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Concert review: Guns N' Roses starts early, finishes strong in Atlanta show

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The Guns N’ Roses reunion tour might not be everyone’s cup of tea (or whatever hardcore liquor the band drinks these days), but they seem to be defying our lowered expectations by showing up on time and giving the fans what they paid for. Our Stuck in the ‘80s Atlanta correspondent Dee Paige caught their show at the George Dome on Wednesday, July 27. Here’s her review:

I bought tickets to the Guns N’ Roses show on a lark. I was never the biggest fan of the band, but I do like their music. So July 27 found my bestie and me in the cheap seats of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, happily awaiting the show. Admittedly, I wasn’t sure which version of the band I was going to get. We all know the stories about the tension between members, and the last few times I’d seen Axl, I wasn’t sure he would still have the energy — or the pipes — to pull it off.

I was wrong.

Rather than starting on time, GNR actually started 15 minutes early and rocked the Dome hard for nearly three hours. Starting with “It’s So Easy” and making a smooth transition into “Mr. Brownstone,” Axl wailed and wiggled and performed with an energy that felt like 1987 again. By the time they got to “Welcome to the Jungle,” it was evident that whatever issues this band had in the past, they weren’t there now.

Dressed in ripped jeans and a series of t-shirts he kept changing into because the last one was completely drenched, Axl brought it. He was clearly having a blast, and the audience knew it. We had a blast, too.

The rest of the band matched Axl’s energy beat for beat. None of the band ever seemed to slow down or stop moving, working all parts of the stage to give the audience what we were screaming for. Some highlights included Duff covering The Stooges’ “Raw Power,” Slash and Richard Fortus dueting on Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here,” Slash performing an amazing rendition of the theme from “The Godfather,” and Axl and Slash covering of the coda “Layla” that morphed into the intro to “November Rain.”

In short, the show was fantastic. It was loud (my ears rang for hours), and it was sexy. The hits were there in full force, and the energy coming from that stage was unmistakable. It was definitely worth the ticket price. I don’t know if I’ll ever see them again, but I’m really glad this is the tour I chose to see.

GUNS N ROSES SETLIST - ATLANTA:

It's So Easy
Mr. Brownstone
Chinese Democracy
Welcome to the Jungle
Double Talkin' Jive
Estranged
Live and Let Die
Rocket Queen
You Could Be Mine
Raw Power
This I Love
Civil War
Coma
Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From The Godfather)
Sweet Child O' Mine
Better
Out Ta Get Me
Wish You Were Here
November Rain
Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Nightrain

Encores:
Patience
The Seeker
Paradise City

[AP file photo]

[Last modified: Friday, July 29, 2016 12:06pm]

    

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