GUNS N' ROSES: More Video Footage Of Las Vegas Residency Kick-Off Concert
- Nov. 2, 2012
GUNS N' ROSES launched its first-ever residency in Las Vegas this past Wednesday night (October 31) at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Each night, the band is performing an electrifying show featuring a setlist created exclusively for The Joint. Appetite For Democracy spans the band's biggest hits from their debut album "Appetite For Destruction" (1987) through their platinum-selling record "Chinese Democracy" (2008).
The setlist for Wednesday night's concert was as follows:
01. Chinese Democracy 02. Welcome To The Jungle 03. It's So Easy 04. Mr. Brownstone 05. Estranged 06. Better 07. New Richard Fortus Solo 08. Live And Let Die 09. This I Love 10. Rocket Queen 11. Motivation 12. Dizzy Reed Solo 13. Street of Dreams 14. You Could Be Mine 15. Ballad of Death (DJ Ashba solo) 16. Sweet Child O' Mine 17. Another Brick In The Wall (Jam) 18. November Rain 19. Glad To Be Here (Bumblefoot Solo) 20. Don't Cry 21. Don't Let It Bring You Down (NEIL YOUNG cover) 22. Civil War 23. Knockin' On Heaven's Door 24. Jam/Nightrain
25. Jam/Madagascar 26. Patience 27. Paradise City
More fan-filmed video footage can be seen below.
GUNS N' ROSES singer Axl Rose told USA Today in a new interview that the band's 2008 album "Chinese Democracy" took so long to complete — 13 years, to be exact — because he was being mentally abused by former members Slash and Duff McKagan during the initial songwriting stage.
Rose explained, "[Slash and McKagan] did more damage to my ability as a writer . . . It beat me down so much. At the time of the ['Use Your Illusion'] tours, Slash and Duff said, 'You're an idiot, you're a loser.' I didn't write for years. I felt I was hindered for a very long time. I was also trying to figure out what I wanted to say, when it's right to be venting and when you're digging a bigger hole. Lyrics on 'Chinese' took a long time."
Rose said that the success of the band's classic 1987 debut, "Appetite For Destruction", was what began to tear the group apart. He explained, "I thought the success of that record would bring everyone together more. It did the exact opposite. They got success and wanted to run in their own directions."
Slash had his own take on what happened in the band, as he told The Pulse Of Radio a while back. "Something with Axl was very insecure and it just kept the band from sort of functioning properly," he said. "Although he was wanting to do things, I never to this day really understand exactly what he was getting at, and because it took so long to ever get anything done, I always attribute it to some sort of fear factor."
On the inevitable question of whether he could ever make peace with his former bandmates, Rose said, "I feel that ball's not in my court. I'm surviving this war, not the one who created this war."
Rose said that the current edition of GUNS, in which he is the sole original member, is writing music for a follow-up to "Chinese Democracy", hinting, "[The next album] will come out sooner."
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