Axl Rose played it cool Sunday night at Target Center and even went on "early" (11:15 p.m.) / Photos by Renee Jones Schneider

Axl Rose played it cool Sunday night at Target Center and even went on "early" (11:15 p.m.) / Photos by Renee Jones Schneider

 

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.