It’s Thursday afternoon in the middle of Stockholm and we find ourselves at the Metropol Palais, this amazing somewhat undiscovered venue that was built in the 1920″s and is situated right next door to the Hard Rock Café. Did you know about it? Neither did we, til today.
The reason we’re here is for the one and only Slash. Having just reached the number 1 spot on the Swedish album charts with the release of his latest album “World On Fire”, as a treat to his Swedish fans he’s flying in on a day off to play an exclusive acoustic show for them. For us…
Seeing an artist of Slashs caliber in such an intimate setting is mind-blowing to say the least. Crammed with over three hundred fans, the intimate environment is accentuated with the candle lit stage, Perfectly walking that line between cool and classy. Come 4:15pm, Slash and vocalist Myles Kennedy hit the stage.
In the next 30 minutes Slash and Myles whip the crowd into a frenzied euphoric state. Playing six songs including the bands latest single Bent To Fly, Back from Cali from the debut album, Velvet Revolver era Falling To Pieces and of course GnR classic Sweet Child O Mine, Slash further cements himself as a legend to these ears and eyes. Full of that rock star swagger we’ve come to expect, it’s his playing that really draws you in. His ten fingers carry more soul it seams than the whole population of Sweden but it’s easy to see that his secret weapon clearly is Myles Kennedy. This dude possesses one of the hottest voices in rock today, Capable of hitting the highest notes while equally capable of belting out a rock winner. And the onstage chemistry between the pair is so obvious it’s borderline brotherly.
Verdict you wonder? File this one under amazing and if you were there cross it off your bucket list. Seriously, how often do to get to see someone like Slash in a venue like this, not to mention it being a free gig as payback to his fans? Slash/Myles; class act guys. Now let’s see you back in the summer for a full on balls out rock show.
By: Will Miller Jr III
Photos: Therés Stephansdotter Björk, Stephansdotter Photography