Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators kicked off their World on Fire tour here with a SOLD-OUT show at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel — the famed concert hall located at 86 Washington St in downtown Providence, Rhode Island.
The back of the line started about 3/4 of the way around the block and the full 2,000 person capacity crowd must have been in that line when the doors opened at 8:00 and the fans piled in. All 4 bars were 5 deep within minutes. It was party time.
Lupo’s is a very, VERY cool venue — one of those orpheum type clubs that tends to remind you of where Abe Lincoln got shot. The gold trim throughout and elaborate painting on the ceiling are intricate, yet beat and peeling like a rock club should be.
The show opened with a rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” played in the style of what you might hear on a merry-go-round at a carnival…a creepy carnival and everyone was singing along.
Slash emerged from the dressing room, side stage about 2 floors up. For those that could see him approaching, the excitement commenced.
The Conspirators hit the stage and sounded on point. The light show was like flash bombs were going off — they were so bright…awesome!
Todd Kerns – Bass and Lead/Back Up Vocals
Brent Fitz – Drums
Frank Sidoris – Guitars and Vocals
These guys, along with Slash and Myles, led the show back and forth from Conspirators songs to Guns n Roses songs.
Lupo’s got its first taste of GnR when “NightTrain” came on and the crowd erupted.
Going back and forth between old and new songs was obviously necessary when you have a great contemporary band with an old school legend in the mix.
There was DEFINITELY a core crew here that was dedicated to the Conspirators tunes. You could easily tell because when Myles held the mic out for the crowd to sing they knew all the words.
But when it was time for another Guns tune the place went nuts…every time. As expected, it seemed as if many were just waiting for the next GnR tune.
The lights were awesome, the drums were pounding and shaking the foundation, the mix was just right and the volume could have even been just a bit louder.
The show was a perfect combination of the technology of today and old school style of yesterday. Most of the music of today is put through the ringer while being developed, trying to achieve perfection in sound quality and maybe that is being taken a bit too far.
Watching Slash play in this day of technology should be a lesson to us all. His style and sound isn’t something you can buy and plug into, it’s not adjusted with a knob or a pedal board foot switch.
He still bends, twists and shakes the guitar to achieve the right sound and using force to get the right sound, putting some muscle behind the note… a reminder of the times when bands used to play with real emotion.
His charisma is the same as always too.
It seems like many of the songs were written around the solos, it’s the subtleties that really make Slash shine.
You’re a Lie
Standing in the Sun
Back from Cali
Double Talkin’ Jive
You Could Be Mine
Welcome to the Jungle
Beneath the Savage Sun
Bent to Fly
World on Fire
Sweet Child O’ Mine
Encore: Paradise City
I would definitely recommend catching The World on Fire Tour. The Conspirators are highly talented individuals capable of playing great HARD ROCK and then in a blink of an eye bring you right back to 1987 with a few select Guns n Roses tunes…
I’m still smiling. My hat is off to you Slash. — Paul Donahue, Jr.
REMAINING TOUR DATES:
9/19 – Clark, NJ – Food Truck and Rock Carnival -festival
9/21 – Hamilton, ON – Hamilton Place Theatre
9/23 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
9/24 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
9/26 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Live
9/27 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
9/29 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
9/30 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s EntertainmentCenter
10/2 – Marksville, LA – Paragon Casino – Mari Center
10/4 – Louisville, KY – Louder than Life Festival
10/7 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
10/9 – Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle Resort and Casino
10/10 – Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
10/12 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/13 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theater
10/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
10/16 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
10/18 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theater
10/20 – Chandler, AZ – Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino
10/21 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
10/23 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
10/24 – Temecula, CA – Pechanga Resort & Casino