Myles Kennedy - Thekla, Bristol
After 25 years travelling the globe Myles Kennedy has accomplished pretty much all his musical goals. From developing his voice in The Mayfield Four and expanding his instrument work in Alter Bridge and the Slash solo group, Kennedy has done it all, except maybe playing a solo show on a boat... now he can tick that off the list and include the infamous boat located in Bristol's mud dock, the legendary Thekla.
Starting nice and early gives Kennedy the time to expand his set list to incorporate songs from his vast musical catalogue, and when time constraints don't really come into play, he picks what he wants, when he wants. Standing, mostly, Kennedy is cocooned by a simple black backdrop with a few sparse candles scattered on the stage, there are no bells and whistles here to distract you. It feels intimate, and rightly so, just one man and his guitar. The set does lose momentum at times, though this is no fault of Kennedy's. The crowd are suitably vocal when needed with people requesting songs Kennedy can't sing due to a sore throat or shouting out requests for him to say "hi" to people on phones. Kennedy takes this all in his stride but we are not here for heckles, we are here to experience an intimate gig.
Starting with one of only three songs played from his recent solo record Kennedy takes the crowd on a musical journey with 'Devil On The Wall'. A smattering of Mayfield Four songs battle with Slash material and all are worthy additions. Changing guitars at times and using a bass drum showing off his multi-instrument talents, the use of the drum, in particular, feels like the beating heart of the Thekla tonight. Leaving the highlight of Year Of The Tiger till the encore, in the heartbreaking 'Love Can Only Heal' he has the whole crowd singing along, each and every person singing their hearts out. If the Thekla felt that was the musical peak of the show, the singer plays one last song in a tear-jerking cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' to send people off into the cold Bristol night. A sublime concert where everyone can honestly say, this boat rocked.