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2002.08.14 - Summer Sonic Festival, Hong Kong, China

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Post by Soulmonster on Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:25 pm

Date:
August 14, 2002.

Venue:
Summer Sonic Festival.

Location:
Hong Kong, China.

Setlist:
01. Welcome to the Jungle
02. It's So Easy
03. Mr. Brownstone
04. Live and Let Die
05. Think About You
06. You Could Be Mine
07. Sweet Child O'Mine
08. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
09. Out Ta Get Me
10. Madagascar
11. November Rain
12. Rocket Queen
13. Chinese Democracy
14. Patience
15. Street of Dreams
16. My Michelle
17. Nightrain
18. Paradise City

Line-up:
Axl Rose (vocals), Richard Fortus (rhythm guitarist), Buckethead (lead guitarist), Robin Finck (lead guitarist), Tommy Stinson (bass), Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Chris Pitman (keyboards) and Brain (drums).

Notes:
Richard's first concert.

Quotes from band members:
It was my frst outdoors gig and it was amazing [Noise 11, December 2014].
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Post by Blackstar on Thu May 07, 2020 11:52 pm

From the press release, August 14, 2002:
[On launching the tour in China:]It's a dream realized. A dream come true. The right time, the right place and the whole thing came about by chance. I guess it's meant to be. This was something we could not turn down. The most exciting thing is getting the band out there to begin doing some shows and these are some big shows. It's a way for us to play for a lot of people and have a lot of fun. It's also a warm up so we can have an understanding of how to start our Fall tour. And that's a warm up for the Spring tour. This thing is starting now and much like Use Your Illusions that went for two and a half years, this thing is going to go off and on for the next two or three years and we'll see how it goes. We're really looking forward to seeing all the different people in the different countries and this is a great opportunity. [Gnronline.com, August 14, 2002]



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Post by Blackstar on Mon May 11, 2020 9:49 pm

Information from the organisers, July 18, 2002:
SUMMER SONIC 2002 - Live in Hong Kong

Date: August 14, 2002 (Wednesday)

Time: Door opens 6:30pm / Show starts 7:30pm

Venue: Hall 3, HKCEC, Wanchai

Ticket price: HK$600, marked seats

Advance reservation: info@puffinmusic.com (VIP seats on first come first serve basis)

Internet booking: http://www.ticketek.com.hk

Ticket hotline: Ticketek 31-288-288

Organizer: Puffin Music and Creative Man Production (Japan)

Supported by: Tom Lee Music, Universal Music Hong Kong, Warner Music Hong Kong, HKCEC

Enquiry: 8100-3230 or info@puffinmusic.com

Group tickets reservations are also available from info@puffinmusic.com

This summer, a city-based rock festival, "SUMMER SONIC", the largest of all the summer rock festivals held in Japan, mobilizing more than 100,000 people, is coming to Hong Kong.

SUMMER SONIC has grown to become Japan's most renowned rock festival for its unprecedented ideas of holding the festival in the Tokyo and Osaka areas on the same day, and different set of artists appear on the next day.

It is going to be the hottest rock festival this year for the gorgeous artist lineup featuring GUNS N' ROSES which will be visiting Japan after nine years.

The renowned rock festival SUMMER SONIC will be held in Hong Kong for the first time.

Artists include GUNS N' ROSES, premier appearance in Hong Kong. The all-new Guns n' Roses - include Axl Rose, the remaining original member of the band, G n' R keyboardist Dizzy Reed, Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck, bassist Tommy Stinson, and Primus drummer Brian "Brain" Mantia. Hong Kong is the first Asia stop for the group's tour.

FAKE? organized by a former LUNA SEA guitarist, INORAN from Japan, and Ken Lloyd from Oblivion Dust. It will be a gorgeous celebration on stage only available at the festival.

SUMMER SONIC 2002 - Live in HK will make your day!


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Post by Blackstar on Mon May 11, 2020 9:50 pm

Pre show report on Blabbermouth, August 13, 2002:

GUNS N' ROSES Arrive In Hong Kong For SUMMER SONIC Festival

GUNS N' ROSES have just arrived in Hong Kong in preparation for their show there on August 14th, according to the official web site of the Summer Sonic festival. In addition to Hong Kong, GUNS N' ROSES had previously announced dates in Japan, Belgium, and the U.K. from mid- to late-August. Previously planned shows in Australia, Korea and Indonesia have now apparently been postponed until early 2003.
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/guns-n-roses-arrive-in-hong-kong-for-summer-sonic-festival/


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Post by Blackstar on Mon May 11, 2020 9:51 pm

Article with fan reports, NME, August 15, 2002:
KINGS OF HONG KONG!
Fans rave to NME.COM about the group's comeback show in Hong Kong...

GUNS N’ ROSES have started their World tour in HONG KONG – a set that included two new songs.

The band played the first night of a brief tour in support of new album ‘Chinese Democracy’ at the Hong Kong Exhibition Hall. The band performed a two hour greatest hits set, punctuated with two unreleased songs, ‘Madagascar’ and ‘Chinese Democracy’. The title track had previously been premiered by the band at their dates last year.

