December 17th 2011

GUNS N' ROSES
NORTH AMERICA TOUR



Review/Photos by Peter Ruttan
http://www.metaltitans.com/concertpics/guns-n-roses/

 

Guns N' Roses, for anyone who actually remembers the late 1980s, came out with their debt hard rock 18 time Platinum album Appetite for Destruction. The lineup was Axl, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler and where at the top of the world with hits like "Sweet Child 'O Mine", Paradise City and Welcome to the Jungle.

It’s 2011 and Guns N’ Roses are Axl, DJ Ashba (guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Tommy Stinson (bass), Richard Fortus (guitar), Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (guitar), Chris Pitman (keyboards) and Frank Ferrer (drums).
G n’ R spent most of 2010 touring the globe, performing 71 two and a half hour shows in over 30 countries. The band’s most recent release, Chinese Democracy debuted #1 on the charts in thirteen countries and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and became three times Platinum in Canada.

The last time G n’ R were to play in Vancouver it was November 2002 that resulted in a cancelled performance and a riot that erupted at GM Place with thousands of dollars in property damage and several arrests. It’s 2011 and G n’ R has now come back to Vancouver to play the Pacific Coliseum to a crowd attendance of about 7,000. I regreted not being able to see G n’ R back in the day but i was very interested to see if Axl and new band mates were able to hold up to the former glory days.

Well overall i’d say the show a was hit but also a miss. If you have ever been to Las Vegas to see a cover band covering classic hits as that is what it felt like at times ( see set list below ). Axl belted out classics like Welcome to the Jungle and Mr. Brownstone and even invited Duff McKagan to play on You Could be Mine and Civil War but then the vibe of the concert hit a few dull points. With Instrumental Jams like Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall, Pink Panther theme and The Who’s Baba O’Riley on Piano I found that the band itself was not quite up to par with these Instrumentals Jams and the backdrop videos show felt like something taken from your local Karoke bar. I seriously think with a concert that starts at 11pm and goes till 2am you could trim the set list of 34 songs to maybe 20 plus and have a pretty happy crowd chanting your name at the end for more instead of having most people yawning there way out of the arena.

With a wardrobe change every second to third song Axl’s voice is still impressive as ever and he can still bust a move every once in a while. Half way though his set he had kicked out a unruly fan stating ( "That's the first person I've had thrown out for 100 shows," he grinned. "Like the good old days." and sang a bit of "Happy Trails" by Roy Rogers ), He had also mention "On behalf of the city I'd like to thank you for not tearing the place up, I apologize for my part in any past affairs." Fair enough Axl! On with the show!

We get to the encore which had 2 more Instrumental Jams....What the heck??!! which to me made no sense but I was determined to stick it out to the end to hear the last tune...the ever so popular radio hit Paradise City.

In conclusion would i see them again..yes! I like Guns N' Roses music and i really enjoyed Axl’s voice but we need to see Slash, Duff and the rest up the guys on stage with him. Guns N' Roses will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year which i will hope will prompt a reunion tour and that will blow the roof top off of any arena.

SET LIST

Chinese Democracy

Welcome To The Jungle

It's So Easy

Mr. Brownstone

Sorry

Shackler's Revenge

Estranged

Rocket Queen

Richard Fortus Guitar Solo
(James Bond Theme)

Live and Let Die
(Paul McCartney & Wings cover)

This I Love

Riff Raff
(AC/DC cover)

Motivation
(Tommy Stinson song) (Tommy Stinson on lead vocals, with Band Introductions)

Dizzy Reed Piano Solo
(Baba O'Riley)

Street Of Dreams

You Could Be Mine
(with Duff McKagan)

DJ Ashba Guitar Solo
(Mi Amor)

Sweet Child O' Mine

Instrumental Jam
(Another Brick In The Wall: Part 2)

Axl Rose Piano Solo
(Gran Torino/Goodbye Yellow)

November Rain

Bumblefoot Guitar Solo
(Pink Panther Theme)

Don't Cry

Whole Lotta Rosie
(AC/DC cover)

Civil War
(with Duff McKagan)

Knockin' On Heaven's Door
(Bob Dylan cover)

Nightrain


Encore:
Instrumental Jam

Madagascar

Better

Instrumental Jam

Patience

Instrumental Jam

Paradise City