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10/29/19 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena

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1 hour ago, GNRfanMILO said:

Done ;) 

What's the best/easiest way to download a YT video nowadays?

 

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14 minutes ago, G O A T said:

What's the best/easiest way to download a YT video nowadays?

 

4K Video Downloader :) Best and easiest way.

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28 minutes ago, TheDemocracyRose said:

Can someone copy/paste this article for us Europeans?

https://local.sltrib.com/eu/

Guns N’ Roses says ‘Don’t Cry,’ but if you missed their Salt Lake City show, you should disregard that advice

It would be easy to call Guns N’ Roses’ appearance Tuesday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City a no-frills show — except for, you know, the multiple video screens, the pyro, the show-ending confetti … the fact that they employ two keyboardists.

So, all right then, it wasn’t as austere as a nunnery. It is rock ’n’ roll, after all. And pure rock ’n’ roll was the point in this latest installment of GNR’s now-years-long “Not in This Lifetime Tour” — a show that aims to show all those accoutrements were, if not wholly unnecessary, at least relegated to the periphery.

A packed house showed up to see an incendiary rock band, and for 2 hours and 35 minutes, that is exactly what they got.

From the moment the lights went dark and the band’s introductory video began to play on the giant screen behind the stage, the atmosphere was electric. It went up a few notches still when Slash, Duff McKagan, and the rest of the band emerged onstage and launched into the opening notes of the “Appetite for Destruction” favorite “It’s So Easy.”

The “Appetite”-heavy (seven songs) and “Chinese Democracy”-light (just two) setlist ensured that energy was mostly sustained throughout the night. The opening half of the set was particularly frenetic.

“It’s So Easy,” “Mr. Brownstone,” and “Welcome to the Jungle” were among the first songs of the evening. And “Use Your Illusions” deep cut “Double Talkin’ Jive” was an early opportunity to showcase the band members’ musicianship, opening as it did with an extended instrumental intro.

It was simultaneously thrilling and jarring to hear Axl Rose cover “Slither,” the hit track Slash and McKagan recorded with vocalist Scott Weiland in the band Velvet Revolver, but the moment that the bassist started playing the pulsating, slow-burning opening riff, the audience howled in both recognition and appreciation.

 
(Photo courtesy of Katarina Benzova) Rock band Guns N' Roses performed at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 as part of their "Not in This Lifetime Tour."

Speaking of howling, Rose proved he can still hit the high notes, but also demonstrated that his voice has lost much of the trademark sandpaper grit that used to define it. The rough-edged texture was front and center for the cover of Wings’ “Live and Let Die,” but was largely — and conspicuously — absent by the time a grand piano was wheeled to center stage as he uncorked “November Rain.”

There were a few minor quibbles to be had if you were so inclined — notably an overstuffed collection of cover tunes. Was the inclusion of “Wichita Lineman” really preferable to just playing “Don’t Cry,” in the end? Or perhaps “You’re Crazy” (the acoustic version, of course)? Nope. Meanwhile, another standard GNR cover, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” seemed to drag on needlessly after each choral refrain.

Meanwhile, the one-two punch of UYI tracks “Dead Horse” and “Coma” didn’t seem to land with much impact for the crowd. And as a GNR fan, it would have been cool to hear the likes of ”Used to Love Her,” “Out Ta Get Me,” “Pretty Tied Up,” or “Don’t Damn Me,” even if you knew going in that those haven’t been in the rotation for a minute.

There were certainly sufficient highlights to atone for whatever minimal disappointments the evening held, though. The inclusion of “Shadow of Your Love” — an unused ’80s demo the band reworked and released for a special AFD box set — was a straightforward head-banger. Duff handling lead vocals on the merger of Johnny Thunders’ “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory” and the Misfits’ “Attitude” was a nice throwback. And the piano-driven “Estranged” was, as usual, a sonic delight.

Beyond that, well, if “Rocket Queen,” “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” the main set-closing “Nightrain,” and the encore-concluding “Paradise City” didn’t get you out of your seat, you may just be beyond hope.

Rose’s interactions with the crowd were minimal, though generally amusing for their sharp-tongued nature. After introducing the band — rattling off guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese, and McKagan — he paused and, to great effect, deadpanned rhetorically, “That’s it, right? … Oh, did I forget someone?”

 
(Photo courtesy of Katarina Benzova) Rock band Guns N' Roses performed at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 as part of their "Not in This Lifetime Tour."