Since the end of the show, fans have been emailing NME.COM, enthusing about the gig. One wrote: “The show went down a storm. People were quite cynical beforehand. The band hasn’t released new material in a decade, has an unrecognisable line-up and everyone has forgotten about them. But once the band started playing a set that was almost all old songs the atmosphere was quite special. Axl has new band around him, but they are tight, and he can still scream like a banshee.”

Another added: “I’ve just witnessed some kind of phenomenon, the most intense and remarkable 2 hours of my life, I have been to countless gigs but never before have I been so totally overwhelmed and engulfed by such an awesome performance as tonight. This band is going to take the world by storm they are simply amazing. As musicians there is no band ever that has the talent of this one and as for charisma every member is a superstar.

“The highlight for me though was Mr Axl Rose. He looked young and healthy and his voice was stunning, he will go down in history as the greatest frontman ever, he was totally awesome and should be commended.”

During the gig, singer Axl Rose mainly concentrated on his singing. However, he did pause to show the audience a photograph that is likely to appear on the cover of ‘Chinese Democracy’. It depicts a Chinese street, and in the background ‘Guns ‘N Roses’ can be seen scrawled on a wall.

The band played: ‘Welcome To The Jungle’

‘It’s So Easy’

‘Mr. Brownstone’

‘Live And Let Die’

‘Think About You’

‘You Could Be Mine’

‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’

‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’

‘Madagascar’

‘November Rain’

‘Out Ta Get Me’

‘Rocket Queen’

‘Chinese Democracy’

‘Patience’

‘Nightrain’

‘My Michelle’

‘Paradise City’

From here, Guns ‘N Roses head off to Japan, with dates at the Summer Sonic festival in Tokyo and Osaka. They then come to the UK to headline the Carling Weekend in Leeds (23), and end their tour at the London Docklands Arena (26).

After the shows, the band will put the finishing touches to ‘Chinese Democracy’, although there is currently no confirmed release date.
https://www.nme.com/news/music/guns-n-roses-332-1382442
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Post by Blackstar on Mon May 11, 2020 9:52 pm

Fan review posted at mygnr.com on August 14, 2002:
I may have just witnessed the best rock concert I've ever seen in my life. With little or no promotion or press buzz about the show, there were maybe at most 2,000 people in attendance. But for all those that went, I doubt anyone would forget this show anytime soon.

As with tradition, the band came on late, maybe 90 minutes after the opening band. There were actual rumours swirling down in the audience that Axl was going to pull out last minute, and I, for one, was as nervous as a train wreck. I've been waiting 15 years to see him live, and of course, his reputation preceded him. But at roughly 10pm, the lights dimmed, and the same voice recording as the Rio show started playing. Then the band got on stage and launched into the most badass version of "Welcome to the Jungle" that I've ever heard. Even though I'm a huge fan of the original band, Slash, Izzy, Duff, and even Steven Adler, I have to say this new band kicked fucking ass. Axl wore a black American football jersey and a blue bandana, and surprisingly, his voice seemed to improve with age. After "Jungle", it was straight into "It's So Easy". In fact, I'm pretty sure he played almost the entire tracklist of "Appetite For Destruction".

"Rocket Queen", "Think About You", "Mr. Brownstone", "Nighttrain", and "Out Ta Get Me" all sounded fresh and exciting. "Sweet Child O' Mine" was especially incredible, with Robin Finck handling Slash's opening riff, and Buckethead playing the same riff for the rest of the song. What was amazing was that all three guitarists were beyond capable, each of them taking turns on Slash's solos. Hate to say it, but can't say Slash was missed at all.

About half-way into the show, the incredible Buckethead did his solo. To the sound of heavy drum machine, he came out with two knumbchucks, swinging around like Bruce Lee on acid. He could actually do it! Then after throwing both knumbchucks into the audience, he went on to do some crazy breakdancing, like a serious loon. With a yellow windbreaker, white mask and KFC bucket, he was unlike anything I've ever seen. Then he strapped on his guitar and played choice selections of the "Star Wars" theme, "Pirates of the Caribbean" from Disneyland, a crazy computer-like solo that sounded like a synthesizer, then a funk jam where he was actually slapping his guitar like a bass, and various nutty solos. That might of been the virtuoso highlight of the show.

After his insane solo act, the piano was rolled out where Axl twidled the keys like a classical solo. I never knew that Axl could play! He wore the same red velvet jacket as in the video, and changed his bandana into a red one. The band launched into "November Rain", which though I never was a big fan of the song, I loved the live version. Then they played a much shortened version of "Estranged", really only the final climax of the song. Besides these two, the other songs from "Use Your Illusion" included "You Could Be Mine", "Live and Let Live". I never thought I would hear a version of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" as brilliant as their '88 show at the Ritz in New York, but the one they played tonight was just mind-blowing. The guitars were incredibly soulful and moving, and Axl's voice! Instead of the "Aye, aye, aye, aye, aye" after the title verse, he instead went into this incredibly high-key harmonizing. As a singer, I think he's unrivaled in the rock world, and as far as this 29 year-old is concerned, as pointed out by one of my friends there tonight, he may be the "last great rock star" performer. No one since has surpassed his ability and talent live on stage, in my humble opinion.

