Silver Spring, MD
SLASH Set List: Avalon, Halo, Standing In The Sun, Ghost, Back From Cali, You’re A Lie, My Antidote, Bent TO Fly, Savage Sun, Serve You Right, Dr. Alibi, Wicked Stone, Mind Your Manners, Driving Rain, Rocket Queen, Starlight, Lost Inside The Girl, By The Sword, World On Fire, ENCORE: Call Of The Wild, Anastasia
STONE HORSES Set List: 100 Days, Hard, End, Flirtin’, I Got Mine (Black Keys cover), Reckless
In years past a Slash performance would sell out within a few days or hours of going on sale but on this particular evening there were still tickets available up until show time. The venue was packed but not packed to capacity. Taking place on a Tuesday night which is a Work/School night can be a problem sometimes.
Most patrons wore their Guns N Roses attire and clearly wanted the man in the tophat to perform a bevy of GNR classics. The only Guns N Roses song performed at this show was “Rocket Queen” which featured an extended guitar solo by Slash which lasted nearly 15 minutes.
Maryland rockers Stone Horses opened the show at 8 PM and chatting with the bands singer John Allen just before their set he told me that he had been sick for the last 3 days with food poisoning/a stomach virus but his illness had no effect on his performance because John and the boys rocked hard!
Lead Singer John Allen and drummer Jason Heiser are also in the band Charm City Devils and on side stage for this performance was none other than Charm City Devils guitarist Nick Kay.
Stone Horses guitarist Ted Merrill was the only guy in the room with puffier hair than Slash and his guitar licks flavored the modern rock sound of Stone Horses.
At the merch table fans could buy an autographed Slash record for $100 and most shirts were priced at $35.
When Slash took the stage the crowd lost their collective minds; the curly haired dude from Guns N Roses was on the mid sized Fillmore stage performing in a club room as opposed to the Stadiums he was previously in with Guns N Roses! The crowd roar was deafening!
Slash is a character, Slash is an icon, the man never removed his tophat and glasses, sporting a vintage CREEM shirt with leather pants, Slash is this generations Keith Richards!
Myles Kennedy sounded amazing and at this point his vocal ability is far superior to that of the modern day Axl Rose. Myles played guitar during the last song of the night “Anastasia” and if I’m being honest with you Mr. Kennedy has truly grown into the role of “Frontman”. The Conspirators first tour was solid yet a tad rocky when it came to Myles ability as a frontman sans a guitar. Myles is a musician and in most of his bands he performs with a guitar strapped to his body. Myles has fully adapted to the role of lead singer and his comfort performing without a guitar has greatly improved.
Brent Fitz smiled non stop behind the drum kit and added a strong backbone to the show. Todd “Dammit” Kerns is a rock n roll animal! Kerns is a rockstar in his native Canada and his prior band, The Age of Electric had several hits including the songs, “Ugly”, and “Enya”. Kerns is a strong guitar player/singer and for this band he switched to a bass/backing vocalist role. Kerns is a force to recon with and his lanky frame screams rock n roll excess as he interacts with the crowd and his band members throughout the night. Kerns backing vocals are the secret ingredient that makes this band sound so amazing live!
Second guitarist Frank Sidoris is the “Izzy Stradlin” of the group. He’s quiet yet in full view and unmistakable. The man wore a leather jacket for the entire performance and his rhythm playing was what kept the bands sound truly grounded and intact while Slash performed endless guitar solos throughout the night.
Myles told the crowd that “Starlight” was the song which made this band happen because it was the first song he and Slash ever recorded together. This was the turning point in the set because it was performed after the Guns N Roses classic “Rocket Queen” and this was where you saw the history of the band unfold.
All in all this was a strong performance from Slash and the Conspirators; they sounded amazing, the crowd was enthused beyond belief and everyone experienced an amazing evening.