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October 29, 2017
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada
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. New Rose
12. This I Love
13. Civil War
14. Yesterdays
15. Prostitute
16. Coma
Godfather theme (Slash's solo)
17. Sweet Child O' Mine
18. Wichita Lineman
19. Used To Love Her
20. My Michelle
Wish You Were Here jam
21. November Rain
22. Black Hole Sun
23. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
24. Nightrain
ENCORE:
25. Madagascar
26. Patience
27. Don't Cry
28. The Seeker
29. Paradise City

Date:
October 29, 2017.

Venue:
Air Canada Centre.

Location:
Toronto, ON, Canada.

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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Post by Blackstar Sat Jun 10, 2023 8:13 pm

Review in Toronto Sun, Oct. 30, 2017:
Guns N Roses bring rock show on steroids to Toronto's ACC

By Jane Stevenson

Guns N Roses
Air Canada Centre
RATING: (**** out of five)


Not in this Lifetime?

Try twice.

Guns N Roses’ cheekily-titled Not In This Lifetime reunion tour returned to Toronto on Sunday night at the Air Canada Centre after an initial stop at the Rogers Centre in July of the last year.

A lot has happened since then.

Sadly, we’ve lost music giants Chris Cornell and Glen Campbell, and both were paid tribute to by the Gunners who performed Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun and the Campbell-popularized Wichita Lineman, written by Jimmy Webb, during a marathon show at the ACC, the first of a two-night stand.

And that was just for starters as far as covers went.

The group, led by the trio of singer-pianist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, along with guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardists Dizzy Reed (who had the initials DFR on the side of his keyboards) and Melissa Reese, and drummer Frank Ferrer, were definitely more polished after all this time on the road together.

And even if Rose sometimes struggled with his vocals, particularly in the lower register, Slash’s stellar guitar solos never wavered and provided most of the show’s highlights, whether the black top hat and black leather chaps-wearing musician – trust me, it works for him – was on electric, double necked or acoustic.

In fact, later in the show when Rose was doing introductions, he saved the best for last for Slash: “From depths unknown …”

Fortus was also a powerhouse performer and he and Slash had the best chemistry on the enormous stage dominated by a large video screen on to which images (like skeletons having sex) were projected, and various sets of stairs led to an upper stage where Rose, Slash and Fortus sometimes ventured.

Lots of fireworks, firebursts and confetti made the whole proceedings all the more rock show on steroids.

There were plenty more covers too, like Paul McCartney and Wings’ Live and Let Die, a McKagan-sung version of The Damned’s New Rose, Slash’s solo instrumental of Speak Softly Love from The Godfather, Slash and Fortus instrumental version of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, Bob Dylan’s Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, and The Who’s The Seeker.

Many of these were played by GNR last time in Toronto, but with no opening act and more time to stretch out this time, the show increased from the original two-hours-and-45-minutes to a whopping three-hours-and-25 minutes — which is entering McCartney and Springsteen territory.

And in a more intimate setting, relatively speaking, it was easier for the group and the audience to connect.

Starting off with the one-two punch of It’s So Easy and Mr. Brownstone, the Gunners hit paydirt with Welcome to the Jungle – which Rose introduced with, “You know the words! You know the jungle!” – and the arena erupted into its first major singalong.

In fact, there was a lot of high-fiving and bro-hugging going on in my section when we weren’t placing bets on who was more drunk – the guy who kept taking his shirt off or the guy across the aisle from him who kept falling out of his chair.

Other highlights included the not-so-guilty pleasure Live and Let Die, Rocket Queen, Civil War, the show-stopping Sweet Child O’ Mine, November Rain – with Rose on piano where there were lots of closeups of his flashy jewelry – Night Train, Patience, and Paradise City, the latter which prompted another major singalong as the show came to an end.
https://torontosun.com/entertainment/music/guns-n-roses
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Post by Blackstar Sat Jun 10, 2023 8:21 pm

Review in Spill Magazine, Oct. 30, 2017:
SPILL LIVE REVIEW: GUNS N’ ROSES @ THE AIR CANADA CENTRE, TORONTO | #GnFnR

By Gerrod Harris

Guns N’ Roses
@ The Air Canada Centre, Toronto
October 29, 2017


Prior to the release of their 1987 debut record, Appetite For Destruction, Guns N’ Roses had embodied the quintessential mantra of sex, drugs, and rock & roll making them a staple for both classic and modern rock. While original drummer, Steven Adler, and rhythm guitarist, Izzy Stradlin, left the band in 1990 and 1991, the central three figures, lead guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan, and lead vocalist Axl Rose, haven’t performed together since the conclusion of the Use Your Illusion Tour in 1993, which was followed by the departure of Slash and McKagan within the next few years. That is, however, until the impossible happened when it was announced that in 2016, the core three members, along with long time keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, and synth player Melissa Reese would be getting back together for the appropriately titled Not In This Lifetime Tour. What was only supposed to be a few select dates at stadiums across North America and Europe has now grown into a wildly successful tour that is now supposedly on its last leg. While this was not their first Toronto show on the tour. they performed here as a part of their first set of tour dates in July 2016, this was the first of two back to back concerts that felt just as triumphant and exciting as if it was the first time.

