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September 25, 2019
Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC, 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. Slither
10. Rocket Queen
11. You Could Be Mine
12. Shadow of Your Love
13. Attitude
14. Civil War
15. Coma
Slash solo/band blues jam (w/ Maggot Brain)
16. Sweet Child O' Mine
17. Wichita Lineman
Jam (Wish You Were Here)
18. November Rain
Jam
19. Knockin' on Heaven's Door
20. Nightrain
ENCORE:
Jam
21. Don't Cry
22. The Seeker
23. Madagascar
24. Paradise City

Date:
September 25, 2019.

Venue:
Spectrum Center.

Location:
Charlotte, NC, 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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Post by Soulmonster Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:09 pm

Less than a month to go now. What do you guys expect from the first show in 2019? Any changes to the setlist? Maybe Hardschool will see the light of day? Or maybe the band has actually written a new song they will debut? Or maybe another deep cut from the Illusions? The Garden perhaps?

And any changes to the lineup? Maybe Slash and Duff have convinced Axl to trim the lineup again similarly to the transitions from 1992 to 1993? A Skin N' Bones tour for 2019.

And how will Axl look? And sound? Well-rested after this break? Fire and fury?

I am mildly excited Smile
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Post by Blackstar Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:08 pm

I think there will be minor changes in the setlist- maybe a couple of songs will be replaced. I'm not optimistic about Hardschool or a brand new song.

I don't see lineup changes either. The equivalent to Skin N' Bones tour for 2019 would be to just not include Melissa, but I think she'll be there.
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Post by Soulmonster Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:01 am

Just two more weeks and it kicks off again. I don't expect much, but it will still be nice to have the ball rolling again. Maybe they will test out a new song on the audience? Something they have worked on for the next release?

It's weird typing "next release" and "test out new song" without the slightest of irony. Guns N' Roses, new release, new songs. Wow.
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Post by Soulmonster Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:02 am

Still no Hard School, but two more songs added to setlist (Madagascar and The Seeker).
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Post by Blackstar Thu Mar 21, 2024 10:25 pm

Duff on Instagram:
Thank you Charlotte! And thank you @shooterjennings for playin with us. What a great rock n roll town you got here!



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Post by Blackstar Thu Mar 21, 2024 10:25 pm

Melissa on Instagram:

#Charlotte !!! You all were amazing I love you That was a sicc amt of fun and an amazing way to kick of this leg of the tour ???????????? Thank you so much for showing us *that* much love - what a night!!!! Here are some show bts / day off pix - more to come - LOVE THIS CITY - u all are so kind and warm. Sending all my love and deepest thanks to erryone who rolled thru, and erryone who took part in making my days brighter ☀.... That means you - Axl for being the most silly and fun *thorn in my side* that I also happen to *love* to effing death (it may be 1-0 now, but I *will* have my revenge ~ oh yess ????????????), my bandmates / *band party* (aka family) and crew - who work tirelessly and inspire me everyday to be better and radder like them ????, ppl who gave me the most fire bbq ever eaten (my mouth waters longingly for these things called hush puppies and the ribs and the Mac and cheese ???????????? I SHALL RETURN), you - delicious ice cream makers, you - nice hotel ppl who made our stay happppi and beautiful, annnnnd of courrrrrrse, YOU - the fans, without which any of this would be poss!!!!!!!! P.S. - I ate “greens” while I was here, which I *hear* are a super food?!?!?!!? Balance is in the works I love you????I love you

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Post by Blackstar Thu Mar 21, 2024 10:26 pm

Review in The Charlotte Observer, Sept. 26, 2019:

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Did Guns N’ Roses’ show really have ‘more bugs than a mattress in a Times Square hotel’?

By Théoden Janes

There they were, surrounded by 17,000 screaming fans inside Spectrum Center on Wednesday night, just a few songs into one of the most-anticipated concerts of the year for Charlotte: Three road crew members, down on their hands and knees, furiously working with staple guns to re-affix the black carpeting to the part of the stage that jutted out into the pit.

The actual stars of the show, meanwhile, successfully played it off like they didn’t even notice. Frontman Axl Rose kept singing, while lead guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and the rest of the legendary rock band known as Guns N’ Roses kept playing.

Now, if it was any consolation, the distraction happened to sprawl across performances of 2008’s “Better” and 1994’s “Estranged” — so, not everyone in the crowd noticed, since large handfuls of concertgoers decided to use the (relatively) deeper cuts as an opportunity to go fill up at the bars or empty out in the restrooms.

But Rose still felt the commotion was worth an apology. After the roadies had fixed whatever it was they needed to fix and after Slash had put the final flourish on “Estranged” with his guitar, the 57-year-old singer shrugged and said: “Hope you forgive us a little. First night. Trying to iron out some bugs, and got more bugs than a mattress in a Times Square hotel.”

That’s true — that Charlotte was the first night for Axl & Co. — and it’s also not true. Not entirely, at least.

On the one hand, Guns N’ Roses is technically about 175 shows into their “Not in This Lifetime Tour,” which started almost 3-1/2 years ago and since has spanned six continents while generating upwards of half a billion dollars in ticket sales; it’s a well-oiled, money-making machine.

