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August 13, 2017
Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, PA, 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. Patience
24. Whole Lotta Rosie
25. Don't Cry
26. The Seeker
27. Paradise City

Date:
August 13, 2017.

Venue:
Hersheypark Stadium.

Location:
Hershey, PA, 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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Guns N Roses, Live play to huge crowd in Hershey

Live opened with a 45-minute set that included a tribute to Chris Cornell with "Audioslave." "We're from York, Pennsylvania, right down the highway," said Live's lead singer Ed Kowalczyk, newly reunited with the band.

Guns N Roses took the stage at 7:23 and played for more than two hours to a crowd that nearly filled Hersheypark Stadium. The lineup for their "Not in This Lifetime" tour included Rose (vocals, piano), Duff McKagan (bass), Slash (lead guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboard), Richard Fortus (rhythm guitar), Frank Ferrer (drums), and Melissa Reese (keyboard).
Source: http://www.pennlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/08/guns_n_roses_live_play_to_huge.html
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7 reasons Guns N Roses' Hershey show was better than I expected

than I expected
Posted August 14, 2017 at 09:22 AM | Updated August 15, 2017 at 06:20 AM
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In some ways, it's like I trained my whole life to cover Guns N Roses at Hershey. I was 8 when "Appetite" came out and in middle school during "Use Your Illusion I and II." My house was full of metal.

But I wasn't sure this show was going to be that good. How can you beat late-80s GNR, even if you're still GNR? And how do you do it without Izzy Stradlin?

The show was better than I expected (and I also apparently remember a lot more lyrics than I thought, since my voice is now shot from singing/screaming along). Here's why.

1. The crowd was fully into it

Never underestimate the crowd Guns N Roses can draw, 30 years after "Appetite for Destruction." Traffic was insane, and the parking lots were so full that I parked over by lightpole 117 at the Giant Center -- that's in the hinterlands of Giant parking, let alone Hersheypark Stadium. By 5:30, Hershey Entertainment wasn't even charging for parking anymore. Cars were just being waved through.

Since it was York's own Live's first show at the stadium since reuniting, I wondered if that would draw a lot of fans. But the crowd was solidly GNR, with a flood of "Appetite" shirts,. including one from the '88 tour. There was also a surprising number of Motorhead shirts (including on GNR's Duff McKagan).

The packed stadium was bouncing, throwing devil horns and shimmying through the entire 3-hour set. A woman in the row behind me was calling out songs from their first notes, high-fiving me for "Civil War,


2. It was a night of tributes

Live tucked "Audioslave" into its set, with lead singer Ed Kowalczyk giving a shout out to "songs given to us by Chris Cornell," who died of suicide earlier this year. GNR's Duff McKagan has a Prince symbol on his bass and was wearing a Motorhead shirt (a tribute to Lemmy, perhaps). And in another nod to Cornell, GNR covered Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" with Axl nailing Cornell's part like his life depended on it.

Rock has lost some great frontmen who shared time and space with Live and Guns N Roses, from Slash's bandmate Scott Weiland (Velvet Revolver) to Cornell to Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, who died just a week before the band was to play Hershey in July (and with whom Slash has also performed).

3. Axl's pipes

I don't know what I was expecting. I've seen a lot of really bad videos of Axl Rose performances since "Use Your Illusion II," after which I pretty much dropped out of GNR. And while Axl every so often softened the falsetto to something reminiscent of Robin Williams in "Mrs. Doubtfire," he let it rip on the songs where it really mattered, like in "Sweet Child," stretching the upper ranges and letting loose his signature style.

than I expected
Posted August 14, 2017 at 09:22 AM | Updated August 15, 2017 at 06:20 AM
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In some ways, it's like I trained my whole life to cover Guns N Roses at Hershey. I was 8 when "Appetite" came out and in middle school during "Use Your Illusion I and II." My house was full of metal.

But I wasn't sure this show was going to be that good. How can you beat late-80s GNR, even if you're still GNR? And how do you do it without Izzy Stradlin?

