I couldn’t miss the chance to see Axl, Slash and Duff on the same stage in Toronto for the first time in 20 years. That was hands down the BEST concert I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to MANY. Working for a radio station, I’m lucky enough that I don’t often pay for concert tickets but this was one of those shows that had me up early on pre-sale day looking to get my hands on whatever I could afford.
Axl’s voice sounded perfect. Slash and Duff jammed like no time had passed. The crowd was amazing. I sang so loud my voice still hurts and my ears are still ringing and it’s Monday!!! Here’s a look at Guns N Roses live at Rogers Centre in Toronto July 16th, 2016 during the ‘Not in This Lifetime Tour.’ We may have waited a few minutes past their 9:25pm set list time but they were right into it by 10pm and that’s a first for many fans of this band! They played until after midnight…just amazing.
Quite satisfied I got to see this solo live #GNfNR #NotInThisLifetimeTour A video posted by Sarah Burke (@burke_fm) on
How about Axl on the piano?! During Civil War and November Rain the lighters were up in the air and you were swaying side to side holding your neighbor, whether you knew ’em or not! Met so many new GNR friends!!
Equally interesting…the guys had some troubles at the Canadian border, trying to get into the country for their only Canadian date! From Billboard:
The singer appropriately waited until the evening’s 18th song, “Out Ta Get Me,” before telling the amusing story. But it turns out that no one was out to get him or anyone else in GNR.
“You did what? What? ‘Oh, yeah, we found a gun.’
So we weren’t exactly arrested, we were detained,” Rose said, smiling, and emphasizing the word “detained.” He nodded to Slash, as he paced the stage, continuing his tale from the road.
“They were very nice. They were very nice,” he repeated of the customs officers. “They were very understanding. You know, it happens — you can forget you had a f—in’ gun,” he said sarcastically, laughing, then shrugging. “Wasn’t my gun.”
A Guns N’ Roses representative confirmed the story to Billboard. “Yes, this indeed happened on Friday, July 15, as they were crossing the border coming from the Philadelphia tour stop on the 14th.” The gun did not belong to any member of the band, according to the rep.
No word on how many times Guns N’ Roses had been detained at the Canadian border, but it seems to have started happening early in the band’s career. In a 1988 interview with Spin, Rose is quoted as saying, “This year, I was only arrested once at the Canadian border, for my stun gun. I didn’t know they’re illegal there.”
- It’s So Easy
- Mr. Brownstone
- Chinese Democracy
- Welcome to the Jungle
- Double Talkin’ Jive
- Live and Let Die
- Rocket Queen
- You Could Be Mine
- Attitude (Misfits cover) (with “You Can’t Put Your Arms… more )This I Love]
- Civil War (with “Voodoo Child” outro)
- Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From The Godfather)
- Sweet Child O’ Mine
- Out Ta Get Me
- Slash & Richard Fortus Guitar Duet (“Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd)
- November Rain (with “Layla” piano exit intro… more )
- Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
- Jam (“Angie” by the Rolling Stones)
- 23. Patience
- The Seeker (The Who cover)
- 25. Paradise City
Here’s an interview with their first band manager, Vicky Hamilton who just released her memoir, Appetite for Dysfunction – a woman who helped Axl crash on her couch when he was on the run from police.