‘Living The Dream Tour’ Is A “Dream” Come True For All Rock Fans

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Slash and his fellow musicians Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators made quite the impact on the music community last year when they released their latest album Living The Dream.  The tour in support of the album – Slash’s third solo record with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators and his fourth overall solo record – proved just as successful selling out venue after venue.  That tour proved so successful, that the group partnered with Eagle Rock Entertainment to release one performance from that hit tour last week in the form of Living The Dream Tour.  Originally recorded Feb. 20, 2019 at the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre in London, the 22-song, two-and-a-half-hour set is a performance that the group’s longtime fans will enjoy just as much as its newer audiences.  That is due in part to the noted expansive set list, which will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of said set plays into the recording’s performance just as much as its actual set.  It will be addressed a little later.  The bonus content featured with the recording rounds out the recording’s most notable elements.  It will also be addressed later.  When it is considered along with the recording’s set list and the band’s performance thereof, the whole of the elements makes Living The Dream Tour a dream come true for all rock fans.

Living The Dream Tour, the latest live recording from Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, is another positive new live offering from the rock collective that rock aficionados everywhere will enjoy.  That is due in part to the recording’s expansive set list.  The 22-song, two-and-a-half-hour set pulls tracks from all four of Slash’s solo albums.  It should be noted in advance that while some of the songs featured in this recording are also featured in the band’s 2015 live recording – also from Eagle Rock Entertainment – Live At The Roxy 9.25.14, (seven songs to be exact), that leaves exactly 15 songs not featured in said recording.  The band’s 2018 album Living The Dream appropriately makes up the majority of this recording’s set list, with seven total nods.  Slash’s 2010 self-titled solo debut is represented with six songs while Apocalyptic Love and World on Fire each receive four nods.  In other words, the group reaches liberally into its overall catalog to give listeners a wide range of material.  This is important to note because as most people know, there are acts that might tour in support of one album, but their set lists are more focused on anything but.  It has and does happen to this day.  To that end, this set list proves to be entertaining for all of the band’s fans.

The set list stands out not just because of the fact that it reaches into all of the group’s albums, but also because of its sequencing.  The set list opens with one of the seven noted songs from Living The Dream, but wastes no time switching things up, with the next two songs coming from the group’s 2012 album Apocalyptic Love.  The group reaches even farther back from there, with the next two songs taking listeners back to Slash’s 2010 self-titled debut album.  The band turns the attention back to Living The Dream again briefly from here before going back to 2014’s World on Fire.  The variations continue from there to the show’s end, with an homage to Guns N’ Roses in the band’s performance of ‘Nighttrain.’  That song is the only GNR song featured in this set list, whereas the band’s aforementioned 2015 recording featured two GNR songs.  Simply put, the band keeps things original from start to end for listeners in this set list, ensuring audiences’ engagement and entertainment.  That is helped even more through the energy in the set’s sequencing.  The only time in which the set slows down at all comes late in the concert’s run.  The “slower” songs that are featured at other points in the set are still heavy in their own right.  Keeping that in mind, the sequencing of the set proves that much more important to the whole of this recording.  It is just one part of what makes the recording stand out.  The band’s performance of the set list adds its own value to the recording.

The band’s performance of the concert’s set list is important to discuss because it plays into the concert’s noted overall energy.  As noted, the set’s sequencing ensures that the show’s energy remains high from beginning to end.  The “slower” songs are slow, but are still heavy blues-based compositions that will keep audiences entertained and engaged.  Only one in the show do things really pull back all the way around.  The band helps maintain the energy by wasting little to no time doing any audience interaction at any point.  That is not to say that the group doesn’t interact with the audience.  It is to say that the interactions are rare.  The band, instead, uses the most of the concert to give audiences as much music and entertainment as possible.  Even the standard band introductions are reserved for a point closer to the show’s end, and are brief at best.  As each song ends, the down time between each song’s performance is minimal at best.  That ensures even more, audiences’ engagement and entertainment.  The energy that each of the band’s members puts into his respective performance adds even more to that general effect.  All things considered, the band’s performance adds to much to the recording that coupled with the set list itself, the two together make for more than enough for audiences to enjoy.

