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    PLEASE, for the love of all that is holy; BE PREPARED FOR THIS AXL.
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    Inspired by an old ISE video I made a new version couple of weeks ago. Some footage from current tour with VHS' spirit. Had a lot of fun recreating it, enjoy
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    Axl rehearsing Black Hole Sun:
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    Bitching about Coma in the setlist.... I've truly seen it all now.
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    Dear friends on the Mygnrforum. So I just got back home from a perfect trip to London and Gdansk. It was fun to watch Axl 3 times in a row because I could easily compare the different shows and it seemed like he just got more and more energy for each show! In all the excitement, especially from friday night's show in London (june 16th), I made a quick post about a wonderful experience from friday night's show on my private FB page and also a GnR fanpage I'm a member of on FB. It got a huge respons and I also see the video is getting viral now, where Axl blows the kiss during "This I love". Well, that was to me and my friend so I figured why not just share the story with you guys as I see many people wondering who it was for (and why) on different pages around the internet. I even see fans thinking it was for Sasha... oh well. The night before the show me and my friend was thinking of making a banner, writing something funny to make him laugh. Then I came up with the idea about writing "Axl, blow us a kiss? <3", but didn't think he would do it though! Just thought it would make him smile. Now here's the funny part: we made the banner on the floor of the hostel we were staying at, and when we removed the banner the permanent marker had gone through the sheet we wrote on and it now says "Axl, blow us a kiss?" on the floor. Luckely, the people in the reception laughed at it too and said "don't worry". We were queuing for 8 hours and got to the rail, at the end of the catwalk. Now, my friend is a bit shy so she was nervous about showing Axl the banner "what if we bother him during the song??" haha, but I kind of had the Duff attitude "no f*cks given", and she kind of joined me eventually. When "This I love" started I just felt it was the perfect song. If you watch the video on youtube, you will see him looking down and smiling as he reads our banner (after he sings "so if you ask me why, she wouldn't say goodbye" and is adjusting his rings or something(?). Then he continues singing. And my friend was like "OK, he's seen it, let's remove it now...let's not bother him", but I said "let's wait!". And as he stops singing, you'll see the "Axl blows the kiss" clip that went viral. People around us were cheering for us as it was fans we'd been talking to before the show and they knew about the banner. And other fans behind us were tapping on our shoulders asking "what did it say to make him do that???" The sequrity though... right after Axl turned around and started walking away, one guy in a black shirt came and ripped the banner out of our hands like we did something illegal. It's funny, we weren't even holding the banner UP, just straight forward to not bother anyway or block people's view. We even asked the sequrity before the show, can we show the banner? they said yes! So I don't know who that guy was. But he took our banner away. After the show I asked to get it back as a memory, but they couldn't find it. I'm sure that guy threw it in the trash. On saturday, I saw sequrity jumping over crowds to remove banners and even in Gdansk this one guy literally jumped me to get a banner behind me (I was in the same spot as friday and saturday in London, infront of the catwalk at the rail). Even Axl shouted in the microphone then "HEY, stop, STOP" to the sequrity guy jumping me, they were just too rough. I get it, don't block people's view. But I didn't see any of that though. Just people wanting to show the guys some love. And in Gdansk I also managed to shake hands with Slash after the show! But he said "no pictures". Right after we shook hands, he walked straight into the glass door of the hotel, face first, haha!! You can see the video on my instagram page, just search for "stinefiskaa". I feel bad, but I couldn't stop laughing after. I'll add the links to the video where you can actually see him looking down in the beginning and read our banner. (You can't see us though). So if anyone has any video from an angle where you can see us I'd LOVE to have it!! Next show for me is Copenhagen and Stockholm. See some of you guys there perhaps? And feel free to share some of my story, if people ask about it. I'll add a picture of me and my friend Hanne that night at the rail (me in the white hat). ☺ VIDEOS of Axl blowing the kiss: & from another angle:
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    So, I'll give it a go and write my piece on Munich, too. Even though I agree with everything @Lumikki already wrote. It still has gotten kinda lengthy, I hope you don't mind. All in all, it was just the perfect day. The weather was so fine, my friend and me had so much fun and people were really chill and friendly. We arrived at the gates about 2.30 pm. There were some young guys playing some music with their little stereo, people were collecting drinks and ice cream from the trucks around, a tree giving us shade. Then we heard Estranged being rehearsed and it.felt.so.magical. Axl wasn't there apparently because there was no one singing. I made a video of the waiting area and Slash's Estranged guitar. I just loved hearing that. Slash playing his guitar in real life while I was listening! Wow. I was gonna freak out when he'd hit the stage, I already knew. When the doors finally opened we all got body checks and then were left to run through the whole arena, down the stairs, passing the barriers deviding Front of Stage 1 and Front of Stage 2 area. While running and running I had to laugh to myself, being the luncatic I am. I was just so happy. It was really happening. I was at the Gun 'n Roses gig venue and I would see them live after 24 bloody years. And how unreal it was imagening anything like Axl and Slash on the same stage during those years! The arena was still quite empty because we were so early and when we arrived at the stage we were in 2nd row! My friend and me couldn't have been any more euphoric. We rememberd our telefon call in december when we decided to join the bloody fan club to get pre sale tickets in order to get into 1st row. And now we really made it! 1st row were all VIP entry people who paid 370 Euro to get in 5 min before us, handed over some booklet and three unused pics. Well... Still so glad I didn't waste my money on this. We were on Duff's side because my friend is the total Duff fan and I was fine with both sides. (And also because I thought that IF Izzy bloody Stradlin would be showing up and staying on Duff's side I would have to kill myself right away if I was on Slash's side. So, now you know...) The video thingy playing just before Guns hit the stage got the crowd really hyped up. When they finally came on stage and played "It's so easy" I totally, I say, TOTALLY, lost my shit. I was freaking out before they got there already. So I jumped up and down through the first few songs to get rid of all the fucking energy. I was in full party mode and felt a little sorry that Germans in general cannot show their emotions as Italians, for example. But the crowd was really loud, cheered between songs and all. People around us were so cool and into it. We all were jumping and singing and being Duff's little fan club. Duff is such a cool rocker dude. Wow. I was prepared to be blown away by Slash as so many "Slash is God" people wrote their reports already (looking at you @BorderlineCrazy, @dgnr and @money honey) but I wasn't at all prepared how fucking cool that bassist is. Man! He.looked.good! Walking the stage in long steps like the giraffe he is, nodding his head, playing his bass with his head laying back. He oozed Rock'nRoll and cool! I was in awe with Duff and had to force myself to look back at Axl. Axl! My gosh was I curious on how I would react to his performance before I got there. It's no secret he doesn't look like his 25 or 30 year old self anymore (of course not, we all won't with 55, no judgment here), that he sometimes has issues with his voice, the tummy, his hat collection. All of that. When Axl came running on stage I remember thinking he must have the same level of adrenalin and energy as myself because he was running everywhere, belting out the song with perfect rasp and charisma. He was in a fantastic mood, his lips curling into little smiles at times when looking into the crowd. I was actually so close to Axl fucking Rose that I could make out wether he is slightly curling his lips or not!! And then he did something that completely charmed me. Oh.My.God. So, there was this rather annoying girl that was the total Slash fan but ended up at the wrong side of the stage because she didn't have a clue. lol She had made herself a tshirt with this really old foto of Axl and Slash. They both look so young and innocent and like the cute little puppies they were, it is heart wrenching. This is the foto she had on her shirt: So when Axl was singing on his little catwalk she was holding her shirt up so Axl could have a better look. He actually saw her, looked on the pic, smiled a HUGE smile and pointed at her, waving happily. He even looked back after singing a few more notes and still smiled. So fucking cute. And - people - I have it on camera! I was taking some fotos before that incident began standing right behind her and just kept clicking away. Here's Axl with his beautiful smile. And if that little story doesn't make you fall in love with Axl all over again you have no heart. It is so sweet how attentive and observant he was on stage and that he noticed the crazy fan and her pic. And here he looks back after singing a few more lines towards another direction. You can see the girl still holding up her shirt at the bottom of the pic. Axl's voice sounded perfect to me. Full of rasp and energy, the true rock'n roll voice he always had. He does sound a little older now but never the less full of rage and power. It is such an amazing difference hearing the band and Axl on a phone video or live at the gig. It is everything, that difference. Axl was running back and fro all over the stage and I am amazed by his fitness. I have sore legs for two days now from all the jumping I did for over two hours. He keeps on doing that every 2nd or 3rd day. I hope I'lle be fit like that with 55. Now, Slash. Slash of course is amazing because he is Slash. He looks like Slash, plays like Slash. His guitar sound is unique to me and I think I could tell his whining, bluesy, shredding sound for miles. Slash also is kinda everywhere on stage. He kept running into Duff's side of the stage as well as onto the Axl catwalk, more than I even hoped for. He just looks so into his music. He is so concentrated, he moves to his own sounds, stamping to his own rhythm, leaning into his guitar. It is mesmerizing. I am very grateful for no drool though!!! And now, Slash fans, no "Slash is God" statement from me. I am an atheist. I really couldn't say who amazed me more, who of those beloved Three Stooges is more mesmerizing. They were all great. All three of them just ooze coolness, Rock 'n Roll and talent. I was in awe just to watch them and see how much they put into their performance, taking seriously what they did and apparently loving it. I didn't see any Slaxl and didn't miss it. They all looked at ease with themselves and with each other and