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I thought I would post a review since others are nice enough to do so.

First off I would like to give a big FUCK YOU to the arena and the shit security they had. I saw at least fifteen people thrown out, and only three deserved it. Anyone that dressed as Slash for Halloween was turned away at the door with a very friendly I Dont Give A Shit attitude. They quit selling beer an hour before GNR came on (I snuck into the Arena Club and managed to get four more beers!). And last but not least its a fucking rock show, people were being scolded like two year olds for having reasonable fun.

The Show:

Not much new here, The set list was the same as usuall minus IRS and CD. Axl wore small devil horns at the start, and Ron had a rams head/skull mask on and off throughout the show. Robin?, I cant tell if he was dressed up or just being Robin. The band was amazing and Axl's vocals were spot on. The only things I noticed were a few missed notes by Fink, (Dont get mad I think he has improved greatly), and the vocals durring the soft areas in Better kinda sucked. Axl seemed to get pissed at someone and said, "Cute, Real Cute", in a pissed off voice. Not real sure what that was about. I think the poor crowd turnout (only about half the arena by the end) was due too the rescheduling but whatever. Even after the fact of the crowd turnout Axl still thanked everyone sincerely and said, "Happy Hallowfuckingween!"

Overall I loved it. Ive been waiting ten years to get my GNR cherry popped and it was worth the 6 1/2 hour drive and the lame ass security. Wish I could have heard IRS and my personal favorite TWAT but at least I finally got to see Guns N Fuckin Roses. rock3

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Anyone that dressed as Slash for Halloween was turned away at the door with a very friendly I Dont Give A Shit attitude.

This is getting pathetic. Truly, does Axl have an inferiority complex or what?

Seems like you had a great time which perhaps could've been better. How close were you to the stage? Were the backdrops/props/etc. as bad as has been reported?

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I was in the second section on the left side in the front row. Good not great seats. Cheezy props done by the arena were as bad as reported. Axl said he was sorry and they were not his fault. Axl was very nice and smiled throughout the concert. They stopped playing at 1:58, may have been a curfew.

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I was at the show last night and let me say that I was fucking blow away!!!!

First off, the negative....

I agree completely that security and the overall way the arena handled ticketing was a fucking JOKE!!!

My sister-in-law has a pretty high up position in the arena, and she emailed me a voucher for free tickets. I went with a bunch of people at lunch and at 4 tix a person we secured a block of 44 tickets, not on the floor but on the first riser in the back.

Anyway, I had other friends who showed up right before the show with the SAME VOUCHER and they got Floor Tickets.....does that make ANY SENSE???

So when I tried to get on the floor with my friends explaining that I used the same exact voucher I was told to "get the fuck lost". Keep in mind all the while I am wearing a full BURGER KING costume! I mean, let the King on the floor, for Christ sake!! "Sorry King, can't help you" is what I had to deal with.

So I name-dropped my sister in law and they grudgingly let me in....I laughed at the fucker security guard on the way in.

ON TO THE SHOW ITSELF....

I've seen Guns N' Roses twice before....once with Metallica and Faith No More in Buffalo, NY, and once in Saratoga Springs in upstate New York.

This show I was literally 20 feet from Axl.

Axl is truly a ROCK LEGEND and to watch him perform that close up was un-fucking-believable!!!

The band sounded incredible....amazing musicianship!

The two guitarists did a solo duet based on the melody line of that James Blunt song "Beautiful"...and it was much more 'beautiful' than that piece of candy pop crap could ever be!!

Axl's onstage moves are just so amazing. I hate to say it but Axl wrote the damn book on lead singer rock showmanship. He has so many moves that he pulls out of his hat at will. The classic snake dance. The arms-flailing, head down, fake-run towards the edge of the stage (he did it twice....my favorite move!!!) The guy is just so fucking COOL.....there's no other way to put it.

The music was PHENOMENAL. AXL is a legend and it is so good to see him performing his heart out after all these years, regardless of the crowd size or any other external factors. He really put together an amazing group of musicians. As a lifelong GnR fan (I'm 31 and Appetite for Destruction was the album that rocked my entire world at age 14 in 9th grade), I'm so thankful for the opportunity to see Axl and Co. on top of their game like this. Axl, you are a fucking GOD.

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I thought I would post a review since others are nice enough to do so.

First off I would like to give a big FUCK YOU to the arena and the shit security they had. I saw at least fifteen people thrown out, and only three deserved it. Anyone that dressed as Slash for Halloween was turned away at the door with a very friendly I Dont Give A Shit attitude. They quit selling beer an hour before GNR came on (I snuck into the Arena Club and managed to get four more beers!). And last but not least its a fucking rock show, people were being scolded like two year olds for having reasonable fun.

The Show:

Not much new here, The set list was the same as usuall minus IRS and CD. Axl wore small devil horns at the start, and Ron had a rams head/skull mask on and off throughout the show. Robin?, I cant tell if he was dressed up or just being Robin. The band was amazing and Axl's vocals were spot on. The only things I noticed were a few missed notes by Fink, (Dont get mad I think he has improved greatly), and the vocals durring the soft areas in Better kinda sucked. Axl seemed to get pissed at someone and said, "Cute, Real Cute", in a pissed off voice. Not real sure what that was about. I think the poor crowd turnout (only about half the arena by the end) was due too the rescheduling but whatever. Even after the fact of the crowd turnout Axl still thanked everyone sincerely and said, "Happy Hallowfuckingween!"

Overall I loved it. Ive been waiting ten years to get my GNR cherry popped and it was worth the 6 1/2 hour drive and the lame ass security. Wish I could have heard IRS and my personal favorite TWAT but at least I finally got to see Guns N Fuckin Roses. rock3

Hey dude, if you are gonna sneak in and get more beer, dont dis security for doing their jobs, too bad they didnt catch you. I seriously doubt the security guards:

-Turned anyone away regardless of costume, they were probobly haters who didnt have a ticket.

-Threw people out who didnt deserve it.

Glad you enjoyed the show, but the fact that you were dishonest (not saying I'm not) and complained about security is a bit lame.

Dope

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The two guitarists did a solo duet based on the melody line of that James Blunt song "Beautiful"...and it was much more 'beautiful' than that piece of candy pop crap could ever be!!

Just to clarify for those unfamiliar with the show, the solo is of "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera.

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I thought it was a great show and I had a fucking blast. I know some people here will bitch about the setlist, but it was still an awesome performance. My biggest complaint was the disrespect that Back got in the opening set. He killed, and the crowd could have cared less. Some people were yelling for him to get off the stage. The stage decorations were cheesy, but it's Halloween. The stage had a very Spinal Tap look to it. I was wondering if someone on the floor could confirm that there was indeed a giant inflatable Homer Simpson on stage. I was sitting in the second row at the back of the arena and couldn't tell for sure. I've read some people say that Axl was maybe pissed because the crowd was so small and that he cut the set short. I'm more inclined to believe that he was told he had to be off by two, because I noticed several security guards pointing at their watches during "Patience," and they started to gather near the exits during "Nightrain." I think Axl would have played longer if he could have. He seemed really happy and gracious to the fans who did show up.

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Billboard Review:

November 01, 2006,

Guns N' Roses Rocks, Infuriates In Jacksonville

Jeff Vrabel, Jacksonville, Fla.

Even on a sticky Halloween night in Florida, with much of the crowd in costume and spooky holiday decor swinging from the rafters, nothing could quite out-weird the main spectacle: watching 1/8th of Guns N' Roses perform a batch of 20-year-old smashes -- as well as a few from a record originally slated for release during the first Clinton administration -- in front of, among other things, a large and inflatable Homer Simpson balloon.

Welcome to the jungle, kids. We've got fun and games.

Or, more accurately, welcome to whatever this is. Well, what do you call this ragged Frankenstein's monster of a band these days: GNR of the 21st Century? Guns Minus Everyone But Axl? The GNR Experience Feat. Mr. Rose And His Band Of Merry Pranksters? Or, in a time when nostalgia rock is about the only safe bet, when Queen can tour without Freddie and half of the Who is one of the biggest games in town, is 2006 Guns N' Roses merely another case of Hardly Authentic But Good Enough?

Needless to say, one puts up with a lot in catching the remnants of GNR these days (to be fair, it's actually 1/4th of the classic lineup, if you count keyboardist Dizzy Reed). There's the wacky stage time (a classically Rose-ian midnight on a Tuesday), the wearying wait for an alleged new record and the small matter of all the Guns exiles who don't come around anymore.

But maybe the strangest thing is that for all its some-assembly-required vibe, Rose's band knows how to tear up an arena show. Sure, these are hired hands, and Slash would be pleased to know that Rose requires three guitarists to replace/recreate him: ex NIN-ster Robin Finck, now a dead ringer for Matisyahu; journeyman Richard Fortus; and, replacing Buckethead, Ron Thal, who goes by Bumblefoot. You can't make this stuff up. But these guys bring the noise.

Moreover, Rose, impossibly, frustratingly, remains as galvanizingly watchable a frontman as you're likely to find anywhere. The charisma? Enviably intact. The vocals? Strained, but often thrilling. The drive is back, too -- sometime between Guns' aborted 2002 run and today, Rose relocated his give-a-damn, and he prowls the stage with an intensity and ambition that sometimes outweighs his reach, but is crazy to witness. When he's on and his voice is doing age-defying triple salchows on "Welcome to the Jungle" and "It's So Easy," he's cornrowed lightning.

And for about half of the two-hour set, that's all you really need. Tracks like "Jungle," "Mr. Brownstone" and even "Live and Let Die" are meteor impacts -- so much so, in fact, that Rose adhered almost exclusively to songs from about 1987. This night, he was solely interested in the most glorious of the glory days, bringing out the big, boozy, misogynistic WMDs from "Appetite" ("Nightrain," "Out Ta Get Me," "My Michelle") -- and only invited songs from the "Use Your Illusion" discs that originated in the "Appetite" era, like "November Rain" and "You Could Be Mine." He's consciously blacking out a decent chunk of catalog here.

But all the grand setup leads into a weird payoff. Because after a massive opening salvo, reality begins to creep in with "Better," allegedly the first single from the new album (the expensive-looking Eastern backdrop indicated Rose remains apparently serious about this "Chinese Democracy" thing). Chunky riffs aside, "Better," charitably speaking, ain't no "Brownstone." And due to lots of things -- that inhospitable stage time (for which a smirking Rose denied credit), his penchant for vanishing from the stage for long stretches (though it added to his enigmatic legacy, one begins to wonder if he's really up to this) and pacing issues, the show begins to grow cold and distant, despite the valiant efforts of its frontman.

Oh, and this keeps coming up, too: Who the hell are these people?

Rose's minions are dressed like a ragtag pomo art outfit: keyboardist Chris Pittman's in an ivory-white suit, Tommy Stinson rocks plaid pants, and Bumblefoot has the name Bumblefoot. All have creative Tomorrowland haircuts (it was hard to tell what was a Halloween costume and what wasn't). But Rose has them faithfully recycle songs and solos as recorded by another guy 20 years ago. He takes great pains to project a vibe of forward-thinking, then consents to a jarring cameo by cornball Sebastian Bach, who in his opening set performs a song called "Love Is a Bitch Slap" to emphasize all you don't miss about buttless-chaps metal.

He adheres to a schedule of L.A. rock club ethics that doesn't so much apply in Jacksonville early in the week. And he grants all three guitarists interminable, momentum-killing solos; Fortus used his to jam on Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful," and you weren't sure what his intentions were, much like you're not sure what Rose's are.

Axl is capable of transcendent power: "Paradise City" seethed and roared, "You Could Be Mine" worked up a mighty head of steam and if there's a better way to open a rock show than with "Welcome to the Jungle," someone E-mail me about it. And Rose seemed to be alternately salivating at and resentful of the challenge of carrying this load on his shoulders.

But to what end? In the sense that anticipation is generally better than the experience (I'm looking at you, god-awful "Star Wars" prequels), the mystique of Rose's alleged "Democracy," if you're not bored of the entire episode in the first place, will spot-evaporate the day it's released. One wonders if Rose wouldn't be better served to leave it in the can until he's 60 and then bingo, it's "Smile."

In those glory days, Guns N' Roses was just about as good it got. But its hole card now is an album that might not exist, and once "Democracy" rises and falls, Guns N' Roses, which can now maintain a spooky sense of mystery, will be very likely trading the night train for the nostalgia train, whoever the hell's in it. But in the meantime, GNR still can rock your night, or early morning, with a primal power. Just bring a friend to help carry along the baggage.

Here is Guns N' Roses set list:

"Welcome To The Jungle"

"It's So Easy"

"Mr. Brownstone"

"Better"

Robin Finck solo

"Sweet Child O' Mine"

"Knockin' on Heaven's Door"

"You Could Be Mine"

Dizzy Reed solo

"The Blues"

Richard Fortus solo (includes "Beautiful")

"Out Ta Get Me"

"November Rain"

Bumblefoot solo (includes "Don't Cry")

"My Michelle" (with Sebastian Bach)

"Patience"

"Nightrain"

"Paradise City"

http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/reviews/liv...t_id=1003347238

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