Guns And Roses
Guns And Roses was huge in the late '80s and early 90's and it's always been a favourite in this household. The lovely lady deeply regretted missing their show in '88 so absolutely had to go to this one. Front man Axl Rose (probably the only original GnR member in the band) is getting on a bit. We estimated his age to be around 44. Mind you, that didn't stop him from racing about the stage screaming his lungs out.
We wanted standing tickets but they were sold out so we lumped for the 14k seats which turned out to be not that bad at all. The lovely lady needed to get close to the action so she and another friend hoodwinked (is that still a word in this day and age?) a security guard and managed to get to the floor.
The warm-up act was Sex Action which I've been told was good but we weren't really interested in them so hung back at Captain Cooks and arrived late. Seemed like it was a good idea as while Sex Action finished around 9.30pm GnR didn't get onto stage until just before midnight. In fact, so many people were caught out by this that they left. Bummer.
Originally, I hadn't planned to go but won myself over. I suppose I wasn't sure what to expect so typically I wasn't expecting much at all. That might be why I absolutely loved the concert while the real rockers that had sneaked onto the floor were left unimpressed, saying that it lacked the energy and momentum that they had hoped for.
The set started off with Welcome To The Jungle, ended with Paradise City and there were plenty of the good ol' favourites shoehorned in-between. There were also a couple new songs from their upcoming album Chinese Democracy that although unreleased, Axl was sure that we must have all heard it as we own these things called computers and there's this thing called an internet. His record company must be proud of him to encourage thousands of people to go home that night, log on and search for the latest album to download instead of waiting for it to hit the streets.
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