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2013.03.28 - Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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2013.03.28 - Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Post by Soulmonster on Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:38 am

Date:
March 28, 2013.

Venue:
Yas Island.

Location:
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Setlist:
01. Chinese Democracy
02. Welcome to the Jungle
03. It's So Easy
04. Mr. Brownstone
05. Estranged
06. Better
07. Rocket Queen
Richard's guitar solo
08. Live and Let Die
09. This I Love
10. Used to Love Her
Dizzy's piano solo - No Quarter
11. Catcher in the Rye
12. You Could Be Mine
Dj's guitar solo - Mi Amor
13. Sweet Child O' Mine
Jam - Another Brick in the Wall Pt. II
14. November Rain
15. Objectify
16. Don't Cry
17. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
18. Nightrain
ENCORE
19. Patience
20. The Seeker
21. Paradise City

Quotes:
We were there for a couple of days, and I remember we would go to this bar that was by the hotel. We made a lot of friends with other people that were there - some really nice, wonderful people. One of the women there was from Lebanon, and she didn't know anything about me, and I didn't know anything about her. We all had a wonderful time, just hanging out. Just being people, just being normal. She started talking to me and told me she was from Lebanon, and she'd never actually met a Jewish person before. And she was not young. She had to be in her 30's or 40's. And I was the first Jewish person she met. She said, “you know what, if you're an example of a Jewish person, then I like Jews”. [...]And you realize it's not about being a Jewish person. It's about being a person. We're all people first, and everything else is just a label that really does not define who we are. We are defined by the person we are. The more I travel, the more I tour, and the more people I meet in different parts of the world, the more I realize that we all have a common spirit. And it tends to be complicated by so many outside things. There are so many things that bring us together, and it's really a shame when we look at the things that separate us, or the things that make us different and look at them as something bad. Everybody's different, yet everybody's the same at the same time. There are the things that make us unique, there are the things that make us individual, yet they're the things that make us all part of this one entire web of humanity that is truly one being. It's good to acknowledge and accept all of that. Probably the greatest thing I've gotten out of touring is going to places where people tell you that you're not welcome. You realize that everybody has the same things in their spirit that they want and need, just as human beings. And it's consistent. It's something that's part of our genetics, part of our makeup, part of everything, and it's with everybody. And we tend to lose sight of it with all this other stuff, but if you take away the bullshit, all the little things, all the day-to-day crap, everything that we're told for some other reason, you will see that we're a common existence. Everyone's kind of tied together..[October 10, 2013]

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 (keyboards).

Next concert: 2013.03.30.
Previous concert: 2013.03.24.


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Re: 2013.03.28 - Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Post by Soulmonster on Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:39 am

Guns N’ Roses gig for Dubai artist Jay Wud

Staff Report
Published: 12:11 March 18, 2013


Dubai rocker Jay Wud has just been announced as the opening act for rock powerhouse Guns N’ Roses when they perform at the du Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on March 28.

Wud has previously opened for another rock legend, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant in Tunis in 2006 and Aerosmith, when they performed in the Capital in 2009.

The Lebanese singer’s band includes Imad A Jawad on Bass and Pascal Elias on drums.
Source: http://gulfnews.com/about-gulf-news/al-nisr-portfolio/tabloid/guns-n-roses-gig-for-dubai-artist-jay-wud-1.1159571
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Re: 2013.03.28 - Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Post by puddledumpling on Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:03 pm

Never heard Jay Wud - wonder what band sounds like....hmmm. Think it's on YouTube?

Well all right! Sounds like a relative to some of Ron's solo work and some of the Chinese Democracy material I hope they absolutely do play in UAE.


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Re: 2013.03.28 - Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Post by Soulmonster on Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:00 am

Review in The National:

Guns N’ Roses memorable Abu Dhabi show

Ellen Fortini
Mar 30, 2013


For a band led by a singer who is notoriously late for concerts, it was a welcome sign of great things to come when Guns N’ Roses, and indeed Axl Rose, appeared, rather promptly, on stage at du Arena at 9.13pm on Thursday night.

We can forgive them those 13 minutes as they rewarded our patience with two and half hours of high-energy rock n’ roll. The line-up of members was the same as the last time they toured in Abu Dhabi in December 2010, but this time the show sounded even better for their long-term collaboration.

As the guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal told The National earlier in the week: “We’ve become like a family.” The band was gelled, tight and put on a memorable show. Every bit of it came across as genuine, even Rose himself, who laughed, smiled, danced, strutted and spun his way through the set with a few well-timed and good-natured microphone stand tosses.

For a man who is famously aloof and rarely does appearances outside of concerts, Rose’s outgoing on-stage personality – and multitude of hat and sunglasses costume changes – impressed. No lip synching from this guy – a physical performer, he ran himself breathless at times – yet Rose hit the right notes all the time, every time, proving he can still snarl, scream and roar.

The 28-song set kicked off with the title track and first song on the band’s latest album, Chinese Democracy, released in 2008.