that is most important. Side note: Susan and Grace where sitting on the side of the stage on Duff's side and I watched him standing with them at some point, playing his bass, nodding his head and grooving out with them for a little while. They are such a cute family, everyone who saw it went "Awwwwwwww!" I can't say anything on the other musicians because I really didn't pay too much attention. I remember Lortus coming into my view, resp. his pretty guitars. That made me think of Izzy and missing him. The drums didn't piss me off even though I thought they would. I still don't know what Melissa is doing there because they have Dizzy but whatever. My favourite song of the show was Welcome to the Jungle. partly because it is one of my favs anyway and also because it was the 4th song or so and I was still fit enough to party and sing all way through it, enjoying the groove, the guitars and Axl's rasp. Loved it. November Rain still doesn't do it for me, even when played live. I used to love it but after having an overdose of NR in the 90ies I had to kill it. I was surprised loving Estranged so much, they really nailed it in Munich. Same with Coma, which is also surprising for me. I loved Nightrain, Don't Cry, Rocket Queen, Sweet Child of Mine, You Could be Mine and also Paradise City which totally wrecked me out being the very last song. After that I was exhausted, sweaty, with burning feet, an aching but happy heart and flashbacks of all those feelings. Those are still lasting on whenever I think of the gig. If I could only afford it (damn, I can't) I would go to another show. I so would! I didn't take many fotos because I wanted to be fully in the moment, sucking up everything and not living the whole thing behind a screen. I made a few selfies with me, Axl and Slash on the same foto but won't show them here. I am awfully happy about those selfies and I show you some other fotos here. Fernando and the security beard
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    Where to begin... Didn't get in until after 5, by that time the place was pretty full but luckily I was able to beat my way through Gold Circle to get a nice spot on front of the end of the left runway. When I heard Duff's opening notes to It's So Easy I genuinely nearly shed a tear, I feel like I've waited a lifetime for this Most of the crowd around me were clearly die hard fans, we all sung along every word. Some dude crowd surfed a few times. I'm pretty sure a much bigger dude beat the shit out of him afterwards. Couple of people stoned and pissed and completely off their faces but what can you do. ChiDem is absolutely bangin' live. The Slash intro, the guitar play between him and Richard, Axl sounded amazing on it too. Jungle was fucking unreal. Axl's scream was intense. The crowd went wild and I got absolutely crushed Fortus seems to be doing more solos now, off the top of my head I remember the end of Better he was up front with Slash and did a great job. He definitely seems to be more of a member than a 'hired gun'. Estranged was incredible. Slash's tone on that song is just stunning. There was a moment where Axl was right in front of us singing "old at heart, but I'm only 28" and then did this During Live and Let Die I looked over at my friend, who has also never seen GNR before, he was standing with his mouth wide open looking absolutely blown away haha. After Civil War Axl started talking about how they're going to "try something" and talked about how they wished they were playing it under better circumstances, he genuinely seemed emotional. It was spine tingling. You could hear the emotion in Axl's voice throughout the whole song. It was beautiful. Fortus nailed the solo. Coma was fantastic. So full of fury and anger. When I heard the opening riff of Out Ta Get Me I was fucking ecstatic. I thought there was no way we were getting OTGM. The encore was great, Patience, etc. Couldn't believe they did TWAT again. Axl definitely struggled a few times in the beginning verses but he gave it his all during the outro. I think this is definitely Slash's best TWAT solo. He's still loosely sticking to the Buckethead melody but it just sounded better and more cohesive this time. Paradise City with all the fireworks and shit was magical. I was really surprised at how much Axl talked between songs and joked around, he was clearly in a great mood and loving the crowd. It was amazing to watch him, he still has that same intensity of 92. You can tell he's not just phoning it in. Vocally he sounded good, very powerful, hit every note. I know a lot of his vocals were clean but it doesn't sound like 'mickey' at all. Slash sounded incredible, but was very rarely seen on my side of the stage lol. Duff is the fucking man. Genuinely think we made eye contact a few times. Sadly I wasn't close enough to get one of his picks. Fortus was practically invisible when he wasn't playing solos, I was quite surprised about that. I don't remember him once coming out on the runway. In videos I've seen of other concerts he seems to interact more with the crowd... strange. Frank killed it on drums as far as I'm concerned. Even though I've always said his kit sounds like shit, I have to say in person it didn't. Drums were on point. Dizzy and Melissa.. I actually think Melissa does more than Dizzy. He literally spent most of his time playing the bongos or shaking maracas or something. Melissa's backing vocals are great. The venue is amazing when you're inside. A really stunning setting for a concert. However getting in and out is a fucking nightmare, and if something like what happened in Manchester were to happen here I'm pretty sure a lot of people would have gotten trampled. As I said security wasn't great at all, they really didn't do much of a search. I'm also fairly certain if you timed it right you could easily get into the gold circle without a wristband. They didn't check mine and let plenty of people in with bottles (including me).
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    Axl soundchecking a rant for tomorrow night
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    Hi I have pain all over my body, my face has sunburns but I'm still alive. So, fuck, I don't even know. I'm still kinda in a bubble of happiness and energy and adrenaline. Anyway, fast forward - waked at 5am, went to Lisbon, queue up at 11am, made some friends, listened to the soundcheck, almost lost it just listening Estranged being soundchecked, you get the idea. The doors opened at 4pm, we passed by like 5 security guys, the security was crazy, one of the security ladies took everything out of my backpack, I had to throw my two tiny cereal bars and my bottle of water in the bin, which is not normal at all, they usually let us in concerts with the bottle of water without the stopper. So after spending like 10 minutes with security, I ran for my life, thinking that I probably need to quit smoking, but that in that moment I just had to keep running, even out of breath. And then there I was: front row, center-right. I couldn't believe it: never in my wildest dreams I thought I would make it. But, well, I did and the moment Slash hits the stage, stops right in front of me, playing like a maniac and I realized that he is real indeed, that he exists in real life and was just mere inches from me, I almost passed out. But I kept my shit together and screamed Easy with an Axl in a fancy new jacket and a security guard frowning his brows at the line 'Fuck Off' and all the people giving the finger. It was funny So, let's start with Axl, shall we? It's energy. Pure energy. He was so into it. He seemed so happy. His voice was rough at times but all that energy and moves it makes you forget when the voice is not quite so good. The screams were amazing. The waves to the crowd and smiles and jumping and mimics of the girls screaming at him are beautiful to see. I'll always remember that image of him with green eyes wide open, screaming his lungs out, all red, sweating so much and cleaning the sweat out of his face with that kind of glove he wears. He gave his all. Sometimes I'm critical of his voice, because he could do so much better if he rehearsed, but on stage, he doesn't phony it. Everything he has he leaves on that stage. He snake danced. I mean for real, even when Slash was soloing he was snake dancing. One thing that will sound stupid, but it happens to me: sometimes I'm seeing Axl performing on videos and it seems like it's a total different guy from the Axl from the 80's-90's. Yesterday, with his facial expressions and the way he moves, I was just like 'Yep, it's still him. That's Axl Rose'. I had seen him with AC/DC with the broken foot and although his voice was better there, the energy I felt yesterday coming from him was not there. He's a frontman, his presence alone commands the crowd. It's a natural thing, you can't take your eyes off him. When he stepped on the monitors for the final of LALD with the mic stand above his head I was amazed. Fuckin shit. I fell in love with him again, I think Also he's not fat at all. Sure he has a noticeable belly and some double chins, but he looks good, he looks really good and those eyes Duff. What a strong presence on stage. He doesn't do much, he wanders from one side of the stage to the other, but, man, he fuckin locks eyes with the crowd, it seems he's seeing through your heart. I'm pretty sure I had a moment with him last night. He was in front of me in the intro of YCBM and I was with my arms in the air, singing the guitar line and I swear to god he locked eyes with me. It felt like it was just me and him rocking in those 5 seconds. If it didn't happen, Duff, and I imagined it all, please let me live with this fantasy, because when someone asks me in 20 years what I remember of this show, I'll say 'Me and Duff, we locked eyes' Shout out to Susan Holmes Mckagan, she was at the rail taking pics and she is the sweetest. So nice with the fans. Way to go, Ned! SLASH. HOLY FUCKIN SHIT. I wasn't prepared for this, I wasn't. He's god, he's everything. He's the star of this reunion, the star of the show, the star of all the rock n' roll world. 