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2016.04.01 - The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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2016.04.01 - The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:28 am


April 1, 2016
The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Setlist:
01. It's So Easy
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. Chinese Democracy
04. Welcome to the Jungle
05. Double Talkin Jive
06. Live and Let Die
07. Rocket Queen
08. You Could Be Mine
Godfather theme
09. Sweet Child O' Mine
10. New Rose
11. Better
12. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
13. My Michelle
14. Nightrain
15. The Seeker
16. Paradise City

Date:
April 1, 2016.

Venue:
The Troubadour.

Location:
Lo Angeles, CA, USA.

Line-up:
Axl Rose: Vocals
Slash: Lead guitar
Richard: Rhythm guitar
Duff: Base
Frank : Drums
Dizzy: Keyboards
Melissa: Additional keyboards

Notes:
Secret surprise show where it all began, at the legendary The Troubadour club in Hollywood! Rumours started spreading for full about a secret show on March 31 and people started queuing up at former Tower Records at Sunset Strip in Hollywood, hoping to get a ticket for the expected show later that day at the Troubadour. The show was formally announced at 10 AM on the band's web site.

This marked the first show in 23 years with Slash and Duff back as band members. It was also the first time in just as long with Axl and Slash sharing a stage together.

The setlist was a mix of old and "new", with 'Double Talkin' Jive' being played for the first time since 1993 and Slash putting down lead on 'Chinese Democracy' and 'Better'. 'New Rose' was also played live for the first time by the band. Duff has been playing it in other bands.

Christ Pitman was as expected not playing, and had been replaced by Melissa Reese.

During the show Axl broke a bone in his leg. He finished the show but needed surgery and a cast. This resulted in him doing future shows in the "Not In This Lifetime" while seated in Dave Grohl's "rock throne".

Talking about Axl breaking his foot: It was just strange, the whole thing. [It was] our first show. [It happened during] the second song. He didn’t complain once. That’s the thing. We finished the show. He said, ‘I think I broke my foot,’[Jonesy Jukebox, June 2016]
Being asked how it was to be back at the Troubadour, jokingly referring to breaking his foot: It was great for about a song and a half [Globo, September 2016].

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Re: 2016.04.01 - The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:32 am

See this thread for discussions leading up to the announcement: http://www.a-4-d.com/t2628-warm-up-gig-in-la-on-friday-april-1#9941
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Post by Soulmonster on Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:36 am

The big question is: Who will play? Will it be a true reunion, that is Axl/Slash/Duff/Izzy/Matt or Steven, or the hybrid lineup that is expected to do the tour?

I believe we will see both Steven and Izzy on stage tonight. It will be closure. This show is where it all started. It is pure nostalgia. No point in doing it half-assed. But, Richard and Frank may also play on some newer stuff. Who knows?
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Post by Soulmonster on Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:37 am

From gunsnroses.com:

TONIGHT. GUNS N’ ROSES. Back where it all began… Get your ticket at Gibson Brands on Sunset, formally known as Tower Records. 8801 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood. A limited amount of tixs will be released at noon. 10Bucks. 1 Per Person. Cash Only. Non transferable. No Cameras inside the event. TROUBADOUR. TONIGHT. #GnFnR Explore an Immersive GN’R Experience and Check Out the Pop-Up Shop at Gibson Brands on Sunset- Formally, Tower Records. wrote:
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Post by Uli on Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:50 am

Guess it's already sold out.

Ticket distribution has just begun and if you're not already here, you're already too late. ‪#‎SoldOut‬ ‪#‎GnFnR‬
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From the merch booth at Tower Records:

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Post by Soulmonster on Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:56 am

Uli wrote:Guess it's already sold out.


Ticket distribution has just begun and if you're not already here, you're already too late. ‪#‎SoldOut‬ ‪#‎GnFnR‬

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I heard they only have 200 or 250 tickets. The queue easily contained more people. Someone in Hollywood is not very happy right now.
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Post by denitza on Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:11 am

Soulmonster wrote:

Uli wrote:Guess it's already sold out.




Ticket distribution has just begun and if you're not already here, you're already too late. ‪#‎SoldOut‬ ‪#‎GnFnR‬



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I heard they only have 200 or 250 tickets. The queue easily contained more people. Someone in Hollywood is not very happy right now.



Are you in LA right now?
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Post by Uli on Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:31 pm

Soulmonster wrote:I heard they only have 200 or 250 tickets. The queue easily contained more people. Someone in Hollywood is not very happy right now.


But the old "Tower Records" was a bit like a "GNR museum", so all the people who came had something to look at. Cool

And the gig at Troubadour has started... (hybrid line-up btw):
https://www.instagram.com/p/BDsF1ktOny2/

https://twitter.com/RedFlagsLadies/status/716165599508836352


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Post by Uli on Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:25 pm

Setlist (not 100% certain):

It's So Easy
Mr Brownstone
Welcome to the Jungle
Double Talkin Jive
Chinese Democracy (!)
Rocket Queen
You Could Be Mine
Godfather theme
Sweet Child O' Mine
Better (!)
KOHD
My Michelle
Nightrain
Paradise City
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Post by Soulmonster on Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:30 pm

denitza wrote:
Soulmonster wrote:

Uli wrote:Guess it's already sold out.

