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Slash & Conspirators are a better live band than NuGnR

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New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. A Tuesday night in Adelaide. After just three songs, they are neck-and-neck.

This reviewer did not set out to compare the Slash show at Thebarton Theatre last night to Guns N' Roses all-bells-and-whistles outing at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino which rang in my 2012.

That had probably been my personal gig of the year to date, with Axl Rose’s wailing version of AC/DC’s “Riff Raff” a spine-tingling highlight, and this was ... well ... a Tuesday night in Adelaide.

But given the pulsating, compelling, crushing delivery of “Halo,” “Nightrain” and “Ghost,” the comparison had quickly grown unavoidable. Slash’s new album may be a little too modern rock for these ears but this is already a visceral, life-affirming spectacle.

By the time “Standing In The Sun,” “Back From Cali” and “Mr Bownstone” flash by as songs four, five and six respectively, it’s official:

Tuesday night in Adelaide is actually BETTER than New Years in Las Vegas.

Myles Kennedy, replete with understated dark buttoned shirt and chain wallet, is as close to perfect as any vocalist you could hope to be. He doesn’t try to imitate Axl or any of the other singers he is “covering” tonight – but makes every single tune (aside from the two sung by vocalist Todd Kerns) his own.

Slash is like a footballer who has become a tennis player. Before, you could only glance at him occasionally – now he is the centre of attention despite uttering barely a word into the microphone all night.

And he stands up to the scrutiny. To say his is a God-like presence as he grimaces, smiles and plays classic riff after classic riff is the suggest you expected anything else – and I didn’t.

Here is what does surprise, delight and entrance:

Slash has decided to stick with a band – The Conspirators – rather than continue down the purely solo path. As I said, the recorded result of this is not quite to this writer’s taste.

But live, the punkish aesthetic of Appetite for Destruction, born out of squalid camaraderie, has been gloriously resurrected. Axl once once said an early 2000s incarnation of GN’R could “play the shit” out of the early songs. Well the Conspirators can play the #!#% out of them – with all the subtlety of a rhinoceros on Viagra.

“Rocket Queen,” “Nightrain,” “Mr Brownstone”, these guitar-driven anthems from 1987 get their most anarchic, authentic renditions from this band. The current GnR, on the other hand, leans heavily in style and feel towards the over-blown but magnificent Use Your Illusion albums – into which Slash did not delve at all last night.

Pauses between songs while pianos and the like are wheeled out – and the number of slower tunes – suck the momentum away from current GnR.

It’s only the Blues Jam and “Godfather Theme” which do that to Slash’s gritty set.

Ultimately, Slash gets out of the DeLorean from scummy 1988 where this was the size of venue Guns were playing. Axl is from still from 1992, when they were in stadia. That’s the difference.

Current GnR are not cabaret – but compared to Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, they are.

Both bands, morally, could convincingly call themselves “Guns N’ Roses”. Both finish with “Paradise City”, shooting confetti into the stalls. But the Conspirators can’t afford to give away a mic every night when their singer throws it as far as he can.

When Velvet Revolver’s “Slither” ends the main set and the same band’s “Fall To Pieces” starts the short encore, something else is glaringly apparent.

The idea of reassembling VR with a new singer to replace Scott Weiland is patently ridiculous. Slash already has the best live rock band on the planet right now.

http://www.triplem.com.au/sydney/music/news/blog/review-photos-slash-rocks-adelaide-and-proves-he-has-best-live-rock-band-on-the-planet/20120829-h2dh.html

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I agree.

What is your screen name on their web page? I would love to read one of those many posts you have on their forum. Seriously. What is your screen name on ANY of Slash's forums. If they are better, I am sure you have many posts over the years, just like here. Actually you should have more.

Screen name please, and the web site you frequent cause they are so much better?

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I agree.

What is your screen name on their web page? I would love to read one of those many posts you have on their forum. Seriously. What is your screen name on ANY of Slash's forums. If they are better, I am sure you have many posts over the years, just like here. Actually you should have more.

Screen name please, and the web site you frequent cause they are so much better?

haha man you are a wack job.

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I agree.

What is your screen name on their web page? I would love to read one of those many posts you have on their forum. Seriously. What is your screen name on ANY of Slash's forums. If they are better, I am sure you have many posts over the years, just like here. Actually you should have more.

Screen name please, and the web site you frequent cause they are so much better?

I consider myself a (Nu)GNR fan over a Slash fan, it's just fact that Slash's band is presently much better live than Axl's.

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I agree.

What is your screen name on their web page? I would love to read one of those many posts you have on their forum. Seriously. What is your screen name on ANY of Slash's forums. If they are better, I am sure you have many posts over the years, just like here. Actually you should have more.

Screen name please, and the web site you frequent cause they are so much better?

I consider myself a (Nu)GNR fan over a Slash fan, it's just fact that Slash's band is presently much better live than Axl's.

I don't believe you for a second dude. I am pretty sure you have never seen them live, and are just talking based on that TV show on the Audio network where they are completely pro tooled. Its okay. Your here, and if Axl and GNR did some tv show concert, you would destroy your Tivo disc watching it over and over.

