Slash slagged by Ear of Newt reader who calls Thin Lizzy and Led Zeppelin "pretty awesome"
Earlier today somebody left a comment on a blog I wrote last May announcing Slash's July 14 concert at Vancouver's Queen E. Theatre. The commentor—known only as "out at night"—described Slash's performance that night as "phoned in" and the crowd as "boorish", even though he or she never actually attended the gig.
I wasn't there, either. I would have been, but had to take my son to a baseball tournament in Kelowna—which his North Delta team would have won if it weren't for the stinkin' Cloverdale Spurs, by the way. So I can't confirm whether Slash's playing was "uninspired", as the anonymous complainer reported. I always thought Slash's guitar licks were the opposite of uninspired. At any rate, here's the beef:
Why is this article constantly popping up on the home page? No, I wasn't there, but the friend I gave my ticket to told me it was generic - what you'd call "able, proficient and uninspired" or "phoned in" My friend also told me it's just as well I missed out on the antics of a too-drunk, boorish crowd.
G 'n' R's "Spaghetti Incident" notwithstanding, Slash is as good a reason as any to re-invoke the contempt I developed for dinosaur rock way back in the late 70s when the punks were mounting their challenge to the old guard. Sure, I might have thrown out a few babies with that bathwater then (turns out Thin Lizzy and Led Zeppelin are pretty awesome after all!); but the fact is that glitzy, long-haired rock music founded upon the empty-headed values of hedonism, misogyny, material wealth and wankishly long guitar solos is, all these years later, still sucking.
I totally agree with "out at night" that Thin Lizzy is "pretty awesome", but don't get the point about "dinosaur rock" in the late '70s. That's when some of the best loud music was being made. Usually by longhairs.
I'd like to hear from anyone who was at the Slash show in Vancouver last month. Did I miss a good one or what? And did former Vancouverite Todd Kerns do it up right? Feel free to use your real name. There's nothing to be ashamed of.You can follow Steve Newton on Twitter at twitter.com/earofnewt.