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2016.08.22 - San Diego, CA, USA

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2016.08.22 - San Diego, CA, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:00 am




August 22, 2016
Qualcomm Stadium, Sandiego, CA, USA
Setlist:
01. It's So Easy
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. Chinese Democracy
04. Welcome to the Jungle
05. Double Talkin' Jive
06. Estranged
07. Live and Let Die
08. Rocket Queen
09. You Could Be Mine
10. Attitude (w/ You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory intro)
11. This I Love
12. Civil War
13. Coma
Godfather theme (Slash's solo)
14. Sweet Child O' Mine
15. Better
16. Out Ta Get Me
Wish You Were Here jam
17. November Rain
18. Used To Love Her
19. Knockin' One Heaven's Door
20. Nightrain
ENCORE:
21. There Was A Time
22. Don't Cry
23. The Seeker
24. Paradise City

Date:
August 22, 2016.

Venue:
Qualcomm Stadium.

Location:
San Diego, CA, USA.

Line-up:
Axl Rose: Vocals and piano
Slash: Lead and rhythm guitar, and backing vocals
Richard Fortus: Rhythm and lead guitar, and backing vocals
Duff Mckagan: Bass and backing vocals
Dizzy Reed: Piano and backing vocals
Frank Ferrer: Drums
Melissa Reese: Keyboard and backing vocals

Notes:
This was the last show on the North American leg of the Not In This Lifetime tour. The next show will be in Lima, Peru, in October.


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Re: 2016.08.22 - San Diego, CA, USA

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Re: 2016.08.22 - San Diego, CA, USA

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Re: 2016.08.22 - San Diego, CA, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:48 am

Review in The San Diego Union-Tribune:

George Varga wrote:Guns N’ Roses rock Qualcomm after 23-year absence
Or did they? The band that performed Monday was polished, professional and did not self-destruct, unlike the GNR of old

Quick! Somebody contact the FBI and alert them that a group of imposters has apparently assumed the identities of at least three key members of the partially reunited Guns N’ Roses. Then put out a missing-persons report for lead singer W. Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash and bassist-singer Duff McKagan.

Evidence of their possible MIA status was provided throughout much of GNR’s sold-out Qualcomm Stadium concert Monday night, which opened with the high-octane “It’s So Easy” and concluded two hours and 45 minutes later with a rousing “Paradise City.”

In between came such fan favorites as “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Patience,” an instrumental medley of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” and the coda from Derek & The Dominos’ “Layla,” “November Rain” and the rarely heard (on this tour) “Used to Love Her.” During the rollicking “Night Train,” Point Loma UPS courier Shawn McGinnis, 39, proposed to his girlfriend, Aileen Ryan, 33, at their floor seats near the stage. Hugs, tears, and high-fives followed.

“Right at the end of ‘Night Train,’ I said to Aileen: ‘Babe, I want to take this show from awesome to unforgettable’,” McGinnis recalled on Tuesday afternoon. “That’s when I dropped down to my knees to propose.”

Monday’s show was the last U.S. date on the revamped GNR’s lucrative Not In This Lifetime reunion tour, which has already grossed more than $100 million and will travel abroad in the fall and again next year.

It was the band’s first local show since a 1993 date at the same venue, then known as San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium. And it was a concert with enough glaring dissimilarities between the original GNR and the band on stage here Monday to suggest a case of possible identity theft to at least some in the 51,000-strong audience.

The tour reunites Rose — who took full control of GNR in 1994 and added a bunch of hired hands and — with Slash and McKagan for the first time since 1993. They are augmented by four other musicians. Izzy Stradlin, the band’s original rhythm guitarist, is sitting the tour out, while original drummer Stephen Adler has guested at a few shows on the tour.

Their absence makes this three-fifths of a reunion, which is clearly fine with many fans, less so with those who would prefer the once-volatile chemistry of the original lineup. When the wistful “Wish You Were Here” was performed Monday, one could only wonder if any of the musicians had Stradlin or Adler in mind as they played.

On Monday, the band billed as GNR took to the Qualcomm stage at 9:11 p.m., just 41 minutes after their scheduled starting time. They concluded, with a burst of explosions and confetti, at 11:56 p.m.

In the old days, it would be approaching midnight before Rose even began contemplating what time to start. When GNR played the San Diego Sports Arena in 1992, the band hit the stage at 11:40 p.m.. That’s only 16 minutes sooner than their Monday show concluded.

Moreover, the 54-year-old Rose — or the look-alike who may have taken his place — did not rant even once at his band mates or the audience, or storm off stage in a profane huff, all of which were the norm in GNR’s debauched, drug-and-booze-fueled heyday. Nor did he fall down from a riser during a rant and land squarely on his bottom, as Rose memorably did when GNR opened for the Rolling Stones in 1989 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

“The last time I saw Guns N’ Roses perform was in Denver in 1993,” recalled UPS. courier McGinnis. “Axl threw down the microphone stand after three songs, stormed off stage, and the show was over.”

The 1990 song, “Civil War,” built up nicely Monday. But its title could serve as a theme song for the decades-long personal, creative and legal battles that kept Rose apart from GNR’s other architects. (The irony may have been unintentional, but one of the songs that played over the sound system Monday before GNR took the stage was “Highway Star” by Deep Purple — likely one of the few bands whose lead singer and former lead guitarist had as well-documented a hatred for each other as Rose and Slash once did.)

