November 21st 2002
Guns n Roses concert review
Auburn Hills / Detroit Concert
By Matt Giroux
About what happened during Patience:
This is what I can tell you from my point of view. I
was first row center. During the beginning of Patience it sounded like the
band was intending to more of a stripped down version of the song. Not a
whole lot of guitars many just vocals.
Robin would come in here and there and hit some notes, same with Tommy.
Richard Fortus went to the left side of the stage and sat down to play. Then
I realized what was going on. (What I believe was going on).
Richard was playing the hell out of his guitar but no one could hear it. I
don't know if he even realized the no one else could hear his because he
never looked around to his other band mates. So this just goes to show you
how important a rhythm guitar is to a band. It seemed without that rhythm
the band and Axl had a hard time knowing where they were in the song.
Then the shit hit the fan and Axl went to sing one verse when the band
played another. Right then I watched Tommy and his face was priceless. He
had a big smile on his face like he was going to bust out laughing and
brought his hand to his face to hide it. That's when Axl looked at Tommy and
pointed to the teleprompter. I thought it was over right then. During the
guitar solo Robin tried to save it by giving everything he had (sounded
The entire band got back on track and continued to play, not knowing if Axl
was going to come back out or not. He did. Sang the last part (very well by
the way, like nothing had happened) then turned around throw his mike up in
the air and walked off stage. The house lights came on about 45 seconds to 1
minute later. Boy where people pissed.
Overall I thought the show kicked ass. By far the
best version of live and let die I have ever heard. Axl would hold his
screams for longer then I've ever heard him before. His vocals were
absolutely perfect. Thanks for your time everyone. I'm off to go and get
ready for my 5 hour drive to Pittsburgh to see GNR again, then off to
Cleveland. I'll let you know if he talks about the Palace song. Peace out!
-Auburn Hills concert page
June 17, 2006 10:12:15 AM