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Live Review: Guns N Roses at Banc Of California Stadium

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This pandemic has been extremely difficult. We all know the hardships of it. One of the biggest things throughout the whole thing so far has been the inability of bands to tour and all of us to go to shows. So, when the opportunity presented itself amongst all the craziness recently to go see Guns N Roses, you know I had to. Not a bad way to start going back to shows. And as this review will show, Guns N Roses is still one hell of a live band and those songs, still hold up so damn well. Armed with my vaccination and mask, the night was about to begin…

It was a perfect clear night in Los Angeles and at a little before 8pm, the lights came down, the intro started and the shadow figures took the stage to a roaring and thunderous crowd. Then, it all starts with “It’s So Easy” and from that it was a barrage of great songs after another. The songs from Chinese Democracy that were played (“Better,” “Chinese Democracy,” and “Madagascar”) sounded so good. Way better than the album versions and having Duff and Slash playing on them changed them just enough that it sounded the way it should’ve when first released. I got to hear my all time favorite GnR track quite early on in the evening. “Estranged” live was everything I hoped for and more. It was beyond epic and there might have been a few tears dripping from my eyes. Throughout the rest of the night, more and more awesome songs were played like “Rocket Queen,” “You Could Be Mine,” “Civil War,” “November Rain,” and “Don’t Cry.” Even the choices of covers were outstanding. We were graced with a very extended version of “Knockin On Heaven’s Door” that knocked it out of the stadium. Also very awesome versions of The Who’s “The Seeker” and The Stooges “I Wanna Be Your Dog” with Duff on lead vocals. One of the coolest parts of the show and set were the way they extended the songs with little snippets of other songs like when they played “Civil War” they included Jimi Hendrix’s “Machine Gun” as part of the outro or Alice Cooper’s “Only Women Bleed” as part of “Knockin On Heaven’s Door.”

For the 3 hours that GnR was on stage, it’s almost as though time stood still. Everyone in the band was on their A game and looked like they were having a blast on stage. Axl was making jokes, running around, playing around with his bandmates and was on fire with his vocals. The chemistry also between the band was outstanding. Richard Fortus is a very great addition to the band. He’s one hell of a guitar player that gives Slash a run for his money but, he knows his role. Frank Ferrer is a monster on the drums. Dizzy Reed is such an underrated part of GnR. His ability to accompany the songs with the right keyboard/piano parts are so good. Melissa Reeves provides great backing vocals for Axl, especially the high notes that might be a little difficult. And of course you have the core 3 of Axl, Slash and Duff who sound better than ever together. The only thing I have to critique is the background videos they had playing. They just seemed a little outdated but, who really needs to pay attention to that with what you have on stage. Guns N Roses is back and hopefully for good. I am very intrigued by the possibility of them releasing new music. The song “Absurd” isn’t the best new song but, live it did sound good. All in all what a great show and night. My friend I was with, he and I couldn’t believe how awesome the show was. The GnR hangover lasted all weekend long too. Definitely would go see them again!

Opening the show was Mammoth WVH, Wolfgang Van Halen’s band. They were a solid opening band. Their set was a little over 30 minutes and they were able to connect with part of the crowd but, you could just tell the audience just wanted Axl and company. This was also the bands first tour and performances ever. Pretty tall order to be opening for a band like GnR but, they did a really good job.

Guns N Roses Setlist:

01) It’s So Easy
02) Mr. Brownstone
03) Chinese Democracy
04) Slither (Velvet Revolver Cover)
05) Double Talkin’ Jive
06) Welcome To The Jungle (w/ Link Wray’s “Rumble” intro)
07) Better
08) Estranged
09) Live And Let Die (Wings Cover)
10) You’re Crazy
11) Rocket Queen
12) You Could Be Mine
13) I Wanna Be Your Dog (The Stooges Cover w/ Duff on vocals)
14) Absurd
15) Civil War (w/ Jimi Hendrix’s “Machine Gun” outro- Band Intros)
16) Slash Guitar Solo (Muddy Waters “Mannish Boy” jam)
17) Sweet Child O’ Mine
18) November Rain
19) Wichita Lineman (Jimmy Webb/Glen Campbell Cover)
20) Patience
21) Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan Cover w/ Alice Coopers Only Women Bleed intro)
22) Nightrain

Encore:

23) Madagascar
24) Don’t Cry
25) The Seeker (The Who Cover)
26) Paradise City

F You Songs: Guns N Roses- Get In The Ring

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I think this one will be a fun topic. There are so many F You songs out there. Some are quite the F YOU and others are a little more subtle. Let’s have fun with this one. If you think of any that should be featured, comment, send me a message or email me.

