Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators – Living the Dream Tour (2019)

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Live albums can be a bit hit and miss.  Sometimes they can be a wonderful representation of a bands live sound, and sometimes they can be polished in the studio to the point of no return.  In a lot of cases they can be absolutely terrible.

One of my favourites is actually a Slash and Myles Kennedy disc.  I purchased it on the night of a gig here in Melbourne, and waited after the show for it to be printed.  I hold that one close to my heart for two reasons – 1) I was actually there, so it’s a brilliant memory of a gig that I thoroughly enjoyed, and 2) it features the gig in its entirety, including a couple of technical issues, making it REAL, above all else.

And that “real” factor sums up Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.  They are a real, living and breathing rock n roll machine – and while this is a legitimate release, it is the entire show captured for posterity.  This is an over 2 hour live gig, featuring an awesome set list – and having seen the band on this tour as well, I can attest to the fact that it is a perfect representation of their shows.

The band expertly pump through a set list that includes major crowd pleasers like Standing in the Sun, Ghost, Back From Cali, You’re A Lie, World on Fire and the exceptional Anastasia.

One of the highlights of the album, and the gig itself, is when Todd “Damnit” Kerns takes over vocal duties for We’re All Gonna Die and Dr Alibi.  He’s a fantastic singer in his own right.

If you have not been able to see Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators live, then you should do so at your earliest opportunity.  Otherwise, grab yourself a copy of this record and crank it up – it’s the next best thing to being there.

9/10

Shayne McGowan.

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