'In a world that he did not create, but he'd go through it as if it was his own makin', you know this? It's this but also so much more. His body moves in sync with the guitar, it's like he blends with the guitar and the guitar sounds. You can't look away. It's art you're seeing right there, it blows you away. I just wanted to jump on the stage and kidnap him He played almost all solos in front of me, but the November Rain outro was really special. He started at the end of the stage, we couldn't see him but then he came right in front of us, puts the guitar upright over his knee and does that solo. Shit. And Patience. Patience with the acoustic guitar, with him sitting on a monitor, tearing that guitar apart, it was one the most beautiful things I've ever saw in my life. And his solo: he was in the middle of Godfather, with his mouth open in a silent wailing like the one he was doing with the guitar and then he started drooling, like really drooling, saliva running from his mouth down to his chin, down to his shirt. He just kept his mouth open and kept soloing. It could have been disgusting, but it was magical. He never stopped, it seemed that nothing was happening with him, besides his fingers moving on that guitar. He's mind blowing. I want to sit him in my couch and make him play for me 24/7. I found myself a lot of time closing my eyes during the solos, just to open them really fast, because he was in front of me. I also stared a lot, leaned on the fences, just looking at him and also drooling. I don't have words. Go see Slash Ok more things: - Slaxl. Not a lot of it. But I caught some glimpses. Axl touches Slash's back a lot, like for just letting him know he's there. One time he touched Slash's arm and Slash leaned his head near his shoulder. And the thing: Axl closed his eyes during Slash first or second solo on November Rain, can't remember. It warmed my heart - Cute Axl: 'I never really wanted to live' and then he shrugs and makes the cutest face you can ever think about. The story about wrap him in a blanket, I need to do it now. - Slortus: What's the thing with these two? There was this attitude of best buddies. When Axl gets on stage to do 'Layla' he says something like they would keep going with the guitar solos and both Slash and Fortus cross their arms, lean into each other and make funny faces. Also at the end of some song I can't remember they were each one at each side of the stage and started to step near each other, with big steps, like they were in a duel. Funny, actually. -Out Ta Get Me: I think Axl said something about Izzy that I couldn't understand. Maybe it was Dizzy or Lizzy. Whatever. If anyone can find a vid of the beginning of OTGM for me to figure it out, I would be very happy And 'TAKE THAT ONE TO YOUR MOTHERFUCKIN PORTUGUESE HEARTS' or whatever he said is my motto from now on. -Songs: LALD is amazing live, the screams, the fireworks, the guitar... and so is Nightrain. On Nightrain Slash loses it, it's amazing to watch. He also loses it in Coma. I lost it on Estranged, huge effort to not start crying like a baby - Slash is god, did I ever tell you? Rocket Queen was my biggest disappointment, it loses all its groove with those guitar solos and shredding, one of my fav GN'R songs and I was bored. Paradise City, confettis , fireworks, smoke on the stage, you can't see shit and then between the smoke, Slash playing guitar behind his back. Doesn't get any better than this. It's also a song that pumps energy right into your heart. I always moan about Axl singing over the guitar part at the beggining, last night I sang over the guitar with him -Whole Lotta Rosie: Picture me at the end of Patience with all its beauty preparing myself to go through the fucken Zika and they give me WLR. First I love the song, second it gave me memories of Axl sing it with AC/DC at the exact same venue. And then Axl gets really happy, his face lights up. Man really loves his AC/DC. Also Slash did the duck walk. He knows how to plays his cards. -This is the end: 1- Axl and Slash come to the final bow together and chatting 2- Slash has a bottle of water, drinks a bit and throws the bottle, all the water ends up in my face, the girl next to me grabs the bottle and keep it. My face was still wet and the bottle didn't end up with me. Shame on you Slash. 3- Axl was leaving the stage and the crowd started a 'oh-oh-oh-oh' chant, Axl turns around, take the hat off and bows again. Beautiful to see. 4- Slash handstand. Yup, he did it. The tophat didn't fell And yey, that's it. I'm sorry it was such a long post, but it's everything I remember. Front row really did things to me, if there will be a next time, I promise I'll behave
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    My Slane story. Hope you guys enjoy it! Everyone in Ireland knows two things about rock concerts at Slane Castle: the road in is long and slow, and the road back out is interminable. By May 27th 2017, I wasn't bothered by the prospect of a long day; I had already waited 30 years. That's how long it had been since – as an awkward, uncertain twelve-year-old school girl who spent her weekdays in a convent school uniform and weekends watching music videos – I first saw Guns n' Roses explode onto the TV screen in the corner of my parents' kitchen in our bungalow in South-East Ireland, in the video to 'Sweet child o' mine'. Fast-forward to the moment last Saturday when I stood at the edge of the stage in Slane, soaked to the skin from earlier in the day when we queued as early as possible in torrential rain to make sure of a spot at the front. After standing for nine and a half hours, I watched Axl, Duff and Slash stroll out in front of 80,000 people like it was no big deal. Tears welled in my eyes. I looked at my husband beside me in disbelief. It was really happening. Guns were back in Ireland. They weren't on a screen or a page; they were ten feet away from me. Stupid as it sounds, it blew me away that they were real people. When you read about a band or watch their videos, there's a tiny bit of your brain that suspects it might be all be fake. Maybe they're actors. Or maybe they're hamming it up. When the makers of the music you have listened to and related to for decades suddenly appear in front of you, it messes with your mind. They're flesh and blood. They're real. It was around 7:30 PM, still daylight, when they came on. We could see them in the flesh with no fancy lighting effects. Their skin has wrinkles and rolls. Their hair is a bit thinner than they would probably like. They stride rather than sprint around the stage. They are real people who somehow managed to come together when they were barely adults and create music that becomes more timeless with each passing year. And how clear that is from the crowd. Everyone around me knew all the words – and I mean not just to the hits, but the B-sides and lesser-known album tracks as well. People joyously shouted out song titles with the opening notes. Right from the irresistibly brattish nastiness of the opening song, 'It's so easy', the crowd was going wild. Axl came over to our side of the stage for part of 'Estranged'. I looked up at him and listened to the lyrics I had heard so many times before. I wondered how someone can repeat such painful words so many years after a loss. Would he rather never sing the song again? Has he been able to distance himself emotionally from the subject matter? After all these years, is it just words? 'Welcome to the jungle' is a weird one. When it was released back in 1987, it did OK, but didn't set the world on fire. It's hard to understand now how anyone wouldn't be entranced and intoxicated by Slash's jagged, echoey, menacing opening riff. Since then, 'Jungle' has become Guns' calling card, a rallying cry for the disaffected and delusional. We went insane. Duff, Slash and Axl seemed to lap up our insanity. Axl said, 'Look at all you Irish motherfuckers'. We went even more insane. As we moved through the set, something became apparent to me. 'Chinese Democracy' songs are meant to be performed live. They are fantastic. 'There was a time', 'This I love' and 'Chinese Democracy' itself – all sounded markedly more rocking and energetic than the recorded versions. Since I came home, I'm listening to this album with new ears. About seven minutes in, security staff hauled out a man and a woman through the crowd to the ground in front of the barrier. Paramedics appeared in seconds and the woman was stretchered off, the man staggering along beside her. A bit later on, I heard mutterings from a huddle of security guards by the stage. They pushed through and a woman was escorted away. I have no idea why. The stern-faced head of security issued warnings a few times to individuals in the seething crowd. Although I was right up the front, clinging to the barrier, wedged in by people behind and beside me, I felt fine; I didn't feel any sense of danger. I was on Duff's side of the stage. He is one cool dude. He's a born rocker with punk flowing in his veins. He is completely in control, completely aware all the time on stage, making eye contact with the audience, keeping an eye on his band mates, his rumbling bass line note perfect. Axl introduced him as “your fellow Irishman” and he sang 'New Rose', a fabulously punky number that contrasted nicely with the rest of the set. His voice is pleasingly unpolished, “raw and fucked up” as he would say himself. His body is lean and muscly, a testament to his teetotal, healthy, active lifestyle, and his face is fabulously lined, each furrow hiding a story. Slash is the embodiment of music. When he plays, his body contorts and bends with the notes. His fingers writhe and slide. His hair moves with the breeze, his eyes blank behind sunglasses. He doesn't need to do anything but play. Slash is guitar; his place in rock music history is assured. At this gig, the gold circle at the front was divided into two side-by-side sections, with no option to move between them. This meant that I didn't see as much of Slash as I would have liked, although he did make forays to our side of the stage. It was a pity to be restricted like this; apparently it is not the case at other shows on this tour. Daylight faded and the band rocked on. A grand piano rose up out of the stage for Axl for 'November rain', then disappeared again. Axl's voice rings out like a tightly controlled instrument. It can scream as convincingly as it can lull. His phrasing is perfect, his articulation as crisp as ever. His inspired lyrics to 'Nightrain' ring out as clear as day. 'Rattlesnake suitcase' is an unforgettable phrase and he snaps it out with as much vengeance as he must have done as a twentysomething urchin in the clubs of 1980s Hollywood. Nobody panics when the band leaves the stage. It's the internet age, we all know they'll be back for four more songs or so. When they return, it's to treat us to 'The seeker', a song I've only heard once or twice. The crowd around me laps it up. Someone tells me later that people farther back started leaving before the encore to “beat the traffic”. We waited 25 years for Guns n' Roses to return to Ireland, and there were many years when it seemed an impossible prospect. Who comes to a gig like this to leave before every last note has rung out, every last breath heaved, every last drop of sweat shed? The sky is completely dark now and the realisation that the band is about to leave sets in. The first notes of 'Paradise city' twang through the air. The roar that rises up from the vast mass of bodies is unbelievable. If joy has a sound, this is it. When Axl, Slash, Duff, Izzy and Steven created those lyrics and that music, they were writing about themselves back in LA in the early 80s, street rats living off their talent and their wits, scraping and scrounging to get through each day so they could fulfill their vision of how rock music should sound. Here, thirty years later, on a vast stage beside a castle nestled in a valley in Ireland, they are twice triumphant, conquering the world for the second time, the embodiment of grit, graft, tenacity and pure, blazing talent. They fling guitar picks and drumsticks into the crowd and they are gone. My husband and I trudged through the mud, trying to avoid crashing into other concertgoers, skidding on discarded rain ponchos, gazing around at the sea of rubbish and pools of rain that cover the huge hillside that is Slane Castle concert venue. It looks amazing, but it's a fucking ridiculous place for a rock concert. I get the feeling it's more for the musicians than the attendees – it must be cool to play here, when you get helicoptered in, slip off stage to a comfortable backstage room with sofas and warm drinks, and helicopter off again. I imagine rockers telling each other, “Yeah, we played Slane Castle. Natural amphitheatre. Green, rolling valley. Beautiful place.” It's a nightmare. The exits are narrow and the crowd moves with painful slowness. We walk for an hour to get to our car, and we were among the lucky ones; people in other car parks sit in their cars for hours before being able to exit. It's only worth it for Guns n' Roses, and I will only go back if they do. Being home after the gig is strange. I feel different. I'm happier. Three people whom I have never met, whose music has played a huge role in my life, have become real to me. I have to say another stupid-sounding thing: life will never be the same again.
