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Oct 11, 2010

Guns N Roses - Slash

I've already raved about my memorable trip to Malaysia in one of my deviantART journal entries. Unfortunately, I'm not subscribed to that site, which prevented me from posting some of my "non-art-worthy" photos on my dA journal. That was unfortunate because one of the most awesome things that happened to me in Kuala Lumpur was getting to see Slash, formerly of Guns N Roses, perform live at the Sunway Lagoon during his world tour! I took a ton of pictures! xD Granted, most of them turned out blurred, but some are pretty decent.

Before going to the photos, let me just say that I'm not a huge Slash fan. Being a 90's kid, I was not familiar with most of the 80's classic songs, and the ones that I was exposed to were only the songs that my older siblings loved. As it turned out, none of them seemed to like listening to Guns N Roses much back then. Instead, I grew up listening to icons like Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Michael Jackson, Wham!, Enigma etc. So, I didn't even know who Slash is until very recently.

My cousins are huge fans of Slash and they dragged an unenthusiastic me to see his performance on August 5th. The only thing I was excited about was that it was my first concert - (not many performers come to the Maldives; at least, not ones I'm interested in) - so I was determined to have fun. However, I found out that I didn't have to try. I ended up totally enjoying myself. The songs were good (sung by Myles Kennedy) and the music was awesome.

And, of course, SLASH! He stole the show, hands down. (OK, so it was his show, but still) The guy has so much charisma on stage! Like my cuz, Sabi, said, "More than his skills as a guitarist, it's his profile that is really appealing. He's someone you look at and go, Whoa~! Now that's a rockstar!"

By the time the night was over, I'd become quite a fan. ^^;

Here are some of the miraculously unblurred pictures I took that night:

A shot of Slash and Myles Kennedy (he's an enthusiastic one. And you gotta love his hair ;P)

You can see the drummer clearly here. I forget his name, but he's brilliant! There was this drum solo in one song and ... -sigh- Definitely a highlight of the night :D

The vertical guitar - one of Slash's customary poses during the performance. Once, he even placed it on the back of his shoulders and played, but sadly, he put it down before I could take a snap of it.

A shot of him alone. We were pretty far away from the stage, so I couldn't take a closer shot. Any closer and the image turns out horribly blurred.

Slash's speech, in which he thanked the band and told the audience, and I quote,  
"You guys are f**king awesome!" 
He probably says that at the end of every concert.

Spooky green. The stage lighting was excellent. So excellent that - 

- it ruined what could have been one of the best shots of the night. Slash was on his knees and the other guitarist was beside him in a classic rockstar pose. The white lights behind them just had to go off the moment I took this shot. Bummer.

Take a bow.

Admittedly, there are more pictures from that concert, but there's no point in uploading the out-of-focus / unmemorable ones, right?

Another highlight of the night: at the end of one song, Slash played this long guitar solo halfway through which he began the first notes of the Guns N Roses classic, Sweet Child O' Mine. That single moment in which he switched songs was the most EPIC moment of the night. The audience went wild!

I recorded it, but that's for another post. I'll see if I can upload it later :)

Till then, ja! Hope you enjoyed :)


  1. arvynaaazuuuu!!!! welcome to blogspot!!! =p
    awesome post!!! man! you've brought back sweet sweet memories ingey!!! <3
    looking forward to more posts...

  2. Ahaha thank you! XD Sweet memories of sweet child of ours :P :P
    How'd you find me here anyway?

  3. *________________*

    I would have been well and truly on board this train squeeing if I had stayed true to my music snobbery - as opposed to getting distracted/derailed by sparkly boys dancing in rainbow feather boas to cheesy pop tunes, that is. XD

    As it is, all I can say is I love the music, that which I managed to listen to/flail over before getting kidnapped by the glitteratzi pop bug anyway, my cousins/The Oni flail all over this guy, (So does TOKIO's Nagase - that guy from MBMH - incidentally. XD) and you are so lucky to have experienced it live. *___*