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Myles Kennedy – Stylus, Leeds University – 8th July 2018.

With an ambient lit stage, Leeds Stylus hosts a sold out show for Myles Kennedy in its 1000 capacity venue.  The crowd are packed in and are eager for some entertainment, and whilst the fans endure the heat of the place some chants emerge from the back audience in reference to the world cup  ‘it’s coming home’, obviously they are  still celebrating England’s semi quarter final win on Sunday but more on that later.

Dorian Sorriaux is the main support for Myles Kennedy throughout his European tour, and some of you may recognise his name, as the guitarist in his own band Blue Pills; who have opened for Myles’ band Alter Bridge in the past.

Classically trained guitarist Dorian introduces himself and thanks Myles for the opportunity to be support. If you are up on your classical guitarist knowledge you’ll be aware that they grow and shape their nails especially curved in a perfect arch to create a long ramp, the idea is to have the string travel up the ramp and get pushed into the guitar.  I noticed Dorian’s devil like talons as he played through a range of folk inspired acoustic songs, from his new EP. The themes included politics, love, and some he didn’t quite know what they were about yet, as they were developing.   Simplicity is the best way to describe his style of music.  With his guitar in hand, and beads of sweat dripping off the guitar head to the floor, Dorian entertained a very hot and sweaty mob.  A highlight being his latest single ‘Hungry Ghost’, a dramatic dark number, harmonised by Dorian’s haunting vocals. Humbled by a great response to his performance, he bid the fans well and to enjoy Myles’ show.

Dorian Sorriaux

As the crowd waited for Myles to take the stage, candles and a backdrop with the words Myles Kennedy, year of the tiger 1974 in a repeated circle centred on an image of a Tiger set the scene.  Year of the Tiger is the name of Myles first official solo album, of which the tour also takes its name; and was inspired by the year in which Myles lost his biological father at a young age.  Myles Kennedy is a name in his own right but he is particularly known for his band Alter Bridge along with his collaborations with Slash (Guns n Roses) and Slash ft Myles & the Conspirators, with whom he is set to release a new album later in the year

Ecstatic applause, shouts and screams roar from the fans as the eagerly awaited Myles takes the stage, welcoming the crowd he opened with Devil on the wall from his solo album.  Playing songs from the last twenty years of his career, the set list was impressive and included songs from his early band The Mayfield Four, to the amazing Starlight a song he co-wrote and performed with Slash.  A nice surprise was his version of Iron Maiden’s The Trooper.

Myles is a grand story teller and related tales of his youth from picking up a guitar, to his moody teens, forming a band and writing painful needy lyrics. Using a foot machine drum pedal, he became his own one man band.  And the bass drum effect was especially useful when the chants started again from the back of the audience.   Not one to miss a beat Myles joined in with his foot pedal and struck up a tempo  to which the crowd responded and chanted ”it’s coming home” some more.   Enjoying the impromptu sing along Myles encouraged his fans to not be bored by some idiot playing for the next 90 minutes but to get involved and have a great fun time, which they did.

Myles has an immense alluring personality and it was rather epic to be part of his captivated audience,  getting to see him up close and personal as he discussed his life through his stories and music.

 

Set list :
Devil on the Wall
Standing in the Sun (Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators cover)
Mars Hotel (The Mayfield Four cover)
Addicted to Pain (Alter Bridge song)
Starlight (Slash cover)
Blind Faith
Life Must Go On (Alter Bridge song)
The Trooper (Iron Maiden cover)
White Flag (The Mayfield Four cover)
Haunted by Design
All Ends Well (Alter Bridge song)
Songbird
Watch Over You (Alter Bridge song)
Travelling Riverside Blues (Robert Johnson cover)
World on Fire (Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators cover)

Encore:
Love Can Only Heal
Year of the Tiger

Myles Kennedy by Neil Jackson
Myles Kennedy by Neil Jackson
Myles Kennedy by Alex English

Myles Kennedy – Stylus, Leeds University – 8th July 2018. was originally published on PlanetMosh

Ramblin Man 2018 – Saturday

Just inside the entrance to the arena was the Rising stage, and the first act on were Those Damn Crows. They’d pulled a large crowd and that wasn’t just because they were the only band on, or because being in a tent meant they attracted people seeking shade. No, they had a large crowd because they’re a damn good rock band that impressed right from the start. They’ve got the songs to impress and they’ve got a great stage presence – essential if you really want to impress a festival crowd. They’re an excellent start to the day.