Slash was eventually introduced, a sweeping, crescendoing performance of the “Love Theme” from “The Godfather” was unleashed, and Rose resumed his custom of retreating to the drum riser and shimmying to the beat while not singing, apparently eager to let his bandmates have every opportunity to shine in the spotlight. And the show rolled on — no drama, no angst, no muss, no fuss.

Because in 1992, maybe rock ’n’ roll entailed going on hours late and leaving the stage after four songs if some minute distraction proved too perturbing to carry on. But in 2019, starting on time, keeping it going for 150-ish minutes, and mostly killing it in between proved a remarkable redefinition.

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They should play WTTJ before ISE. That is my favourite opening song of their gigs. 

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28 minutes ago, Sosso said:

They should play WTTJ before ISE. That is my favourite opening song of their gigs. 

It's probably best they don't open with a song that Axl's started recently Mickey-ing his way through.

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42 minutes ago, MildlyArtistic said:

It's probably best they don't open with a song that Axl's started recently Mickey-ing his way through.

WTTJ  was pretty good last night...

Check out Nightrain... 

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5 minutes ago, GoBucky said:

Did Slash really play the Godfather? He hasn't played that in a while.

It was in honor of producer Robert Evans. He was his friend, passed that day

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36 minutes ago, GoBucky said:

Did Slash really play the Godfather? He hasn't played that in a while.

What about Wish You Were Here? They really dropped it

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Cool how Axl launches into November rain. Hope to get a mega download for this show. Wichita is really great by the way, like how they have a video for it :lol:. There aren’t many bands/singers who can cover that song as well as that, have seen REM’s attempt at it and it blows. Shame there was no Locomotive from this show for the front row whole show recording.

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2 hours ago, FabioRoses said:

What about Wish You Were Here? They really dropped it

They did drop it. And it was one of my favs.

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7 minutes ago, owenstar said:

They did drop it. And it was one of my favs.

 

WYWH was cool, but after a few years it became tiring (if you've been to more than one NITL show). I'm glad they finally dropped Layla, though.

If they bring back an intro for Nov Rain, it'd be cool to hear Another Brick In The Wall again.

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1 minute ago, Gordon Comstock said:

If they bring back an intro for Nov Rain, it'd be cool to hear Another Brick In The Wall again.

Either that or Gran Torino! 

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25 minutes ago, Gordon Comstock said:

 

WYWH was cool, but after a few years it became tiring (if you've been to more than one NITL show). I'm glad they finally dropped Layla, though.

If they bring back an intro for Nov Rain, it'd be cool to hear Another Brick In The Wall again.

I wish axl would do the black sabbath "its alright" or benny and the jets thats on the alt list.

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2 minutes ago, Sydney Fan said:

I wish axl would do the black sabbath "its alright" or benny and the jets thats on the alt list.

 

I don't know about It's Alright, I kinda think that one's best left in the past.

I think Parisienne Walkways would be a great intro for Nov Rain.

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If we are going Black Sabbath, I always thought a lil Electric Funeral jam session followed by Axl covering Fairies Wear Boots would be kick ass.

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On 10/30/2019 at 5:48 PM, Tom2112 said:

Loads of rasp, if it was in time it probably  would have been a show highlight! 

I've watched few very good versions of shadow this leg. When I said 'all' that was a bit of a stretch, but a lot of timing issues all the same! 

Just watched the one from last night and did notice the timing issues. 

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On 10/30/2019 at 5:48 PM, Tom2112 said:

Loads of rasp, if it was in time it probably  would have been a show highlight! 

I've watched few very good versions of shadow this leg. When I said 'all' that was a bit of a stretch, but a lot of timing issues all the same! 

Just watched this Shadow. Timing was  noticeably off a bit on this one. Maybe just going a little deaf?  Justifiably so.. I'll always remember a pic from 88ish where he was just sitting onstage next to tjlhe amps blasting in his ears. Pretty sure he had that "WAR?" Shirt on..

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2 hours ago, owenstar said:

If we are going Black Sabbath, I always thought a lil Electric Funeral jam session followed by Axl covering Fairies Wear Boots would be kick ass.

Would be cool to see Slash shred on that one.

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2 hours ago, Tom-Ass said:

Just watched this Shadow. Timing was  noticeably off a bit on this one. Maybe just going a little deaf?  Justifiably so.. I'll always remember a pic from 88ish where he was just sitting onstage next to tjlhe amps blasting in his ears. Pretty sure he had that "WAR?" Shirt on..

Yeah. Pete Townshend, Jeff Beck, and Brian Johnson just called and they all think that's a bad idea.

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