On the other, the band is coming off of a nine-month break between legs, and Charlotte was, officially, the first date on what marks the homestretch of the tour. (For the record, G N’ R did a gig with essentially the same setlist for about 4,000 people last weekend in Hollywood, Calif., but they classified it as a one-off.)

So a lot of attention was focused on Wednesday night’s show. And while, like Rose pointed out, it wasn’t perfect — as a result of production hiccups but also due to his own shortcomings, which we’ll get to — the 2-hour-and-50-minute run through most of the essential parts of Guns N’ Roses’ catalog was an electrifying and sometimes even euphoric experience.

Fans were frothing at the mouth from the moment things got started.

They were triggered by the sound of McKagan’s menacing bass intro on “It’s So Easy” and Frank Ferrer’s thunderous rolling drumbeat, yes; but also just by the simple sight of Slash with his top hat, his mirrored sunglasses and his face-framing curls, and of Rose in his black tee and shredded jeans, a flannel shirt tied around his waist, and a fresh new shorter ’do that’d be long for most men but is practically a crew cut by rock-god standards (his red hair now hangs down only to about the base of his neck).

Initially, the pace was blistering and the volume was deafening: Guns N’ Roses bookended a tight 3-minute rendition “It’s So Easy” with startling cracks of gunfire-like explosions, then sped through “Mr. Brownstone” and “Chinese Democracy” as Rose careened around the stage, skipping, stutter-stepping, strutting, sashaying and sometimes just full-on running around like a little kid set loose on a playground at recess.

After Rose gave a quick “How you doin’?” to the crowd between songs, Slash tickled his guitar, then tickled it again, then tickled it again, each time massaging it a little closer to the opening guitar lick for “Welcome to the Jungle” as mass screaming ensued — beating Rose’s iconic “I wanna hear you screeaammm” plea to the punch by at least a minute.

(The singer also flashed his first ear-to-ear grin of the night during “Welcome to the Jungle,” when a fan in the pit passed him a blue jersey with “Sunnyvale” on the front and “Ricky 420” on the back. That’s a little bit of an inside joke, by the way; a nod to a long-running Canadian mockumentary series titled “Trailer Park Boys” that Rose has in the past professed his affection for).

I should mention here that the mix also seemed to be one of the bugs in the early going, as Rose’s voice seemed to be overwhelmed by the sound and fury created by Slash’s and Richard Fortus’s guitars, McKagan’s bass, Ferrer’s drums, Dizzy Reed’s keys and Melissa Reese’s synthesizers.

Some might argue that this was a blessing in disguise. Because as the technical issues got ironed out, the weaknesses in Rose’s voice became harder to ignore.

Strangely, there were ebbs and flows. For instance, on “Better” — which was barely a half-hour into the set — he was clearly off-key and off-kilter in his higher register, potentially foreshadowing a long night. But an hour in, he found his footing and was noticeably in command of even the rapid-fire climax of “You Could Be Mine.”

Then at the two-hour mark, as he played a giant grand piano while seated on a bench fashioned out of a Harley-Davidson, his voice didn’t seem to have what it took on “November Rain.” Yet on the very next song, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” he came pretty darn close to knockin’ it out of the park.

All that said, I suspect fans’ reads of his competency might have been as all-over-the-map as Rose’s performance. I was texting various friends in other parts of the venue throughout the night, and there were literally instances when someone would remark that he was sounding rough on a particular song when, at the same time, I was making a note that he was sounding pretty good — and vice-versa.

Yet everyone, myself included, was willing to give Rose a pass. After all, as one friend put it: “His voice is fading a bit, but good Lord, he’s been screaming into a mic for 35 years.”

Plus, you can tell he’s putting everything he’s got into his performance. He’s still running around like a madman; still throwing mic stands (I counted half a dozen times he hurled, flung or tossed one aside, though each time it was clearly in the interest of showmanship, not done in disgust); still climbing up on speaker boxes and leaping off; still doing costume changes that saw him in multiple T-shirts, multiple fedoras, and — at one point — an alligator-skin jacket.

In any other band, it’d be very difficult to take your eyes off of the guy. Except this band also has arguably the greatest rock guitarist of all-time, in Slash.

Without ever changing the expression on his face, he gave fans the highlight of the night when he ripped through his earth-shaking solo on “Welcome to the Jungle.”

Actually, strike that — the highlight of the night was when he stood atop the highest riser to the rear of the stage and whaled through two muscular solos on “November Rain.”

Although ... you know, seeing him do his thing with the talk box on midway through Velvet Revolver’s “Slither” was pretty incredible, too.

Or his double-neck guitar work on “Civil War”; even fans in the good seats couldn’t help but look up at the video screens and not at the actual man himself, just so they could marvel at his fingerwork (and I loved how he wove in a couple of slowed-down licks from Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child” as the song came to an end).

Oh, no, wait. Wait a second. I mean, does it get any better than watching Slash stand out front all by himself and noodle his way through a guitar-hero masterclass in the form of a 6-minute-long cover of Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain” that segues right into the opening riff of “Sweet Child o’ Mine” — which of course features the greatest guitar solo in the history of mankind — ?

