There’s no denying Slash is a rock icon. The curly haired axe slinger with the black top hat is recognized throughout the world for his work with Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver. With GNR off the road since December, Slash must have had the itch to tour and is out there “Living The Dream”. He pulled into Caesars Windsor on Friday (July 26) for a show with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.
Much like Guns N’ Roses, there’s a little unpredictability when Slash comes to town. How many songs will he play? Will there be any GNR or Velvet Revolver? Tonight in Windsor, he played a large 19-song set of mostly Conspirators music, a handful from his 2010 solo album and one lone GNR song.
While GNR fans might be a bit disappointed with that outcome, Slash is no slouch – he rocked the place hard. Conspirators shows are hard ass rock and roll and if the band and audience aren’t sweaty by the end of the show, something must be wrong. By the look of everyone at the end, it was a good night.
The five-piece band features two Canadian members – Winnipeg drummer Brent Fitz (known for his tours with Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper and a bunch of great Canadian acts) and Estevan, Saskatchewan bassist Todd Kerns (known for Age of Electric, Faster Pussycat and a bunch of Canadian acts). That duo appears out west in the cover band Toque. To celebrate the Windsor show, Kerns sported a Tea Party Black River tour shirt the entire time, showing his support for the rock band that originated from Windsor.
Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators is a guitar lover’s dream – there’s always room for guitar solos and those famous poses he’s known for.
Oh, and that one lone Guns N’ Roses song was Nightrain.
California rockers Joyous Wolf opened the show with a set, mostly comprised of music from their latest EP Place In Time.
Slash is another of several great rock shows Caesars has brought to the city lately, with more on the way. Coming up, the venue presents Moist and Big Sugar on September 5, The Australian Pink Floyd Show on October 6, American rock band Daughtry on October 24 and the Queen-inspired musical We Will Rock for three ALL AGES shows on November 29 and November 30.
All photos by Shawn Logan
Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators: