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A Slash-buckling Affair

Prashant Yella | Staff Writer

 

Courtesy: MTVi Xtreme

Courtesy: MTVi Xtreme

Slash took Bangalore by storm as a part of the world tour to promote his new album, ‘World on Fire’. Thousands of fans made their way to the Supernova Arena, the venue for the MTVi Xtreme festival which was to be headlined by Slash and his band, consisting of Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge fame, Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz (better known as the Conspirators), along with Frank Sidoris. Nights like these are hard to come by, especially if you are a music fan in India with already lowered expectations, because the chances of your favourite acts making it here are as slim as a willow.

Having won a Grammy and being an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Stoke-on-Trent man with a Gibson Les Paul and a top hat is arguably one of the most iconic figures in the history of rock music. Right from the word go, he led the band into their electric set, sending the crowd into a frenzy. After starting with ‘You’re a Lie’, followed by a cover of Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Nightrain’, the band went on to play some material from the new record. Myles did a fine job as the front man, connecting with the crowd and driving waves of his tour-roughened vocals to every corner of the arena. For the back-to-back sequence of ‘Dr. Alibi’ and ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, bassist Todd Kerns took over lead vocals and contended with the tough task of emulating Lemmy Kilmister on the former and Axl Rose on the latter. Myles later dedicated the song ‘Starlight’ to the victims of the attacks in Paris, saying “I’d like to dedicate this to everybody back in Paris. Some bad stuff happened last night and this is an optimistic song that people can change even when there’s little hope in this world, so this goes out to them.”

Courtesy: MTVi Xtreme

Courtesy: MTVi Xtreme

The most visceral response from the fans came during the Guns N’ Roses songs, and ‘Rocket Queen’ provided the jaw dropping moment of the show. Mid-song, Slash delivered a guitar solo that ran for about 15 minutes. With quite a few guitar tricks under his hat, Slash showed why he still is a force to reckon with. Beads of sweat glistened on his muscular shoulders as his fingers frantically danced across the frets, displaying his immense speed and technical skill. The band then moved into some fan favourites as Slash rocked out ‘Anastasia’ on his double-neck guitar, and the crowd made way for the guitar riff of ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’ and then filled in for the vocals, leaving Kennedy all smiles.

Earlier that evening a few stellar Indian rock acts, such as Rocazaurus, Skrat, and Indus Creed opened for the headliners. Slash and his band closed their encore with ‘Paradise City’, as the fans clapped and cheered in rhythm with the powerful drums at the beginning of the track. As the song raced to its conclusion, large guns fired up, and red-white confetti rained down on the crowd – a definite moment of pure rock n’ roll excess.

 

Setlist:

You’re A Lie
Nightrain (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Avalon
Standing in The Sun
Back From Cali
Wicked Stone
Mr. Brownstone (Guns N’ Roses cover)
You Could Be Mine (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Dr. Alibi (Todd Kerns on vocals)
Welcome to The jungle (Guns N’ Roses cover)(Todd Kerns on vocals)
Beneath The Savage Sun
The Dissident
Rocket Queen (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Bent To Fly
World On Fire
Sweet Child o’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Slither (Velvet Revolver cover)
Paradise City (Guns N’ Roses cover)