REVIEW BY DAVID TAYLOR and PHOTOS BY ROBERT A CHADWICK | Go Venue Magazine
Friday, February 25, I traveled from Omaha to Kansas City to see Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators and Plush at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland. I am both familiar with both bands and was looking forward to traveling down to experience the Kansas City concert scene, as I haven’t had in a couple of years.
Plush from New York opened up the show. This was my second time in over four months (first with Mammoth WVH in Lincoln, Nebraska) I’ve seen these girls rock a stage. Now, they have a new self-titled debut album out right now, so it felt so cool to finally now have a grasp of what they recorded in studio and to hear those songs live was amazing. Again, this band is the future of rock n’ roll. Always glad to see bands like Evanescence, Halestorm, and now, Slash, take these up and comers on tour. Go see Plush when they come to your town [see their tour schedule] because rock is very much alive and well in these new bands.
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators closed down the house at the Midland. These guys are just incredible musicians. From the rhythm section of bassist Todd Kerns, drummer Brent Fitz, and rhythm guitarist Frank Sidoris to lead singer Myles Kennedy, who has a stellar voice to the man himself, guitarist Slash, these musicians know how to vibe together. They have a new album out titled, 4, in which they played six songs from, including the lead single, “The River is Rising”. You’ve got to respect an artist when they play a majority of an album during their set. It means they truly care about what they just made in the studio. They even played some deep cuts, including covers of Elton John’s “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)” and Lenny Kravitz’s “Always on the Run”, which featured Slash in the original recording. They closed out the show with an encore of “Anastasia”, which is full of ripping solos. Great show, overall. As long as Slash gives a give damn about playing the guitar, the world is a bit better because of it.