The show was better than I expected (and I also apparently remember a lot more lyrics than I thought, since my voice is now shot from singing/screaming along). Here's why.
Compiled by Stephanie Sadowski | ssadowski@pennlive.com
Guns N' Roses at Hersheypark Stadium

Vicki Vellios Briner | Special to PennLive
1. The crowd was fully into it

Never underestimate the crowd Guns N Roses can draw, 30 years after "Appetite for Destruction." Traffic was insane, and the parking lots were so full that I parked over by lightpole 117 at the Giant Center -- that's in the hinterlands of Giant parking, let alone Hersheypark Stadium. By 5:30, Hershey Entertainment wasn't even charging for parking anymore. Cars were just being waved through.

Since it was York's own Live's first show at the stadium since reuniting, I wondered if that would draw a lot of fans. But the crowd was solidly GNR, with a flood of "Appetite" shirts,. including one from the '88 tour. There was also a surprising number of Motorhead shirts (including on GNR's Duff McKagan).

The packed stadium was bouncing, throwing devil horns and shimmying through the entire 3-hour set. A woman in the row behind me was calling out songs from their first notes, high-fiving me for "Civil War,
Guns N' Roses at Hersheypark Stadium

Vicki Vellios Briner | Special to PennLive
2. It was a night of tributes

Live tucked "Audioslave" into its set, with lead singer Ed Kowalczyk giving a shout out to "songs given to us by Chris Cornell," who died of suicide earlier this year. GNR's Duff McKagan has a Prince symbol on his bass and was wearing a Motorhead shirt (a tribute to Lemmy, perhaps). And in another nod to Cornell, GNR covered Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" with Axl nailing Cornell's part like his life depended on it.

Rock has lost some great frontmen who shared time and space with Live and Guns N Roses, from Slash's bandmate Scott Weiland (Velvet Revolver) to Cornell to Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, who died just a week before the band was to play Hershey in July (and with whom Slash has also performed).

11 rock frontmen we miss

Vicki Vellios Briner | Special to PennLive
3. Axl's pipes

I don't know what I was expecting. I've seen a lot of really bad videos of Axl Rose performances since "Use Your Illusion II," after which I pretty much dropped out of GNR. And while Axl every so often softened the falsetto to something reminiscent of Robin Williams in "Mrs. Doubtfire," he let it rip on the songs where it really mattered, like in "Sweet Child," stretching the upper ranges and letting loose his signature style.

4. Slash's shredding hasn't changed -- unless it's gotten better

Slash had, at my count, at least 6 guitar changes, including a double. Now, I know I missed some. Those are just the ones I wrote down. He's still as metal as ever, wailing on the guitar, jumping off the percussion platform and wearing a shirt whose word choice I can't repeat.

He teased the audience opening "Welcome to the Jungle," letting that opening fly and hang in the air, before twisting it into a riff and then coming back to that note, while Axl screamed "Do you know where you are?? You're in the jungle, Hershey!"

Then there was the Slash solo, which came after band introductions about two hours into the show. Axl pointed to Slash, saying, "And on guitar," only to be interrupted by a roaring crowd at least three times before being able to say "Slash." Slash went on a tight yet meandering solo jam that included a wild interpretation of "Johnny B. Good" and a bit of the "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" before heading straight into "Sweet Child of Mine."

I just kept thinking, "I'm listening to one of the greatest living guitarists."

5. Axl's still a showman

Sure, he doesn't shimmy like he used to. After all, it's been more than 30 years. But he knows it. Axl gave a sly little smile before that part in "Sweet Child" we all know, that smooth, shoulder-moving wiggle from the 80s, then did a little bit of it to crowd applause.

He changed his shirt about 5 times, at least, from a tame Harley-Davison tee to much, much more suggestive ones. "He's the Lady Gaga of hair metal," said my fellow reviewer, and he was right.

He jumped, ran, skipped backward, spun, held the mic stand high, did the little foot shimmy. All the things you remember Axl doing in the beginning, he still does -- just a little differently.
(Duff is also just as metal as always)

Duff McKagan looked so happy to be performing. During "Live and Let Die," after one of the raucous jams, Duff had a smile on his face that said, "Well, that one felt good."

And his cover of the Misfits "Attitude" had the crowd bouncing.

6. They came to play, and proved it

A few friends and I joked about the early show. "It's probably so they can go home and take their meds and anti-aging cream," we said of the 7:30 start.

The real reason? They wanted to play for 3 hours.

I also wondered about punctuality, since it's not something Axl was known for. But they took the stage at 7:21, started playing at 7:23, tearing into "It's So Easy." (And by 7:24, Axl had already thrown the finger once.)

