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APPETITE FOR DEMOCRACY ****** Guns n’Roses The Joint at the Hard Rock Casino 9 November 2012                           I will start this piece with the simple statement that this was the best concert I have ever been to. Nothing more and nothing less to add. Well, all right, since it’s supposed to be a review I guess I should add a few more lines. So here it goes. Admittedly I have absolutely worshipped Guns n' Roses since I was 16 and now finally, after all these years, my dream of seeing Axl live came true. But, just like the next person, I did have my misgivings. Will Axl show up on time? Will he show up at all??? And if he does, will he walk off the stage halfway through enraged by some fan’s real or imaginary offences? Well, let’s just say that a lot had been written about Axl’s bizarre behavior over the years and even though part of it was probably made up or exaggerated, still his overall attitude did not necessarily inspire confidence in his punctuality or work ethics… After about an hour and twenty minutes of the warm-up act (a local heavy metal band whose name, for the love of God, I cannot remember), Guns N’Roses finally entered the stage. And in the end I can only say that my loyalty has definitely paid off, because Axl was, and still is, the best!!! Ok, I would have loved to see Slash and the rest of the old gang as well, but we all know that is probably not going to happen any time soon and all in all Axl always has been the heart and the soul of the operation. This show has exceeded my wildest expectations and the new group members delivered a great performance. I know some of you hardcore fans of Slash, Duff, Izzy or Matt would probably have a very heated discussion with me just about now regarding the merits of the new Guns n’Roses musicians and tell me exactly where to stick my opinion, but nonetheless I am entitled to it. So I say that even though the band now certainly has a very different vibe (the old Guns N’Roses sounded rawer and edgier), different does not always necessarily mean worse and they are still a worthy replacement for the former members. Each of them was also given their five minutes in the spotlight as they performed solos to present their particular talents. They really did give it their all and it was like a 3-hour long explosion of energy, with the incredible ballads in between to put you in a more serene, or even romantic, mind-set. It is really hard to point out all the highlights as there were so many, each song was accompanied by different lighting, graphic effects, background film footage and some of the more racy numbers had very skimpily dressed dancers executing some rather elaborate routines with poles and other supportive equipment of the kind, which occasionally left me fearing for the safety of their limbs. Axl introduced those lovely young ladies as “The Weapons of Mass Destruction”, which even though pretty hilarious, still struck as a very appropriate job description. The performances of “Estranged”, “This I Love”, “Catcher in the Rye”, “Rocket Queen”, “Sweet Child of Mine”, “November Rain” and “Paradise City” definitely belonged to my favorite moments during the show. The delivery of “November Rain turned out to be particularly spectacular, with Axl soaring over the audience on a specially designed platform while singing and playing the piano. Contrary of the many rumors I have come across before these series of concerts, Axl has lost none of his fire or charisma and the strength and sheer fierceness of his voice can put most of the so-called popular singers nowadays to shame. He still has plenty of energy to run around like he used to in the good old days, what’s different is that he does disappear backstage quite a lot in between his sets. Asked about it in one of the interviews (I believe it was on the Jimmy Kimmel Live!),  Axl stated that he just feels weird and uncomfortable during the times when he does not actually perform and literally does not know what to do with himself; so he goes backstage until he’s up again. I have heard different theories concerning the subject, ranging from him taking swigs of hard liquor to him taking in gulps of oxygen, but I guess his explanation is just as good as any.   But that little trivia aside, while retaining all those qualities that made him a star, at the same time he seems to have acquired a lot more professionalism and punctuality, so we have the best of both worlds: Axl has still kept the bad-boy performer side of himself, but gained a good-humored and mellow quality that lets him go through a dozen of concerts without insulting or throwing anything at us, without storming off the stage or even as much as giving anybody an evil look. It would appear that Mr. Rose has finally matured not only into an incredible artist (which he has always been), but quite a nice and reasonable person, as well. Ohhhhh, if I was only a few years younger I would have auditioned to be one of the girls from the Weapons of Mass Destruction, just imagine, shaking it and bouncing it right in front of the great man himself. Lucky, lucky ladies indeed :-))! If you suddenly felt a great surge of sentiment while reading this review and simply must immediately have all of their albums, here is your chance :-):

