The reunited GUNS N' ROSES kicked off its much-anticipated concert at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California Friday night (April 1) just after midnight with a one-two punch of "It's So Easy" and "Mr. Brownstone".
Joining singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan on stage were keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer. Also appearing with them was second keyboardist Melissa Reese, an up-and-coming pop/urban artist who studied classical voice and piano from adolescence.
The concert featured Slash performing the songs "Chinese Democracy" and "Better", from GUNS N' ROSES' 2008 album "Chinese Democracy", live for the first time.
Despite widespread speculation that "Appetite For Destruction"-era GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler would appear as a special guest at last night's show, he did not perform at the gig. Neither did Matt Sorum, who replaced Adler in GUNS N' ROSES and recorded the highly successful albums "Use Your Illusion I" and "Use Your Illusion II" (both 1991) and "The Spaghetti Incident" (1994).
A source close to GUNS N' ROSES told LA Weekly that Adler is having back surgery, which is the real reason his band ADLER canceled its April 1 show at the Whisky A Go Go. The LA Weekly writer claims that he has "also been told [Adler is] not ready to tour with GN'R, not yet, and maybe not ever."
The setlist for last night's concert:
01. It's So Easy
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. Chinese Democracy
04. Welcome To The Jungle
05. Double Talking Jive
06. Live And Let Die (Paul McCartney & WINGS cover)
07. Rocket Queen
08. You Could be Mine
09. The Godfather Theme (Slash)
10. Sweet Child O' Mine
11. New Rose (THE DAMNED cover)
13. Knockin' On Heaven's Door (BOB DYLAN cover)
14. My Michelle
16. The Seeker (THE WHO cover)
17. Paradise City
Two separate reviews of the show can be found by following these links:
Video footage and photos are available below.
GUNS N' ROSES reportedly landed a contract with Geffen Records after a show at the Troubadour, which has a capacity of around 400...
Prior to last night, the last concert Axl and Slash played together was on July 17, 1993 at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires. The last incarnation of GUNS N' ROSES, which only included Axl from the original lineup, played a residency in Las Vegas in 2014 but has remained silent since.
GUNS N' ROSES has six more concerts scheduled in April: two at the Coachella Music And Arts Festival, two in Las Vegas and two in Mexico City.
Slash told The Pulse Of Radio a while back how his relationship with Axl disintegrated during the final years of the original GUNS lineup. "His sort of m.o., as far as the band was concerned, over time got so exaggerated in the rock star sense or whatever and he became such a dictator and this and that and the other, that it was impossible for me to work with him, because I'm not the kind of person that takes orders, you know," he said.
GUNS N' ROSES on Friday announced details of its summer North American tour, which will see the band performing in stadiums. The trek will begin on June 23 at Ford Field in Detroit, home to the National Football League's Detroit Lions, and run until August 22 in San Diego.
The name of the tour, "Not In This Lifetime", apparently refers to the response Axl Rose gave to a TMZ cameraman in 2012 when asked if there is any chance of GUNS N' ROSES doing a reunion tour with the "full lineup." CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO AND PHOTOS SOURCE