Guns N’ Roses thrill fans with a marathon show at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday
By Peter Larsen
Guns N’ Roses arrived on stage at 7:47 p.m. Friday, a time that would have been unthinkable in the good old days of bad behavior by Axl Rose and occasionally others of these Sunset Strip legends, who’d sometimes show up so late that riots broke out.
But this is a new old band, cleaned up and serious about their art, and since singer Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan put aside past differences to reunite nearly two years ago now, Guns N’ Roses has done what you’d be forgiven for thinking was impossible: Become a polished and professional band. The members show up on time, seem to get along just fine, play all the hits that got them in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, and thrill their fans in ways they’d never have imagined they’d see again five or 10 or 15 years ago.
“It’s So Easy” opened the night with a McKagan bass riff before the rest of the band jumped in, kicking off a marathon show that packed 32 songs into three hours and 20 minutes. “Mr. Brownstone,” another of the eight tracks performed off Guns N’ Roses iconic “Appetite For Destruction,” and “Chinese Democracy,” the title track of the beleaguered album that nearly destroyed the group, followed.
“You know where the (bleep) you are Los Angeles?” Rose screamed as Slash riffed through the opening of “Welcome To The Jungle,” one of the band’s biggest singles. “You’re in the jungle, baby!”
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