The Slackers Stretch Out

Hard Rock Live, Oct. 17


Photo by Alexander Zayas

“Vegas, the Slackers have played here many times—we’re used to it. It’s time for the Slackers to stretch out a bit and take it easy,” singer/keyboardist Vic Ruggiero said. With that, the New York ska band jumped into a prolonged two-hour set that placed emphasis on the audience rather than the band. Throughout the night, Ruggiero asked fans for requests, and the six-piece honored most of them, which was impressive given the band’s prolific discography. “Crazy,” “Keep Him Away” and “Wasted Days” sounded especially tight with saxophonist Dave Hillyard and trombonist Glen Pine taking the lead. The band jousted with their instruments and hopped during Misfits cover “Attitude,” which was followed by their rock-steady rendition of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.” The band shared cocktails and toasted with fans during “Midnight Rendezvous.” Though impressive, the Slackers’ set drew on for a bit long, which led a large chunk of the crowd to leave before the encore. It was a disheartening ending to an otherwise decent set. ★★✩✩✩

Photos by Alexander Zayas

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