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    Hey people, here is my review of the show First of all we had a long drive to get to hannover, about 6h and 15m. When we arrived the floor in front of the stage was fucking packed with people. We found our places pretty fast and the show was about the beging, guns opend the show with easy after that we had brownstone and chinese. Slash was starting the hit the first notes for jungle, but than that, someone from the crew stept on stage and told us: becouse of the upcoming rain we need to stop the show for about 30min. So the band went off stage and the people watching the show were pretty fucking pisst, including me. So 5min later the rain was truly coming our way, most of the people were leaving there spot to get there asses in the hall to stay dry, but not me, i was outside the whole time becouse i had fear to lose my spot. So the rain was coming and i was compleatly lost in the rain, the rain were lasting for about 15 to 20min. I was frozing my ass off but fuck it, i was there to rock and not to complain. After nearly two houers guns restarted the show with wttj, it was awsome axl was screaming from the top of his lungs and so was i. Every song they played was just perfect, but what was i seeing there on stage, right it was angus fucking young he joind guns to play rosie and riff raff. When i heard the first notes fro you could be mine i lost it, i know all the people here are complaining about axls voice on it, but not me. I was sreaming so loud and hard with axl i had the feeling of spiting blood. The show was absolutly rocking axl,duff,slash and the rest of the band were in great mood. Anotner one of my favorites was coma, never i a milion years was i just hoping to here that song live but yesterday my dream was coming true and it was pure magic the show was super amazing i was singing along with every single song, so today i cant speak but fuck it that show that band was absolutly worth it after a long ass set list guns finaly played pc and what can i say, it was the perfect ending of an magical night. After the concert ended we were just blown away, i cant wait to see them the next time I hope you people had fun reading my review, anyways i wich you all a happy day
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    Okay, where to start. I guess chronologically... I arrived in Munich and decided to check out the town a bit first. Went by the guys' hotel (nothing much happening there) and went to see the Pop Up- Store. Lots of people there and even more confused people wondering what the hell was going on. Didn't buy anything though because I'm neither Axl nor Andrei and can't afford leather jackets for 1000€ or whatever. It was funny that the Guns N Roses Pop Up Store was on "Rosenstraße" = "Rose Street" though. Very fitting I soon decided to go to the venue and when I arrived there I planted my ass under a tree right next to the entrance gate. So I spent all the waiting time sitting in the shadow. Best line up experience ever lol. When the gates opened I ran as fast as I can, but most places at the rail were already taken. I later realized that nearly all these people standing at the rail already had VIP wristbands. Both the more expensive "Early Entry Golden Circle tickets" and the actual ridiculously over-priced for what you get VIP tickets. Surprised they sold so many of the early entrance and the "Meet the stage crew for over 1000 Euro" tickets. But whatever, I still got second row and it wasn't even crowded. I'm annoyed that cameras weren't allowed in because from the spot I had and with no one bumping into me I could have taken some kick ass shots. But I saw Tako at the show as well and I hope she at least managed to smuggle her camera in somehow to take some awesome pics. The opening acts were boring and I was just waiting for them to be over. I passed the time by watching Kat and Andrei mostly, since they were standing right in front of me. Andrei for some reason took a ton of pictures and videos of that girl from The Kills or whatever they were called. Funnily enough, the people next to me kept bitching about Andrei, saying that "that guy" looked like a complete douchebag and making fun of his leather jacket. They had no idea who he was, but apparently even casuals aren't immune to Andrei's douche vibes lol Here's a pic for you @dgnr Then, finally, the GNR intros on the video walls started playing. I noticed they had some Celtic and Viking looking imagery in there. I don't know if they just forgot to change the intro from Ireland or if this is their intro for all of Europe, but it was cool. Anyway the most important part: The show. But what can I even say that hasn't already been said a million times by people who have gone to previous shows? They were great. All three of them. Axl sounded great (couldn't hear any Mickey or whatever in a live setting like this), moved around a lot and was in a really great mood. He was all smiles the entire evening. Slash was amazing too of course. I really enjoyed his solo spots, which is not something I'm usually into, but Slash makes boring guitar solos worth watching and listening to. I was also happy to see him wearing his black silk shirt. He looks so much better and classier in that than in dumb T-Shirts depciting orgies (or whatever it was that he recently wore ). Duff was great too, as usual. He wanders around the stage, looking like the coolest bassist ever. And I also got him to notice me and he smiled at me. That alone makes him the best in my book Can't really say anything about Frank/Dizzy/Fortus/Melissa. I barely even noticed that they were there. Beta, Meegan, Nando, Andrei, Kat and Slash's bodyguard managed to draw my attention much more than they did throughout the show. Though I actually did notice Melissa's singing. Which is really nice. So I guess Melissa wins this one. Other random things: - Estranged was wonderful. I got a bit misty-eyed watching them perform that song in the same stadium the Estranged video was filmed at. After all these years. And with the same three people again. Kinda magical. - Axl said "I remember this!" (talking about the stadium I guess) early on in the show and also "So this is what daylight looks like! Interesting." - Yesterdays! It's one of my favorite GNR songs and I'm so happy they played it. Sounded great too. - Also was very happy about them playing Don't Cry. I like Don't Cry more than Patience, but was expecting them to play Patience, so I was pleasantly surprised. - Also was surprised about TIL. Not exactly my favorite CD song, but it was interesting to hear and see live. I liked the way Axl sang it and Slash's solo was beautiful. - Actually, now that I think about it, I really enjoyed Slash (and Duff) playing all the CD songs. More for the symbolic value than for the songs themselves (I like Better, but I can't stand TIL and CD), but still. Now I only wish they'd play some different CD songs (the ones I actually like) or some VR or Slash's solo stuff and I could die a happy GNR fan. -At some point there was a really obnoxious girl who was trying to force her way into front row and kept throwing herself into everyone and bounced around crazily. Security pulled her out so fast she didn't even understand what was happening to her. The grim looking big guy with the long beard (I don't know what his name is, but I have seen him in a lot of pictures and videos) waved at her to come to the rail and she was all excited thinking she'd get special treatment or get to go backstage or something, but the guy just grabbed her, pulled her over the rail and told another security guy to escort her out of the stadium. She looked so confused and then indignant about what was happening. The other people in the crowd cheered when she was pulled out and GNR's grim security guy gave us all fistbumps lol. It was pretty funny. The guy clearly knows who he is working for and how Axl wants unpleasant people in the crowd to be dealt with. I've never seen security act so fast at a concert. In my experience, obnoxious people at concerts usually keep being obnoxious while security does nothing about it, so that was a nice change. - I watched Beta and Meegan for a while. They appeared surprisingly close. Not sure if Meegan's just faking it because she has to or if she genuinely likes Beta, but yeah - I did not notice people being bored by Coma or CD songs or whatever people like to claim usually. People around me were thrilled by Coma and sang along to it as well as the CD songs and cheered loudly for them. But then again I was right at the front where you'd presumably find the most hardcore fans. - Slaxl: Not much happened, it was like @dgnr described in her review: Axl tends to touch Slash's back and arms a lot, but nothing really noteworthy apart from that. - Drool report: No drool on Slash face as far as I could see The next day I did some sightseeing in Munich and also stopped by the guys' hotel again. People were still waiting there, expecting that the guys would have to come out any moment now, but I saw Andrei leave the hotel and shortly after Susan and Grace left the hotel too, presumably to go shopping or something. So I figured they weren't going to leave any time soon and went away again because I didn't feel like pointlessly waiting around. I was right, when I returned some time later, they still hadn't left the hotel. But the ominous black cars they use and the police were circling around the block, so I stayed and creeped around a bit. I overheard some security guys planning how they'd go about getting everyone out of the hotel. I was pretending to study a restaurant menu, but as soon as they realized I was wearing a GNR shirt, they moved away a couple of meters so that I couldn't overhear them anymore and continued their very secret conversation in hushed voices. They acted like they were the FBI or something Their secret plan seemed to basically consist of distracting and deceving the waiting people with decoy cars and stuff like that. They'd park one of their cars right in front of one entrance and people would run there. Meanwhile the guys could sneak out in the back and get into another waiting car there. A lot of people fell for that when Axl finally left the hotel. Then they heard the commotion from around the corner and came running back. They didn't miss much though, Axl crawled out of some backdoor next to the Hofbräuhaus and disappeared straight into his car. Duff and family had done the same thing over an hour earlier (though Susan posed and waved for a bit). Slash managed to mysteriously disappear without anyone at all seeing him. According to rumors he'd already left in the morning, but Meegan was still there, so who knows. Anyway, I wasn't surprised by the whole thing being such a big production because I had already read about the various tactics they used to travel around in Craig Duswalt's book (among other things, they used to dress up other people as Slash and Axl to trick the waiting fans while the real Slash and Axl sneaked out somewhere else), but I'm not convinced that kind of thing is still really necessary these days. All of this took place over the span of 2 or 3 hours I guess. Melissa, the fitness trainer, Natalia and the nannies were some of the first to leave. Duff and his family left some time later. Axl was the last (as far as I know, because I left too after Axl left). I can't help but wonder what the McKagans, Melissa etc. are doing meanwhile. Do they just sit around at the airport waiting for Axl to get his ass there? Oh yeah, the concierge at the hotel also said that he'd talked to Duff and that Duff was a really nice guy and a "beautiful man" lol. He also said that he hasn't talked to Axl because Axl never left his room. But what else is new Also @MillionsOfSpiders, since you were speculating about their hotel in London- I figured out why they were staying at the Mandarin Oriental in Munich and not at the Four Seasons: Apparently they were banned from ever staying at the Four Seasons again back in the 90s after they thrashed an entire floor there Or so some knowledgable Munichians told me. So I guess the Mandarin is just an alternative solution to them and not their hotel of choice and they probably won't be staying there. Anyway, here's some shitty pictures (I didn't take many because my phone's camera sucks badly):
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    I have blisters on my feet, no more voice and i'm burned but it was AMAZING! It was worth every minute in the scorching sun and the tracking of 2 kms from the parking lot. Axl's voice was great, really, he went out all out, Slash's owned everyone assees in the Autodromo and Duff was solid as fuck. I'm telling this myself but we were a great crowd, the only thing we didn't really sing was the seeker that elicited a "what the fuck is this" by the guy in from of me but, apart from that, we sang EVERYTHING and we screamed a lot, we even sang when Slash did Wish you were there, it was beautiful us and his guitar. I would like to thanks me, shit happened in my life and when Don't Cry came i felt some sort of communion with everyone at the venue, i was full on sobbing while singing. They seemed to have had a great time here and between themself, at one point Axl went in front of Slash and he didn't move while he was laughing and when he finally moved Slash was smiling so big, it was cute. It was a great experience, 10/10, i loved it
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    No, Adler didn't even get to meet them
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    I'm back. I can't even... I'm lost for words. Maybe Ill write more tomorrow. Today I can only say I had the time of my life! I never imagined in my wildest dreams it could be that good! And Im not easily satisfied. In fact almost never except for tonight. Fuck I want more!!! I want back there!
