LOS ANGELES, August 19, 2016 — The Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime Tour hit Dodger Stadium Thursday night for the first of two nights in Chavez Ravine. The “Not In This Lifetime” moniker for the tour obviously refers to Slash and Duff McKagan reuniting with Axl Rose, which is something fans never thought would happen, but “Not In This Lifetime” could also refer to the fact that not only are Guns N’ Roses going on at their designated set time, but that set time is early.
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Perhaps this is a nod to their older fans who have come to appreciate the finer things in life, like sleep.
The Cult opened the show to a dismal crowd, while the lines of fans outside at all the entrances snaked around the parking lot, slowly making it through security. Though the crowd was not there, The Cult sounded as good as they ever have. It was weird watching them with the sun still shining.
After The Cult finished and the sun went down, Guns N’ Roses took the stage a little after 8 p.m. The band cruised through their catalog playing many of the expected fan favorites, as well as some selections off the Chinese Democracy record, which did not feature Slash or Duff on the recordings, but both played the newer songs as if they were their own.
Guns N’ Roses also threw in some covers, most notably Attitude by legendary punk band Misfts. Other covers included the widely popular Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan, Live and Let Die from Wings, The Who’s The Seeker, and the apparently not so popular outro to Layla from Derek and The Dominoes. How people in the crowd had no idea what that song was will forever remain a mystery.
The highlight of the covers was the instrumental version of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, where Slash and Richard Fortus take turns melting faces with guitar solos throughout the song. If you do nothing else in your life, you need to see this performance live and experience the music-induced goose bumps for yourself.
Axl Rose went through four or five wardrobe changes throughout the night, but the band never really stopped, except for maybe five minutes before the four-song encore. There was an insane Slash solo where everybody left the stage and Slash just wailed for a few minutes and made sure that everyone in the crowd who thought they knew how to play guitar left the stadium knowing they have no idea how to play.
Axl’s voice was on point and never missed a note. His foot is clearly healed now as the throne is gone and Axl is free to run around the stage, like Dodger outfielder Joc Pederson running in centerfield. Axl danced without getting winded like the Axl of old, not the old Axl fans erroneously thought existed now. The band, as a whole, looked and sounded great. While the ticket prices are steep, the show is worth it. Tickets are still available for Friday night’s show at Dodger Stadium.