(PCM) The smell of sweat, beer and raw adrenaline permeated throughout Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia when Guns N’ Roses brought their “Not In This Lifetime” tour to the city of brotherly love! Fans have been waiting years to see this incantation of Guns N’ Roses once again gracing the stage together and believe us, they are sounding better than ever! If the Linc had a roof it would have been blown off for sure!
GN’R frontman Axl Rose looked and sounded fantastic. In my opinion his vocal range got better and better as the night went on and once he found his footing there was absolutely no stopping him from beginning to end. Slash, Duff and the other hired musicians brought on for the tour effortlessly plowed through Gun N’ Roses catalog of hits. Keep in mind that Guns N’ Roses are not spring chickens any longer, so those that are nitpicking and judging every little nuance from their physical appearances to vocal prowess, need to keep in mind that these guys have been doing this for a long time, probably before some of the naysayers were even born, cut them some slack! They have earned their title of rock royalty and rightfully so! Playing a nearly 3 hour long set is no small feat and Guns N’ Roses made it appear like a walk in the park.
We had such an amazing time sweating it out (literally, as Philly was enduring some sweltering temps) with the tens of thousands of fans in attendance for this absolutely historic show. Those can recall that one of the last times that Guns N’ Roses performed in Philadelphia, Axl Rose did not show up for the concert and a complete riot broke out at the venue as fans were infuriated, and rightfully so. This time around Axl and the rest of Guns N’ Roses stormed onto the stage at exactly 9:45pm, which is precisely when we were told they would be on! The show ran solidly without a hitch. Axl even slid a subtle apology in to the folks of Philadelphia by saying “Thank you all so much for coming. I would have understood if you didn’t”. Axl does not do a whole lot of banter on stage, as he allows the music to pretty much speak for itself, however Philly truly did appreciate the gesture.
One of the most beautiful moments for me, as a fan, was a slight moments of absolute camaraderie between Axl and Slash, who were famously involved in a on-going feud in the past, when performing “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and several other songs throughout the evening. They were moments that can’t even be properly put into words, however just witnessing these two amazing musicians on stage together, playing off one another once again was a truly amazing sight to behold and melted my heart of the Guns N’ Roses fan for sure!
All in all it was a fantastic show and we certainly look forward to seeing what is in-store for the next chapter in the epic Guns N’ Roses story.
Guns N’ Roses Set List Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
It’s So Easy
Welcome to the Jungle
Double Talkin’ Jive
Live and Let Die (Wings)
You Could Be Mine
You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory/New Rose (Johnny Thunders/The Damned)
This I Love
Out Ta Get Me
Band intros into Slash solo – Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From The Godfather/Andy Williams)
Sweet Child O’ Mine
Jam (“Wish You Were Here” Pink Floyd/Layla (Derek and The Dominos)
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan)
Jam into Don’t Cry
The Seeker (The Who)
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