Critics say setlist way too similar to last years
Before you draw any conclusion (or borrow someone else's), mabye you'd like to take a look at the comparison chart below and read my analysis.
Recent concert Setlist comparison chart
Las Vegas Dec 31st 2001
|Las Vegas Dec 29th 2001||Rock In Rio III Jan 2001|
|Animated Intro||Animated Intro||Animated Intro|
|Welcome To The Jungle||Welcome To The Jungle||Welcome To The Jungle|
|It's So Easy||It's So Easy||It's So Easy|
|Mr. Brownstone||Mr. Brownstone||Mr. Brownstone|
|Live And Let Die||Live And Let Die||Live And Let Die|
|Oh My God||Buckethead Guitar Solo||Oh My God|
|My Michelle||Oh My God||Think About You|
|Think About You||Think About You||You Could Be Mine|
|You Could Be Mine||Sweet Child O' Mine||Sossego|
|Sweet Child O' Mine||Knocking On Heavens Door||Sweet Child O' Mine|
|Knocking On Heavens Door||Madagascar||Knocking On Heavens Door|
|November Rain||November Rain (with piano intro)||Madagascar / Buckethead Solo 1|
|Out To Get Me||Out To Get Me||November Rain|
|Rhiad & the Bedovins||Rocket Queen||Out To Get Me|
|Chinese Democracy||Chinese Democracy||Rocket Queen|
|Rocket Queen||The Blues||Chicken Binge|
|The Blues||My Michelle||The Blues|
|Silkworms||Paradise City||Nightrain / Guitar Solo|
|Paradice City||My Michelle|
At first, the setlist does look
a bit similar. But after some thaught here's my quick personal analysis:
1) When you think about it, GNR concerts have almost always begun with the "It's so Eazy - Mr. Brownstone - Live And Let Die" combination. No superise here. Nobody ever complained about that in the past tours, in fact most people seemed to like it. I wouldn't want it ANY other way!
2) The (I was going to say recent.. hehe) addition of "Welcome To The Jungle" in first position dates back to the 1993 tour. What a great way to begin a concert! It just totally sets the mood! Just checkout theese people at Rock In Rio going nuts!. Plus I rather hear it in first position instead of 18th, this way Axl can sing it better in first position than in 18th position (ie. Indianapolis 1991, hikes!).
3) Next is a mix of classic hits such as "Sweet Child O' Mine", "Knocking On Heaven's Door" and "November Rain" and some new songs like "Oh My God" (Oh, this song just rocks live! I hope no future GNR concert will go without it), "Madagascar", and "Chinese Democracy".
4) Nightrain: Yep, looks like they've dropped it for the 29th concert. If GNR had played as many songs as in Rio, I would have stold myself that sometimes the band has to "make difficult choices" as to which songs to play. But it's not the case, so I'll agree with all those who think that "Nightrain" should have been up there.
5) Last but not least: "Paradice
City". What a great way to end a concert. I think it's now a trademark for GNR
to end the concert with "Paradice City". Would you expect anything else? No!
Trust me this is what you want! Most GNR concerts that don't end with "Paradice
City" are the ones that, humm, well, we won't get into that, well, ok, we'll
just be polite and say the ones that ended abruptly.
6) In my opinion the setlist is O.K. and totally rocks. I'll run a comparison chart for the 31st concert, but it wouldn't be fair at all to criticize GNR if the setlist where exactly the same.
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