Ticket distribution has just begun and if you're not already here, you're already too late. ‪#‎SoldOut‬ ‪#‎GnFnR‬

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I heard they only have 200 or 250 tickets. The queue easily contained more people. Someone in Hollywood is not very happy right now.

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Post by Soulmonster on Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:35 pm

I have updated the first thread. The big wow is a new girl on synth, probably Melissa Reese (known to have played with Brain and Bucket before). But whether she plays on all songs or just some, we don't know.
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Post by Uli on Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:38 pm

Soulmonster wrote:The big wow is a new girl on synth, probably Melissa Reese (known to have played with Brain and Bucket before). But whether she plays on all songs or just some, we don't know.

Saw her on a pic (but she did not play during the first few songs, I guess), at first I thought she might be a background singer.
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Post by Soulmonster on Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:39 pm

Here's a picture of Melissa before the show. She is sitting behind Slash.

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Post by Soulmonster on Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:43 pm

Apparently, Axl and Slash hugged after Paradise City.
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Post by Soulmonster on Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:47 pm

Please note that the setlists in 1st post is not 100 % confirmed yet. It is mostly based on what people could hear from a recording made outside of the venue, which stopped at times when the guy capturing it had to get new batteries.
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Post by Soulmonster on Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:00 pm

This is the pre-setlist. We don't known how accurate it ended up being. I see people claim Duff sang New Rose.

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Post by Uli on Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:01 pm

Yes, apparently the covers "Live and let die", "New Rose" and "The Seeker" were also performed! Smile
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First reports are that it was a great show.
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Post by Soulmonster on Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:14 pm

I will wait with adding Melissa as a new band member until I see her play at Vegas. She might just have stepped in temporarily for this show.
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Great but small setlist, a little bit of old, Double Talkin' Jive has not been played since 1993, new (Chinese Democracy and Better) and hits.
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Post by Uli on Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:44 pm

Soulmonster wrote:Great but small setlist, a little bit of old, Double Talkin' Jive has not been played since 1993, new (Chinese Democracy and Better) and hits.

"New" is relative: "Chinese Democracy" was first performed in the year 2000 (?) and "Better" probably in 2006. In my opinion it's a good move by Slash that he's willing to play these tracks (he had no involvement in before). Smile

As an old Damned fan, I think it's nice that Duff sang/performed "New Rose" (from 'Spaghetti Incident')! Cool

Will see what "surprises" the first Vegas show will bring!
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Still trying to figure out the exact setlist. Setlist.fm got seeker played, too. I think they just go off the picture of the list of songs.
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Review in mxdwn.com:

Guns N’ Roses Live at The Troubadour (Review, Setlist, More)

It is simply impossible to fairly provide an account of Guns N’ Roses momentous and long-storied return. It was instant history, the type that occurs once in a lifetime.

When GNR took to the stage Friday at the Troubadour, it was the final release of many years of pent up speculation, prayers and concern of a long-in-the-tooth, yet absolutely devoted fan base. As if out of scenes of the most genuine rock-n’-roll movie ever made, the energy inside and outside the venue was downright visible. Santa Monica Boulevard on a Friday night is always hectic. But on this night, it could have been shut down to accommodate the desperate faithful who had not gained access via an in-person presale earlier in the day.

Though there was much whispered discussion of the pop-up show, no proper confirmation ever surfaced. That did not deter hundreds of fans who lined up–starting at 8pm Thursday–to buy tickets at the old Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard. Those that braved a night on the sidewalks of the Strip were rewarded at day break, when they learned that $10 tickets to a show at the nearby Troubadour would become available at noon.

Fast forward to 10am. The overnight gathering had evolved in to a true modern happening. Social media was lit a fire by the band’s morning announcement of a forthcoming tour, but more importantly, of the show that night at the tiny, storied Troubadour. Helicopters flew overhead and news outlets began to assemble. Late comers raced up the hill of Horn Avenue, hoping to still have a chance.

By noon, the particular destinies of the fans began to come clear. About 250 people in line (ultimately, those who had joined the queue from 8pm the night before, to about 7:30am the morning of) were granted access to buy rock n roll’s golden ticket. Set at merely $10–a price probably similar to that for GNR’s original appearance at the Troubadour circa 1987–they were scooped up instantly, leaving the hundreds of late comers hungry and desperate.

With wristbands affixed to weary arms, the question of “Will I get in?” shifted to, will the music match the moment? Specifically, would the chemistry of a band that authored a ridiculous portion of today’s musical canon, thrive as it once did?

There are those that view similar reunions as nothing but a so-called money grab. But something felt different on this day. The money will assuredly follow, but this performance was about redemption. This performance was a chance to reappear on the scene as a vibrant, relevant, kick-ass band. It was an impossible task, but that is exactly what Guns N’ Roses did.

