This past summer, world-famous guitarist '''Slash''' (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver) turned 43 years old. His birthday celebration lasted (at least) 3 days in Las Vegas and included him playing with some of the best rock musicians, performing (cover) songs at various venues in the city. You can catch decent videos of many of the songs on YouTube, which include one historic supergroup performance with (besides Slash): '''Jerry Cantrell''' of Alice in Chains fame, '''Jason Bonham''', son of the legendary, late Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham, '''Royston Langon''' of Spacehog and '''Perry Farrell''' of Jane's Addiction.
These masters of music would play songs by Alice in Chains, GNR, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd, among others.
Or how about this trio:
Cantrell, Slash, and '''Tom Morello''' (Rage Against the Machine & Audioslave) playing AiC's ''Got Me Wrong'' (...Clerks anyone?)
But the mind-blowing fact about all of this, as evident by these videos, is that the guests at this Birthday Bananza, '''''DIDN'T EVEN GIVE A DAMN!!!''''' To quote the guy who recorded that video: "They don't even know!" And his female friend who said, "I don't think they know who Alice in Chains is." Listen to all that chatter in ''Got Me Wrong'' - it seems that Tera Patrick & her husband were among the only ones in the back actually enjoying it. There's plenty of chatter during their other songs. It really was quite sad.
The whole point of this blog entry is that in the slim, slim chance this reaches Slash & Co:
Slash, Jerry, Tom, etc. - if you ever put on a show like this again, please...
A) Do it somewhere near NYC or Ithaca, NY (heck, I'd travel anywhere from Boston or DC to see this)
b) Invite me & send me a plane ticket! Play your music for people who will actually revel in its glory and your mastery!
England's Sir Thomas Beecham, a famous orchestral conductor once said, ''"The function of music is to release us
from the tyranny of conscious thought."'' Watching these songs on YouTube have taken me completely away from conscious thought (considering all the work I should be doing) for the last 2 hours...
Next time, if there is one and I pray to Jimmy Morrison that there is one, invite Shwax and others who can and
will properly appreciate your music.