Axl Rose Is Back On AC/DC Duty

After a grueling but exciting Not In This Lifetime Tour launch in North America with Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose is now switching back to singing lead for AC/DC, as he did earlier this spring.

One of the coolest parts about their first show on this leg of the Rock Or Bust tour, is that Greensboro, North Carolina was treated to “Live Wire” during the set.

Plus, they didn’t forget the classics!

I’ve got give Axl major props! He’s been on fire this year, singing just as well as he did in 1987. