Slash and his Conspirators hit San Francisco’s Warfield a day after the release of the band’s latest effort, 4 for what would prove to be an epic Saturday night of rock and roll.
Openers Dead Sara took the stage promptly at 8 pm to a packed house. Indeed, the San Francisco crowd showed up early and gave Dead Sara a very warm welcome. And while there may have been a good number of fans in the room there is no doubt that by the time they wrapped up their blistering 30 minute set there were a lot more. Talk about leaving it all on the stage, vocalist Emily Armstrong absolutely crushed it with her soulful voice and manic intensity.
In spite of a nearly two and a half year break from the road, there were no signs of rust when Slash, Myles, Todd, Brent and Frank set foot on the Warfield stage a few minutes ahead of schedule. In fact the band looked completely relaxed and downright happy to be back in front of a crowd doing what they love as they launched into “Driving Rail” from Living the Dream. A more than adequate replacement for past set opener “Ghost”, it certainly allowed the band to drop right into the groove … Myles with one foot on his riser and Slash shredding in the faces of the stage left crowd.
While referring to “Slash With Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators” is certainly a mouthful (I forgot to check if the Warfield was able to fit it all on the marquee), it represents some deserved recognition for what is an incredibly talented band. Todd Kerns’ is one of the few guys that can keep up with Kennedy’s vocals, not only cutting through with backup harmonies but taking over the lead mic on a few tones all while holding down the low end and making it all look easy. And despite Frank Sidoris’ low-key demeanor, the man is a ripper in his own right, playing a critical part in making this ban sound absolutely HUGE.
Unlike previous runs, the band completely eschewed Guns n Roses material, instead focusing on what makes this band great. The setlist cut across Slash’s full post-GnR catalog including a bunch of tunes off of 4 and it was downright fantastic. As one that catches the band whenever they come to town, this was arguable their best show in recent memory.
- Driving Rain
- Shots Fired
- My Antidote
- Serve You Right
- The River Is Rising
- Bad Rain
- Back From Cali (Slash song)
- Withered Delilah
- Always on the Run (Lenny Kravitz cover) (Todd Kerns on Vocals)
- No More Heroes
- Actions Speak Louder Than Words
- Speed Parade
- Fill My World
- The One You Loved Is Gone
- Call off the Dogs
- Doctor Alibi (Slash song) (Todd Kerns on Vocals)
- Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time) (Elton John cover)
- Nothing to Say
- You’re a Lie
- World on Fire
Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators
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