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2017.08.08 - Marlins Park, Miami, Fl, USA

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2017.08.08 - Marlins Park, Miami, Fl, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:16 pm




August 8, 2017
Marlins Park, Miami, Fl, USA
Setlist:
01. It's So Easy
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. Chinese Democracy
04. Welcome to the Jungle
05. Double Talkin' Jive
06. Better
07. Estranged
08. Live and Let Die
09. Rocket Queen
10. You Could Be Mine
11. Attitude (w/ You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory intro)
12. This I Love
13. Civil War
14. Yesterdays
15. Coma
Godfather theme (Slash's solo)
16. Sweet Child O' Mine
17. Used To Love Her
18. My Michelle
Wish You Were Here jam
19. November Rain
20. Black Hole Sun
21. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
22. Nightrain
ENCORE:
23. Don't Cry
24. Whole Lotta Rosie
25. Patience
26. The Seeker
27. Paradise City

Date:
August 8, 2017.

Venue:
Marlins Park.

Location:
Miami, Fl, 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

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Re: 2017.08.08 - Marlins Park, Miami, Fl, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:48 am

LJ Hilberath wrote:
Review: Amidst "fire and fury," Guns N' Roses rocks Miami's Marlins Park

Axl > Trump.


Review: Amidst "fire and fury," Guns N' Roses rocks Miami's Marlins Park

Axl > Trump.

The temperature was as hot as our current political climate.

Miami was fuego in anticipation for one of the biggest reunion tours of all time, the "Not In This Lifetime... Tour" headlined by metal icons Guns N' Roses.

Boasting the original lineup, sans drummer Steven Adler, the group has been touring the globe to much acclaim. After an Orlando stop in July of 2016, it seemed as if Florida residents that missed the Camping World Stadium concert might never get to see the often-volatile group from Los Angeles. But late in 2016, the group announced a return to the Sunshine State, albeit not in the Tampa Bay area but in the newly built Marlins Park in Miami.

Begrudgingly, I headed to the only place that could make Tampa rush hour seem like a breeze.

With temps in the high 90s, over 35,000 fans crowded into Marlins Park for a chance to see one of the most polarizing rock groups of all time. Fan excitement had to be tempered however, since operations at the newly commissioned Marlins Park staff put a...spell...on things. After I had my ticket scanned at the entrance, I was greeted by a half hour line INSIDE the venue. In line in front of me was a Marlins season ticket holder who confided to me that the staff and service at the venue were notoriously lackadaisical with ushering fans into the venue and unhelpful inside.

This was only reiterated inside, when an agitated beer vender poured me a $14 cup of Heineken after having to repeat himself over the loud buzz of the crowd.

Nevertheless, the inept staff could do little to take away from the main stage attraction Guns N' Roses, who just recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of its 1987 album, Appetite For Destruction.

At 8:30 p.m., the lights shut off in Marlins Park, which admittedly is a marvel to stare at thanks to three-tiered deck and retractable roof. The crowd erupted as Axl & co. hopped onstage. Whether it was from a year of touring or natural cohesion, it was evident this group still packs a punch.

Axl Rose, who over the years has endured numerous public meltdowns and endless scrutiny for his antics, was forceful in his stage presence. Donning a wide-brimmed, leather fedora, shades, and dozens of skull-y metal jewels, Axl flew around the stage. Running in between band members, he glided from each side of the stage eager to greet fans itching to see the group for the first time in over 20 years. He was so active that despite as many as five outfit changes, he was seen numerous times wringing sweat from his shirt.

For many, the biggest questions of the night surrounded Axl's vocals (have they held up over the years?) and the group itself (how would it play together after a reunion that was once dubbed to happen, "not in this lifetime.")

The first question was definitely answered by song four, the crowd favorite "Welcome to the Jungle." As Slash — decked out in his top hat and curls — kicked up the bustling guitar intro, Axl hustled down the catwalk and belted the famous, "You're in the jungle baby!"and then told the overwhelmingly large crowd, "You're gonna dieeeeeeeee!"

With the musicality of the group in check, Guns N' Roses cruised through some of the most popular metal/hard rock tunes of all-time during its 30-song set. While diehards like myself were entranced by Use Your Illusion cuts "Civil War" and "Estranged," GNR also brought out the songs that brought it worldwide acclaim like "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Paradise City." The band even dusted off covers of rock classics like "Wish You Were Here" and "Black Hole Sun," a tribute to the late singer Chris Cornell.

The question of the group's chemistry was perhaps the biggest question mark on the night. The original lineup was broken up amidst its prime in the late 90s due to the volatile relationship between guitarist Slash and frontman Axl Rose. After years of public dissention towards each other, Slash and Axl were finally brought together after setting their differences aside (and the offer of millions in return for their collaboration on a world tour — the jaunt has raked in close to $100 million.)