Opening with “It’s So Easy”, from the first moment the band took the stage it was clear this was going to be a good night. Without skipping a beat, the band launched into “Mr. Brownstone”, followed by “Chinese Democracy”, one of the few songs from the 2008 record of the same name. Their set continued to build as Rose howled, “You know where the fuck you are? You’re in the jungle baby. You’re gonna die”, launching the band into one of the greatest album openers of all time, “Welcome To The Jungle.” To say that Guns N’ Roses is one of the best hard rock bands is an understatement. Simply put, no one plays hard hitting and gritty rockers like them. This, however did not inhibit them from laying out a number of ballads and softer numbers of the likes of “Don’t Cry”, “This I Love”, “Patience”, and an instrumental cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” that led into an epic performance of “November Rain”. The band also took the time to pay tribute to Glen Campbell with a mostly acoustic cover of “Wichita Line Man” as well as a moving rendition of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” in memory of “Chris Cornell.

Over the course of their monolithic three and a half hour set, Guns N’ Roses played hit after hit, from “Sweet Child O’ Mine” to “Civil War”, and included a wide range of deep cuts as well, of the likes of “My Michelle”, “Double Talkin’ Jive”, and “Coma”. The band sounds incredibly energized and their endurance is relentless. While the energy of the show would naturally dip with the performance of a power ballad, the band continued to play on as if it was their first song of the night, playing with precision, confidence, and excitement. While Rose tends to prefer singing in a full bodied baritone range, his earth shattering screams are still in fine form and, where he uses his higher register sparingly, feels far more climactic. Behind his signature curls, sunglasses, and top hat was Slash, a man from “depths unknown”, that is how Rose introduced him. His performance ranged from sleazy, bluesy, and often teetering between punk and metal. His guitar work and extended solos throughout the show remains as one of the most unique among the hard rock genre and is one of the few guitarists whose playing is almost like a signature; in other words, Slash sounds unapologetically like you’d like him to: classic Guns resting between the blues and metal with a whole lot of character. As a whole, the band is likely tighter than they have ever been as best seen during “Rocket Queen” and “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” where the band took the opportunity to jam during the solo sections, allowing for Slash and Fortus to trade solos. Other highlights included the band’s explosive performance of “Nightrain” and their show closer, “Paradise City”, both of which were performed spectacularly and featured extended solo sections to add to the excitement.

As they continue to embark on the final stages of their Not In This Lifetime Tour, Guns N’ Roses stand as titans of rock, just as they did when they made their fiery debut in 1987. Watching them perform, it is obvious that not only does each member put their all into delivering a set that remains highly entertaining and engaging throughout its length, but that the members are feeling the very excitement that the audience is. While the reunions of Slash, Duff, and Rose signifies that the impossible can very well be possible, it leaves me very excited for what is to come from the band, whether it be future tours or even the release of a record that is speculated to be in the works. While stupidly missing the band on their first Toronto show since the reunion in 2016, I have been waiting to see Guns N’ Roses for roughly twelve years, and the band not only exceeded my own hype and expectations, but they left me completely blown away. While there was never any doubt, it is clear that Guns N’ Roses are nothing short of one of the greatest rock & roll bands ever, and their current tour is a testament to exactly that.
https://spillmagazine.com/spill-live-review-guns-n-roses-air-canada-centre-toronto-gnfnr/
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Post by Blackstar Sat Jun 10, 2023 8:24 pm

Review in Aesthetic Magazine, Oct. 30, 2017:
Concert Review: Guns N’ Roses @ Air Canada Centre

By: Curtis Sindrey

Guns N’ Roses sent the Air Canada Centre to paradise city last night with a three-hour marathon performance in Toronto.

Led by the reunited trio of frontman Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash (who quit the band in 1996), and Duff McKagan (who quit in 1997), the group sounded as tight as ever with Slash’s mesmerizing guitar solos alone making the show worth the price of admission.

Guitarist Richard Fortus, who rounded out the lineup with keyboardists Dizzy Reed, and Melissa Reese, along with drummer Frank Ferrer, showcased undeniable chemistry with the beloved 80s rockers, particularly Slash, who he performed a guitar duet with on a cover of the Pink Floyd classic “Wish You Were Here”.

Looking like he never left the 80s with a red leather jacket, skinny jeans, and several crosses dangling from his neck, Rose exclaimed “do you know where the fuck you are?!?”, as Slash played the iconic opening notes of karaoke favourite “Welcome To The Jungle”, which prompted the first crowd singalong of the night.

While the seven-piece played many of their best-known songs, the night also played host of a bunch of covers, including a McKagan-led version of The Damned’s “New Rose”, Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”, The Who’s “The Seeker”, “Speak Softly Love” from The Godfather, Wings’ “Live And Let Die”, and the aforementioned “Wish You Were Here”.

The band ended the nearly Springsteen-length show on a high-note as they launched into fan-favourite “Paradise City”, as fans enjoyed their most enthusiastic and final singalong of the night as bursts of fire, streaks of fireworks, and confetti showered the near-capacity crowd.
https://aestheticmagazinetoronto.com/2017/10/30/concert-review-guns-n-roses-air-canada-centre-toronto/
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