The reunited partial classic lineup of GUNS N' ROSES played the "Chinese Democracy" song "Sorry" live for the first time last night (Thursday, July 14) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.
Prior to reuniting with guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, singer Axl Rose had last played "Sorry" live with his previous version of GUNS N' ROSES in July 2012.
The setlist for the Philadelphia concert was as follows:
01. It's So Easy
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. Chinese Democracy
04. Welcome To The Jungle
05. Double Talkin' Jive
07. Live And Let Die (WINGS cover)
08. Rocket Queen
09. You Could Be Mine
10. New Rose (THE DAMNED cover)
11. This I Love
12. Civil War
14. Out Ta Get Me
16. Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From "The Godfather") (Andy Williams cover)
17. Sweet Child O' Mine
19. Slash & Fortus Guitar Duet ("Wish You Were Here" by PINK FLOYD)
20. November Rain
21. Knockin' On Heaven's Door (BOB DYLAN cover)
23. Don't Cry
24. The Seeker (THE WHO cover)
25. Paradise City
GUNS N' ROSES' "Not In This Lifetime" stadium tour features classic lineup members Slash, McKagan and Rose backed by drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese.
As previously reported, drummer Steven Adler performed with GUNS N' ROSES again on Saturday night (July 9) in Nashville, and also spent some time with Slash, McKagan, Ferrer and Reese during soundcheck. Adler joined GUNS for "My Michelle" and "Out Ta Get Me", the same songs he played with them in his first appearance on this tour on July 6 in Cincinnati.
Of the 25 shows GUNS N' ROSES is playing on the "Not In This Lifetime" tour, 12 have either sold out or are close to it, with concert promoter Live Nation saying it expects to sell out five more on an average ticket price of $130.
While the first two shows in Detroit and Washington D.C. were packed, with 41,000 fans turning up in the Motor City, 27,000 went to see GUNS at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. And while the first of two shows at Soldier Field in Chicago was sold out, the second show was far from packed, with one half of the upper deck completely empty.
Asked for a comment, Live Nation told The Wall Street Journal that the tour was "an unqualified success," adding, "Not only is it the #1 rock tour of the summer, it will be one of the top-grossing tours of 2016 and one of the most successful reunion tours of all time. At six shows into the tour, it has already grossed more than $100,000,000 in ticket sales."
Live Nation exec Bob Roux said that the company expects to sell one million tickets for the tour, roughly 90 percent of what's available. He added that some less well-attended shows were the result of the band playing cities it wanted to play, rather than sticking to the highest population centers that would better guarantee sellouts.