Guns ‘n’ Roses gunslinger Slash jetted into Belfast on Wednesday night (12th June 2019), for a night of apocalyptic rock and roll with singer Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. Playing their largest ever date in the city, the band took to the stage as one of the highlights of the Belsonic series of events, at Ormeau Park.
Off on a run of European dates in a rare gap in his schedule on Guns ‘n’ Roses’ ‘Not in this Lifetime’ tour, the top-hatted player pulled out all the stops to give Belfast a night to remember.
Now firmly established back in his day job, the guitar hero, who last arrived on these shores for Guns’ landmark return to Slane in 2017, has used these recent dates to focus almost exclusively on his solo career and The Conspirators’ three albums, and Belfast was no exception.
Kicking off with a blistering ‘The Call of the Wild’, the first of many from most recent release ‘Living the Dream’ (2018), the icon backed by his long-standing group proved exactly why he remains one of the most iconic players in rock.
With favourites from ‘Apocalyptic Love’ - The Conspirators first full album – following, ‘Halo’ shone, while ‘Standing in the Sun’ ebbed and grooved in the open air evening cool.
It was the laid-back swagger of ‘Back From Cali’ that proved the first classic of the evening however. A reminder of the duality between guitarist and singer, Myles Kennedy simply soared, proving exactly how he moved from guest singer, to full-time band member.
However it was a day shrouded in cloud, and not just in rainy Belfast skies, as the passing of Ireland's first lady of rock, Philomena Lynott had been announced earlier in the morning. The mother late Thin Lizzy leader Phil Lynoytt, the author and keeper of the Lizzy legacy had been a regular at Slash shows, attending both his 2013 gig at Dublin's Olympia Theatre, and his 3Arena show in the capital the following year.
Giving Kennedy a rare break, bassist Todd Kearns took to the mic, first for a run through ripping ode to life 'We're All Gonna Die', and then to pay tribute to late Motorhead main man Lemmy Kilmister, with an abrasive Doctor Alibi.
With the evening nearing an end and the persistent rain refusing to abate, Slash took to the mic, telling the crowd; "Hey Belfast, you've been fucking incredible, especially in this weather!", whist Kennedy echoed the sentiment saying; "Belfast, you've been beyond amazing. Thank you very much!"
Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators play Download Festival, Hellfest, and across Europe this month. For a full list of dates click here.
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