hmv.com reviews… Slash & Biffy Clyro @ O2 Academy Glasgow
Legendary axeman Slash and Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro united for a very special show last night (October 7th), and we were there to review it...
No introductions required. Slash, Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators along with Biffy Clyro. Recorded by MTV as part of the MTV Music Week to celebrate the EMAs.
The O2 Academy, you know, that one over the bridge, used to be a cinema...
Any good supports?
Right, lets get this straight from the off, Biffy Clyro don't open up for band these days, this was a classic double header with Biffy merely playing first, that’s all .
When Simon Neil began the opening strains of 'Different People', it was obvious that this was going to be a special evening for the 2,000 or so lucky enough to score tickets. Biffy live are a ferocious beast and when they slammed straight into 'That Golden Rule' there was a massive crowd surge and a few people went down, thankfully proper gig etiquette was observed and everyone around helped get them back on their feet.
At one point during the song, Simon got a little bit close to some pyro and memories of Metallica's James Hetfield came flooding back (google it after you've had your breakfast), thankfully he didn't succomb to the same fate
It's fair to say that this was a partisan Biffy crowd and every song was received to frenzied , rapturous applause with the crowd actually doing most of the singing themselves. The likes of 'The Captain', Bubbles', 'Who's Got A Match', 'Biblical', 'Black Chandelier', the list is endless, songs that you would normally only see Biffy perform either in arenas or headlining festivals. 'Many of Horror' is simply breathtaking live, truly a hairs on the back of the neck standing up moment.
They finished off in the only way they can, with 'Mountains'. Any normal musician having to follow that would have been shaking their heads in disbelief...
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Put it this way, even with a confirmation email and even with the funds flying out of the bank account, we couldn't have been the only ones turning up half expecting it to be some elaborate episode of You've Been Framed and the joke being on us. So the place was buzzing hours before the doors opened with the queue stretching round the block. It's safe to assume that everyone there realised how lucky they were to be in the crowd and responded like their lives depended on it.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
So after a brief set turnaround, drummer Brent Fitz plants himself down behind his kit and boom, it's straight into "You’re A Lie" from Apocalyptic Love, the debut album from Slash, Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators (SMK&C for ease), the place erupts when Slash walks out and starts reeling off lick upon lick upon lick so effortlessly, he really makes it look so easy and nonchalant. Most of the time Alter Bridge mainman Myles Kennedy is treated like a returning hero and the other band members are no slouches either, kind of like a hard rock version of The E Street Band.
No sooner than the song ends and Fitz is battering the cowbell which can mean only one thing, 'Nightrain' from perhaps THE greatest Hard Rock debut album of all time and the first of several Guns N'Roses tracks aired tonight.
The 2010 Slash solo album that featured guest vocalists was represented by 'Back From Cali', the first song song that Slash & Myles Kennedy played together on. The brand new SMK&C album World on Fire got a few airings with the title track and 'Bent to Fly' standing out, but with 17 tracks on the album it’s a sure bet that more will feature in the setlist come the December arena dates.
Slash reached into his Roses songbook for some more gems such as 'Mr BrownStone' and 'You Could Be Mine' before revisiting Apocalyptic Love for an incredible version of 'Anastasia' on a stunning double neck guitar (sheer guitar porn...). After this it was a triple whammy of 'Sweet Child O Mine', 'Slither' and of course, to finish the show, 'Paradise City' where bassist Todd Kerns took over the ref's whistling blowing duties from Mr Rose .
Any good between song banter?
Time was at a premium so banter from both bands was kept to a minimum.
Did they put on much of a show?
Biffy had some amazing fire and pyro, especially on 'Victory Over The Sun', while Slash had two massive ticker tape cannons that spewed forth during 'Paradise City'.
What was the highlight of the set?
Easy.... the entire night ...simple as that!
Where can I catch them next?
Biffy play three nights at The Barrowlands in Glasgow during December, but tickets were snapped up in mere seconds, Slash & Co, however, are back for a full arena run next month... go on, treat yourselves, it's nearly Christmas after all...