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APPETITE FOR DEMOCRACY ****** Guns n’Roses The Joint at the Hard Rock Casino 9 November 2012                           I will start this piece with the simple statement that this was the best concert I have ever been to. Nothing more and nothing less to add. Well, all right, since it’s supposed to be a review I guess I should add a few more lines. So here it goes. Admittedly I have absolutely worshipped Guns n' Roses since I was 16 and now finally, after all these years, my dream of seeing Axl live came true. But, just like the next person, I did have my misgivings. Will Axl show up on time? Will he show up at all??? And if he does, will he walk off the stage halfway through enraged by some fan’s real or imaginary offences? Well, let’s just say that a lot had been written about Axl’s bizarre behavior over the years and even though part of it was probably made up or exaggerated, still his overall attitude did not necessarily inspire confidence in his punctuality or work ethics… After about an hour and twenty minutes of the warm-up act (a local heavy metal band whose name, for the love of God, I cannot remember), Guns N’Roses finally entered the stage. And in the end I can only say that my loyalty has definitely paid off, because Axl was, and still is, the best!!! Ok, I would have loved to see Slash and the rest of the old gang as well, but we all know that is probably not going to happen any time soon and all in all Axl always has been the heart and the soul of the operation. This show has exceeded my wildest expectations and the new group members delivered a great performance. I know some of you hardcore fans of Slash, Duff, Izzy or Matt would probably have a very heated discussion with me just about now regarding the merits of the new Guns n’Roses musicians and tell me exactly where to stick my opinion, but nonetheless I am entitled to it. So I say that even though the band now certainly has a very different vibe (the old Guns N’Roses sounded rawer and edgier), different does not always necessarily mean worse and they are still a worthy replacement for the former members. Each of them was also given their five minutes in the spotlight as they performed solos to present their particular talents. They really did give it their all and it was like a 3-hour long explosion of energy, with the incredible ballads in between to put you in a more serene, or even romantic, mind-set. It is really hard to point out all the highlights as there were so many, each song was accompanied by different lighting, graphic effects, background film footage and some of the more racy numbers had very skimpily dressed dancers executing some rather elaborate routines with poles and other supportive equipment of the kind, which occasionally left me fearing for the safety of their limbs. Axl introduced those lovely young ladies as “The Weapons of Mass Destruction”, which even though pretty hilarious, still struck as a very appropriate job description. The performances of “Estranged”, “This I Love”, “Catcher in the Rye”, “Rocket Queen”, “Sweet Child of Mine”, “November Rain” and “Paradise City” definitely belonged to my favorite moments during the show. The delivery of “November Rain turned out to be particularly spectacular, with Axl soaring over the audience on a specially designed platform while singing and playing the piano. Contrary of the many rumors I have come across before these series of concerts, Axl has lost none of his fire or charisma and the strength and sheer fierceness of his voice can put most of the so-called popular singers nowadays to shame. He still has plenty of energy to run around like he used to in the good old days, what’s different is that he does disappear backstage quite a lot in between his sets. Asked about it in one of the interviews (I believe it was on the Jimmy Kimmel Live!),  Axl stated that he just feels weird and uncomfortable during the times when he does not actually perform and literally does not know what to do with himself; so he goes backstage until he’s up again. I have heard different theories concerning the subject, ranging from him taking swigs of hard liquor to him taking in gulps of oxygen, but I guess his explanation is just as good as any.   But that little trivia aside, while retaining all those qualities that made him a star, at the same time he seems to have acquired a lot more professionalism and punctuality, so we have the best of both worlds: Axl has still kept the bad-boy performer side of himself, but gained a good-humored and mellow quality that lets him go through a dozen of concerts without insulting or throwing anything at us, without storming off the stage or even as much as giving anybody an evil look. It would appear that Mr. Rose has finally matured not only into an incredible artist (which he has always been), but quite a nice and reasonable person, as well. Ohhhhh, if I was only a few years younger I would have auditioned to be one of the girls from the Weapons of Mass Destruction, just imagine, shaking it and bouncing it right in front of the great man himself. Lucky, lucky ladies indeed :-))! If you suddenly felt a great surge of sentiment while reading this review and simply must immediately have all of their albums, here is your chance :-):
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