Slash is known to be a great guitarist, and some of his live performances with Guns N Roses wrote a few pages in the books of music history. With his latest release Live at the Roxy 9.25.14 (aka Live at the Roxy 25.9.14 outside the United States), released on June 15, 2015 by Armoury Records (live album) and Eagle Rock Entertainment (video), underline Slash’s live charisma once again.
The setlist includes 19 songs with a bunch of Guns N Roses classics and lasts almost 2 hours. The fans really get something for the price here. Having been recorded at the Roxy, one of the most legendary rock venues, adds a special atmosphere to the performance. To me, Slash has always been the poster-boy for the cool LA rock guitarist. Therefore, listening to a live gig of his in his natural habitat of California, thousands of miles away, creates the perfect Rock N Roll mood.
With Slash on stage we find Myles Kennedy on vocals and the backing band The Conspirators with Frank Sidoris on guitar, Todd Kerns on bass, and Brent Fitz on drums. All of them do a good job and sound tight as an ensemble. They also manage to make classic songs such as Nightrain or Paradise City live up to the hard to attain expectations.
I really enjoyed listening through the entire show. The only constructive criticism I have goes to the production. Even though all instruments and the voice are mixed and engineered well, the aggregation makes it sound relatively thin. Of course, this is subjective. I would have preferred a production such as Death Angel’s The Bay Calls For Blood or Motörhead’s The Wörld Is Ours – Vol. 2: Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else. However, I’m sure if you like Rock N Roll, you’ll enjoy this live album as well.