28 January 2019 at Qudos Bank Area
Hot off the back of the gargantuan Guns ‘n’ Roses tour, Slash has brought his personal rock show to Australia and Qudos Bank arena was their latest stop. New Zealand bruisers Devilskin opened the night, and boy have they improved. The time spent touring Europe with Halestorm does not appear to be wasted with vocalist Jennie Skulander giving off massive Lzzy Hale vibes with her powerful rock voice capturing the attention of the over half-full arena and her death growls shocking them into appreciation. Devilskin are much more than just an impressive vocalist, with the boys in the band shaking the stage with their brand of metal, with Start a Revolution as a set stand out from their debut album We Rise. Tony Vincent introduced Never See The Light as a tribute to victims of suicide, with a big bass riff and a very Guns ‘n’ Roses feel. Devilskin didn’t let the average sound deter them from rocking out and winning some new fans over, a very strong set from the New Zealand natives.
Not long after Devilskin left the stage, the arena began to tremble with the intro track for Slash. The churning crowd on the floor with their fists raised as a salute to their hero. Slash need only to walk out to take up the entire stage. He, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators tore into tracks spanning their entire discography; The Call of the Wild, Halo and Standing in the Sun to start us off. Kicking into fan-favourite Ghost lifted the energy of the crowd as Myles lead them in a singalong with Back from Cali. I’d like to take this opportunity for a quick note about Myles Kennedy. As always, he delivered an absolutely flawless performance, his voice filling the arena and everyone in the audience hearts. However, he was not the only vocalist for Slash that night, with Todd Kearns taking over vocal duties and crushing them. Ferociously delivering We’re all Gonna Die, then dedicating a vibrant rendition of Doctor Alibi to the late, great Lemmy. Myles then came back for tearjerker The One You Loved Is Gone, moving everyone in front of him. While Myles is phenomenal, your eyes always get dragged toward the man in the Top-Hat, this was his show. The reaction to the first few notes of Gunners classic Nightrain was astounding, the roof legitimately lifted. The show then slowed for Starlight, a magical number, with Myles’ voice as strong as ever it is a real set standout. With You’re a Lie and World on Fire winding out the main set, Slash thanked the Sydney audience for being the first real test for the band, reminiscing about their first visit to our shores with this new project. The chemistry between the band seems to be at an all-time high with everyone on-stage looking like they’re having a blast. While going through the band introductions Myles took the opportunity to tease Slash about his popularity, revelling in Slash’s apparent hesitation to take the mic, the roar from the crowd when he was introduced was spine-tingling, easily the loudest noise of the night. Class tracks Shadow Life and Anastasia as the encore, it would have been hard to find a disappointed fan anywhere. A great show and a great night.
Line-up: Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Devilskin
Reviewer: Jonathan Hurley