Myles Kennedy & Dorian Sorriaux
@ Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
2nd July 2018
Review & Photography by Gavin Lowrey
Myles Kennedy is at it again: not content with producing albums with Alter Bridge and also Slash & the Conspirators, he’s out on the road for a second UK jaunt within a year supporting his mostly acoustic opus, “Year of the Tiger”.
The venue for the tour opener is Edinburgh’s sweaty 650 capacity Liquid Rooms, a venue that could have been sold 3 or 4 times over when the dates were announced.
Opening for Myles is the Blues Pills’ Dorian Sorriaux, but due to Edinburgh’s ridiculous parking and photo pass shenanigans, I missed his brief 25 minute set which apparently went down well with the already jam packed punters despite a couple of sound issues.
Bang on 8.30 pm, Myles Kennedy takes the stage with a low key entry to rapturous applause.
Myles opens up with “Devil on the Wall”, and from the first chord he basically has the crowd eating out of his hand and hanging on his every word.
Diversity is the name of this set as he lets fly with “Standing in the Sun” from the Conspirators Apocalyptic Love as a second helping of the show, noticeably different from the electric version but just as powerful.
The only blight on the evening was the sound, not necessarily anyone’s fault as the sound in the Liquid Rooms is not always the best, but the sound engineer did a fantastic job of getting things up to par by the time Myles happily takes the mickey out of himself over the cheesy lyrics of “Mars Hotel” from his Mayfield Four days.
The mid set section of very strong renditions of Alter Bridge’s “Addicted to Pain” & “Life Must Go On”, the Conspirators’ “Starlight” and “Turning Stones”, and “Blind Faith” from Year of the Tiger lead us into the Myles Kennedy dream mash-up of Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper”.
“Imagine if Johnny Cash sat down and wrote a song with Iron Maiden, this could be what it sounded like,” delivers Kennedy; ‘who knows?’ wonder the crowd (and who, quite frankly, cares) as he delivers a piece of musical genius.
The rest of the set consisted of tunes from all of Kennedy’s musical incarnations delivered with the supreme level of finesse that we have come to expect from Myles Kennedy and whoever he performs with.
The crowd are also on good form and the craic is flowing as Mr Kennedy can do no wrong, he basically could have stood on stage and sang “Three Blind Mice” and the crowd would have gone wild, there’s that much love flowing in the room.
The evening finishes of with the title track from the “Year of the Tiger”album, a fitting end to the evening.
Myles could have stayed on stage all night and it still wouldn’t have been enough for a crowd that lapped up every chord, verse and quip that was delivered.
With a new Conspirators album out on 21st September and the obligatory tour to follow, Myles Kennedy is trying to beat Joe Bonamassa to the “hardest working man in rock” award, something that he probably deserves, with the added advantage of being able to deliver quality with quantity, a rare quality in this industry.