Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators set the ‘World on Fire’ as they made their return to Leeds as part of their eagerly anticipated UK tour.

The recently developed First Direct Arena set the scene with a packed audience in attendance, many of whom were adorning top hats, to see their former Guns N Roses guitar hero in action. A veritable feast of talent was on display throughout the course of the evening.

Opening the show was Australian hard rock outfit Twenty Two Hundred, who appeared to be genuinely enjoying themselves. The band features charismatic front man Tony Cardenas-Montana, who unlike the rest of the band, is an LA native. Playing tracks from their debut album Carnaval De Vénus, they received a warm reception from the Yorkshire rock faithful.

The following set brought California Breed, the latest project from the legendary Voice of Rock Glenn Hughes. The band’s 24-year old guitarist, Andrew Watt, plays with an intense passion and flare and former Queens of the Stone Age sticks man, Joey Castillo, is a real power house drummer. The band delivered a superb set featuring tracks from their debut self-titled album, including the heartfelt “All Falls Down” and the funky, wah infused “Midnight Oil.” Of course, their set would not have been complete without the classic Deep Purple number, “Burn,” and their version was stunning.

Soon after, the lights went down and Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators took to the stage. Slash, donning his trademark top hat and wielding his trusty Gibson Les Paul, led the band into “You’re A Lie” from their last album, Apocalyptic Love.

Without a doubt, Myles Kennedy is the perfect front man. He is energetic, engaging, and always delivers. Kennedy covers every inch of the stage, making the experience feel intimate, yet personal, even in a 13,500 capacity venue.

The band is tight. The entire audience seemed to be transported back in time, to a Use Your Illusion era Guns N Roses, during “You Could Be Mine.” Bass player Todd Kerns took the spotlight performing lead vocals on “Doctor Alibi” and “Out Ta Get Me.”

Slash and company performed an incredible career spanning set including tracks like “Wicked Stone” and “Beneath The Savage Stone,” from their latest album, World On Fire, along with Guns N’ Roses classics like “Night Train” and “Rocket Queen,” which featured a monumental guitar solo by Slash.

Finishing up their main set with the Velvet Revolver number, “Slither,” the crowd was left desperately wanting more. The band quickly returned to the stage to bring the night to a close with “Paradise City,” the fans hanging on every word. So much ticker tape flew through the air, you would think you were in Times Square on New Years Eve.

Thankfully a return trip to the UK next year is in the cards for the band as they have recently been added to the lineup for Download Festival 2015, and there’s no doubt everyone is looking forward to their return.

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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