|New York Concert Review #1|
What an amazing night it was!!!! It still has not sunk in that I just saw Guns N Roses at Madison Square Garden!!!!! Part of me is thinking, "Did I just see GNR, or did I just see the opening band??!!! That's how quick the night went by!!!
Overall it was amazing I have NO complaints!!! Here are some details!!!
First off Mixmaster Mike came on for about 30-40 minutes, surprisingly the crowd didn't mind??!! After he finished I was expecting to sit there for another 4-5 hours!!! About a half hour later the lights went out, smoke filled the air, and the opening notes to JUNGLE were heard!!! But the reaction I had, and the reaction the crowd had was more of a "huh," than a "Whoa!" Half the crowd was getting beer!!! I personally thought it was the band "CKY" messing with the crowd since I have heard they like to antagonize the crowd!!! So once again, part of me is thinking, "did I just see GNR, or did I just see the opening band??!!!
The setlist was the same as all the other shows. This was my only complaint going in, but now I have no complaints!!! It was all well worth it!! I still would like to hear songs like "Civil War." Maybe the next tour!!! "Heaven's Door" was beautifully dedicated to the victims of 9-11-01. The new songs all got a mild reaction, with "Madagascar" as the exception. I think 60-70% of the crowd was there because of the MTV VMA's alone, as most of the crowd around me was still talking about the amazing surprise performance the happened in August!! I have read other fan reviews where the authors say that they and 5 others were the only ones that seemed to know the new stuff. I beg to differ!!!! I think last night, I was the only one that knew the new stuff!!!!! But I think the mild reaction was just typical "Rock N Roll science!" People are not going to cheer something they are hearing for the first time!! The loud reaction to "Madagascar" was the proof of that!
The crowd was beautifully composed of mainstream fans & suits, as well as the classic die-hard GNR fans!! Surprisingly there the men were largely out numbered by women.
The players executed their craft perfectly!! There was a warm response for Dizzy, as he is the only loyal member. Brain was looking very Dave Navarro on this run. For his intro he played a bit of Led Zeppelin's "Rock N Roll" to which Axl responded with something along the lines of, "OOO, a car commercial." No disrespect was ever shown to Stinson, Fortus, or Finke, or during the set......then there was BUCKETHEAD!!!! The crowd erupted!!! It was an in genius addition to the show when he soloed, danced, passed out toys to the crowd like an "Mass murderer Santa Claus from Outer space", through around a rag doll, moved around like a robot, and came out with a special flashing light bucket for the outro to "November Rain!!!!!" Axl announced him from "A chicken coup in a galaxy far far away." I guess that is what we got!!.....ALL in ALL,....no Slash chants!!!!
AXL was in RARE form to say the least!!! During one of his rants he called out Conan O'Brien, who said Axl looked like a "fat gut teeter tottering" after the performance at the VMA's, to deliver him crispy cream donuts. He then proceed to pass the donuts out to the crowd for a while till' he "just remembered he had a show to do." So he then asked the security guards to pass out the donuts to the crowd as he called he "Axl's White Trash Bakery & Bistro Delivery!!" Funny stuff, the crowd ate it up!!!! Pun intended! He then proceeded to perform the A-hole song on the piano to which he explained "sorry wrong song." He said that the original line up "probably never really were his true friends," and that this " was indeed a reunion tour, since he got all of himself out to go on tour." GREAT STUFF! Overall Axl come off respectable, intelligent, funny, and entertaining at the same time.
This was my first GNR show ,since I couldn't make it to GUNS N Metallica 10 years ago (which still bothers me!), and it is definitely not my last!!!!! At the very end AXL said "See you this Summer." There was no mention of a new record all night. All in ALL this was a 5 out of 5 star show from top to bottom, though I don't feel this was the best show they could've put on!!! I have a strange feeling that this is only the beginning, and that everything will be bigger, and bolder for GUNS N ROSES from here on out
-New York concert page
June 17, 2006 10:12:17 AM