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    Aww. Since everything has been said I tried to sum up the thread in a few pics. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, YOU CREEPERS!!!
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    Here's my Slane story (first posted on women's thread yesterday), hope you guys enjoy it. Photos at the end. Everyone in Ireland knows two things about rock concerts at Slane Castle: the road in is long and slow, and the road back out is interminable. By May 27th 2017, I wasn't bothered by the prospect of a long day; I had already waited 30 years. That's how long it had been since – as an awkward, uncertain twelve-year-old school girl who spent her weekdays in a convent school uniform and weekends watching music videos – I first saw Guns n' Roses explode onto the TV screen in my parents' kitchen in rural Ireland, in the video to 'Sweet child o' mine'. Fast-forward to the moment last Saturday when I stood at the edge of the stage in Slane, soaked to the skin from earlier in the day when we queued as early as possible in torrential rain to make sure of a spot at the front. After standing for nine and a half hours, I watched Axl, Duff and Slash stroll out in front of 80,000 people like it was no big deal. Tears welled in my eyes. I looked at my husband beside me in disbelief. It was really happening. Guns were back in Ireland. They weren't on a screen or a page; they were ten feet away from me. Stupid as it sounds, it blew me away that they were real people. When you read about a band or watch their videos, there's a tiny bit of your brain that suspects it might be all be fake. Maybe they're actors. Or maybe they're hamming it up. When the makers of the music you have listened to and related to for decades suddenly appear in front of you, it messes with your mind. They're flesh and blood. They're real. It was around 7:30 PM, still daylight, when they came on. We could see them in the flesh with no fancy lighting effects. Their skin has wrinkles and rolls. Their hair is a bit thinner than they would probably like. They stride rather than sprint around the stage. They are real people who somehow managed to come together when they were barely adults and create music that becomes more timeless with each passing year. And how clear that is from the crowd. Everyone around me knew all the words – and I mean not just to the hits, but the B-sides and lesser-known album tracks as well. People joyously shouted out song titles with the opening notes. Right from the irresistibly brattish nastiness of the opening song, 'It's so easy', the crowd was going wild. Axl came over to our side of the stage for parts of 'Estranged'. I looked up at him and listened to the lyrics I had heard so many times before. I wondered how someone can repeat such painful words so many years after a loss. Would he rather never sing the song again? Has he been able to distance himself emotionally from the subject matter? After all these years, is it just words? 'Welcome to the jungle' is a weird one. When it was released back in 1987, it did OK, but didn't set the world on fire. It's hard to understand now how anyone wouldn't be entranced, intoxicated by Slash's jagged, echoey, menacing opening riff. Since then, 'Jungle' has become Guns' calling card, a rallying cry for the disaffected and delusional. We went insane. Duff, Slash and Axl seemed to lap up our insanity. Axl said, 'Look at all you Irish motherfuckers'. We went even more insane. As we moved through the set, something became apparent to me. 'Chinese Democracy' songs are meant to be performed live. They are fantastic. 'There was a time', 'This I love' and 'Chinese Democracy' itself – all sounded markedly more rocking and energetic than the recorded versions. Since I came home, I'm listening to this album with new ears. About seven minutes in, security staff hauled out a man and a woman through the crowd to the ground in front of the barrier. Paramedics appeared in seconds and the woman was stretchered off, the man staggering along beside her. A bit later on, I heard mutterings from a huddle of security guards by the stage. They pushed through and a woman was escorted away. I have no idea why. The stern-faced head of security issued warnings a few times to individuals in the seething crowd. Although I was right up the front, clinging to the barrier, wedged in by people behind and beside me, I felt fine; I didn't feel any sense of danger. I was on Duff's side of the stage. He is one cool customer. He's a born rocker with punk flowing in his veins. He is completely in control, completely aware all the time on stage, making eye contact with the audience, keeping an eye on his band mates, his rumbling bass line note perfect. Axl introduced him as “your fellow Irishman” and he sang 'New Rose', a fabulously punky number that contrasted nicely with the rest of the set. His voice is pleasingly unpolished, “raw and fucked up” as he would say himself. His body is lean and muscly, a testament to his teetotal, healthy, active lifestyle, and his face is fabulously lined, each furrow hiding a story. Slash is the embodiment of music. When he plays, his body contorts and bends with the notes. His fingers writhe and slide. His hair moves with the breeze, his eyes blank behind sunglasses. He doesn't need to do anything but play. Slash is guitar; his place in rock music history is assured. At this gig, the gold circle at the front was divided into two side-by-side sections, with no option to move between them. This meant that I didn't see as much of Slash as I would have liked, although he did make forays to our side of the stage. It was a pity to be restricted like this; apparently it is not the case at other shows on this tour. Daylight faded and the band rocked on. A grand piano rose up out of the stage for Axl for 'November rain', then disappeared again. Axl's voice rings out like a tightly controlled instrument. It can scream as convincingly as it can lull. His phrasing is perfect, his articulation as crisp as ever. His inspired lyrics to 'Nightrain' ring out as clear as day. 'Rattlesnake suitcase' is an unforgettable phrase and he snaps it out with as much vengeance as he must have done as a twentysomething urchin in the clubs of 1980s Hollywood. Nobody panics when the band leaves the stage. It's the internet age, we all know they'll be back for four more songs or so. When they return, it's to treat us to 'The seeker', a song I've only heard once or twice. The crowd around me laps it up. Someone tells me later that people farther back started leaving before the encore to “beat the traffic”. We waited 25 years for Guns n' Roses to return to Ireland, and there were many years when it seemed an impossible prospect. Who comes to a gig like this to leave before every last note has rung out, every last breath heaved, every last drop of sweat shed? The sky is completely dark now and the realisation that the band is about to leave sets in. The first notes of 'Paradise city' twang through the air. The roar that rises up from the vast mass of bodies is unbelievable. If joy has a sound, this is it. When Axl, Slash, Duff, Izzy and Steven created those lyrics and that music, they were writing about themselves back in LA in the early 80s, street rats living off their talent and their wits, scraping and scrounging to get through each day so they could fulfill their vision of how rock music should be. Here, thirty years later, on a vast stage beside a castle nestled in a valley in Ireland, they are twice triumphant, conquering the world for the second time, the embodiment of grit, graft, tenacity and pure, blazing talent. They fling guitar picks and drumsticks into the crowd and they are gone. My husband and I tread through the mud, trying to avoid crashing into other concertgoers, skidding on discarded rain ponchos, gazing around at the sea of rubbish and pools of rain that cover the huge hillside that is Slane Castle concert venue. It looks amazing, but it's a fucking ridiculous place for a rock concert. I get the feeling it's more for the musicians than the attendees – it must be cool to play here, when you get helicoptered in, slip off stage to a comfortable backstage room with sofas and warm drinks, and helicopter off again. I imagine rockers telling each other, “Yeah, we played Slane Castle. Natural amphitheatre. Green, rolling valley. Beautiful place.” It's a nightmare. The exits are narrow and the crowd moves with painful slowness. We walk for an hour to get to our car, and we were among the lucky ones; people in other car parks sit in their cars for hours before being able to exit. It's only worth it for Guns n' Roses, and I will only be back there when they are. Being home after the gig is strange. I feel different. I'm happier. Three people whom I have never met, whose music has played a huge role in my life, have become real to me. I have to say another stupid-sounding thing: life will never be the same again.