Thomas Wynn & the believers

I had planned to watch No Hot Ashes next but after seeing Thomas Wynn and the believers a couple of days earlier I had to go and see them again as they were absolutely superb. The Florida based band seemed perfectly at home here in the hot sunny weather and drew a good crowd for their set. They played the previous night supporting Therapy? at the leisure centre next door and it’s clear quite a few people who saw them there were here to see them again – that tells you how good the band are, for people to want to see them again little more than 12 hours after they saw them first. It’s a fantastic set – this is a band you really need to check out.

The Adelaides

The Adelaides came next. They’re an all-girl country-pop band from Birmingham (UK) although their sound is more Nashville than West Midlands. With two playing acoustic guitar and all three doing vocals they sound very good, with songs such as “Jack Daniels” really going down well.

Veteran hard rockers Gun were next up. It’s a very good set, but it’s testament to how good the lineup is this weekend that Gun just didn’t impress as much as I had expected in comparison to the other bands I’d already seen, and certainly not as much as the bands that came later.

Me and that man

Me and that man were next on the Outlaw country stage. This was one of the bands I’d most been looking forward to as I’d missed their only other UK show to date (a small venue in Camden). Fronted by Polish musician Adam Darski, aka Behemoth frontman Nergal, it’s Country but with a darker feel to it. Their debut album is one I still listen to regularly a year after it’s release, so with today’s set being almost entirely songs from that album I was very happy. They kicked off with “My church is black” before running through a set full of great songs from the album. One surprise was the inclusion of a cover version – Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad moon rising”. It was a set that more than lived up to my high expectations and I hope we hear more from this band – like another album and maybe some more live shows when Behemoth’s schedule permits.

Therapy?

Therapy? were next on the main stage. They’d played the previous night at the pre-festival night, and like Thomas Wynn and the believers drew a good crowd including a lot of people who had watched them the night before. They’re the heaviest band of the day so far and they definitely go down well. It’s a bit warm to get the crowd bouncing like they normally would during a Therapy? gig, but the band put in a great high energy set.

The rocket dolls were yet another example of the high standard of bands on the Rising stage – the main stage acts really do need to watch their backs with so many young and talented bands around ready to move up to the main stages at festivals. Hailing from Brighton, the Rocket Dolls are a three-piece that really are well worth checking out.

Skinny Molly brought some Southern rock to the outlaw country stage, and it just felt right in this heat. Plenty of bands have covered “Freebird” over the years, but Skinny Molly are one of the few that really can justify it’s inclusion in the set – not just because it sounds fantastic when they play it but because singer/guitarist Mike Estes is a former member of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

The Cadillac Three

It’s been a couple of years since I last saw The Cadillac three – sadly their last few tours clashed with other stuff, so I was glad to be able to see them here at Ramblin Man. They’re just as good as I remembered if not better.

Myles Kennedy performed a solo set on the country stage. It was an acoustic set and apart from a couple of songs where he brought on a guitarist to help out, it was just him singing and playing acoustic guitar. That’s a simple setup but one that’s hard to do well enough to keep an audience interested, but the combination of his fantastic vocals and a great choice of songs meant he kept the crowd happy throughout the set. As well as some of his solo songs and a couple of Alter Bridge songs we got songs from his collaboration with Slash, a Robert Johnson cover, and a fantastic version of Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper”.

Over on the Rising stage, London band The Dust Coda were demonstrating that they’re a band worth keeping an eye on. Despite the heat they delivered a high energy rock performance that really went down well.

Steel Panther

Steel Panther were next and clearly have a lot of fans here today – if the huge crowd in front of the stage wasn’t enough of a clue, the steel panther tshirts, people dressed up as Steel panther and people waving giant inflatable penises gave it away. Critics will say that Steel panther were mildly amusing when they started but the joke’s wearing thin now, and maybe they have a point, but sometimes you’ve got to stop taking everything so seriously and just have fun. Yes the music is all based on the hair metal hits of the 80s, but if you strip away the outfits and the clowning around, they’re very good musicians, and they know how to entertain a crowd. I’m sure they could do totally original music without the smutty humour and clowning around but it wouldn’t be as much fun or as commercially successful, so they stick to being entertaining and putting on great shows. They certainly went down well with the crowd here tonight and I enjoyed their set.