Then a non-stop flurry of best-known hits and fan favourites, including Welcome to the Jungle, Mr Brownstone, Better and Rocket Queen, as well as the guitar-soaked Estranged, which wasn’t on the set list in 2010, came along before the guitarist Richard Fortus deftly delivered a stunning guitar solo.

The band’s cover of Wings’ Live and Let Die, last performed at the same venue by its original artist, Paul McCartney, in 2011, with jaw-dropping fireworks atop the du Arena, featured similarly timed pyrotechnics from behind the stage, giving the band the chance to pay tribute to McCartney without trumping his memorable performance. Continuing with classic rock covers, the keyboardist Dizzy Reed’s solo was a piano version of Led Zeppelin’s No Quarter.

The guitarist Dj Ashba connected with the crowd, perched on high, prompting for responses and encouraging sing-alongs. An absolutely original performer in a lead-guitar position that arguably replaces original member Slash, Ashba delivered his personal style and sound on most songs, including his solo, the self-composed Mi Amor.

It’s fair to say that Ashba respected the best-known Guns N’ Roses solos by playing what the fans wanted to hear the way they wanted to hear them, including on the anthemic ballad Sweet Child O’ Mine. Rose took a turn on the piano for a cover of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall, which seamlessly segued into the epic November Rain.

The band performed a cover of Thal’s own song, Objectify, featuring the guitarist on lead vocals before Rose returned for the Use Your Illusion-era ballad Don’t Cry. Switching gears, Rose, Ashba, Fortus, Thal and the bassist Tommy Stinson continuously crossed paths on the stage, sprinting from side to side to rouse the crowd to sing along to the band’s famous cover of the Bob Dylan classic Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. The band ended the set with Nightrain before returning for an encore with the classic acoustic Patience, a cover of The Who’s The Seeker and topping off the show with the crowd favourite, Paradise City.

Now, 26 years after the band’s debut album Appetite for Destruction was released, the songs still sound fresh. Songs that were originally recorded by five musicians sound even better performed by eight. Rose has assembled a face-lifted Guns N’ Roses with what comes across as a “more the merrier” mentality. This century’s GN’R’s sound is deeper with three guitarists and two keyboardists, including Chris Pitman, and rounded out by powerhouse drummer Frank Ferrer. Each member brings the best of his personal influences to the stage to create an eclectic sound tied together by Rose’s familiar vocals. These are reasons why, nearly three decades on, Guns N’ Roses still fills stadiums.

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/music/guns-n-roses-memorable-abu-dhabi-show#ixzz2P2UywNJz
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Re: 2013.03.28 - Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Post by Soulmonster on Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:47 pm

Interview with Jay Wud:

Jay Wud: Opening for Guns N’ Roses an honour

Dubai rocker talks about opening for some of rock music’s very best

By Yusra Farzan, Staff Reporter
Published: 10:27 April 1, 2013


When Guns N’ Roses rocked Dubai last weekend, opening the stage for the legendary rock band was Dubai-based Jay Wud, a Lebanese rocker who has also opened for Aerosmith and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin in the past. Jay Wud and his bandmates — bassist Imad Jawad and drummer Pascal Elias — came out with their second album, False Utopia, in November, to critical acclaim. And with a move from Lebanon to the UAE recently, this group is one to watch out for.

Soundbites caught up with Wud following the momentous occasion of opening for Axl Rose and co.

Q: What was it like opening for Guns N’ Roses?

A: It was an honour to share the stage with the mighty Guns N’ Roses. No words can describe our happiness and the great feedback we got from the crowd.

Q: Did you get a chance to meet the mighty Axl Rose? What was he like?

A: No, I didn’t. I happened to be hanging out with their guitarist Ron Bumblefoot Thal before the show though. The Guns N’ Roses production manager took me to Axl’s private room which felt like walking into a magical museum.

Q: You have also opened for Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith. What are some pointers you picked up from them?

A: It was an eye opener. Back then, I was a session musician with other bands. I learned a lot from sharing stages with rock icons. The best thing I learned is the humility most of these legends have.

Q: How has the response been to False Utopia?

A: We are so blessed for all the support we got from our fans on False Utopia. It’s been very positive. We still have a long way to go and will keep performing for them live.

Q: What is your utopia?

A: Equality.

Q: How has the move from Lebanon to Dubai been? Are people here more open to rock music?

A: It’s been a life changer. I have met a lot of good people here and my career took a different path, thanks to Dubai. It is a different scene like in any country, it’s growing on me.

Q: What are some projects you’re working on?

A: We are touring the Middle East now and we won’t rest till we spread our music out there to everyone.

For updates on Jay Wud and his band, follow them on twitter @jaywud, on Facebook Facebook.com/jaywudmusic, or on their website jaywud.com.

Source: http://gulfnews.com/about-gulf-news/al-nisr-portfolio/tabloid/jay-wud-opening-for-guns-n-roses-an-honour-1.1165211
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