The passing of 19 fire fighters impacted Arizonans statewide when a Yarnell fire tragedy occurred. The tragic incident was profound and deep because we all know the mission of the fire fighter is to save lives – even if it means putting their own lives at risk. We feel heart pangs when we think of those 19 fire fighters and their loved ones left behind.
Last night several Arizonans drove to Prescott, AZ, to watch a benefit concert that featured Slash as the headliner iconic rock star. Who could turn down the opportunity to watch an iconic guitarist such as Slash? Several of us drove the distance for a good cause and to contribute to those who are in financial need. Other local musicians and international musicians joined and contributed their love to benefit victims of the Yarnell fires at the Rock N’2 Remember Concert. Stella’s Infirmary, Razer, Storm of Perception, John Fiddler and Buck & Evans gave us a great show.
One of the memorable moments at the concert was feeling the bluesy guitar when Chris Buck played. We felt every chord prior to Slash entering the stage. The passion Buck has for the guitar came naturally, and we saw him swimming in freedom when he danced to the rhythm. That freedom was contagious and the gift doubled with the soulful vocals Sally Ann Evans provided. At times it felt like we were listening to Joe Bonassa and Adele – that vibe was there.
He surprised the audience when Welcome To The Jungle was first on his playlist and we anticipated the guitar solo break waiting to watch him pluck his guitar. He owned his guitar riffs and he knows nobody can ever take that away from him. Indeed several Guns N’ Roses fans would like to see Axl Rose and Slash play again together someday – but it is what it is. We are just glad to see all of our favorites play — come hell or high water. Who can ever forget the lullaby-like intro to Sweet Child O’ Mine played by the legendary Slash?
But I think Slash has a blues soul within him that needs to unleash. With all the changes wandering spirits go through – it has got to be a good idea to unleash that soulful animal that wants to come out of him. It could have been a vex but we were starry eyed watching Slash play Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Child.
Slash said: “This guy is a fu*king awesome guitarist…his name’s Chris Buck!”
Watching Slash and Chris Buck playing together with their chord progression and high pitches can give any writer inspiration to produce therapeutic and purifying lyrics from the depths of his or her soul. They jammed to Paradise City, Voodoo Child and Gimme Shelter to a few thousand people in Prescott, Arizona.
More musicians who have a sincere concern for the direction of our nation ought to rise up – and we are grateful the likes of Slash, Buck & Evans, Stella’s Infirmary, Razer, Storm of Perception, and John Fiddler did just that. I am confident victims of the horrible tragedy are appreciative of these kind acts of love when times are tough.