Looking at the photo of the trio (left to right: drummer Kev Hickman, singer/guitarist Oli Brown, and bassist Aaron Spiers) standing triumphantly before the incredibly packed venue, it said it all: the band is incredibly happy to be playing in the United States and the audience is showing signs of approval.
At times, their music, combined with Oli Brown's vocals, sounded like they were The Black Keys, which is a big bonus if you are a fan of blues rock/southern garage rock. They had a lot of energy during their 40-min set, having fun 'guitar battles' during "Breaking Out" to an epic drumming/jamming on their set closer "You Got It".
Almost all the songs from their debut Breaking Out EP, available via Rook Recordings, plus some extra unreleased songs.
Myles Kennedy & Slash
The current US tour is actually an extension of their "World on Fire" tour, and talking to everyone at Mill City Nights, this was perhaps one of the smallest venue we would ever see Slash... and was no surprise that the show sold out in a matter of minutes.
As expected, the former Guns N' Roses guitarist included several GNR classics throughout their set ("Nightrain", "You Could Be Mine", "Welcome to the Jungle", "Civil War", "Rocket Queen", "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Paradise City").
Highlight of the show has to go to "Rocket Queen", when Slash played an extended epic guitar solo. What we mean is that this is the mother of guitar solos: it ran about 20 minutes. This guitar solo really served two things: (1) Slash is demonstrating why he is one of the greatest guitarists of our time, and (2) this is a nice 15 minute break for the rest of the band to go backstage and refresh themselves.
Fans who stuck around were rewarded with an amazing encore of "Paradise City". Singer Myles Kennedy knew didn't have to do much singing, instead letting the fans just singing/finishing the lyrics. Slash, for his part, did his signature move of holding and playing the guitar on his back. If that wasn't enough, two cannons blasted a ton of confetti into the audience ... for a very satisfying ending to the nearly two hour long set.
Remaining tour dates:
10/12/15 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/13/15 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
10/15/15 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
10/16/15 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
10/18/15 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
10/20/15 Chandler, AZ Wild Horse Pass Hotel
10/21/15 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
10/23/15 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Palladium
10/24/15 Temecula, CA Pechanga Resort & Casino
10/31/15 Voodoo Experience
11/19/15 Prague Mala Sportovni Hala
11/20/15 Lodz, Poland Atlas Arena
Slash, feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators at Mill City Nights, Minneapolis (07 October 2015)