Two hours in and five shirt changes later, Axl was just introducing the band. They lit into some covers and then finished the long, energetic show with an encore that included an instrumental "Melissa" cover, "Nighttrain," "Don't Cry," "The Seeker" and "Paradise City".

than I expected
Posted August 14, 2017 at 09:22 AM | Updated August 15, 2017 at 06:20 AM
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26 Comment

In some ways, it's like I trained my whole life to cover Guns N Roses at Hershey. I was 8 when "Appetite" came out and in middle school during "Use Your Illusion I and II." My house was full of metal.

But I wasn't sure this show was going to be that good. How can you beat late-80s GNR, even if you're still GNR? And how do you do it without Izzy Stradlin?

The show was better than I expected (and I also apparently remember a lot more lyrics than I thought, since my voice is now shot from singing/screaming along). Here's why.
Compiled by Stephanie Sadowski | ssadowski@pennlive.com
Guns N' Roses at Hersheypark Stadium

Vicki Vellios Briner | Special to PennLive
1. The crowd was fully into it

Never underestimate the crowd Guns N Roses can draw, 30 years after "Appetite for Destruction." Traffic was insane, and the parking lots were so full that I parked over by lightpole 117 at the Giant Center -- that's in the hinterlands of Giant parking, let alone Hersheypark Stadium. By 5:30, Hershey Entertainment wasn't even charging for parking anymore. Cars were just being waved through.

Since it was York's own Live's first show at the stadium since reuniting, I wondered if that would draw a lot of fans. But the crowd was solidly GNR, with a flood of "Appetite" shirts,. including one from the '88 tour. There was also a surprising number of Motorhead shirts (including on GNR's Duff McKagan).

The packed stadium was bouncing, throwing devil horns and shimmying through the entire 3-hour set. A woman in the row behind me was calling out songs from their first notes, high-fiving me for "Civil War,
Guns N' Roses at Hersheypark Stadium

Vicki Vellios Briner | Special to PennLive
2. It was a night of tributes

Live tucked "Audioslave" into its set, with lead singer Ed Kowalczyk giving a shout out to "songs given to us by Chris Cornell," who died of suicide earlier this year. GNR's Duff McKagan has a Prince symbol on his bass and was wearing a Motorhead shirt (a tribute to Lemmy, perhaps). And in another nod to Cornell, GNR covered Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" with Axl nailing Cornell's part like his life depended on it.

Rock has lost some great frontmen who shared time and space with Live and Guns N Roses, from Slash's bandmate Scott Weiland (Velvet Revolver) to Cornell to Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, who died just a week before the band was to play Hershey in July (and with whom Slash has also performed).

11 rock frontmen we miss

Vicki Vellios Briner | Special to PennLive
3. Axl's pipes

I don't know what I was expecting. I've seen a lot of really bad videos of Axl Rose performances since "Use Your Illusion II," after which I pretty much dropped out of GNR. And while Axl every so often softened the falsetto to something reminiscent of Robin Williams in "Mrs. Doubtfire," he let it rip on the songs where it really mattered, like in "Sweet Child," stretching the upper ranges and letting loose his signature style.

Vicki Vellios Briner | Special to PennLive
4. Slash's shredding hasn't changed -- unless it's gotten better

Slash had, at my count, at least 6 guitar changes, including a double. Now, I know I missed some. Those are just the ones I wrote down. He's still as metal as ever, wailing on the guitar, jumping off the percussion platform and wearing a shirt whose word choice I can't repeat.

He teased the audience opening "Welcome to the Jungle," letting that opening fly and hang in the air, before twisting it into a riff and then coming back to that note, while Axl screamed "Do you know where you are?? You're in the jungle, Hershey!"

Then there was the Slash solo, which came after band introductions about two hours into the show. Axl pointed to Slash, saying, "And on guitar," only to be interrupted by a roaring crowd at least three times before being able to say "Slash." Slash went on a tight yet meandering solo jam that included a wild interpretation of "Johnny B. Good" and a bit of the "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" before heading straight into "Sweet Child of Mine."

I just kept thinking, "I'm listening to one of the greatest living guitarists."

