a huge hit for them. My favorite song off that album, though, is “Back from Cali,” with Myles Kennedy. The two knew they had chemistry together and teamed up for 2012’s Apocalyptic Love. The album has been a huge rock hit and I encourage everyone to pick it up before the jam. I have seen the band perform twice, once opening for Ozzy, and the second time as a headliner. Both times, the band has wowed the crowd with not only their current catalog, but a host of G n’ R songs and a Velvet Revolver song or two. There aren’t many bands I have been more excited about to see on the Moondance Jam stage (Kiss and Def Leppard are the only ones that come to mind). Seriously, the setlist they play on Jam Friday is going to be epic. Familiarize yourself with his new stuff and bust out those old G n’ R discs and get ready for the show everyone will be talking about. Also, for a good read, pick up his autobiography. It is amazing that he is alive with all he put his body through. Jam Friday is the day I am most looking forward to and Slash is going to close the night out with the set everyone will be talking about.

Setlists:
March 4, 2013 in Dublin
Halo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS0PULTeiyE
Been There Lately (Slash's Snakepit song) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrNkxy9e2Sg
Nightrain (Guns N' Roses song) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qyf8oRF6Trg
Ghost http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmjBzyddo9Q
Standing in the Sun http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IMYrp2HtZY
Back from Cali http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZVOOntxFu8
Shots Fired http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3LkXmOjPKU
By the Sword http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwENuEZ7XPc
Doctor Alibi (Todd Kerns on lead vocals) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfxjXBMAZl8
You're Crazy (Guns N' Roses song) (Todd Kerns on lead vocals) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj0NNjDpdwE
Civil War (Guns N' Roses song) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1fHxPY3TJo
Bad Rain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_65MxpMb2xU
Watch This http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJwtjEW2Ga0
Not for Me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uzfk6068ngw
Rocket Queen (Guns N' Roses song) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TnL-LJKWE0
No More Heroes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FAsmtgZTfE
Starlight http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywQutN0j33o
Anastasia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JC0NJdfbsA
You're a Lie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SZrJLMTO-8
Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N' Roses song) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vkqLi8bxPI
Slither (Velvet Revolver song) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKz2U4fvA4U
Encore:
Welcome to the Jungle (Guns N' Roses song) (Todd Kerns on lead vocals) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1tj2zJ2Wvg solo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86rxVK-wIIg
Paradise City (Guns N' Roses song) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbm6GXllBiw solo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5outz-ciR6s

March 3, 2013 in Dublin
Halo
Mean Bone (Slash's Snakepit song) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avLRqD478xo
Nightrain (Guns N' Roses song)
Ghost
Standing in the Sun
Back from Cali
Mr. Brownstone (Guns N' Roses song) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVYDnQwi3OQ
Serial Killer (Slash's Snakepit song)
Nothing to Say
Gotten
We're All Gonna Die (Todd Kerns on lead vocals)
Out Ta Get Me (Guns N' Roses song) (Todd Kerns on lead vocals) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AWxruAzN4s (with Lzzy from Halestorm!!!)
By the Sword
Rocket Queen (Guns N' Roses song)
No More Heroes
Starlight
Anastasia
You're a Lie
Guitar Solo / Godfather Theme
Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N' Roses song)
Slither (Velvet Revolver song)
Encore:
Welcome to the Jungle (Guns N' Roses song) (Todd Kerns on lead vocals)
Paradise City (Guns N' Roses song)
The music brought me to Moondance Jam. The people bring me back.
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Re: Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

Postby Lisa! » Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:03 pm

Wow, Chris! Amazing and I am now even more excited!!! I'm going to hafta pick up the album now!!! Thanks a heap :D
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Re: Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

Postby gopherboy6 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:35 pm

Great writeup Chris!
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Re: Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

Postby dano » Thu May 02, 2013 12:23 am

"Just some guys lip-syncing at a High School talent contest.." Wow! Who'd a thunk! Guess they all start somewhere. This should be another great show - and no sitting around for 2 hours or more waiting for Axl to show (or not show). 8-)
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Re: Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

Postby Chris » Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:26 pm

dano wrote:"Just some guys lip-syncing at a High School talent contest.." Wow! Who'd a thunk! Guess they all start somewhere. This should be another great show - and no sitting around for 2 hours or more waiting for Axl to show (or not show). 8-)


Just read this. It was NOT GnR lip-syncing at a high school talent contest. It was some guys from my hometown older than me lip-syncing to Welcome to the Jungle. It was the first I had ever heard of Guns n' Roses.

However, one of the loudest crowds I ever heard at a concert was at a Poison/David Lee Roth concert in the late 80's in Wichita. They played "Welcome to the Jungle" in-between bands on the loud speakers and that place went nuts. Weird the crowd was louder then than during the actual concerts!
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Re: Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

Postby gopherboy6 » Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:49 pm

Just saw part of Live from Stoke and man are they awesome live! If Friday night is anything like that concert we won't be disappointed.
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