I wish I was able to see Guns ‘n’ Roses in their prime.
They took the music industry when I was about 12 years old, but from what I saw Wednesday night at Paul Brown Stadium, they’re not far off.
G’n’R brought the “Not In This Lifetime” tour to town and blew the roof off PBS.
Well, they would have if it had a roof.
They opened (right on time at 9:30 p.m.) with “It’s So Easy”. Not one of their biggest songs, but a good way to get the crowd going.
I was worried about Axl Rose’s singing going into the show, but any worry I had disappeared quickly.
He easily transitioned between a deep voice on songs like “Mr. Brownstone”, “November Rain”, and “Patience” to his signature wail on hits like “Welcome to the Jungle” and “You Could Be Mine.”
I’ll admit his voice isn’t the same as it used to be. It also doesn’t need to be. The crowd was so into the songs, he could easily take a break and the fans would fill in the gaps.
Not that there were many.
Axl wasn’t the only surprise. Slash & Duff McKagan haven’t slowed down a bit, the new members were spot on, and the band even brought out original drummer Steven Adler for a couple songs (he hasn’t been around since Appetite for Destruction.)
I nearly came out of my seat when Slash played the first riff on “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”
Three hours and nearly every big song later, the band took their final bow in front of the roaring crowd.
I say nearly every song, because they didn’t play “Don’t Cry”. A good song, but not one of my personal favorites, so I’ll let it slide.
I took my wife Stephanie to the show, who’s admittedly not the biggest fan of hard rock music.
She came away impressed and even commented “It looks like they were having fun” up on the stage.