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November 8th, 2011 Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
« il: 07 Novembre 2011, 23:58:pm »

Richard Fortus Solo
Riff Raff
My Generation
Dizzy Reed Solo
DJ Ashba Solo
Sweet Child O' Mine
Another Brick
Axl Solo
November Rain
Bumblefoot Solo
Don't Cry


Paradise City

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Re: November 8th, 2011 Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
« Risposta #1 il: 09 Novembre 2011, 10:16:am »
Setlist  (non credo sia completa, per il momento ho trovato solo questa)

2.Chinese Democracy
3.Welcome to The Jungle
4.It's So Easy
5.Mr. Brownstone
8.Rocket Queen
9.Solo (?)
10.Live And Let Die
11.This I Love
12. Riff Raff
14.You Could Be Mine
15.Solo (?)
16.Sweet Child O' Mine
17.November Rain
18.Whole Lotta Rosie
19.Knockin' On Heaven's Door

23.Paradise City

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Re: November 8th, 2011 Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
« Risposta #2 il: 09 Novembre 2011, 10:54:am »

Guns N' Roses plays til the wee hours

After Tuesday night's Guns N' Roses show, some might call in sick to work today.
Or maybe they'll just show up groggy and weary-eyed.
Why? The concert at CenturyLink Center Omaha was a late one. The band made its curtain call after 1:15 a.m.
The night started with an opening set from the Reverend Horton Heat and Guns N' Roses followed at 10:30 p.m.
Axl Rose and his cohorts delivered with a concert full of the band's hits and some old favorites such as "Sweet Child O Mine," "Welcome To The Jungle" and "Live And Let Die" as well as several songs from the band's latest album, "Chinese Democracy."

"Thank you," Rose said to the thousands cheering for him. "No really, thank you. What a really nice audience. Thank you for spending your night with us. God knows there's better things to do."

Though it was a late show, it could have been worse. Guns N' Roses is notoriously late to the stage and has begun recent performances as much as two hours late, according to reviews.

Rose - in a bandana, jeans, chains and at least eight different hats he switched out through the show - also looked and sounded better than recent reports had led me to believe. Some said he was off-key and out of rhythm and the victim of some major weight gain.

In Omaha, he was svelte and incredibly active. Throughout the show, he did his trademark jerky, twirling dance moves and his voice - one of the most recognizable in rock - was like a smack in the face: sharp, strong and surprising.

The thousands in attendance - some in leather and faded GNR shirts and others in Rose-style red bandanas - were mesmerized by the band and cheered until their lungs were sore. During solos, the crowd threw fists in the air and jumped around, too.

At least, those were the people that stuck around.

As the night wore on, many people began to leave even though the band hadn't yet played songs such as "November Rain" (they did get to the piano/guitar ballad eventually). By the end of the concert, about half of the original crowd remained in the arena.

The band acknowledged the late hour when, during hour two, roadies brought a tub to the stage and Rose began to pull out cans of Monster energy drink and throw them into the crowd.

Some fans probably needed it. Some were yawning and others (myself included) sat down after being on their feet for most of the concert.

While a Guns N' Roses set is full of blistering, face-melting hard rock, there were some lulls. The band could cut down the dull moments by dropping some of the lesser-known (and, frankly, not as good) songs from "Chinese Democracy" out of its set.

GNR also played random several covers, the highlight of which was bassist Tommy Stinson (formerly of the Replacements) singing lead vocals on The Who's "My Generation."

Not counting the guitar solos present in almost every song, there were nearly a dozen extra solos that were like entire songs. Some songs were filled with so many guitar solos and hair-metal-style jamming that they felt like they might not end ("Knockin' On Heaven's Door," especially).

Still, the band has more hits than it knows what to do with. After two hours, I couldn't think of more songs that the band could possibly play. They followed with "Night Train," "Don't Cry," "Patience" and several others.

The two hour and forty five-minute set ended on "Paradise City" while what was left of the crowd got the last of their energy out while fireworks, confetti cannons and spurts of flame burst into the air.

In the end, it was surprisingly good, but still somewhat disappointing.

Of course, it must be noted that the Guns N' Roses that played Tuesday wasn't what many call the "real" Guns N' Roses. Of the band's classic lineup, Rose is the only one still in the band.

As a music journalist, there's something in me that's against the whole idea of bands with only one original member. The original's always better, right?

Well, even though this Guns N' Roses doesn't contain anyone named Slash or Duff, they were surprisingly good. Though they're replacement players, D.J. Ashba, Stinson and others in the band are talented and have some impressive resumes. And they do nicely (at least until - I hope - a reunion tour happens).

As good as the show was, it could have been better. Cut the fluff: Several songs, most of the wardrobe changes, some of the band members (there's eight when they only really need six) and about an hour of the set could easily go and make it one of the tightest, most rocking shows ever.

It was still a good show, despite ending at 1:17 a.m. (the latest I've ever been at an arena show), and the fans loved it.

And Rose loved their admiration.

"Thank you for coming out tonight," he said before taking a bow. "Thank you again. You guys have been awesome."

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