I went to Perry Farrell’s “Kidzapalooza” set on a lark. I’d heard a rumor that Slash would be the special guest joining him on stage (backed up by the announcer’s assertion on Friday that the guest would be someone known to those who play Guitar Hero). Lucky me — it was Slash.
Something you should know about me really quickly: I was raised on oldies. Not classic rock, but like 60s pop and R&B. So when Perry and Slash started into Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” (which, yes, is a 70s R&B track — sue me), I kind of flipped out. Yeah, Slash looked detached in the way that he’s looked for about a decade now, but Perry made up for it with his over-enthusiasm. Plus Slash absolutely rocked it on guitar, so that worked out alright.
Following that, they played “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” to the absolute delight of everyone over 30. Not my favorite, but it worked well. If we were going with popular GnR cover tunes, I’d have preferred to get “Live and Let Die.” Third came “The Mountain Song,” followed by the much-appreciated “Jane Says” for a closer. I felt like “Jane Says” was a bit of a weird choice considering Perry’s repeated assertions that the set was strictly for the kids, not adults, but I wasn’t going to question a good thing too long.