For 23 years anticipation, curiosity and hope built up to this very moment. Now just past midnight, the crowd began to chant for the band. Axl Rose’s trademark red foam microphone had just been placed on stage, when those on the left side of the house may have been able to see through a small opening the members of GNR emerge from an alley behind the stage.

It is intoxicating to wonder from where they came. Rehearsals? A debaucherous pre-show gathering, or maybe a shitty ’90s limousine? Regardless, the band members entered the building from the alley through a side door, and immediately on to the stage. The energetic sense of urgency was absolutely palpable. This is the stuff of legend.

The lineup of the band alone caused endless pre-show chatter online. In the end, the group included Axl, Slash, bassist Duff McKagan, Use Your Illusion-era keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, and the first female member of GNR, Melissa Reese. Opening with “It’s So Easy,” it was immediately apparent that the band–and Axl–were prepared. Rose affably greeted the front row attendees with mid-song high fives and handshakes, almost immediately putting to rest any concern about the mercurial front man’s current state of temperament.

The opener seamlessly faded in to the filthy and famous intro to “Mr. Brownstone.” Halfway through the song, Axl, who was standing on an amp, fell backwards on to the stage. Some held their breath. Would this be the immediate derailment that cynics have batted about for months? No. Axl rose from the floor, gathered himself, and marched on.

It was surprising to hear the title track from 2008’s Slash-less Chinese Democracy played by Slash himself. The infamously arduous album never gained traction among the masses. Nevertheless, it felt a part of the performance.

Cockily remarking, “You might know this one,” Axl and the band launched in to the battle cry intro of “Welcome to the Jungle.” Set in the city for which it is widely known, the soaring song was as powerful and devastating as it was in 1987 on the beyond-iconic Appetite for Destruction. Never more so than when Axl brought it full circle, singing the infamous refrain, “Do you know where you are? You’re in the Troubadour baby. You’re gonna diiiiiiiiiiie.”

In the songs that followed, Axl would occasionally depart the stage, maybe to provide Slash the chance to play uncrowded. But after “Double Talkin Jive,” GNR’s first performance of the song since 1993, Axl perhaps tellingly thanked the audience: “Glad you could stop by to see me.”

“Live and Let Die” was one of five covers played of seventeen total songs. Allowing an opportunity for Rose to air out his trademark shriek vocals, the Wings number’s lyrics rang particularly true. “What does it matter to ya / When you got a job to do / You gotta do it well / You gotta give the other fellow hell.” Amidst the yeoman’s work of the band, the song seemed to speak volumes about Guns N Roses rise from the ashes.

“Rocket Queen” started with a Slash distorted vocal intro. Later, it saw guitarist Richard Fortus fall to his knees and lock eyes with an audience member. Flashing white hot strobe lights, though primitive by today’s standards, created visual snapshots reminiscent of 1980s analog glory. By the end of the song, Axl and Slash stood side by side on monitors at the front of the stage. It was a moment that felt democratic, and one that later gave away to an outright endorsement by Axl when he introduced Slash by saying, “The man who needs no introduction, but will get one anyways…”

A Spanish guitar-sounding introduction bled in to one of the most recognizable guitar riffs in modern music: the intro to “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” The song included Axl executing his very own shuffle dance, ushering himself effortlessly from stage right to left. Like much of the night, the die-hard heavy crowd sang with reckless abandon, backing their beloved band. Slash, his guitar perpendicular to the floor, then took center stage to absolutely shred the song’s final section.

After Dylan’s excellent “Knockin on Heaven’s Door,” Axl candidly engaged the audience once again, testifying, “See? I’m agreeable. I am an agreeable person,” perhaps revealing another glimpse in to his own (and perhaps our own?) mind as he embarks on a precarious, large-scale tour with his long lost band. Almost 90 minutes in to the show, “Nightrain crushed as a set closer. A prototypical Guns anthem, it evoked another welcome burst of nostalgia.

Following a rendition of The Who’s “The Seeker” to start the encore, the show ended appropriately with “Paradise City.” Similar to “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Welcome to the Jungle,” the song has become an undeniable piece of nearly all rock lovers’ musical DNA. Like the entire experience, it is damn near impossible to translate in print the emotional weight with which such a song was delivered.

Many in the audience will in all likelihood never love a band like they do Guns N’ Roses. Their songs represent a time and an attitude past that cannot be replicated. To see the band reunited on the precipice of their reemergence, in a city and venue from whence they came, at an event where omnipresent cellphones were thoughtfully banned by organizers, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to revisit the simpler – and dirtier – bygone days of 1987.

Setlist

It’s So Easy
Mr. Brownstone
Chinese Democracy
Welcome to the Jungle
Double Talkin Jive
Live and Let Die
Rocket Queen
You Could Be Mine
Speak Softly Love
Sweet Child O’ Mine
New Rose
Better
Knockin on Heaven’s Door
My Michelle
Nightrain

Encore:

The Seeker
Paradise City
Source: http://music.mxdwn.com/2016/04/02/reviews/guns-n-roses-live-at-the-troubadour-review-setlist-more/
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