Music Blu-ray Review: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators - Live at the Roxy

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The Roxy is a 500-capacity nightclub in West Hollywood that has hosted some of truly legendary rock acts since its 1973 opening, including Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Jane's Addiction, and U2. On September 25, 2014, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators packed the house for a roaring, riffing, raucous show. That concert has recently been issued on Blu-ray by Eagle Rock Entertainment. It's a fair bet that fans of Slash, Myles Kennedy, Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses, or all of the above will want to give it a spin.

Perhaps the biggest crowd-pleasers in the 13-song set are Guns N' Roses classics like "Nightrain," "Paradise City," and "Sweet Child o' Mine." Vocalist Myles Kennedy sounds a lot more like Axl Rose than Rose himself has in years. Cheap shots at the fading effectiveness of the former G N' R frontman aside, Kennedy makes up in sheer stamina what he lacks in originality. As for Slash, his guitar work is often scintillating. The highlight is his extended solo on "Rocket Queen."

We also hear tunes from The Conspirators most recent release, World On Fire, including the title track and "Bent to Fly." From their first album, Apocalyptic Love, comes "You're a Lie" and "Anastasia." "Slither" dips back to Velvet Revolver's 2004 debut, Contraband.

Eagle Rock's Blu-ray offers a sharp, detailed high definition image. Fans of Slash will no doubt revel in the power of the lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround mix. The goal of any great home video incarnation of a live concert should be to make the viewer feel like they're at the venue. Crank up the system for this one and you'll feel a bit like you're right there in the audience.

As a bonus feature we get four additional songs: "Stone Blind," "You're Crazy," "Wicked Stone," and "30 Years to Life." While "You're Crazy" is, of course, an Appetite for Destruction track, the other three are cuts from The Conspirators' World On Fire. It’s a great bonus set that runs about 18 minutes.

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Chaz Lipp is a Seattle-based freelance writer whose focus is music and film. As “The Other Chad,” he has written for the online magazine Blogcritics since 2008. When he’s not writing, Chaz can be found trolling jazz clubs, attempting to find somewhere to play his sax (whether anyone wants to hear…

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