Rumor has it that the reunion would consist of Axl, Slash, Duff and Dizzy but no Izzy, Adler or Sorum. Rather, current members Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer would fill the rhythm guitar and drums slots respectively.
I saw that they had presale tickets up today so I checked to see what it looked like for the Heinz Field show. You can sit in the 500 level for $46.25, but Ticketmaster is adding $26 per ticket in fees. More than half of the cost of the ticket. I know people have been complaining about ridiculous ticket fees for years, but that's the craziest I've ever seen.
The more they play, the better they'll sound, I'm sure. I saw some footage from the Vegas show, and while Axl sounded really good on November Rain, when they reached the big guitar solo towards the end, Slash sounded like someone who had never touched a guitar, just hitting random strings.
This was f'n amazing, I was 15 rows back, they played for 2 hours and 40 minutes and did pretty much everything you'd expect. Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child o' Mine, Paradise City, November Rain, Nightrain, Rocket Queen, You Could Be Mine, Mr. Brownstone, It's So Easy, Patience, Estranged, Knockin' on Heaven's Door, even three songs from Chinese Democracy. No "Don't Cry," however. Axl sounded much better than he did when the tour started, which I attribute to the stint he did with AC/DC. And hearing these two ham jams
I've been going through a bit of a Use Your Illusion phase lately.
Chuck Klosterman's probably talked about it a gazillion times but it is really kind of mind boggling that UYI came out a week before Nevermind. Drives home that "Life is what happens when you're waiting for other things to happen" cliché, doesn't it?
Also I lirl everytime I think about Axl giving a proto Jim Halpert smirk at the camera sitting next to the dolphin at the end of the "Estranged" video"
The band just announced a stadium tour and they're hitting MetLife in July. I didn't see their last stadium tour when they first reunited in 2016 so I'm going to try to go to this one. I don't feel like blowing a lot of cash, though.
There is no way that SP were going to headline an arena/amphitheater level tour this summer unless they brought along 2 or 3 other '90s bands. At this point, Billy's probably smart enough to swallow them grapes and just get through these six dates.
I was wondering why tickets to GNR were 50% more expensive than they were last time they came to Boston area. Now I know (That and Fenway has seating for 15k-20k less than Gillette, where GNR played last time)
I'm definitely going to the Metlife show but I will hold off on buying until the inevitable price drop. The tickets have officially been on sale for almost 8 hours now and there's so much blue on the map these dudes might as well be playing in the ocean. I sure hope the tour doesn't get canceled due to low ticket sales, but they really overestimated demand thinking they could come back and do stadiums. It's been four years and the initial reunion momentum is gone. I don't know if there's that much demand for a new album, or even if I want new music from them that badly, but it's the logical marketing hook for a new tour, and it's not happening probably ever. Also I looked at the setlist for their most recent show and the show is largely unchanged from three years ago (actually it's a few songs shorter than the MSG show I went to). They've added Velvet Revolver's "Slither," the old B-side "Shadow of Your Love," "Dead Horse" and the inferior Lies version of "You're Crazy" but that's it. But still, GNR and the Pumpkins bah gawd how can I complain.
FAKE EDIT: Upon further research I see that they played "Locomotive" three times last year and it'll be worth the whole damn ticket price if they play it at Metlife
I did not go to the MetLife show but it looks like it wasn’t that great. However that’s not what this post is about.
They finally released a new song. Sort of. When Axl started touring with new GNR in 2001, this was one of the initial batch of new songs they were playing (along with “Chinese Democracy,” “Madagascar,” “Street of Dreams” and “Riad n’ the Bedouins”). Back then it was called “Silkworms.” Even then as a 15-year-old mook I thought the song was kinda bad and that it didn’t fit in with the other new songs, let alone the classic GNR material that comprised a bulk of the set list. They only played it a few times, then it didn’t make the album and that was that, I thought. But give it twenty years and the addition of Slash and Duff, and...somehow it’s worse now. They even took out the ambient intro that was the only good part. The song is just straight ass. This is why I wasn’t eager for a new record from these guys. The first post-reunion GNR song is Silkworms, the song so bad it got cut from Chinese Democracy. This is a lot funnier than if they just recorded a new bad song from scratch.