The set list featured in Living The Dream Tour and the band’s performance thereof are both key to the recording’s whole presentation.  They are not, however, its only key elements.  The brief bonus behind-the-scenes featurette that comes with the recording adds its own slight touch to the recording’s presentation.  Audience get to hear from Slash and from Myles Kennedy in the roughly 10 minute featurette as they sit back stage pre-concert.  The performers talk, in separate interviews, about topics, such as the band members’ connection as a unit, the band’s routine and also making music in general.  Kennedy talks frankly about how the group’s pre- and post-concert routines might be surprising, noting that the band doesn’t party and do all the things one might think a band does.  That in itself is a surprise.  He and Slash echo one another’s statements about the friendships between the band members and how that helps make the performances so fun.  They even discuss performing at the Hammersmith, noting their love for the venue.  Again, the overall presentation here is brief, but even with that brevity, the discussions are still in-depth in their own right, offering audiences that much more entertainment and engagement.  When this is considered along with the concert’s set list and the band’s performance thereof, all three elements make the recording’s overall presentation one that rock fans across the board will enjoy and a welcome new live offering from Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.

Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators’ new live recording Living The Dream Tour is only the second live recording that the rock collective has released since the group released its first studio recording roughly seven years ago.  Considering it is only the group’s second live recording, it is an impressive new offering that serves to show the group’s strength.  The recording offers audiences plenty to appreciate, beginning with its expansive set list.  The set list pulls from each of the group’s studio recordings and Slash’s self-titled 2010 album.  The band’s performance of the show’s set list adds even more for audiences to enjoy.  The bonus behind-the-scenes featurette is brief, but still offers its own share of entertainment and engagement.  Each item is important in its own right to the whole of Living The Dream Tour’s whole in its own way.  All things considered, they make the recording a “dream” come true for every rock fan.  More information on the recording is available online now along with all of the group’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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Gibbons’ New Solo LP Is 2018’s “Baddest” Rock Album

Courtesy: Concord Records

This year was a very productive span for the rock realm.  New offerings from well-known acts, such as Joe Satriani, Billy Gibbons and Stone Temple Pilots were joined by some enjoyable offerings from some lesser-known acts, such as The Magpie Salute, The Marcus King Band and Black Coffee to make for quite the selection of new offerings.

Simply put, the mainstream and the independent offerings turned out this year gave audiences plenty to appreciate. Many of those offerings made their way into Phil’s Picks list of the year’s top new rock albums, including and not limited to the offerings from the acts already noted here.

Topping off this critic’s list this year is Billy Gibbons’ new album The Big Bad Blues.  The ZZ Top star’s latest solo offering features some impressive covers of classic blues and blues rock tunes, while also offering some equally entertaining originals to round out the record’s body.  The whole is a record that is a solid listen from start to finish.

Taking second spot in this year’s list of the year’s top new rock albums is legendary guitarist Joe Satriani’s latest offering What Happens Next.  The full-on instrumental offering is everything that fans have come to expect from Satch, with touches of his past and present.

Third spot in this year’s list goes to Slash, Alter bridge front man Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.  The group’s new offering Living The Dream is a well-produced and engineered album with plenty of radio ready singles that go a long way toward displaying the group’s collective talents.  The lyrical themes are just as easily accessible as the record’s arrangements.  While not a perfect record, it is still enjoyable in its own right.

The remainder of this year’s list is noted below.  Also featured in this year’s list are new efforts from Black Coffee, Pop Evil and P.O.D.  As always, the list’s top 10 titles are the best while the five that follow are all honorable mention titles.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2018 Top 10 New Rock Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW ROCK ALBUMS

  1. Billy Gibbons — The Big Bad Blues
  2. Joe Satriani — What Happens Next
  3. Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators — Living The Dream
  4. Clutch — The Book of Bad Ideas
  5. Michael Schenker Fest — Resurrection
  6. Black Coffee — Take One
  7. Black Stone Cherry — Family Tree
  8. Pompeii — The Secret Sessions
  9. P.O.D. — Circles
  10. The Marcus King Band — Carolina Confessions
  11. The Zealots — Only Rocks Live Forever
  12. Roine Stolt’s Flower King — Manifesto of an Alchemist
  13. The Magpie Salute — Highwater I
  14. Royal Tusk — Tusk II
  15. Stone Temple Pilots — Stone Temple Pilots

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