By Johnny Papan
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
July 18, 2019
The Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver became a rock and roll jungle when Guns N’ Roses guitar icon Slash strutted onstage with a red sunburst Les Paul, dressed in his signature top hat and sunglasses.
Fans roared as Slash appropriately opened with “The Call Of The Wild,” alongside Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, the leading track off their most recent album, Living The Dream.
“There’s big vibes tonight,” uttered vocalist Myles Kennedy, who graced the stage with charm and charisma.
Slash was flawless on the axe. He mesmerized the audience with his solo-work, emitting an electricity from his fretboard. Some solos were stretched beyond imagination, his most spectacular coming after “Wicked Stone,” which clocked in around 12 consecutive minutes.
It was clear the five-piece on stage was elated with the Vancouver crowd. The Conspirators’ bassist and drummer were pointed out as being homegrown Vancouverites. The bassist took vocal duties for two tracks, “We’re All Gonna Die” and “Dr. Alibi,” embracing his spotlight like a true frontman for his home crowd.
Slash and company performed for two and a half hours. It was a mammoth set that exclusively featured songs from the guitarist’s solo career, minus the exception of Guns N’ Roses “Nightrain.” The show ended with “Anastasia” and, of course, an epic guitar solo finale.Guns N' Roses, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Slash