Live At The Roxy 9.25.14 Is The Best Of This Year’s Live BDs and DVDs So Far

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Common logic states that once a person or organization reaches its proverbial peak, the only way to go is down.  Yet somehow Eagle Rock Entertainment has defied that logic time and again as far back as can be remembered.  It has done just that yet again with the new live recording from Slash and his friends Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Live at The Roxy 9.25.14Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 has officially taken the top spot on this critic’s list of the year’s top new live Blu-ray and DVD recordings.  The main reason that it has earned that honor is the group’s overall stage presence.  Typically, the set list is the most important element of any live recording.  In the case of this recording, the band’s performance takes center stage (bad pun fully intended).  That is not to discount the importance of the show’s set list.  The set list is important in its own right to the whole of the recording.  The show’s set list features songs from Slash’s solo career, his time with Velvet Revolver and Guns ‘N Roses, and his work with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.  The total run time of the seventeen-song set comes in at just under two hours.  That is a lot of material.  It represents every era of Slash’s career, too.  That sweetens the deal even more for this concert.  Rounding out the whole presentation is its collective production values (I.E. audio mix and camera work).  As small as the Roxy is, the camera crew and its director did an outstanding job of giving audiences the best seat in the house from start to finish.  The audio mix is just as important considering the club’s relatively small size.  Thankfully those handling audio duties both at the original show and in the concert’s post production did so with the utmost expertise.  The end result of their efforts (and those of the camera crew and director) is a concert experience that is just as good as being there if not better and one that proves yet again being at the top doesn’t necessarily mean the only way to go is down especially in the case of the company that is the leader in live recordings.

One would think that considering the hugely successful stable of live recordings that it has already established in recent years, Eagle Rock Entertainment would have a hard time continuously maintaining its place atop the world of live recordings.  But somehow it has defied that logic, churning out one top notch recording after another.  Now it has added yet another recording to that apparently ever-growing stable in the form of Live at The Roxy 9.25.14, the new live recording from Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The conspirators.  Due out next Tuesday, June 16th, this recording is not Eagle Rock Entertainment’s first live recording of the year.  But it is the best new live recording of the year across the board.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has presented in this recording a concert that shows itself to be just as good as being there is not better.  The main reason for this is the band’s performance.  Typically one would think that a concert’s set list lies at the heart of its enjoyment.  And the set list featured in this show does play a role in its enjoyment.  But there is something special, almost magical, about this performance.  There’s a special energy exuded by the band throughout the show that translates so clearly even on screen.  Even with this band being a side project for all involved, it’s almost as if Slash and company were meant to be a band.  That’s obvious throughout the concert.  From the group’s extended jam session in ‘Rocket Queen’ to the full throttle take of ‘Nightrain’ to the emotional yet hard rocking performance of ‘Bent To Fly’ and other points in between, the band exhibits a certain chemistry along with its energy.  It’s a chemistry that while unspoken is obvious.  It is obvious in the fun that the band clearly has throughout its performance.  Because the band has so much fun on stage, it makes the performance that much more fun for audiences at home.  Again that points back to the ability of the energy exuded by the band translating so well to home audiences.  In experiencing that translation for themselves, audiences will agree that the band’s performance in this concert is indeed the concert’s most important element.  Of course it is not all that is worth noting in terms of what makes it such a success.  The show’s set list is just as important to its overall enjoyment and success as the band’s performance.

The performance of all involved in Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 is key to the concert’s enjoyment and its overall success.  The chemistry between the performers and the energy exuded by their performance translates clearly to home audiences from start to finish.  Without a set list though, there’d be nothing to perform.  Thus we have another important element of the concert.  The set list featured in this recording culls music from every era of Slash’s career.  There are pieces from his days in Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, his solo career, and of course his current work with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.  Taking that list of songs into consideration, audiences will be especially surprised by Kennedy’s performance in the G N’ R songs.  That is because he sounds just like a young Axel Rose if not better.  Heck, it could even be argued that he [Kennedy] even resembles Rose in his youth to a point right down to his mannerisms in his performances of those classic songs.  Meanwhile Slash’s almost unassuming demeanor throughout each song hasn’t changed since those days.  That’s not a bad thing, either.  Getting back on track, the set list assembled for this recording is a solid representation of every era of Slash’s career.  Given a strong majority of the set’s songs (six songs to be exact) are classic G N’ R songs.  But there is still a solid mix of music from the guitarist’s solo recordings and his work with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.  The set list itself is impressive to say the least.  Its ordering makes it just as impressive as the band builds the energy and pulls it back at just the right moments from beginning to end.  Home viewers will remain just as fully engaged as those that were there in attendance at the show’s taping thanks to that smart sequencing and related performance of each song.  It’s just another way that the show’s set list shows itself to be just as important as the band’s performance in this recording.  Together, the set list and performance make a strong, solid argument as to why this recording is the best of the year’s new live Blu-rays and DVDs so far (and potentially overall).  It still isn’t the do all-end all for the recording, either.  As impressive as both the show’s set list and the band’s performance prove to be in whole, neither would be worth noting if not for the work of those behind the cameras and the audio boards.  Their collective efforts round out the ways in which the recording proves itself so enjoyable.