While a smiling Rose did thank the audience a number of times Monday, including at the end of the evening, he did not acknowledge this was his first tour in three decades with McKagan and Slash. Both were equally pivotal to GNR’s meteoric rise to worldwide fame in 1987, after the release of “Appetite for Destruction,” which remains the best-selling debut album of all-time. So were the absent Stradlin and Adler.

When Rose introduced the band members Monday, he did not add a single audible personal reference. Perhaps he thought it better to not comment on the high-paying reunion at all, rather than offer hollow or hypocritical proclamations about his once-close band mates. Apart from a few instances when he and Slash briefly drew within about five feet of each other, they remained a good distance apart on stage for much of the night. In a way, it was like watching two accomplished musicians/businessmen working to achieve the same goal, while carefully remaining in their own orbits.

Rose left the stage regularly Monday for costume changes (or at least T-shirt, leather jacket and hat changes). It was a nod to showbiz conventions — and, perhaps, a need to rest his voice — that the rebellious Rose of yore would surely have regarded with sneering contempt. His voice was generally strong, although it sounded as if some electronic sweetening was judiciously employed at times.

Equally conspicuous, GNR performed Monday with polish, focus and well-rehearsed precision throughout its 23-song set and four encore selections. The momentum faltered at times and Slash and second guitarist Richard Fortus engaged in a few too many solos on “Knockin On Heaven’s Door” and several other songs. But there wasn’t even a hint of the musical train-wrecks that used to punctuate GNR’s shambolic, seat-of-its-leather-pants concerts back in the day.

Professionalism, once a dirty word to GNR, is now embraced. The edginess and impending sense of mid-song self-destruction that were once the band’s double-edged sword hallmarks have been eliminated.

It’s a tradeoff that yielded mixed results, but no more so than a crowd-pleasing reunion that said much about Guns N’ Roses’ past, without yielding a single new song or hint about the future of the band — or its suspiciously well-behaved doppelgängers Monday at Qualcomm Stadium.
Source: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/aug/23/review-guns-n-roses-conclude-tour-in-san-diego/
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Re: 2016.08.22 - San Diego, CA, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:51 pm

Diane Bell wrote:Guns N' Roses plays Cupid for San Diego couple

Guns N’ Rings: Shawn McGinnis, 39, and Aileen Ryan, 33, have been dating for a decade. “Never having been married, I was always afraid to take the next step,” McGinnis confessed. But his attitude changed when Ryan’s favorite band, Guns N’ Roses, scheduled a stop in San Diego. He decided to propose at the concert to make an awesome evening even more unforgettable.

The UPS driver bought 13th row tickets then stealthily shopped for a ring over the next three weekends, leading his girlfriend to believe he was playing paint ball. His cover was almost blown Monday, the day of the concert, when Qualcomm Stadium security guards asked him to empty his pockets. But he managed to palm the ring, so Ryan, who was standing behind him, didn’t see it.

McGinnis had planned to pop the question during the rock band’s aptly titled song, “Patience.” But when he discovered it was missing from the set list (it was an encore number instead), he settled for “Nightrain.” Dropping on one knee and holding up the ring McGinnis made his heartfelt plea for her hand in marriage.

Ryan went crazy (hardly noticeable at a Guns N’ Roses concert), but it wasn’t until McGinnis read his fiancé’s Facebook post the next day that he learned, “She hadn’t heard anything I said.” His proposal had been drowned out by the music.
Source: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/aug/25/guns-roses-proposal-concert-qualcomm-nightrain/
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Re: 2016.08.22 - San Diego, CA, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Sun Sep 04, 2016 8:02 pm

Review in San Diego Reader:

Donovan Roche wrote:Was Guns 'N Roses worth the wait?
After 23 years, a packed Qualcomm stadium screamed to think so

“Do you know where the fuck you are? You’re in the jungle, San Diego!” Axl Rose screamed as he and his Guns N’ Roses bandmates launched into “Welcome to the Jungle” at Qualcomm Stadium, the last stop on their 21-city North American “Not in This Lifetime” tour. It was the first time since 1993 that Rose shared a stage with lead guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan.

Perhaps nodding to how crazy this reunion was, the sold-out show opened with the Looney Tunes theme. The generous, 26-song set that followed jumped from hits (“Paradise City”), to rarities, to numerous covers, including Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here,” during which Slash and rhythm guitarist Richard Fortus shared a nuanced duet.

Frequently unleashing his trademark serpentine sway, Rose sounded best when his yawp was sandwiched within a heavy song like “Civil War”; he was less convincing on ballads such as “This I Love,” a surprising inclusion from Chinese Democracy that was so harsh he blamed technical difficulties.

Slash fared better, displaying skillful fretwork on such songs as “Love Theme from The Godfather,” which segued into a jaw-dropping solo and “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” one of many songs from the band’s landmark 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction.

Was the nearly three-hour sonic assault, with its high points and imperfections, worth the wait?

During the band’s encore, as they played “Patience” — something their fans needed plenty of the past 23 years, eight months, and several days — the answer was a resounding, ear-ringing yes.
Source: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2016/sep/02/concert-was-guns-n-roses-worth-wait/
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