Vicki Vellios Briner | Special to PennLive
5. Axl's still a showman

Sure, he doesn't shimmy like he used to. After all, it's been more than 30 years. But he knows it. Axl gave a sly little smile before that part in "Sweet Child" we all know, that smooth, shoulder-moving wiggle from the 80s, then did a little bit of it to crowd applause.

He changed his shirt about 5 times, at least, from a tame Harley-Davison tee to much, much more suggestive ones. "He's the Lady Gaga of hair metal," said my fellow reviewer, and he was right.

He jumped, ran, skipped backward, spun, held the mic stand high, did the little foot shimmy. All the things you remember Axl doing in the beginning, he still does -- just a little differently.
(Duff is also just as metal as always)

Duff McKagan looked so happy to be performing. During "Live and Let Die," after one of the raucous jams, Duff had a smile on his face that said, "Well, that one felt good."

And his cover of the Misfits "Attitude" had the crowd bouncing.

Vicki Vellios Briner | Special to PennLive
6. They came to play, and proved it

A few friends and I joked about the early show. "It's probably so they can go home and take their meds and anti-aging cream," we said of the 7:30 start.

The real reason? They wanted to play for 3 hours.

I also wondered about punctuality, since it's not something Axl was known for. But they took the stage at 7:21, started playing at 7:23, tearing into "It's So Easy." (And by 7:24, Axl had already thrown the finger once.)

Two hours in and five shirt changes later, Axl was just introducing the band. They lit into some covers and then finished the long, energetic show with an encore that included an instrumental "Melissa" cover, "Nighttrain," "Don't Cry," "The Seeker" and "Paradise City".

Vicki Vellios Briner | Special to PennLive
7. It's great to see Live back together

I saw Live in 2000, and it's long been one of my favorite performances. With Ed Kowalczyk back fronting the band, the energy was still there in their 45-minute opening set.

"We're from *expletive* York, Pennsylvania -- right down the highway," Kowalczyk said to the crowd a handful of songs in. "When you get the call to come open for Guns N Roses, that's a pretty cool day."
Source: http://www.pennlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/08/guns_n_roses_hershey_concert_s.html
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Review in Cryptic Rock, Aug. 17, 2017:
Guns N’ Roses Aim For Heart Of Hershey, PA 8-13-17 w/ Live

By Jeannie Blue

Guns N’ Roses are a band that require no introduction whatsoever, heck, even your grandma knows these guys! Dubbed The World’s Most Dangerous Band, Guns N’ Roses have earned their stripes as a Rock-n-Roll juggernaut over the past thirty plus years. Shocking the world, for the first time since 1993’s Use Your Illusion Tour, the classic lineup featuring Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan have come together again on stage on the cleverly named Not in This Lifetime… Tour.

A moment fans never thought would happen, but dreamt about, the tour began back in April of 2016 and since traveled the US, Latin America, Asia, Europe, Israel, and yes, the US. Currently on leg number 6 of the run, one which extends through September 8th, on Sunday, August 13th, they traveled down the highway to Hersheypark Stadium – along with Pennsylvania’s own Live – to bring their brand of mayhem to chocolate world.

A massive venue, Hersheypark Stadium is a 30,000-seat stadium located in the heart of amusement park Hersheypark, the biggest attraction in the beautifully rural South Central Pennsylvania region. Hersheypark Stadium and Arena – along with the Giant Center – see the area’s largest concerts, with recent performers ranging across the board from Country heartthrob Luke Bryan to rockers Avenged Sevenfold. With all being seemingly right with the world here in Pennsy, Guns N’ Roses were, of course, the first sold-out show of the summer!

To get the party started, York, Pennsylvania natives Live were the first band onto the stage. A band with a lengthy history and some seriously amazing music to their credit, Live recently reunited with their original line-up of Vocalist Ed Kowalczyk, Guitarist Chad Taylor, Bassist Patrick Dahlheimer, and Drummer Chad Gracey. Their phenomenal debut album, Mental Jewelry, hit shelves nearly twenty-five years ago and the rest has been an amazing ride for this little quartet out of Southern Pennsy. With over 22 million albums sold worldwide and two No. 1 offerings – 1994’s Throwing Copper and 1997’s Secret Samadhi – Live are a sonic force to be reckoned with.

