Guns N' Roses put on an amazing show last night. During the show when the house lights were on, I looked around and to me it looked sold out. Definitely more people than the Axl/DC show last September. When I got to the arena at 6PM, I walked all the way around it so see if they had the merch truck but unfortunately they didn't. It would've been really convenient for a lot of people I think to buy what they wanted outside and take it back to their vehicle instead of having to sit/stand with all their stuff during the show. So once the lobby doors opened we had to wait till about 6:30 when they started to scan tickets to officially let people in. Not to sound materialistic but I had only one thing on my mind at this point, the lithograph. I saw it from a distance and from that far away, it just looked like a black piece of paper with a white border. Once I got my ticket scanned I rushed over to the merch stand and as I was going over there, I couldn't help but see a classic ebayer walking away with a smile on his face with a huge stack of lithos in his arms. That got me really discouraged for someone like me who actually wants one for real to display and appreciate. So when it was finally my turn I asked the lady if they still had lithographs left.. She said YES! lol I got one and a tour shirt and the regular concert poster with all the dates on it.
Right next to the merch stand was my section, which was 100! I didn't have to walk far at all. I was row 3 seats 9,10. My dad and I were literally dead center behind the soundboard. And to top it off, the two rows in front of us were empty the entire show! There were security guards on each side of the section that didn't let people sit in any seat in those two rows in front of us. So us lucky people in row 3 were basically in row one with a damn good view of everything that was going on. We totally lucked out on that.
The Guns N' Roses performance was so good I didn't want it to end. It almost seemed like it wasn't going to either! THEIR energy on stage was at 100% from start to finish. The fans energy from my point of view? I'll get to that shortly. I made sure to check the time as soon as they started, which was at 7:43 all the way to 11:00! I sang along to just about every song. The obvious standouts were Jungle, Live and Let Die, Civil War, Sweet Child, NR, KOHD, Nightrain and PC. The place just went crazy for those songs. As for the Chinese Democracy songs, I only like the title track and better. That's about it. There's a lot better CD songs that I like (no pun intended) that they could've played, but they would've still fell flat with the fans. I was surprised but at the same time I wasn't by how many people I saw leaving the floor and walking up the stairs to the concession area when Axl came out for TIL and then they played prostitute right after that? From my point of view, almost everybody was standing still and there were hardly any cameras recording that I could see. And that goes for Madagascar too. Basically resting songs for the casual fan. Wichita Lineman was well received by the crowd I thought. But I really heard the crowd roar when Slash and Fortus played the intro to Black Hole Sun. They loved it and so did I, and I couldn't wait for them to play it.
Overall, I had the best time and most memorable experience I could possibly have and I would without a doubt go again the next time they come back if they do. But in my opinion, this band should think about re-naming this tour. Yes, its titled the "Not In This Lifetime Tour", but in all reality, its really the Chinese Democracy 2.0 or Not In This Chinese Democracy or whatever kind of mashup they would come up with. CD is their most recent album and most bands who tour off a new record typically play about 5 songs from that new record, which is what they're basically doing. I know they wouldn't do this but it they wanted to somewhat please the fans to their liking, maybe play some better known CD songs? If their is any? OR just play lesser know Guns songs. Like for example, it would've been so fitting for them to play The Garden when they played AT The Garden.
Well, I guess that's the end of my review/rant!
P.S. I wanted post two pictures inside this post but I don't know how to do that anymore.