The set list featured in Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 and the band’s performance of said set list are of equal importance to the whole of the recording in terms of its ability to connect with home viewers.  As important as both elements are to the recording’s success, it would be pointless to note either one if not for the work of those behind the cameras and the audio boards.  This includes the work put in both during the course of the concert and in its post-production.  It is thanks to the work of those behind the cameras that home viewers actually get the best seat in the house.  They might not be right there singing and rocking along with the band and the rest of the masses pushed into the club’s small confines.  But that is a good thing in this case.  The camera crew catches the concert from so many different angles both from the crowd and the stage, even getting close-ups of Slash’s work on his guitar.  On a related note, the work of those handling the concert’s audio is to be commended, too.  This includes both those handling the mics at the concert and those mastering the sound in post-production for the concert’s home release.  The Roxy is not the biggest venue in the world.  That means that it was much easier for the sound to bounce all over the place.  Thankfully, those handling the audio for the show both in person and after the fact took that into account and balanced everything.  This has led to a sound in the recording that is perfectly balanced.  It is a sound that especially those with home theater systems will especially appreciate.  Together with the concert’s set list, the band’s performance of said set list, and the work of the concert’s camera crew, audiences get a concert in Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 that they will want to watch again and again.  They get a show that is one of the best of the year’s live Blu-rays and DVDs if not the best of the year.

Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 is one of the best of the year’s best new live Blu-rays and DVDs if not the best.  It proves this through the performance of Slash and his band mates.  It proves it through the show’s set list and through the work of those charged with recording the concert and bringing it to audiences in the best possible quality. Whether for just one of the noted elements or for all of them combined, audiences will agree that all three elements make Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 a piece that every fan will enjoy. They also make it more proof of why this concert is one of the best of this year’s new live Blu-rays and DVDs and why Eagle Rock Entertainment shows no sign of falling from its spot atop the world of live recordings. More information on this and other live recordings from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

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Niacin’s New LP Makes A Big Mark In Its Debut

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Prog-jazz trio Niacin’s new album, Krush has made quite the splash on the Billboard jazz charts this week.  The album debuted at #19 on the Billboard “Current Traditional Jazz” chart and #36 on the “Current Jazz” list.  The debut marks the very first appearance ever by a band and/or artist signed to Prosthetic Records.  The album is the first for the band—Dennis Chambers (drums), Billy Sheehan (bass), and John Novello (guitars)—in eight years.  It has been hailed by Revolver magazine as “a high-octane thrill-ride (with) all-star chops.”  Fresh off the heels of the debut, bassist Billy Sheehan will hold a series of workshops at Guitar Center stores across the country, many of which will be held along the West Coast and Southwest.  Fans that attend these workshops will get a chance to win some very valuable prizes including: Sheehan’s bass amplification rig or an autographed pack of Rotosound Swing Bass 66 strings.  The bass rig includes:  an LH 1000 Bass Amplifier and AK410/AK115 Bass Cabinets.  A listing of the workshops is available below:

Billy Sheehan Guitar Center Workshops:
5/13 –  Guitar Center West Los Angeles @ 6pm (10831 W Pico Blvd)
5/14 –  Guitar Center San Jose @ 6pm (3677 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara)
5/16 –  Guitar Center Reno @ 6pm (6663 S Virginia St)
5/17 –  Guitar Center Phoenix @ 6pm (8949 East Indian Blvd, Scottsdale)
5/19 –  Guitar Center Albuquerque @ 2pm (6001 Menaul Blvd NE)
5/20 –  Guitar Center Denver @ 6pm (9647 E County Line Rd, Englewood)
5/22 –  Guitar Center New York City @ 6pm (25 W 14th St, Manhattan)
5/23 –  Guitar Center Danbury @ 6pm (15 Backus Ave)

Krush is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/krush/id626832219, Amazon mp3 at http://www.amazon.com/Krush/dp/B00C2IGG6K/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365453388&sr=301-1, and the Prosthetic Records online store at http://www.indiemerch.com/prostheticrecords/item/18625

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Billy Sheehan Announces Guitar Workshops Schedule

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Niacin bassist Billy Sheehan has schedule a series of clinics at Guitar Center stores across the country.  The announcement comes on the heels of the release of Niacin’s most recent full length album, Krush.  The series of free workshops run through the month of May.  They will feature a live performance, Q&A session, meet-and-greet, and autograph signing.  Every fan that comes out to the workshops can pick up a copy of Niacin’s new album and can also enter to win Sheehan’s Hartke bass amplification rig or autographed pack of Rotosound Swing bass 66 strings.  The rig includes: an LH1000 Bass Amplifier and AK410/AK115 Bass cabinets.  

The full listing of workshops is below:

Billy Sheehan Guitar Center Sessions:
5/13 –  Guitar Center West Los Angeles @ 6pm (10831 W Pico Blvd)
5/14 –  Guitar Center San Jose @ 6pm (3677 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara)
5/16 –  Guitar Center Reno @ 6pm (6663 S Virginia St)
5/17 –  Guitar Center Phoenix @ 6pm (8949 East Indian Blvd, Scottsdale)
5/19 –  Guitar Center Albuquerque @ 2pm (6001 Menaul Blvd NE)
5/20 –  Guitar Center Denver @ 6pm (9647 E County Line Rd, Englewood)
5/22 –  Guitar Center New York City @ 6pm (25 W 14th St, Manhattan)
5/23 –  Guitar Center Danbury @ 6pm (15 Backus Ave)

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