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    So here's my story for anyone interested! I got back to Wales last night, I flew over for the gig. I originally wanted London tickets but they sold out as soon as they went on sale (how?!) so quickly got Slane tickets instead.....received an email at the exact same time as my confirmation email telling me about a second London night! But I'm glad I did go to Slane, the whole trip was an awesome experience, makes the whole thing even more special when you make a trip of it plus the venue is so unique too. I flew from Bristol so it was a decent road trip altogether from here. Oh my god, the entire place had Guns N' Roses fever. I arrived in Dublin Friday evening and there were fans on my flight over, there were fans at the two hotels I stayed at (even though they were outside of Dublin really), fans everywhere walking around the city, everywhere I went I heard people talking about it and people approached me to talk about it (before & after the gig), all ages and nationalities. Every receptionist I dealt with, every person who served me in any shop or place I went to, they were all so genuinely excited about it and wanted to talk about it. It was crazy. That really made me realise how big this band is and how big this gig is. I went to the Temple Bar Pub the night before and it was outstanding with the atmosphere and live music, probably the best night I've ever had at a bar. Quite a few fans chanting and demanding they play GNR stuff between every song, we finally got Sweet Child a bit later on and it was bouncing. (I might upload the video when my GNR ones are finished, although my phone couldn't handle the loudness at times!) We don't have anything like that pub around here, so to mix that with a dash of GNR too was an awesome experience. Getting to the gig was a nightmare. I was with a friend but we were waiting for my brother and his girlfriend to arrive before heading up to the castle. We'd originally booked the coach but there weren't many time slots available because we had to wait to figure out our plans for different reasons - I could only book 11am and they could only book 4:30pm which was too late. Neither time was great and we wanted to go together too so we tried to sort a taxi. I emailed my hotel before I flew over and they advised to get a bus because taxi drivers wouldn't want to go anywhere near the place. On Saturday morning when I was on my way to my 2nd hotel, my taxi driver was telling me how he saw Rolling Stones & Queen at Slane in the 80s, said taxis would be able to get just as close to the venue as the coaches, he knew where he was going and he offered to take us for 25 each (and we agreed on a rough time), and also said he'd pick us up from Dublin after it when we get off the coach! I was chuffed. We ended up being ready for our taxi around 2-2:30pm which seemed decent as it takes roughly an hour to get there, we expected a little bit of a walk too but I expected to see almost the entire show considering it was kicking off around 3:30pm. But it wasn't to be. When I was FINALLY able to get in touch with my taxi driver, he was already on his way to Slane with someone else!!! I got the receptionist to book a taxi from there but he took a while to do it for some odd reason, and then it took 45 mins to arrive when he said it would be 20 mins max!! So we left somewhere between 3:30-4pm I think, I wasn't too happy at this point and wanted to catch the whole thing but truthfully I wasn't really that bothered as long as I caught Royal Blood who I was expecting to hit the stage no earlier than around 6pm, and Ticketmaster said to aim for 5pm in general anyway. We got dropped off next to a load of coaches but oh my god.... I don't know how many different ways there are to the venue but we ended up having to walk quite a few miles from there. I was getting pretty worried during the walk when I could see the length of just that one road we were currently on, and I could see hills in the distance and not even a sign of the venue to be seen anywhere. It was difficult to move any quicker too when there was such a huge number of people, so frustrating. As we got closer and entered the castle grounds, I could kind of hear Royal Blood, but it was so faint which suggested we still had a fairly long walk. I was so disappointed. Looking at the time stamp on my pictures, after walking miles I finally walked through the archway and entered the castle grounds at 5:55pm, then entered the actual gig at 6:20pm after another fairly long walk. Christ what a huge gig. I was overwhelmed, especially when I've never been to a venue/gig with more than about 20k people. Seeing that from a raised up area at the back was crazy. The picture doesn't do it justice at all especially after it's been resized. I don't know if they turned the volume down for the support acts, but I could barely hear Royal Blood from there. I grabbed a burger where I was, went to the toilets and they were off the stage by the time I made my way down there. It's a shame I couldn't enjoy them properly but at least I could kind of hear them for a few mins and they were the soundtrack to my journey around the venue to see GNR which was cool I suppose. Everything seemed to take forever at the venue - Took so long being served for food even when I was at the front of the queue, the staff were so slow and just having a chat with each other. Exactly the same at merch stands.... waited a while only to be told every tshirt was sold out in Small, Medium and Large!! We decided on a spot - the right side of the stage had a good view, but we decided to go down to the left side of the stage so the castle would be visible for us too. It was decent there but it seemed like the ground sloped a little from the right side to left because we felt a bit lower down and couldn't see the stage as good, but we stayed there anyway because it looked awesome with the castle. We were buying tshirts at the merch stand on the left and that took forever too - as my friend was paying, the loud GNR guns came on the screen and the card reader stopped working because it messed with the signal! We finally sorted it after a while and moved into the crowd and the boys hit the stage not long after. What an unbelievable gig. The atmosphere around me was so good. It was amazing for pretty much every song, but Sweet Child, Out Ta Get Me and Nightrain in parti crazy. Nightrain was bonkers around me with a mosh pit going - that's the best atmosphere I've experienced at a gig. (You'd swear this was 30 years ago:) I was a bit disappointed with the sound at first - I couldn't hear Axl that well during It's So Easy whenever he went into overdrive mode, they seemed to tweak it after that but it wasn't as loud as I expected for Jungle either. There Was A Time had a couple of sound issues too I thought but apart from that everything else was good from what I remember, even though Axl could have sounded a bit louder the whole night. But it was fine. On the topic of sound, I can confirm what others have mentioned (and i said this about the last 2 shows I went to) - videos do not do the band justice. They sound so much better live. I've watched a couple of videos of the same song, and they're all so different. Some have crap sound altogether, some have horrific sounding drums, sometimes Axl sounds nothing like he actually did because most videos struggle to pick it up properly. Sometimes you can't hear Slash's parts that well. All these aspects. You get some videos where a certain aspect sounds good but I haven't seen a video that represents the actual sound of the whole band. I took quite a few videos - the sound wasn't very good on my phone, but you do get a feel for the atmosphere and some songs sound better than others. I'm tempted to steal someone else's audio for some songs and put it over my footage, that would be cool. Here's one of my videos for anyone interested (this probably had the best sound on my phone) Click on my channel for more - I'm still trying to upload a few more so check back soon. I thought the setlist was great - a couple of extra songs and surprises including There Was A Time, Black Hole Sun (which I didn't know they had rehearsed so that was cool), Johnny B Goode, and I was reallyyyyy hoping they played Out Ta Get Me so I was happy with that. The only thing missing was Don't Cry, but Patience was really nice. It felt like a special gig with those few surprises, slightly longer set, and the unique venue. I consider myself to be pretty lucky seeing as the other two GNR gigs I attended were in London when Duff turned up for the first time then Izzy turned up the next time I saw them. Thought Axl sounded great and clearly lost weight. Slash's guitar work was mind blowing, holy shit. A random solo straight into Johnny B Goode, straight into Godfather, straight into Sweet Child. He killed it. It was only during Patience when I actually began to realise where I was, with a quieter song, more chilled atmosphere, getting darker and seeing the castle in the background, it was finally starting to sink in a little more that I was seeing a Guns N' Roses reunion. Although, it still seems surreal and the whole thing feels like it was a dream We were only two songs in when my friend made the decision that we have to somehow get tickets for London too, haha. (Anyone have any idea where the best place would be to get reasonably priced ones?) Didn't see any trouble and everyone had a great time. Apart from two drunken idiots who briefly attempted to grab my phone, they were messing around I think but they're lucky they didn't get a strong elbow in the face. I saw a bald guy towards the end crouching down fully naked and covered head to toe in mud, like a chameleon in the darkness. Turned around when I walked past and he was flat out on the floor and people couldn't see him! Getting back was a challenge too - took forever walking out of the venue in that crowd, then the long walk back to the coach. Arrived in Dublin at 1am and was unable to get a taxi until 3am, who drove for half hr before pulling over and asking "where are we going again?" Needless to say it was quite the adventure. OH and to top it all off, GNR Airways was next to our plane @ Dublin Airportl! The stewardess was extremely excited when I was boarding and said it had been there for 4 hours already, she kept checking but no sign of them haha. Thanks for reading, good fucking night!!
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    They haven't even played Oh My God yet.
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    The whinging in these show threads is getting beyond ridiculous. You want the band to change it up, you whinge for something new, they give you BHS. A song they don't have to do!!!' But they do it as a tribute to their late great friend. They've played it twice, which is 2 more times than they have too. I've said it before and I'll say it again, these shows are for people who bought a ticket, not for people stealing a live feed on periscope! You didn't pay for it, the band doesn't owe you anything if you're sitting behind a keyboard at mum and dads in your room! I saw someone else in this thread tried to state that axl has been bad since Sth America, right through the Australia leg etc. It's comments like this which are entirely unfair and gives this place a bad name. I'm all for being honest and I'm not just defending axl blindly but yet again, we have another show thread which had some pretty shitty unfair comments from people watching on dodgy feeds. id much prefer to hear from people at the shows for their opinions.
