If you're keeping score at home, there were three guitar solos, two AC/DC covers, one other rock classic with local boy Tommy Stinson on vocals and seven songs total from "Chinese Democracy" in last night's Guns N' Roses show -- all of which helps explain how the set added up to a mammoth (and bloated?) 2¾ hours. Another interesting number: $25, which is what tickets were going for via a last-minute Groupon promotion.
As I noted in the full review (accompanied by a fittingly large photo gallery online), Axl & Co. managed to keep things tight and spot-on when it counted most. "Nightrain" and "Rocket Queen" were two personal highlights, and both the AC/DC covers were welcome additions worth staying up late for. Here's the whole set list:
Chinese Democracy / Welcome to the Jungle / It’s So Easy / Mr. Brownstone / Riff Raff (AC/DC cover) / Estranged / Better / Richard Fortus guitar solo / Live & Let Die / This I Love / Rocket Queen / My Generation (Who cover, Tommy Stinson on vocals) / Dizzy Reed piano solo / Street of Dreams / You Could Be Mine / Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2 snippet (Axl on grand piano) / November Rain / DJ Ashaba guitar solo / Sweet Child o’ Mine / Whole Lotta Rosie (AC/DC again) / Bumblefoot guitar solo / Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door / Nightrain ENCORE: Madagascar / Shackler's Revenge / Patience / Paradise City
A reminder that half the GNR lineup will remain in town through tonight, when Stinson is squeezing in a solo gig at the Fine Line with Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer as his backers. More details on the Fine Line's site.