OMG. Axl + Slash (again) = Magic.
When this was announced, I will admit I wasn’t thrilled. Axl was a dick to fans for so long that he wore out his welcome. I tried to get my wife to go with me and she said: “never again”. I guess nobody makes her wait 3 hours before they come on stage and gets another chance. I talked with JP and he and I schemed together and met up in my seats in about the 20th row on the floor. Then as the date got closer, I heard more and more good things about this tour and I was ready. Ready to see Guns N’ Roses one more time. A thing I thought I would never ever say given the Axl & Slash feud.
The show started right around the promised time. The weather was good. This was going to be a great night. And it was. They played over 3 hours and just killed it from the start. Even for a bunch of old dudes. Axl isn’t exactly the same as the kid from long ago — but he made a hell of a run at keeping that spirit alive. Enough of the voice is there that you know it is him. Some really high stuff is gone but oh well. Go listen to the old songs.
Let me say that Slash is like no man I have ever seen. The guy doesn’t age first off. Then he played the guitar harder than anyone I have ever seen and for so long. It was amazing.
If I could pick one show to see again this year, this one.
There are 30 songs below. And none of them were short. They played intros, outros, and just jammed on every song!
- It’s So Easy
- Mr. Brownstone
- Chinese Democracy
- Welcome to the Jungle
- Double Talkin’ Jive
- Live and Let Die
- Rocket Queen
- You Could Be Mine
- Attitude (Misfits cover)
- This I Love
- Civil War
- Slash Guitar Solo
- Speak Softly Love (Nino Rota cover)
- Sweet Child O’ Mine
- Used to Love Her
- My Michelle
- Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover)
- November Rain
- Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden cover)
- Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
- Don’t Cry
- Whole Lotta Rosie (AC/DC cover)
- The Seeker (The Who cover)
- Paradise City
Here is a taste of it from my seat.
However, there is great stuff on YouTube from the Apollo just before the tour kicked off.
Hope they come back around one day.