The first one that came to mind was “Get In The Ring” by Guns N Roses. This song was a verbal assault on music critics with some publications and writers by name. Hit Prader, Kerrang, Spin and Circus magazines. Musically it’s a pretty rocking song. Interestingly too, this song was originally written by bassist Duff McKagan with the title of “Why Do You Look At Me When You Hate Me.” Axl then added his touch to it and we now have the end result. I have to say that the line “Why Do You Look At Me When You Hate Me” to start the song was the perfect opening line. Over the years too, every time I’m a bit frustrated with someone, this song always has a nice feel to it and when you sing along, it does make you feel a bit better, especially when you get to the end!

Guns N Roses- Get In The Ring:

Great Music Videos: Guns N Roses- Estranged

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I will never forget seeing the video for “Estranged” which is my favorite Guns N Roses song. First I wanted a pair of shoes like Axl had, and second I wanted to jump off an aircraft carrier (even though it’s an oil tanker) into the ocean and swim with dolphins. Yes, we all know the video is a bit far fetched but you can’t deny how awesome it really is. They don’t make videos like this anymore. If I’m not mistaken the cost of this video was in the millions too. Anyways enjoy this great video!

 

Guns N Roses- Estranged:

Guest Vocalist: Axl Rose

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I have long been a fan of Axl Rose. I was even him for Halloween once when I was 4 or 5. Not only does Axl have one the best and most recognizable voices in music but, he has lent his talents to some other bands over the years. Take a listen to Axl guesting on these songs.

 

Steve Jones of Sex Pistols- I Did You No Wrong (from Fire & Gasoline):

 

Gilby Clarke- Dead Flowers (from Pawnshop Guitars):

 

The Outpatience- Anxious Disease:

 

Sebastian Bach- Back In The Saddle (Aerosmith Cover), Stuck Inside, Love Is A Bitchslap (from Angel Down):

Back In The Saddle:

 

Stuck Inside:

 

Love Is A Bitchslap:

 

Axl also sang on Don Henley’s “I Will Not Go Quietly” from the album The End Of Innocence.

Ultimate Set List: Guns N Roses

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Well since they announced their return I thought why not do a dream set list for one of my all time favorite bands.

In regards to the “reunion” I am just going to say this. I do want to go see it. I don’t care if it’s bad (which I’m sure parts of it will be). I just want to go to the show with some good people and hear the songs and sing along. Considering that Appetite For Destruction will be 30 years old next year, it’s about damn time these guys did this for the fans.

Here are the rules:

Rule 1: maximum 25 songs

Rule 2: What line up of the band would it be

Rule 3: Where would you want to see the show

Lineup: Axl, Slash, Duff, Izzy, Steven Adler (for The Appetite Songs), Matt Sorum for the rest.

Venue: Forum (Los Angeles)

Set List:

Welcome To The Jungle
It’s So Easy
Mr. Brownstone
Civil War
Yesterdays
Sweet Child O’ Mine
November Rain
Live and Let Die
Pretty Tied Up
Dust N Bones
Breakdown
Knockin On Heaven’s Door
Patience
One In A Million
Don’t Cry
Reckless Life
Out Ta Get Me
You’re Crazy
Coma
You Could Be Mine
14 Years
Rocket Queen
Estranged
Paradise City

Video Rank: Guns n Roses

Guns_N_Roses-logoLast night I was sitting at home watching TV and out of the blue Guns N Roses Estranged popped into my head. Then I proceeded to look up the video for the sing, which got me thinking about all their videos. So I thought today would be ideal to do a top 10 ranking of their best videos.

10) Live And Let Die:

9) Since I Don’t Have You:

8) Sweet Child O’ Mine:

7) Welcome To The Jungle:

6) Paradise City:

5) You Could Be Mine:

4) Patience:

3) Don’t Cry:

2) Estranged:

1) November Rain:

Cover Thursday: Guns N Roses with Neil Young- Don’t Let It Bring You Down

I love Neil Young. He is amazing. His voice, lyrics and music is mind blowing. While this isn’t the original Guns, this is still quite awesome to hear. Axl sounds great on this song and mixed with Neil it’s like they are one person. Check it out!

Guns N Roses with Neil Young- Don’t Let It Bring You Down: