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2011.12.31 - The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, USA

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2011.12.31 - The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:08 pm

Date:
December 31.

Venue:
The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Location:
Las Vegas, USA.

Setlist:
01. Chinese Democracy
02. Welcome To The Jungle
03. It's So Easy
04. Mr. Brownstone
05. Sorry
06. Shackler's Revenge
07. Estranged
08. Rocket Queen
(Richard Fortus solo)
09. Live and Let Die
10. This I Love
11. Riff Raff
12. Motivation
(Dizzy Reed solo)
13. Street of Dreams
14. You Could Be Mine
(Dj Ashba solo)
15. Sweet Child O'Mine
(Jam)
16. November Rain
(Bumblefoot solo)
17. Don't Cry
18. Whole Lotta Rosie
19. Civil War
20. Knockin' on Heaven's Door
21. Nightrain
ENCORE
(Jam)
22. Madagascar
23. Better
(Jam)
24. Patience
(Jam)
25. Paradise City

Notes:

The last and 40th show in 2011. Bumblefoot has now played more live shows than Steven ever did! (208 vs 207). With this show 'Sorry' and 'Estranged' have been played more times than 'Bad Obsession' (110 vs 109), 'Riff Raff' has been played more times than 'Anything Goes' (33 vs 32 times).

Line-up:
Axl Rose (vocals), Richard Fortus (rhythm guitarist), Bumblefoot (lead guitarist), Dj Asbha (lead guitarist), Tommy Stinson (bass) and Frank Ferrer (drums), Dizzy Reed (keybards), Chris Pitman (synth).

Next concert: 2012.02.10.
Previous concert: 2011.12.30.


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Re: 2011.12.31 - The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:27 pm

Dj: "We have alota suprises for the LA show" (said on live chat).


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Re: 2011.12.31 - The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, USA

Post by Johan on Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:37 am

LA Show? Or Las Vegas show? If you mean the first this is in the wrong thread.
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Post by Soulmonster on Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:56 am

Oh, you are right, he's talking about Los Angeles . Doh!
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Post by Soulmonster on Tue Dec 27, 2011 10:39 pm

Question: What can fans expect to hear from the group at your upcoming shows in Vegas?
Dizzy Reed: Lots of kick ass rock ‘n’ roll music from the past, the present and maybe even the future.

Source: http://blog.vegas.com/las-vegas-shows/interview-with-dizzy-reed-from-guns-n-roses-17844/

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Re: 2011.12.31 - The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:25 pm

Oh My God? Oh my god....
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Re: 2011.12.31 - The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:46 am

Nope, no surprise songs tonight, either....
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Re: 2011.12.31 - The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, USA

Post by Johan on Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:42 am

Too bad. Hopefully we won't get another lengthy period of silence now.
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Re: 2011.12.31 - The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:26 pm

Review from The Las Vegas Sun

He was graying, his hair neatly combed. He stood silently in the line at the bar on the balcony level of the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, the muted yelping of opening act Sebastian Bach serving as a musical backdrop.

It was not this gent’s first rock concert, not by a lot. The T-shirt logo visible through his white satin jacket was evidence of that: the iconic tongue-and-lips design of the Rolling Stones, the image faded and weather-beaten by decades of rock concerts.

The veteran rock fan’s white satin jacket filled out a look that was nostalgically appropriate for the night’s event, as it bore the logo of the Maxim Hotel Casino.

You really don’t see Maxim Hotel Casino jackets these days, especially at rock concerts.

That hotel closed amid scant fanfare in 2001, to be reopened two years later as the Westin Casuarina. But there was a time when the Maxim thrived, in the mid-to-late-1980s, and the night hearkened to those high and heady times for the evening’s headliners, Guns N’ Roses. The turning of the clock at the Hard Rock Hotel was indeed a rowdy trip through time as Axl Rose and his robust, nine-piece band roared through a 3-hour set that was at once epic, disjointed, inspired and wearying.

Rose has not been the busiest touring performer over the years, but when he does hit the road, he makes it count. This version of Guns N’ Roses has performed live 116 times, typically striding onstage after 11 p.m. (it was 11:15 on New Year’s Eve) and playing past 2 a.m. Hundreds of fans at the jammed Joint showed up to watch the night’s opening act, Adelitas Way (one of the hardest-rocking bands in Vegas as 2012 dawns) at 8 p.m., meaning they would have spent 6 hours at the Joint under a wave of hard rock and partying.

Rose’s appearance, at least from a distance, is largely unchanged from the band’s peak more than 20 years ago. At nearly 50 years old (he hits that mark Feb. 6), Rose still dresses as a young punk, donning the bandana, the sunglasses, the multi-zippered black jacket with matching hat and the trimmed mustache. He sill performs his familiar dance moves, which is a version of the serpentine he sings about in “Welcome to the Jungle,” the occasional cross-stage sprint and the mini-Twist routine in which it seems his feet are locked by unseen manacles.

But attire and choreography can only carry a frontman so far, and Rose pushed his voice to its limits throughout the show. He sounded fine on “Rocket Queen” and “It’s So Easy,” but croaked out during songs fans were fairly dying to hear, like “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” The results were often uneven. The cover of AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie” was great, but the vocals were overwhelmed by “Mr. Brownstone.”

But experiencing the band live is to have you mind tricked -- you know these songs so well, your brain hears Rose’s original vocals rather than what is being produced onstage. The power of the band frequently cascaded over the vocals anyway, as the three-headed monster of Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, DJ Ashba and Richard Fortus supplanting Slash as the band’s guitar hero.

Thal is every bit the guitar maniac that Hard Rock Hotel Vice President of Entertainment Paul Davis gushed about after signing the band to play NYE weekend back in November. During the performance, Davis texted an eyebrow-raising remark that Thal was by far the best musician to set foot on the Joint stage in 2011. This, during a year that Carlos Santana performed at the Joint to close out his residency at the venue.

Certainly, Thal was a fascinating figure to observe, often playing his double-necked instrument grinning slyly and with his eyes closed, appearing cheerily affected by some of the herbal fragrance hanging in the air.

As for the NYE celebration, Rose treated the demarcation as something as a necessary inconvenience. As the clock crept toward midnight, he announced -- at 11:56 p.m. -- “We’re going to start this next song, but cut it short so we can have a countdown.” Then it was race against time, as the band finished "Live and Let Die" and picked up the countdown at 15 seconds to midnight. When it reached 2012, Rose called out, “Happy effing New Year!” And the band played a bit of “Auld Lang Syne,” or, as Rose would call it, “Ault Lang Effing Syne!”

Otherwise, the crowd was insulated from the NYE celebration being uncorked across the hotel, and the city. It’s just as well, as Hard Rock is hard-focused on reminding the public that it is a rock-and-roll destination year-round. The GNR shows lead into a 12-show residency by Motley Crue from Feb. 3-19. Even in the Lounge, rock ’n’ roll was evident, as Vegas’ own Sin City Sinners end a three-night stint this evening.

Conceivably, the band that is today’s Guns N’ Roses could make repeated appearances at the Joint, which has matched the old Joint’s well-earned reputation as one of the country’s hardest-rocking music venues and is far superior in sight, sound and amenities to its predecessor. Such a residency-in-Vegas concept largely depends on Rose, of course, the band’s lone remaining torch carrier and holder of the keys to the kingdom.

The show that played out Saturday night was certainly musically satisfying, exhausting, even. In terms of staging and duration, it was performed at a scope that compares well with Santana’s “Supernatural” showcase and the Crue performances in both the old and new Joint.

Certainly, Guns N’ Roses has the music catalog and fan base that would make such a venture worth considering. Eight-thousand fans and 6 hours of music over two nights. They rocked it, there is no doubt of that.

At 2:10 a.m., Rose finally got around to “Paradise City." For the GNR devotees, it was thrilling to the max.

Source: http://www.lasvegassun.com/blogs/kats-report/2012/jan/01/its-guns-n-roses-joint-so-its-new-years-rockin-eve/
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Re: 2011.12.31 - The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:52 pm

And a review from Las Vegas Weekly:

As he introduced the members of the current incarnation of Guns N’ Roses during the band’s New Year’s Eve show at the Joint, frontman Axl Rose carefully noted how long each person had been in the band. If Rose is a little defensive about his latest bandmates, he has good reason, since the majority of press about Guns N’ Roses still mentions musicians who haven’t been in the band in a decade or more.

Would a show featuring those guys be exciting to see? Sure, but it isn’t going to happen, and the band that Rose has assembled instead sounds pretty damn good. Despite his reputation for being quick-tempered and chronically tardy, Rose took the stage just a few minutes after the band’s scheduled start time, and he looked energetic and happy throughout the show. More importantly, his voice sounded great, keeping its power for the entirety of the marathon three-hour concert.

That is, when he wasn’t taking his frequent offstage downtime, which came during nearly every instrumental break of every song, as well as during the lengthy solos afforded to five of the seven band members. Those diversions stalled the momentum of what was otherwise a tight, entertaining show, making its epic length sometimes more of a chore than a treat.

But when the band was in sync on classic GNR songs like “It’s So Easy,” “You Could Be Mine” and “Nightrain,” the music sounded as good as any performance by the classic lineup. And it was a pleasure to hear more songs from the Use Your Illusion era than had been featured on previous tours, including impeccable versions of “Estranged” and “Civil War.” The seven songs from 2008 album Chinese Democracy were less thrilling, and a pair of AC/DC covers (“Whole Lotta Rosie,” “Riff Raff”) brought more liveliness than dirges like “Sorry” and “This I Love.” But Rose and his band gave their all for the duration of the show, working hard to prove that the Guns N’ Roses of 2011 (or 2012) is as worthy of the name as those who came before.

Source: http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/news/2012/jan/04/concert-review-guns-n-roses/
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