Writer And Blogger @ Philly Rock Radio
Guns 'N' Roses invaded the Philadelphia area on Thursday evening and they did not disappoint. In my humble opinion, this was the best concert that I have ever attended during my lifetime. The band performed at an epic level. Ten thousand strong flocked to Lincoln Financial Field in the agonizing heat. The stadium was more like a sweat factory on this hot and humid summer evening. Nonetheless, people braved the elements to come and see one of the premiere bands of our generation. The "Not In This Lifetime" tour as it has been named has been nothing short of spectacular thus far. Despite skepticism caused by inconsistencies of the band in recent history, Guns have been able to shine. The band is famous for being notoriously late and have even failed to show up to the venue at all a few times. In fact, Axl was a no call/no show for a show in Philly fourteen years ago and the Philly faithful were very aware of this. Needless to say, he has made many enemies so there were many questions coming into this show.
Would Axl show up? Would the band start on time? Would they sound good or are they washed up? These questions became ancient history after the band had hit the stage with their opening song. As the thump of Duff's bass rang out, so began the start of a terrific evening for Guns N Roses and the fans. "It's So Easy" began an all out rock assault on the soak and wet fans. From the start till the finish of "Paradise City" the band was relentless with their energy and approach. Axl can still sing with the best of em'. And the non original members showed that they are no slouch in the talent department. The band performed original material from their previous studio albums along with a few songs from "Chinese Democracy", including the debut of "Sorry." The band also did a few jam covers throughout their setlist.
Not only did the band show up; but they also went on at a little past 9:45PM, which was exactly on time. Who said old habits die quickly? It seems that the notion of this reunion being all about money could not be more wrong. The band played with a chip on their shoulder all evening. They invoked passion and energy throughout the entire crowd. Axl even offered a heartfelt apology, although it was semi formal. This band oozes with talent and reminded us all why they were one of the powerhouse groups of our lifetime. The theatrics were world class and they even offered a spectacular fireworks display to close out the show. There will always be detractors...but no one can deny that GNR made a huge impression in Philly last night. The band was phenomenal as many of their songs sounded very similar to their actual studio recordings. Slash was an absolute beast on the axe. Axl sang like he was twenty again. And Duff was on point and showed that he is in better shape in his 50's than most of the twenty year olds in the crowd.
The trio of Axl, Slash, and Duff were joined by Dizzy Reed (Keyboards), Richard Fortus (Guitar), Frank Ferrer (Drums), and Melissa Reese (Back Vocals/Keyboards). These non original members did not miss a beat as they completed the circle of trust. We were even treated to a hometown favorite as Mach 22 was chosen to open after winning a contest on WMMR Radio. Many fans braved the uncomfortable elements and showed up early to see Mach 22 perform. They were a worthy candidate to open the show as they kept people engaged with their set. In case you missed the show last night, many reviews have been published and there are also many videos on Facebook and Youtube. Check them out and you will be blown away. Now the next question arises...will Guns N Roses produce another studio album together? Only time will tell. In conclusion, this concert was off the charts good and the fans were treated to something special. Stay tuned for future posts as I will provide a more in depth review of the show and I will highlight the key moments of the show.
It's So Easy
Welcome To The Jungle
Double Talkin' Jive
Live and Let Die (Wings)
You Could Be Mine
You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory/New Rose (Duff McKagan-Johnny Tunders/The Damned)
This I Love
Out Ta Get Me
Slash Solo (Speak Softly Love-Godfather)
Sweet Child O Mine
Jam Session (Wish You Were Here-Pink Floyd/Layla-Derek and the Dominos)
Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan)
The Seeker (The Who)
Next enjoy these few clips from the show...