I call bullshit. Slash is slightly better than his record store cardboard cut out. He moves like shit up the side of a mountain. And personally, I like him better when he wasn't as tight as a musician, and played a bit looser. Pretty soon he will be like Metallica, and sound exactly like the recorded version, even when live. Yuck.

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I agree.

What is your screen name on their web page? I would love to read one of those many posts you have on their forum. Seriously. What is your screen name on ANY of Slash's forums. If they are better, I am sure you have many posts over the years, just like here. Actually you should have more.

Screen name please, and the web site you frequent cause they are so much better?

I consider myself a (Nu)GNR fan over a Slash fan, it's just fact that Slash's band is presently much better live than Axl's.

I don't believe you for a second dude. I am pretty sure you have never seen them live, and are just talking based on that TV show on the Audio network where they are completely pro tooled. Its okay. Your here, and if Axl and GNR did some tv show concert, you would destroy your Tivo disc watching it over and over.

I call bullshit. Slash is slightly better than his record store cardboard cut out. He moves like shit up the side of a mountain. And personally, I like him better when he wasn't as tight as a musician, and played a bit looser. Pretty soon he will be like Metallica, and sound exactly like the recorded version, even when live. Yuck.

I saw the Conspirators two years ago when they weren't so good and again last month and they completely blew me away.

I saw GNR in 2010, back when they were much better, Axl was much better, and they had a more unpredictable (better) setlist than today. Back then you could make an argument as to which band is better live, but today it's not close. Slash himself plays circles around DJ and has eons more charisma. Myles is a much better frontman than present Axl. I honestly like Todd Kerns more than Duff, let alone Tommy, and Brent Fitz is a better drummer than Frank Ferrer (though that isn't saying much).

I'd say GNR has a few advantages over Slash's band:

1. Bumblefoot and Fortus are much better guitarists than Slash's rhythm guy

2. They're willing to bring out a keyboard and play some of the UYI stuff

3. When Axl's having a good day (rare these days) he's better than Myles

But overall, I have to give the edge to the Conspirators.

Edited by bacardimayne

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I agree.

What is your screen name on their web page? I would love to read one of those many posts you have on their forum. Seriously. What is your screen name on ANY of Slash's forums. If they are better, I am sure you have many posts over the years, just like here. Actually you should have more.

Screen name please, and the web site you frequent cause they are so much better?

I consider myself a (Nu)GNR fan over a Slash fan, it's just fact that Slash's band is presently much better live than Axl's.

I don't believe you for a second dude. I am pretty sure you have never seen them live, and are just talking based on that TV show on the Audio network where they are completely pro tooled. Its okay. Your here, and if Axl and GNR did some tv show concert, you would destroy your Tivo disc watching it over and over.

I call bullshit. Slash is slightly better than his record store cardboard cut out. He moves like shit up the side of a mountain. And personally, I like him better when he wasn't as tight as a musician, and played a bit looser. Pretty soon he will be like Metallica, and sound exactly like the recorded version, even when live. Yuck.

Sounds like your the one who has never seen Slash live mate...I have seen them twice live, going to see them again in 2 weeks and they kick ass. Closest to the AFD era Guns who I saw 4 times back in the day. Slash plays high energy and does not play the songs note for note.

Cardi was one of Axl's biggest defenders so for him to give Slash props should tell you something....Axl's tribute band puts on entertaining shows but they don't have Slash bands raw energy. You should go see them sometime before talking shit......

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I agree.

What is your screen name on their web page? I would love to read one of those many posts you have on their forum. Seriously. What is your screen name on ANY of Slash's forums. If they are better, I am sure you have many posts over the years, just like here. Actually you should have more.

Screen name please, and the web site you frequent cause they are so much better?

I consider myself a (Nu)GNR fan over a Slash fan, it's just fact that Slash's band is presently much better live than Axl's.

I don't believe you for a second dude. I am pretty sure you have never seen them live, and are just talking based on that TV show on the Audio network where they are completely pro tooled. Its okay. Your here, and if Axl and GNR did some tv show concert, you would destroy your Tivo disc watching it over and over.

I call bullshit. Slash is slightly better than his record store cardboard cut out. He moves like shit up the side of a mountain. And personally, I like him better when he wasn't as tight as a musician, and played a bit looser. Pretty soon he will be like Metallica, and sound exactly like the recorded version, even when live. Yuck.

wow, you just fucking owned this argument. Slashs cred is tied up in that black eyed peas shit (edit: just saw the previous "owned" comment, mine was not a reaction to this)

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I always felt slash was "too much" for both VR and likely in this conspirators setting also. Kinda tragic looking

unfortunately, image wise, and relating to stage presence, he only really fits in gnr

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Doesn't the fact that GN'R has 2 (really 3) keyboard players on stage really say it all?

Don't see what's so bad about having keyboard players. Slash's show is the raw gritty side of GNR and Axl's show is the theatrical polished side. What makes Slash's show better (to me at least) is the fact that his singer(s) can sing and the guys have more chemistry on stage.

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I just tend to like club venues better than arenas, and from watching Slash in a club he's an amazing club act. Great band chemistry, amazing feeling when they rip into the old gn'r stuff.

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