Steve Earle

On the Outlaw country stage, Steve Earle and the dukes. With a career spanning over thirty years and sixteen studio albums, he’s got plenty of material to choose from, so it’s a surprise when he starts the set with his biggest hit – Copperhead road. It’s a set that managed to draw a good sized crowd despite the clash with Steel Panther and it was clear to see that those fans who chose to watch Steve Earle were loving it. I only caught part of his set and I can certainly see why he’s so popular.

Mott the hoople

Tonight’s headliners were Mott the Hoople. It’s slightly odd – despite the fact they’re a legendary act, there’s less of a buzz than there was before Steel Panther’s set, and the crowd seems a little bit smaller too. They take to the stage and launch into Don McLean’s “American pie” until they get to the line..”the day the music died”, after which Ian Hunter asks “or did it” and they segue into “Golden age of rock’n’roll”. I’d love to say it was a fantastic set, but to be honest I was a bit disappointed, and other than “Roll away the stone” and the set closing “All the young dudes” I definitely got the impression that large parts of the crowd didn’t actually know any of the songs. Yes they’re legends and are great musicians, but they just felt slightly dull with not much variation between the songs. While it would have been a controversial choice, Steel Panther would have been the better headliner today.

Ramblin Man 2018 – Saturday was originally published on PlanetMosh

Download Festival announce day splits!


As if it wasn’t tasty enough already, Download Festival have now announced the day splits for the current crop of bands taking to the stage this year in June – have a look below and start planning your weekend of mayhem and carnage!

Tickets for the event are still on sale and can be bought here.

As if it wasn’t tasty enough already, Download Festival have now announced the day splits for the current crop of bands taking to the stage this year in June – have a look below and start planning your weekend of mayhem and carnage! Tickets for the event are still on sale and can be bought here. Last updated:Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators – World on fire


Former Guns’n’Roses guitarist Slash releases his latest album next month. For the new album, “World on fire”, he’s once again teamed up with Miles Kennedy and the conspirators, with whom he recorded his last album, Apocalyptic love. It’s a great pairing – Slash’s great guitar work with Miles Kennedy’s superb vocals, with a solid bandFormer Guns’n’Roses guitarist Slash releases his latest album next month. For the new album, “World on fire”, he’s once again teamed up with Miles Kennedy and the conspirators, with whom he recorded his last album, Apocalyptic love. It’s a great pairing – Slash’s great guitar work with Miles Kennedy’s superb vocals, with a solid band behind them. The album is available four weeks in advance of the UK general release as a Classic Rock Fanpack, which consists of the album, a 116 page magazine featuring exclusive interviews with Slash, the band, producer Michael Baskette and cover artist Ron English. A Slash and Myles track-by-track breakdown. Exclusive pictures from the recording sessions as well as a brand new shoot, competition and much more, A giant double sided A1 poster, and a metal Pin Badge. With 17 tracks it’s not a short album, but surely with that many tracks there will be at least one in there as filler? Well, the short answer is no – this is one hell of a good album with not a single weak track on it. Brief comments on a few of the tracks… The album kicks off with the title track, “World on fire”. The […]

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Download Festival 2014 – Sunday 15th June 2014


And so, the final day of Download 2014. And this time it’s overcast. The rain has not been hard but it’s definitely a lot cloudier than before – a welcome relief for many of the punters. Elliott and Ant give their opinions on this final day.

For me the day started with Jake E Lee’s RedAnd so, the final day of Download 2014. And this time it’s overcast. The rain has not been hard but it’s definitely a lot cloudier than before – a welcome relief for many of the punters. Elliott and Ant give their opinions on this final day. For me the day started with Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel [8] who played despite some speculation following the Spinal Tap like events of the last week with tour dates cancelled then on again and a war of words. Happily this didn’t seem to bother them today and they put in a grreat set with songs from their debut album, and endign with a song Jake E Lee wrote and performed withOzzy – Bark at the moon. The debate after their set was all about the vocals on that last song, with the general verdict being it was a good performance but it just feels strange hearing someone other than Ozzy singing it. Over on the Red Bull stage, Arthemis [9] had a good crowd as they worked their way through a great set. As always the music and vocals are spot on and there’s some excellent guitar playing. Winger [8] put in […]

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