While the pair's interaction with each other was limited on Tuesday night, the boys at least showed an admiration for each other at times and appeared fine performing next to each other. When it was the time for Slash's guitar solo (during which he performed his famed Godfather theme,) he was introduced by Axl.

"From the depths of the unknown," Axl proclaimed, before only muttering the name the crowd knew too well, "...Slash."

Before rounding out the almost three hour set, there was an interesting moment during the song "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Midway through the song, while the band jammed on, Axl told the crowd to sing along because, "This may be the last time we get to sing this." He elaborated that he was referring to the ongoing conflict between North Korea and President Donald Trump, who threatened to show "fire and fury this word has never seen."

Axl nonchalantly, if not chillingly, hoped with us that "cooler heads may prevail."

This looming global conflict did little to affect Guns N' Roses nor the spirits of those in attendance. The band showed it has still go in it. Let's hope, in the case of GN'R, that "cooler heads" also prevail and that the boys can and keep on rockin'.

Source: http://www.cltampa.com/music/reviews/article/20972001/review-amidst-heat-fire-and-fury-guns-n-roses-rocks-miamis-marlins-park
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Re: 2017.08.08 - Marlins Park, Miami, Fl, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:45 pm

Celia Almeida wrote:Guns N' Roses Made Up for Lost Time With Three-Hour Set at Marlins Park

They say rock 'n' roll is dead in 2017 — a shell of the cultural touchstone it once was, eclipsed by computer-generated sounds and gone by the wayside in a karmic retelling of rock's past usurpation of jazz as America's leading musical force. "They" haven't seen Slash play Eric Clapton's "Layla" solo with Axl Rose on piano in front of 35,000 rabid fans wearing Guns N' Roses T-shirts like compulsory uniforms.

After decades of public feuding and separate musical projects, "The Most Dangerous Band in the World" made up for lost time at Marlins Park with a blistering three-hour set of arena-ready hits, and asserted its place in rock's disciplic succession with tributes to many of the rock 'n' roll gods who came before (and after) them.

The first of these tributes came before GNR even hit the stage, as the offstage announcer introduced the band by shouting out the "Rhinestone Fucking Cowboy" Glen Campbell, whose death was announced just a few hours before the show.

Running onstage to the Looney Tunes theme song, the band opened with "It's So Easy," off the career-defining album Appetite for Destruction. The Not in This Lifetime tour marks the reunion of original members Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan in celebration of Appetite's 30th anniversary.

Guns N' Roses musicians can act as hard as they want — and they do. But at their core, they're crowd-pleasers. They know their fans want raining pyro, climbing and jumping off stage monitors, and extended guitar solos. They delivered handsomely to a melting audience that vocalized and tweeted their displeasure at the park's decision to keep the roof open without AC at the height of Miami summer. Sitting in the heat was bad, but GNR nevertheless powered through the energetic set as sweat dripped off their bodies and Axl Rose changed T-shirt after T-shirt.

Rose faded in and out of view during the show, appearing when his voice was needed for songs like "Rocket Queen," "You Could Be Mine," "My Michelle," and the still-shocking "Used to Love Her." He bowed out during the many times Slash took center stage for extended solos, like his instrumental cover of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here."

That was just one of many tributes, both subtle and overt, to the band's rock heroes. Slash closed out "Civil War" with a few licks of Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child" and duck-walked across the stage like Chuck Berry, as McKagan played in his Lemmy shirt and displayed a purple Prince symbol on his bass guitar.The most powerful tribute of the night came in the form of a moving cover of "Black Hole Sun," in memory of Soundgarden frontman and Slash and McKagan collaborator Chris Cornell. The rendition also allowed space for Rose to sing in his gorgeous lower register, which goes criminally underused in favor of his admittedly impressive sky-high range.

The show hit the three-hour mark during the band's four-song encore, which included "Patience" and "Paradise City." Fans had been clamoring for these songs from the stands throughout the show. Saving his only political statement for the end of the show, Axl Rose asked the crowd to sing along with vigor during "Knockin' On Heaven's Door," alluding to Donald Trump's terrifying "fire and fury" comments regarding possible nuclear war with North Korea. "This could be the last time we get to sing it," he said, before voicing his wish for cooler heads to prevail. After all, after a lifetime of public spats and outbursts, his band's twilight success is living proof of what can be accomplished when people set egos aside and finally get to work.
Source: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/music/concert-review-guns-n-roses-at-marlins-park-august-8-9565545
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Re: 2017.08.08 - Marlins Park, Miami, Fl, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:49 pm

I really liked that last review. Most reviews seem to be written by someone not really wanting to do it, so they do it quickly, formulaic, withhout any apparent interest in the job -- this one was quite nicely written, to the point, factually correct, and gave me a nice impression of the show.
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