It’s been a week for Guns N’ Roses.
Last Friday, Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan reunited for the first time in 23 years at Los Angeles’ The Troubador, where they dusted off an assembly of greatest hits, covers, and selections from the Slash- and Duff-less 2008 album, Chinese Democracy.
A week later, however, Axl went ahead and broke a bone in his foot, requiring a surgical procedure to insert a plate and screws. He’s currently in a cast and cannot put any weight on his foot.
Fortunately for Axl, Dave Grohl hadn’t yet trashed the throne he designed and built after breaking his own leg on tour last year. For last night’s gig in Las Vegas, the first proper date of GNR’s Not In This Lifetime tour, Axl spent a majority of the time seated in Grohl’s throne, rocking the fuck out.
As for the rest of the show, there were a number of surprises that all bode well for the upcoming jaunt. For one, it’s quite clear by now that Slash and Duff have zero problem playing material off Chinese Democracy, considering they once again played the title track and “Better” in addition to “This I Love”,
What’s more, the band seems willing to try out some older deep cuts. A few surprises included selections off Use Your Illusion I & II, specifically “Double Talkin’ Jive”, “Estranged”, “Civil War”, and the first performance of “Coma” since 1993.
Below, stream a few videos, peruse the setlist, and figure out where you’ll finally see them this summer.
It’s So Easy
Welcome to the Jungle
Double Talkin’ Jive
Live and Let Die (Wings cover)
You Could Be Mine
New Rose (The Damned cover)
This I Love
Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)
Sweet Child O’ Mine
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover) (Instrumental)
Layla (Derek and the Dominos cover) (Instrumental)
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan cover)
Guns N’ Roses 2016 Tour Dates:
04/09 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena ^
04/16 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/19 – Mexico City, MX @ Foro Sol
04/20 – Mexico City, MX @ Foro Sol
04/23 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
06/23 – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field
06/26 – Washington, DC @ Fedex Field
06/29 – Kansas City, MO @ Arrowhead Stadium
07/01 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
07/06 – Cincinnati, OH @ Paul Brown Stadium
07/09 – Nashville, TN @ Nissan Stadium
07/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field
07/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
07/16 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
07/19 – Foxboro, MA @ Gilette Stadium
07/23 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
07/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Georgia Dome
07/29 – Orlando, FL @ Orlando Citrus Bowl
07/31 – New Orleans, LA @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome
08/03 – Arlington, TX @ AT&T Stadium
08/05 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium
08/09 – San Francisco, CA @ AT&T Park
08/12 – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field
08/15 – Glendale, AZ @ University of Phoenix Stadium
08/22 – San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium
^ = w/ Alice in Chains