The conversation with Frankie Sidoris start with slashbut quickly turns to Chic.
“If you want a great rhythm guitarist, Nil Rodgers is awesome,” says Sidoris, referencing the 1970s disco/R&B band co-founder. “He plays everything I love about funky music, being upbeat and groovy.”
And of AC/DC’s Malcolm Young, Sidoris says, “He laid the foundation for every rhythm guitarist, in my opinion.”
This rhythmic conversation is related to the role of Sidoris in his current group, Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and the conspirators. The Rock Veterans play at 8 p.m. Saturday (or tonight, if you’re reading this Saturday) at the Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
When Slash is in the group, he plays the main role. It’s a rule of rock, so Sidoris strums powerfully at his side.
“Playing rhythm guitar is not something I really practice,” Sidoris said during a sound check break during a show at the YouTube Theater, connected to SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. “When I was a kid, I never imagined that I would be a rhythm guitar player. But it’s so important to the band. You’re a dedicated part of the rhythm section, empowering it. It all starts there. »
As followers of this column know, Sidoris is a Vegas native, the son of Angela Stabile, original “Crazy Girls” actor and co-founder with Matt Stabile of Stabile Productions (“X Burlesque”, “X Country”, “Piff the Magic Dragon” in the company’s roster). Frankie is the son of a longtime professional Frank Sidoris, who currently works at the Resorts World Las Vegas casino.
— John Katsilometes (@johnnykats) August 28, 2021
The Conspirators are further steeped in Vegas rock lineage with bassist Todd Kern and Brent Fitz. Kerns played for years with Sin City Sinners, also co-starring in the veteran rock retrospective “Raiding the Rock Vault”. Fitz supported Vince Neil, Alice Cooper and guess whoamong many top rock artists.
Sidoris made his way into the Slash universe a decade ago. Friday was actually his 10th anniversary with the band. Sidoris is also seamlessly transitioning to the Van Halen empire, as the lead guitarist of Mammoth WVH by Wolfgang Van Halen rock outfit. Over the next few months, Mammoth WVH will be opening overseas for Kiss, Guns N’ Roses and Scorpios (but not in this group’s dates at the Zappos Theater, during which skidrow opens).
Sidoris’ timing is impressive even logistically. The Conspirators were the first band to play at the 6,000-seat YouTube Theater, reduced to 2,500 for this gig. Eddie Vedder and the Earthlings are on Friday. Sidoris and Mammoth WVH were also the first rock band to play at Allegiant Stadium, opening for GNR in August.
That night, Sidoris tossed his guitar pick into the crowd during Van Halen’s introduction of “the hometown boy”. Sidoris wore a Vegas Golden Knights jersey that night. VGK executives were in the crowd, took note of the guitarist’s gear and tapped into his obvious Las Vegas connection.
“Now we have a relationship, because of this show, and they want me to sound the siren at a game at T-Mobile Arena,” Sidoris laughs. “I mean, how cool is that?”
For a guy who rocks with the guitar god of Guns N’ Roses and a real Van Halen, we say “very”.
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