Live took the stage at 6:15 PM to a large crowd that was growing bigger with each passing moment. Vocalist Kowalczyk led his troops – Taylor, Dahlheimer, and Gracey, along with two touring musicians for backup – into the introductory number “All Over You,” off the band’s 1994 mega-hit album Throwing Copper. They quickly moved into their break-out 1991 hits “Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)” and – with Kowalczyk picking up his acoustic guitar – “Pain Lies on the Riverside,” off their marvelous debut album, Mental Jewelry. Quite a few fans throughout the crowd were seen singing-along, as well as one concert-goer who embraced minimalist enthusiasm to simply chant, “Ed! Ed! Ed!”

The sole representation of 1999’s The Distance to Here, “The Dolphin’s Cry” met with massive crowd approval and saw some hip-shaking action from Kowalczyk, who also announced that Live are from “right down the street” in York. It would be a trio of tracks off the mega-sensation Secret Samadhi, however, that ultimately brought the crowd to their toes: melodic “Selling The Drama,” the massive crowd sing-along of “I Alone,” and the infectious rocker “Lakini’s Juice.”

Taking a moment to turn toward the poignant, Kowalczyk made note of the recent passing of Chris Cornell before the band tackled the Audioslave number “I Am the Highway,” in remembrance of their fallen comrade. They ended their electrifying set with their massive hit “Lightning Crashes,” proof positive that Live are just as powerful a band as they were back when this track owned radio in the 1990s. While the pairing of Live with Guns N’ Roses is definitely an odd one – some might say a once in a lifetime occurrence – the energy set forth by these Pennsy boys was proof that they were up to the challenge!

Audience members were clad in every Guns N’ Roses t-shirt imaginable, from Appetite For Destruction’s iconic album cover to one teenager donning a “Fuck St. Louis” shirt that was quite the trip down memory lane (that Missouri would not appreciate!). A solid testament to the staying power of a dirty Rock band from the hairy streets of Hollyweird, California. Formed in 1985 and issuing their impressive debut, Appetite For Destruction, in 1987, Guns N’ Roses have proven a top-draw in Hard Rock/Heavy Metal for the past three decades. With sales upwards of 100 million records worldwide, everything Guns N’ Roses touch has always turned to controversial gold.

With the beer-line a mile-long and the flow of human traffic into the stadium still seemingly endless, Guns N’ Roses took to the Hersheypark Stadium stage at 7:20PM. Despite the hour being much too early for any true Hollywood vampire, Drummer Frank Ferrer, Keyboardist/Percussionist Dizzy Reed, and Synth-technician Melissa Reese – clad in a Reese’s t-shirt and matching orange headband – took the stage as a Looney Tunes-themed video began the countdown to the arrival of Vocalist W. Axl Rose, Guitarists Slash and Richard Fortus, and Bassist Duff McKagan. Blasting into the opening notes of the sleazy groover “It’s So Easy,” the Gunners appeared on-stage with Rose doing a pare-downed version of his trademark slither almost immediately. God bless dirty Rock-n-Roll!

Fireworks blasted into the sky as the Guns quickly danced into “Mr. Brownstone,” Rose nearly losing his microphone at one point but no one noticed and the show went on. While the crowd’s acceptance of “Chinese Democracy” was decidedly mixed, the band themselves rocked onward without pause. All was quickly forgiven as Rose bellowed, “You’re in the jungle, Hershey. You’re gonna die!,” marking the celebratory stomp into “Welcome to the Jungle.” With Slash stepping up to center-stage for his solo and McKagan holding down the delicious bass-lines, Guns N’ Roses were clearly back (in mostly black!) in Pennsylvania.

With a lengthy guitar introduction by Slash, G N’R next tackled “Double Talkin’ Jive.” As Fortus worked the entire stage, Slash rocked his signature Les Paul and proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is still a master at his craft. Meanwhile, “Better,” off 2008’s Chinese Democracy, met with another mixed reaction from the crowd though it served to highlight the talents of Reese on backing vocals. Rose was clearly in a jovial mood as he greeted the crowd and told them that they were looking good on this summer evening, and the nearly nine-minute epic “Estranged” followed with some beautiful piano work from Reed. The groups’ well-known and noteworthy cover of the Wings’ classic “Live and Let Die” was next and a huge crowd favorite.

As the sun finally began to set, Guns N’ Roses larger than life stage production could truly come out to shine. With the projection screens displaying skeletons mid-coitus and lights-a-plenty for “Rocket Queen,” the band wove an over eleven-minute-long performance that highlighted Fortus’ frenetic-fingered guitar-work, Reed on the bongo drums, and Slash rocking the talk box.