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    So, Munich... what can I even say that hasn't already been said a million times by people who have gone to previous shows? They were great. All three of them. Axl sounded great (couldn't hear any Mickey or whatever in a live setting like this), moved around a lot and was in a really great mood. He was all smiles the entire evening. Slash was amazing too of course. I really enjoyed his solo spots, which is not something I'm usually into, but Slash makes boring guitar solos worth watching and listening to. Duff was great too, as usual. He wanders around the stage, looking like the coolest bassist ever. And I also got him to notice me and he smiled at me. That alone makes him the best in my book Can't really say anything about Frank/Dizzy/Fortus/Melissa. I barely even noticed that they were there. Beta, Meegan, Nando, Andrei, Kat and Slash's bodyguard managed to draw my attention much more than they did throughout the show. Though I actually did notice Melissa's singing. Which is really nice. So I guess Melissa wins this one. Other random things: - Estranged was wonderful. I got a bit misty-eyed watching them perform that song in the same stadium the Estranged video was filmed at. After all these years. And with the same three people again. Kinda magical. - Axl said "I remember this!" (talking about the stadium I guess) early on in the show and also "So this is what daylight looks like! Interesting." - Yesterdays! It's one of my favorite GNR songs and I'm so happy they played it. Sounded great too. - Also was very happy about them playing Don't Cry. I like Don't Cry more than Patience, but was expecting them to play Patience, so I was pleasantly surprised. - Also was surprised about TIL. Not exactly my favorite CD song, but it was interesting to hear and see live. I liked the way Axl sang it and Slash' solo was beautiful. - Actually, now that I think about it, I really enjoyed Slash (and Duff) playing all the CD songs. More for the symbolic value than for the songs themselves (I like Better, but I can't stand TIL and CD), but still. Now I only wish they'd play some different CD songs (the ones I actually like) or some VR or Slash's solo stuff and I could die a happy GNR fan. -At some point there was a really obnoxious girl who was trying to force her way into front row and kept throwing herself into everyone and bounced around crazily. Security pulled her out so fast she didn't even understand what was happening to her. The grim looking big guy with the long beard (I don't know what his name is, but I have seen him in a lot of pictures and videos) waved at her to come to the rail and she was all excited thinking she'd get special treatment or get to go backstage or something, but the guy just grabbed her, pulled her over the rail and told another security guy to escort her out of the stadium. She looked so confused and then indignant about what was happening. The other people in the crowd cheered when she was pulled out and GNR's grim security guy gave us all fistbumps lol. It was pretty funny. The guy clearly knows who he is working for and how Axl wants unpleasant people in the crowd to be dealt with. I've never seen security act so fast at a concert. In my experience, obnoxious people at concerts usually keep being obnoxious while security does nothing about it, so that was a nice change. - I did not notice people being bored by Coma or CD songs or whatever people like to claim usually. People around me were thrilled by Coma and sang along to it as well as the CD songs and cheered loudly for them. But then again I was right at the front where you'd presumably find the most hardcore fans. Anyway, here's some shitty pictures (I didn't take many because my phone's camera sucks badly):
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    WHAT A CROWD!!!!!!!!!!! Epic night. A huge party with special friends, my favourite band and my favourite Songs! Couldn't ask for more
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    Why don't you spend your day outside and play some sports, instead of wasting your time here, insulting the band Every 5 minutes?
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    Last night was my first time seeing Guns and it was pretty fucking surreal to say the least. I hadn't been to Slane before so it is a magical sight to behold once you come through the entrance. It's a special looking venue for a gig and I can see why it has attained legendary status. Having said that, on a logistical and practical level it sucks donkey dick. It was a pain in the ass to trek to and a total fucking nightmare to get out of. Regarding the band, the energy was off the charts. Nobody including Axl was phoning it in. Earlier on his voice seemed a little low in the mix. I liked Estranged. It's probably my favourite song of theirs but I usually give it a skip when watching periscope or YouTube videos as the second half is usually weak. I thought it wa pretty great last night. The vocals up to about Rocket Queen seemed a little less Disneyesque but from RQ onwards it was very noticeable. The clean falsetto is a bit disappointing when you know and have seen Axl knock it out of the park so many times. It's clearly a choice as I imagine if AC/DC were up there last night he would have rasped the fuck out of it. I didn't realise how Mickeyish and others sounded like until I watched some videos today. People blaming phones for shit sounding vocals need to wake the fuck up. The YouTube videos pretty much give a good indicator as how it really sounds. None of this is a complaint by the way. Just an observation. I watched every gig since last year. Always go back to the Houston and Philly videos. I was surprised by how great YCBM sounded as that is one I most definitely skip over. Despite the falsetto, Axl doesn't sound out of breath or tune. He hits the notes nearly every time and I marvel at his energy for his age. It's only the start of the leg so he did way better than the first concerts from previous legs. Plus my voice is fucked today and I can barely speak from singing all the songs yesterday so I don't know how he does it. Black Hole Sun was a special treat and was another of the moments that gave me a lump in my throat and serious risk of getting teary eyed. Slash and Duff were awesome. Fortus, I think another poster said this too, I didn't really notice that much. I almost had to look out for him. Nightrain was incredible, as was Patience. Funny enough, I didn't mind The Seeker. Listening to it, I was thinking " hey Axl, why don't you use this fucking voice a bit more often!" It exceeded my expectations and I had been waiting for this ever since Coachella was announced last year. I've been lurking on the forum every day since then and enjoy reading everyone's posts and sharing the excitement ( and disappointment, lol). It was a big deal seeing my heroes last night and I would love to see them again. Perhaps down the road at an arena show. Paying that extra 60 euro was worth it to be in the GC. I don't know how the sound carried to the back but the view was pretty shitty. When standing at the back on the hill, people onstage looked like little specks. The size of the screens couldn't compensate. Overall, one of the best gigs I've been to and I'm happy to have witnessed it. A strong start like this bodes well for a kickass European leg!! As for Slane, there ain't a band on the planet that I would return there for. It would take Michael Fucking Jackson coming back from the dead with support from Nirvana for me to even entertain the idea!
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    June 21, 2017 GUNS N' ROSES LIVE AT THE APOLLO, JULY 20 SiriusXM announced today that Guns N’ Roses will perform at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater for a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on Thursday, July 20. Howard Stern made the announcement today during his live SiriusXM show The Howard Stern Show. The exclusive SiriusXM concert marks the first time that Guns N’ Roses will perform at the iconic venue. The special event, taking place before the next leg of the band’s North American “Not In This Lifetime” tour, will air live nationwide on SiriusXM’s Guns N’ Roses Radio. The concert will also air live on Howard Stern’s Howard 101 channel. SiriusXM’s Guns N’ Roses Radio will feature music from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees entire iconic career, including the 1987 Appetite for Destruction album, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The SiriusXM channel will also include music by artists who have influenced Guns N’ Roses, live tracks and rarities. Guns N’ Roses Radio will launch on Thursday, July 13, via satellite, and through the SiriusXM App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. Nightrain members, stay tuned for info on how you can get to the Apollo!
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    God, girls, it was just amazing. Amazing and unbelievable. Best night of my life. And I also lost all excitement before this, I even regretted buying the ticket. It turned out an experience I would sell a kidney for. They are... well, I'm lost for words. They are in a league of their own. Nothing compares to them, nothing! It was magic, a musical orgy, three hour long greatest high ever, I don't even know how to describe this. Axl sounded amazing, no Mickey at all, the mickey is 99% you tube I think, his voice was solid, strong, melodic and really good, rasp or no rasp. Even NR and YCBM sounded great. Coma was just, aaa, I almost died of bliss, I swear. I was at the rail on the right side of the stage and when they ran there I had Axl like three meters from me, or Slash or Duff, and they were coming there often, it was surreal. God, I waved at Axl once and he waved back smiling, it was so cool. There were at least three or four litle Slaxl moments when Axl put his arm around Slash or leaned on his shoulder. One of those happened right before my eyes. I cheered like an idiot (hopefully maybe they didn't see it, but I just couldn't resist)! Generally they seem very okey with one another, like I said Axl touched him several times, there's an evident aura of easiness and things being just right between them. Axl looks at Slash very often, when Slash plays, they often exchange looks or smile or something as they pass by each other and the moment when they stood next to each other in Coma was just magical. Such a great feeling of togetherness. I'm right now more convinced than ever that hings really are fine between them. Which of course makes Axl happy and Axl is happy. He runs around like crazy almost all the time, I'm really impressed with his fitness and unbelievable enrgy. He smiles all the time, he mimics us the audience and our stupid gestures and lauges, he,s extremely nice and smiles at every eye contact, he's really great! Slash is more ofcused, he's in a world of his own, very concentrated. Only every so often he comes back to reality (for example, cause Axl forces him too, haha) and then maybe he sees you, probably cause he sometimes smiled. But mostly he was focused. Focused not bored. Those idiots who consider it boredom are out of their minds. Well, his playing is amazing, the sound of his guitar can put you in a trance simply. Every now and then also Duff would run near and talk to us, trying to understand ehat people were screaming to him, trying to answer. They way they keep in contact with the audience or rather with particular fans is amazing. Makes you fell as if they invited you personally to their party. It,s just surreal. I will write more about particular songs and other stuff later on when I'm back home and reunited with my laptop but it was the night of my life. Now I'm down, cause it's over. I wanna dump everything and just follow them on tour forever, hahaha.
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    Honestly, I've been one of the most critical posters about this "reunion" in here and i had the time of my life on Sunday. Why does it matter that Axl cannot hit every note when he has a 50.000 people crowd singing their hearts out to get his back? You don't really care about those things when you are living it, just go to the shows and enjoy watching 3/5 of your favorite band while you can. Nothing else should really matter. P.S. yes, Stradlin, I know you're judging me from your avocado farm right now, but believe me, ::sings:: I still love you, baby.
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    I'll tell ya what drives me fuckin nuts at a show, especially a big outdoors show, is people who talk and talk and won't shut the hell up. You don't talk at a movie, why would I want to hear you at a concert? Tons of people on that FB live feed just flapping their jaws and not even listening one iota. Stay the fuck in the parking lot if you're just gonna talk, or better yet, home! /end rant
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    Omg thank you! You are the best This is for you I think it's slowly time to make a video "Axl being pain in the ass: NITL edition"
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    It was an honor to have Dave Kushner join us for this episode, you know him as the guitarist for Velvet Revolver, but he's also played with Danzig, Dave Navarro, and earlier on in his career with hardcore punk band Wasted Youth. Though we're excited to have Dave on, we do delve into the tragic topic of Chris Cornell's very recent passing. Dave himself is no stranger to drug abuse in his own life as well as working with the great Scott Weiland who is no longer with us. Dave gets into his own experience with Chris Cornell before his fame with Soundgarden and also his reaction seeing his former band mates Slash and Duff reunite with G'NR. Dave's been busy lately creating the theme music for shows like "Sons of Anarchy," "American Grit," and comedian Bill Burr's Netflix series "F is for Family." He's also created an all-star band called Hellcat Saints with members of Linkin Park and Weezer. You can follow Dave on Twitter @DaveKushner66. Beyond the interview, we react to GNR's new leg of the tour. Don't miss this one, and please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!
