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Slash and Myles Kennedy – The House of Commons, London – 02/06/14 | Live Review

HTF headed to the House of Commons in London to check out Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators’ new record World On Fire, as well as an acoustic performance by Slash and Myles themselves. Find out what we thought here.

Credit: Angus Thomas

Its not every day you step into the traditional grander that is the House of Commons, an international political figure head and home to our notorious MPs, let alone for a three hour event filled to the brim with rock’s finest. After what seemed an eternity, HTF made it to the Terrace Pavilion, where we were treated to an exclusive album playback of Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators’ latest album ‘World On Fire’. If that didn’t tickle our rock tastebuds enough, we witnessed the mighty Slash himself and Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy give a five song acoustic performance on a stage smaller than Year 9 Disco DJ set. Good? Oh, you can sure bet it was. Find out what happened below.

Tonight’s events couldn’t be expressed as anything short of an experience. If the setting of being on a balcony overlooking the London’s River Thames cityscape wasn’t spectacular enough, then what was to come achieved that and more. Slash and Myles paraded onto the stage with effortless poise, with no lacklustre of awe-inspiring greatness. The small, approximately 100 stronghold crowd stood stunned in silence as their five song set kicked in.

Credit: Angus Thomas

Myles graced the audience with his vocal range so astounding, not one spine in the room hadn’t been tingled. Highlights included second track ‘Skylight’, hailed from Slash’s self-titled 2010 release which was technically faultless. Although Slash’s guitar artistry was undemanding it was immense. Despite this however, the true highlights were their covers, that were stripped back to an acoustic context so stunning, the audience stood only in admiration.

Their cover of Velvet Revolver’s ‘Fall To Pieces’ saw Myles’ technical ability take the track to a whole new level of superiority. Deprived of its electric elements, the song could only take prisoner of the soft acoustic tones of Slash and Myles, as the vocals were the true instrument. Their short, but undeniably sweet set was rounded off with a cover of Guns N’ Roses smash hit ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’. Whilst it was made famous with Axl Roses’ widespread vocal range, Myles’ voice wiped the original out the water. His ability to reach the highest of notes showcased that he is undoubtedly the best vocalist in rock today, and whilst Slash was the guitar star, Myles took the spotlight.

Credit: Angus Thomas

After an applause that was enough to rattle the Thames into waves, the tent was filled with World On Fire in its 17-track entirety, three months ahead of its release. As a follow up to Slash’s 2012 release featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Apocalyptic Love. What can be said on a first glance of the new record is expect nothing like you’ve heard with its predecessor. Its tone from the get go of self-titled track ‘World On Fire’ kicks the album into a fury of chunky guitar sounds alongside the unbelievable chords from Myles Kennedy. From start to finish, the atmosphere in the tent was high, and that speaks for itself. An instrumental is an exceptional touch to a record longer than most, as well as a musical chemistry amongst the group that is clear to see. Hold on tight rock fans, as you’re in for a treat.

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