Slash came into Boston last night to destroy the House of Blues... And, I haven't checked yet this morning, but I wouldn't be surprised if the building is gone! He started his day in beantown with the tweet "@Slash F*ck, Boston is a pretty city."
Taddy Porter and Tab the Band did a great job of getting the sold out crowd worked up, but when Slash came out... It was VERY clear who everyone was there to see! Slash took the stage (ON TIME) and from 'note one', made that guitar his BITCH!!!!! They started with Ghost off of the new solo album, and like a runaway train... it just kept getting faster and more intense! Myles Kennedy is the closest thing to vocal perfection that can be found! He was able to shift gears from classic GNR songs, to Slash's Snake Pit songs, to Velvet Revolver songs, to new Slash songs, and even an Alterbridge song seamlessly... Man can that guy sing! The real treat of the night, was the old GNR songs that we all know and love! They were perfect! Myles hit every note, and so did Slash! It should be noted that Slash's band are no slouches either! If you closed your eyes, you could almost confuse their performance with the original GNR in their heyday! Of course, it's minus the late start, the lead singer tantrums, the riots, and the fights with fans etc! Instead, you got 2+ hours of 5 guys on stage doing what they love... and it showed!
Nightrain showed the crowd that they were in for a night filled with classics, Civil War was only missing the 'failure to communicate' intro, Rocket Queen wad 'dead on balls', the first note of Sweet Child O' Mine sent chills down your spine from the first, infamous note. Finishing with My Michelle into Paradise City sent everyone home wondering what decade it was.
The look on the faces of the fans 25 and under was hilarious! They've never seen GNR as they once were... They've grown up with the music, but have only been exposed to the shell that once was GNR. (I like to call it 'braids N buckets') It was like watching 2000+ people have an epiphany simultaneously! I felt like screaming "Yes, that is what it is supposed to sound like!"
Nuggets of Snake Pit, new songs and Velvet Revolver classics made the set interesting and diverse. I loved Fall To Pieces! But, when they started playing Rise Today from Myles's band Alterbridge, I was impressed! Slash's lack of ego, allowed the bright spotlight to be shown on someone other than himself! That NEVER would have happened if Axl were anywhere around Boston!
They played until after midnight, and left me sad that it was over. That almost never happens anymore. No beer swilling, no falling down, no mistakes, no egos... just Rock N Roll in its purest state. I think the broken guitar string count was at 6, at the end of the show. Hendrix, Vaughn, Iommi, Van Halen, Page and the like would have been impressed by the clinic that Slash put on last night. He is a Guitar Hero, in the true definition.
Slash left Beantown with this tweet "@slash Goodnight Boston! Always a rockin' time in Beantown! Man, I wish we could have hung out longer. Iii|; (,"
We do too Slash, we do too!
I need a nap!
(photos courtesy of my iPhone with the Hipstamatic app)
- Ghost Play Video
- Mean Bone (Slash's Snakepit cover) Play Video
- Nightrain (Guns N' Roses cover) Play Video
- Sucker Train Blues (Velvet Revolver cover) Play Video
- Back From Cali Play Video
- Civil War (Guns N' Roses cover) Play Video
- Rocket Queen (Guns N' Roses cover) Play Video
- Beggars & Hangers-On (Slash's Snakepit cover) Play Video
- Fall To Pieces (Velvet Revolver cover) Play Video
- We're All Gonna Die Play Video
- Nothing To Say Play Video
- Starlight Play Video
- Just Like Anything (Slash's Snakepit cover) Play Video
- Guitar Solo / Godfather Theme Play Video
- Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N' Roses cover) Play Video
- Rise Today (Alter Bridge cover) Play Video
- Slither (Velvet Revolver cover) Play Video
- By The Sword Play Video
- My Michelle (Guns N' Roses cover) Play Video
- Paradise City (Guns N' Roses cover) Play Video