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 05. Sorry 06. Rocket Queen 07. Live And Let Die 08. This I Love 09. Motivation 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 16. Estranged 17. Knockin' On Heaven's Door 18. Nightrain 19. Better 20. Civil War 21. Paradise City
Thanks for the report to BraveWords.com.