Myles Kennedy has had a busy 2018. He released his debut solo album Year Of The Tiger, released and toured in support of a new Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators album Living The Dream and released a Live At The Royal Albert Hall project from Alter Bridge. To close the year out Kennedy is once again showcasing his wonderful solo album live in front of intimate audiences across the country. One of those stops was at the Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado Tuesday night December 11.
Seattle’s Walking Papers opened the show and warmed the crowd wonderfully. The band has been inactive for a few years but released a new album WP2 this January and have added and replaced a few band members. Duff McKagan and drummer Barrett Martin are no longer in the band and they added drummer Will Andrews, guitarist Tristan Hart Pierce, and saxophonist Gregor Lothian. The band is still fronted by the talented Jeff Angell who provides the creative force that ignites the band. Their sound is very reminiscent of the dirty blues rock from decades past but adds modern elements creating a fresh sound. The set included many songs from their recent album including the slow burner “This Is How It Ends” and groovy “Red & White”.
As the lights dimmed and crowd cheered, Myles Kennedy emerged and jumped into the first set of songs from Year Of The Tiger, “Devil On The Wall” followed by my personal favorite “The Great Beyond”, and “Ghost of Shangri La”. His solo songs fit perfectly around others in his vast catalog including acoustic renditions of a never performed live Alter Bridge song “All Ends Well” and SFMK song “World On Fire”. He kept the atmosphere light and tossed in some witty humor while complimenting the fans and the city of Denver. Kennedy touchingly introduced his longtime friend and drummer Zia Uddlin who joined him on percussion to perform a beautiful acoustic cover of “Eden” from their band The Mayfield Four active in the 90’s. After that bassist Tim Tournier joined the three onstage to perform a bluesy cover version of Iron Maiden’s The Trooper. Kennedy thrilled his fans with not only his incredible vocals and guitar skill but displayed a glowing gratitude that I wish I saw more in music.
Kennedy continues to be one of the most respected and talented musicians recording and performing today. Year Of The Tiger is one of my favorite albums released this year and to hear it performed masterfully live was a highlight of my year.