Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Guns 'N Roses Live Chicago Review 11-06-17

  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017
  • Mark Laechel
  • It was the greatest of shows, it was the worst of shows. And boy did my ass really hurt starting at about 10:30 pm.

    Cheers: Some great improvisation, there was a few times during some extended jams I felt like I was at a dead show

    A very Big Jeer: Learn how to close the show. There was about 4 or 5 points where I was sure the show was over and was waiting for the confetti cannon, and then the song would end followed up right away by a tribute song, or a slow song. Confusing as hell.

    And what happened to the opening band? Is this why the show kept going and going? They covered for ZZ Top not showing up? They started playing at 8:15 and just kept going like the energizer bunny. At first we thought they will close it up at the two hour mark. Then definitely by 11, but then live and let die kept dragging on. Then you didn't know what was happening. Maybe they would keep us there until 2am and start doing even more covers.

    And get a set list. There was a stretch of about 8 songs where they totally lost people, all non hits. People getting up, leaving, hitting the bathrooms, getting a beer. In order to keep us invested, dont create the 40 min piss break. You have to throw more hits in there than that. Keep them more evenly interspersed.

    Not sure if it was because of the long tour or being on the wrong side of 50, but I noticed that Axl's voice not quite having the power it once had. But that was hardly noticeable. Slash still looks 30, and BOY CAN HE RIP UP THE GUITAR. Some of those solos and jams were absolutely amazing.

    Overall they were much more individualistic this second time around on the tail end of the tour. They showed more personality, this time axl even talked to the crowd a bit. Nothing like 1989: "You ready to get your shit rocked Motherfuckers??!!!?"  But more subdued and 2017: "Hey how 'r you all doin tonight?"

    They were movin and dancing. Slash was twirling while jamming on a song or two.

    My only complaints: Improve the setlist, and figure out how to close the show a bit earlier. Instead of a 3 and a half hour dead show, cut a bit out and keep it the hits and parry it down to about 2.5 hours.

    Overall I was rocked, and my ass hurt. And it was bedtime. Slash ruled the show, and it was good.
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    Great post! Get this man a beer!