I could probably go on and on. Like I said, Guns N’ Roses played for almost three hours. More than two dozen songs. (For those keeping score, the list included seven off of “Appetite for Destruction,” five off “Use Your Illusion I,” five off of “Use Your Illusion II,” and notably none from “G N’ R Lies.”)

In fact, Rose rarely came up for air, other than for band introductions, a fleeting reference to playing in “the house that Mike built” (that’d be Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan), and his multiple acknowledgments of the “first-night-back” bugs.

The second of those came during a pause after the somewhat-curious choice to play “Chinese Democracy” deep cut “Madagascar” three-quarters of the way through a four-song encore.

Technical difficulties during the song, he said, “made Melissa sound like one of The Chipmunks in my earpieces. And it was really hard to sing and not laugh the whole time, when you hear Alvin f-----’ goin’, (imitates a high-pitched voice) ‘No I won’t be told anymore.’ Sorry, I just had to share that with you. It wasn’t her fault. But you try being serious with the Chipmunks singing to you, you know? Yeah. I mean ... that might have killed the momentum.”

The song choice threatened to. So did Rose’s windy explanation.

But then Slash stepped up onto the speaker boxes at the head of the stage and came in with the intro for “Paradise City,” there was another crack-of-gunfire-like explosion, Rose raced around the stage like a lunatic, a shower of red-white-and-blue confetti rained down on the pit, and the singer’s voice sounded as respectable as it had all night.

The momentum came back like a whip.

And for eight more glorious minutes, Guns N’ Roses — and their fans — were on top of the world.

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Post by Blackstar Thu Mar 21, 2024 10:26 pm

Review in Clture.org, Sept. 26, 2019:
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Guns N’ Roses lengthy set showcased the bands resolve over thirty four years

By Stephen Waniewski

According to scientists, it’s widely believed the sense of smell has the strongest link to memory retrieval. However, the crowd’s reaction to the sound of Slash’s iconic opening riff from Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” would give that theory a run for its money. No amount of Aqua Net hairspray fumes or musk cologne spritzes could immediately energize and inspire memories to nearly 14,000 Spectrum Center fans like that Guns N’ Roses classic and, trust me, there was a lot of both in the air.

After a nine-month breather, the Rock & Rock Hall of Famers performed the second show of the Not in This Lifetime Tour in Charlotte. Essentially touring since 2016, Guns N’ Roses has made nearly 150 stops around the globe. At times, it looked and felt like the second show, with early carpentry work on the runway and audio hiccups. Even lead singer Axl Rose said “we got more bugs than a cheap New York motel,” and later joked about his earpiece sounding like “chipmunks in his ear” during the set. It was almost a humorous evolution from a frontman that used to be considered highly temperamental many years ago.

Regardless, the majority of the show went off like a well-oiled, thirty-four-year-old machine. The sprawling, multi-leveled stage itself was an homage to arena rock. It had the token fireworks, gigantic video screen with effects, and grand piano cameo that you would expect from the ‘80s rock lords. Keeping with arena rock tradition, multiple guitar swaps and outfit tweaks happened seamlessly after nearly every other song.

Axl’s outfit consisted of ripped skinny jeans, cowboy boots, several T-shirts and hats, plus plenty of accessories. Sorry, Axl, but it had a very strong Bret Michaels vibe. Meanwhile, Slash and Duff McKagan looked the part. Both sported the textbook guitar rock-god all-black dress code. Slash was timeless. He appears exactly like the pop culture icon you envision, almost withstanding the actual physical and social erosion that comes with entertainment giants.

Several Guns N’ Roses songs themselves have also stood the test of time. This was visible by the age range represented in the audience. Sure, most of the crowd was middle-aged and specifically there to relive their glory days of skin-tight leather pants and big hair. However, it also appeared to be a fair amount of younger concert-goers. Perhaps they recognized GNR from guitar video games or cool thrift store logo’d shirts, or maybe it was just that youthful rite of passage when your parents take you to your first concert. Whatever the circumstances, all parties involved actively sang along to crowd favorite “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”

Guns N’ Roses made sure to play all of their most recognizable hits (and their awesome cover of the McCartney’s “Live and Let Die”). Axl fantastically belted his signature screech while Slash added lengthy guitar solos during classics such as “You Could Be Mine,” “Civil War,” and obviously “November Rain.” Just as Slash sounded brilliant, weaving in and out of complex riffs, Axl still had his piano chops. Overall, the curated playlist was familiar and well performed.

Following a really good 40-minute performance from opening act Shooter Jennings, GNR played for nearly three hours. Toward the end of the night, the crowd did seem to lose some steam during the band’s encore performance of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.” However, the energy picked right back up for “Night Train” and then clearly peaked during the confetti-shooting finale, “Paradise City.”

The opportunity to relive the ‘80s and see the original Guns N’ Roses with Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan was the draw. As the tour continues and their fanbase evolves, its clear the focus is no longer on hell-raising unpredictability as much as providing a quality performance for all ages. So, in ten or more years, when that opening riff to “Welcome to the Jungle” starts, several generations will have inspired memories.

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