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    I should be sleeping and not making this Slash and his biggest fans. Isn't it cute?
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    You know, I don't mind people sharing their opinion - positive or negative - on Axls voice, band members or whatever else. That's the concept of a thread like this. What I don't understand is why people, who have already established and expressed their opinion multiple times, still feels the need to repeat it in every thread every night. Were you surprised Axl sounded weak on YCBM tonight when he did two night ago, and two nights before? It's no longer about expressing an opinion, it's about spreading negativity just for the sake of it and probably about proving your opinion right. It's getting boring and repetitive.
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    Axl moves around on stage 10x more than I ever saw him do it at 9 different shows from 2011-2014. That alone shows how much more he's into things, and if anyone says he's "mailing it in" nowadays, they're wrong, and I will fight them.
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    Axl: Everyone...thanks for coming out! It means a lot to celebrate thirty years of Appetite For Destruction with you...... Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Richard Fortus!
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    Maybe you found her more attractive in 2012 because, at the time, her name was Chris Pittman.
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    Where to begin. A couple things i learned today: this band is an entity. You can see it onstage. The interactions, not just between the big three, but also between slash and frank or duff and frank for example. You can tell that these guys are having a blast on stage. And you can tell, that there's a sense of trust and friendship between the big three. Whatever you think about the motives for the reunion...those guys enjoy being there and theyre having a great time. And it shows. Axl was constantly smiling today. also, at he beginning of the reunion, i was not very fond of franks drumming and how he fit in this. But he has improved very much. His drumming isnt that out of place anymore, the rythim section is very tight. axls voice: i do notice how he sometimes sounds on videos. I hate that mickey wor,d but i hear it. But i gotta say. Hearing it life is a completely different experience. Indont know if axl sounded better or as usual in the videos, but tonight he was fucking killing it. And not just for the songs he is usually good at, but everything. The way he sings...it fits perfectly and inunderstand why he chooses to sing like this and not full rasp like axldc. It sounds very good and its strong. Th live experience really is something that you cannot recreate through a video. No argument about that. when axl threw his whistle at nightrain, it landes just two feet away from me, which was a bummer. This chick got hit in the head by he whistle and got upset and almost started crying. What an idiot..instead of being honoured that she got hit by axls whistle the crowd was okay in the front. Better than i expected. You could tell it was a speciel venue for the band. this was my fifth reunion show, but it probably was the most intense one, since i was as close as ever. Perfect day and perfect night. This is the spectacle of the century and you shouldn't miss out on this pics to follow
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    People need to stop acting like this band owes them something (i.e. A better set list). GNR can and will do whatever they want and remember they are playing this show for mostly casual fans who aren't all in on the deep cuts. They don't owe it to the FB live viewer so and periscopers to change the setlists drastically every night. 99% of people at the show haven't see Guns on this tour yet. They already have a pretty good set list as it is. This is still the same tour as 2016 and everything seems to point at an album after this tour concludes. So have a little patience and just enjoy that Axl, Slash, and Duff are playing together and are still alive.. we've lost a lot of great musicians lately and we all should be grateful that we have all the GNR members still alive and well. Stop being so negative. They don't owe you anything. Enjoy this or at least try not to bring the morale of this forum down every show.
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    I am front row on the rail in front of Slash. It doesn't get better.
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    Okay, this is getting out of hand, so let me quickly state my expert opinion on this topic: Izzy is hot, Fortus is... not. And that's final @money honey That was a lovely review. You have a talent for writing. I could relate to the feeling of "OMG they're real!!!" and I'm glad to hear the CD songs are great live. I'm a bit annoyed with the CD songs they're playing (can't stand TIL and CD), so this gives me hope that I might like them after all lol. The last time I heard Axl sing CD songs it was a great experience, because we were standing at the front rail and kept singing along to them despite the fact that the album hadn't been released yet (and wouldn't be released for another 2 years). Axl kept looking over at us with this "You brats illegally downloaded my songs"-look, it was hilarious. But back then he sang Madagascar and Street of Dreams, 2 songs that I actually love, and not fucking TIL and CD @tifalucis Good luck! I know it sucks ass, but you can do it *Raises hand* Unfortunately, only 500 different pictures of Susan and Duff being a lovey-dovey couple though And yeah, there's just something about Duff in this picture, I noticed it too I haven't really had time to read anything recently. But I'll keep it in mind, thanks I'm starting to get severly worried for his mental health. Something must be wrong with him I don't see what fitting in has to do with this, but for the record, I was never one of these "popular cheer leader" type girls either (if I were I probably wouldn't be wasting my time on this board lol). And I've met plenty of misogynist men. Hasn't every woman? There are more than enough awful assholes out there. Which is exactly why women should stick together instead of tearing each other down. And why it's so sad to see that you think of women as inherently vapid, superficial, sickly sweet, poisonous and backstabbing. Granted, there are some real bitches out there, but for every awful woman there's at least one awful man (or more than one...). It doesn't come down to gender, it comes down to people being people. Some are good and some are better avoided. Also thank you to everyone for supporting me on this little rant lol. I'm usually not very confrontational, but this is a pet peeve of mine and a worrying attitude that keeps popping up in real life a lot as well, so it makes me happy to see so many people sharing my thoughts ------------ Anyway, speaking of women sticking together, thanks @Carlycosmos for the reminder about the thread anniversary. And lovely to see you again, oh great founder of the thread Can't believe this thread is a year old now. Not sure if some of the newer members are even aware of it, but this thread came into existence exactly because women stuck together, helped each other out and built something amazing of their own. Backstory for those who don't know: Before this thread existed there was an on-going tension between the women of this board and some dudebros and morons in D&N who couldn't bear the thought of vaguely "female" topics being discussed in their very serious and important threads. Every time something came up that they deemed not worthy of discussion (or every time they saw women having and enjoying lively discussions of their own), they reacted with hostility and derision. Finally, some of us girls had enough and started demanding a space of our own and thus the Women's Thread was born. Originally this thread was started in the D&N section, but it got moved (or should I say banished) rather quickly to the Jungle, because some people probably couldn't bear their precious D&N section being tainted with girl cooties or something Well, the joke's on them, because today the Jungle section, which was basically dead until the Women's Thread was created, is probably the liveliest and most interesting section of the board, thanks to its various, mainly female-dominated threads. So yeah, ladies (and a handful of guys), old and new, we did good. Cheers!
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    PLEASE PLAY TWAT AND PROSTITUTE IN LONDON I WILL SUCK DICK FOR TWAT AND PROSTITUTE
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    Slash chose to prostitute himself to live with fortune and shame.
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    I just entered. Cannot wait to see the Unholy Trinity ROCK THE APOLLO! With F&F&M on board, the Appetite Anniversary Party will be LIT! I just bet the satin jacket salesman is SMILING this morning with another huge custom embroidered order in his hand. Nothing says AFD30 like a room filled with fat cat radio executives, B-List Celebs and Howard Stern. Fuck Me.
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    Many people listening to the show outside the stadium
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    you know why no VR or Slash/Duff solo songs? Because ChD is a record by GNR, and other aren't. This is that simple.
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    That's beyond ridiculous. He is Guns N' Roses' original drummer and he was part of arguably the greatest hard rock album ever released so every single fn' time GNR gets to play a stadium, there's only one drummer to take credit for it and that's Steven Adler, not Frank Ferrer or whoever employee the band has at the time. I don't recall Duff playing stadiums with Loaded, in fact he was playing the same places as Steven at least in Argentina. Even with all the albums he released, even being part not only of GNR but also VR, he barely managed to become a more relevant musician than Steven Adler on his own. Guns N' Roses is the band that gave these five guys, not just Steven, a career. Unlike Steven, Slash, Duff and Izzy decided to quit themselves, yet I've seen the three of them talking shit about Axl/the band. We've also seen other bands that toured with GNR or knew them talking shit about them. Any normal person would assume that neither of these guys are perfect and there are things to criticize but there's people on this forum (let alone the others, where delusion reigns and criticism is pretty much forbbiden) justifying them all the time and putting the blame on whoever's criticizing them at the time. Anyone who's read/heard Steven's interviews know that for every bad thing he said about the band or a certain member of the band, he said twenty positive things. It's not his fault if people gets upset because he criticized their idols or because he caused controversy for saying exactly what he thinks instead of giving absurd, vague answers like Axl and Duff did on the brazilian interview. Steven is pretty much retired, so what? Izzy was loosing money with the Ju Ju Hounds tour while GNR were playing stadiums all over the world playing many of his songs. Talent is irrelevant, people care about icons and that's Slash and Axl in GNR (needless to say, they're two immense talents as well, greatest gutar player and singer I've ever seen), you can put anyone else to complete the band and most people won't care. Axl even got away with using the name by himself for some time and maybe he would have managed to stay that way if handled things better (releasing albums, doing tours that he cancelled) and it would be insane to think Axl is GNR and the other four had nothing to do with what GNR became. Steven Adler doesn't need a big crowd or some stupid accolade (he's a hall of fame inductee, though, unlike Frank) to be important. He was part of GNR for five years and he was fucked up out of his mind all the time, yet he left his mark in rock history forever, he has nothing to prove. The super skilled and professional Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer have been in the band for over a decade and were part of Chinese Democracy, yet who the fuck are they? Even (at least) half of the fanbase don't care about them. There's no reason why Steven should respect Slash, Axl and Duff more than they respect him, yet he mentioned in every interview he did this year how much he loves each one of them and how awesome they are. When was the last time Axl praised Steven or acknowledged how great he is/how important he was to the band?