Guns N’ Roses brought their “Not In This Lifetime” tour to AT&T Park in San Francisco on Aug. 9, where 40 and 50 year olds were transported back 25 years, watching one of the most iconic bands of their generation, or any other, with most of the classic lineup. With Slash and Axl Rose sharing the same stage again, Guns N’ Roses seemed to be born again into the entity we all shared and loved growing up with.
Beginning the show (early even!) with Duff McKagan’s chugging bass, the band exploded onto the stage with “It’s So Easy” and continued to wow the crowd throughout the entire night. The 24 song set was well paced, with a third of the songs coming from Appetite For Destruction, with a scattering of career spanning favorites – “Rocket Queen”, “You Could Be Mine”, and “November Rain” – mixed with newer songs off Chinese Democracy.
Highlights were boundless from beginning to end, from Slash’s guitar duet with Richard Fortus on Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”, to the sing-along frenzy that “Sweet Child O Mine” erupted, but the show also provided rarities from the GNR catalog to come forward. McKagan sang the intro of “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory”, a Johnny Thunders song covered on The Spaghetti Incident, leading into a cover of The Misfits’ “Attitude”. “Coma” from Use Your Illusion I, another rare live song which the band has brought out on this tour, having only been played live a handful of times before, lastly in 1993.
With fueled scepticism at the announcement of the tour, fans in the crowd commented the whole night how happily surprised they were to hear Axl being Axl again. Although heavily criticized over the recent years, Axl’s voice seemed in top form, championing a revitalized Guns N’ Roses to its glory days.
The legendary band closed the night with encores “Patience”, a song they have been switching with “Don’t Cry” on their encores, a rocked out version of The Who’s “The Seeker”, and an explosive version of “Paradise City”, filled with confetti and fireworks. Although there are only a few shows left on this tour in the US, according to the Daily Mail, there have been rumors of tour plans going into late 2017. This is a tour, for any Guns N Roses fan, past or present, is a tour not to missed.
It's So Easy
Welcome to the Jungle
Double Talkin' Jive
Live and Let Die
You Could Be Mine
You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory/Attitude (Duff on vocals)
This I Love
Band intros into Slash solo - Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From The Godfather/Andy Williams)
Sweet Child O' Mine
Out Ta Get Me
“Wish You Were Here”/”Layla”
Knockin' on Heaven's Door