GN'R Review Of Newscastle Show: 'There's Nothing Punk About Ripping Off Your Fans'
Simon Price at The Independent out of the UK has issued a review of Guns N' Roses' May 23rd show in Newcastle at the Metro Radio Arena.
Posted on May 29, 2012 01:49 pm
Simon Price at The Independent out of the UK has issued a review of Guns N' Roses' May 23rd show in Newcastle at the Metro Radio Arena. An excerpt is available below:
"You can get away with almost anything in pop that's kind of the point but contempt for your fans is a cardinal sin. Asked for a reason for the insanely late hour at which Axl Rose and his "Guns N' Roses" (now featuring only long-serving keyboardist Dizzy Reed from the glory years) deign to take the stage, his PR people replied simply: 'No statement I'm afraid.'
Dig deeper, though, and you'll find a blog on their website by GN'R associate Del James arguing that the late stage times are about 'standing against conformity' and 'raising the middle finger', and that any complaints come from a 'vocal minority' of 'obsessive pests'. That's as close to an official statement as we're likely to get. Rose thinks it's punk; that's the only possible explanation.
But there's nothing punk about ripping off your own fans. Nothing punk about making them wait around in a shed for hours while you eat your 12-course dinner. Nothing punk about forcing them to fork out for hotel rooms and taxi fares because you can't be bothered to get out of bed.
When you've been photographed strolling along the Tyne the day before, you can't blame travel (although he does try to blame the fractured shoulder he sustained at Liverpool where he went onstage even later). It's all very well playing a three-hour set bloated by too many cuts from the turgid 'Chinese Democracy', wailing through the once-great 'Don't Cry' and 'It's So Easy' like a constipated tomcat, and allowing some plait-beard guitarist called Bumblefoot have his solo spot. Just start earlier, schmuck."
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Guns N' Roses kicked off their UK/Ireland tour in Dublin on May 17th at the O2 Arena. Check out fan-filmed footage from the three-hour-plus set below. Guns N' Roses performed the following:
01. Chinese Democracy
02. Welcome To The Jungle
03. It's So Easy
04. Mr Brownstone
06. Rocket Queen
07. Live And Let Die
08. This I Love
10. Street Of Dreams
11. You Could Be Mine
12. Sweet Child O' Mine
13. Another Brick In The Wall/November Rain
14. Don't Cry
15. Whole Lotta Rosie
17. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
20. Civil War
21. Paradise City