“We should do this more often,” Rose taunted as the band launched into their 1991 Terminator 2 anthem, “You Could Be Mine.” Pyro made its debut for the evening as the Gunners literally set the Hershey stage on fire! Taking a break to catch his breath, Rose then relinquished vocal duties to McKagan, who led the band into a fun cover of the Misfits’ classic “Attitude.” As any G N’R fan rightfully knows, McKagan can always be counted on to inject some Punk into the Gunners’ set and he did just that in Hershey!

The third and final Chinese Democracy offering of the evening, “This I Love,” saw Rose and Reed combine forces for a pared down offering that was, dare it be said, poignant and delicate, highlighting Rose’s dangerously devious falsetto. With Slash stepping forward to slay at a lengthy, stunning guitar solo, it served as the perfect introduction to the band’s phenomenal offering, the intense “Civil War.” “Yesterdays” lightened the mood for a moment before G N’R would delve back down into the darkness to tackle the lengthy and stunning epic, “Coma.” Kicking off to a delicious bass crunch from McKagan, the track is a purely experimental embrace of the emotionally macabre.

Before turning over the stage to Slash, Rose introduced his band-mates. Then, with his talents as ring-master having being executed to perfection, Rose graciously handed the spotlight over to Slash who worked the crowd into a frenzy with a beautifully meandering guitar solo that wrapped itself into The Godfather’s “Speak Softly Love” before embracing the opening chords of Guns N’ Roses’ own mega-hit, “Sweet Child O’Mine.” Rose changed hats for “Used To Love Her,” which saw a dueling Fortus and Slash rocking the guitar duties and leading the band in this fabulously fun jam session. Crowd-goers could not help but sing-along!

The dark and sultry “My Michelle” picked the pace back up and had Rose dancing full-force across that stage. A three-hour set is a test of endurance, even for the youngest band, though Guns N’ Roses showed no signs of flagging as they danced viciously into the evening. Promising to never flag, Slash and Fortus stood side-by-side at center-stage and launched into a soaring guitar duet, a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.” This ultimately focused the band back toward their own hits, namely the huge sensation that is “November Rain.” With Rose – clad in a leather jacket and backwards trucker hat – behind the piano, Guns N’ Roses embraced the beautifully delicate melodies of their mega-hit.

A tribute to Chris Cornell – who opened for Guns N’ Roses back in the 1990s – followed with a stellar and surprising cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.” The band’s classic coverage of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” followed – complete with another wardrobe change from Rose as well as a crowd sing-along – and bolstered the touching mood perfectly. As the screen behind them began to flash scenes of racing down the tracks, “Nightrain” raced forward to increase the pace and bring back the classic G N’R grit, launching the boys toward their massive encore.

An epic encore that was absolutely worth staying until the bloody end for, Guns N’ Roses left many of their best, most beloved tracks for their finale. “Patience” kicked off with an impromptu, acoustic jam session between McKagan, Slash and Fortus, before quickly kicking up with Rose’s characteristic, whistling introduction. In fact, the audience nearly drowned him out as Rose launched into the first verse! As he worked the stage like a whirling dervish, Rose proved that he is still one of the very best frontmen in Rock today, though was there ever a doubt?

Next up, the Gunners kept the party rolling with their fun cover of AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie,” complete with the stage screen flashing the classic guns and roses logo. With their energy on high and the crowd on the tips of their toes, “Don’t Cry” was next to be tackled by these amazing rockers. A joyous hush fell over the elated, sold-out crowd as Rose and his cohorts performed their 1991 hit. With the sonics and vocals pitch-perfect, Guns segued flawlessly into a cover of The Who’s “The Seeker,” before ultimately moving on to the grandest of grand finales – sans white leather but with confetti and fireworks – “Paradise City.”

With a performance that lasted over three hours, bridging day into night, Guns N’ Roses proved to the 30,000+ Hershey crowd why they continue to be a top-draw some thirty-years after their inception. Amazing musicianship and Rose’s trademark vocals sit alongside an energetic, superbly vigorous live show that spans some thirty tracks, making the Not In This Lifetime Tour a massively memorable bang for your buck!
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