He played two new songs, the first one a slow number that he didn't introduce. Before he played the second one, he told a little anecdote why the new album is called "Chinese Democracy". He said it was because he saw a photo taken in Hong Kong, which he's using as the new album cover. And then he showed it on the video screens, and it was a black and white picture of a bicycle with a basket, and in the wall behind it, someone had grafittied "guns n roses"!!! He said "I didn't paint that myself, so one of you motherfuckers out there must have did it!" The crowd went wild, and he launched into the song. Despite what many people have reported about them taking a "techno" turn, this song was pure hard rock n' roll. Though being the first time I've heard it, I absolutely loved it!!!

About the band, new guitarist Richard was excellent, sporting a goth look that I didn't expect, hearing that he formerly played with the Psychedelic Furs. Tommy on bass provided much of the backup vocals, and the only one that looked "normal", coming onstage in sports jacket that was gone pretty early in the show. If I didn't know that the drummer was Brain of Primus fame, I would have sworn that he was Reni from the Stone Roses! He wore the exact fisherman's hat (though I have seen Beck's drummer wear the same thing), and he played just like him! Very tight and just like Steven Adler on the record, though he didn't play any solos so it was hard to gauge how good he really was. The two keyboard guys banged their heads and rocked out, though I swear to god, you could not hear them on the mix at all! Which for me was a good thing...probably the one song where you could hear them was the first slow new song, which was had a bit of synthesizer sound, and a drum machine beat for part of it (Brain just sat there not playing for that part).

The regular set ended way too early for this lifelong fan, though it was probably a good hour and 45 minutes. The last song might have been "Patience" (the only song from "Lies"), though I can't remember exactly. Another beautiful rendition, Richard and Buckethead both strapped on acoustic guitars, with Robin playing the only electric. Axl did an insane job on the whistling, and this might have been one of the best received songs of the show. The end part of the song was incredible, with the band rocking out and Axl belting out that part with such power and beauty. The crowd just went nuts, and the whole place was practically drowned by the audience singing along.

For the encore, Robin came out by himself with a sunburst Les Paul and played a very soulful, instrumental version of "Don't Cry". Hard to imagine as soulful and beautiful guitar playing from the guy from Nine Inch Nails. Then the whole band came out and played the most kickass version of "Paradise City". On the video screen, opening with a shot of the China flag, they showed shots of Hong Kong from a car and a helicopter, which were probably taken by Axl himself today or yesterday. The song was pure energy, with Axl hitting every fucking note and wail. It was also the visual highlight of the show, with flames bursting that you could literally feel the heat from, and then fireworks and red and yellow confetti streaming down from the ceiling. I was right smack center, maybe 14 rows from the front, and visually, it was as if I took acid and shrooms in a Vegas casino. Just visually fucking stunning!!!!

And then the show ended, leaving I'm sure, every fucking person in the audience blown away. We came in a big group, with hundreds of shows between us, and no one could remember a better show that they've seen. The big story of the night might have been how incredible Axl's voice was, with none of the coarseness from the "Live Era". Big, strong, high, and perfectly in key did he sing all fucking night. His outfit was leather pants and a black 99 football jersey for the first half of the show, and then a white 80 jersey later on (besides the red velvet jacket). Though the stage was relatively small, he still did his share of sprinting around, and disappeared backstage every so often for a minute or two, before coming back out. Buckethead showed why he was the man, filling in the very, very big shoes of Slash, and in his own way, probably every bit a player as Slash is. And the band was just fucking tight. All in all, it was a truly amazing fucking show, playing every good song (that at least I fucking wanted to hear). From a guy that was there, I'm telling you, Guns N' fucking Roses are back!!!!

P.S. Axl, if you're reading this, I was the guy in the green hemp t-shirt right in front of you on the chair, swaying along in synch with you during "Patience"!

Ken Lau
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Post by Blackstar on Mon May 11, 2020 10:42 pm

After show press release about the shows in Hong Kong and Japan on the band's official site gnronline.com, August 22, 2002:
RECORD BREAKING GUNS N' ROSES

Guns N' Roses, who opened their Chinese Democracy Tour in Hong Kong last week to rave reviews, broke both festival attendance records and venue capacities at whilst headlining Tokyo's Chiba Marine Stadium (35,000 plus) and Osaka's WTC Open-air stadium (25,000 plus) for Japan's Summer Sonic Festival.

A spokesman for the Summer Sonic Festival said "Both festivals were record breaking sell outs. We were very honoured to witness such spell-binding performances from Guns N' Roses"

The band are currently on their way to England, where they headline Leeds Festival this Friday 23rd August, and headline their own spectacular show at Docklands Arena on bank holiday Monday, after headlining Belgium's infamous Pukkelpop Festival.
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