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Watch Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators take on Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’

Slash has been ‘dying to play it’ for a long, long time…

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators kicked off their River is Rising tour this week in Portland, Oregon, in support of the band’s new record, 4. And while the current setlist features a slew of new and older SMKC tunes, as well as Slash solo tracks (“Doctor Alibi,” “Back from Cali,” “Nothing to Say”) and a Slash’s Snakepit deep cut (“Speed Parade”), there’s noticeably no Guns N’ Roses numbers this time around.

Which doesn’t mean the set is covers-free. This time out, the band has been playing Lenny Kravitz’s “Always on the Run,” which famously featured Slash on the 1991 original, as well as a surprising – and rather awesome – version of Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” which you can check out above.

“We did it for a movie some years ago - the movie came out during Covid. It was a movie called called Stunt Man,” Slash said before the performance. “We’re going to play it live tonight because we’ve been dying to play it.”

Slash, Kennedy and the Conspirators also pulled out their cover of the song for their recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show, which you can check out here.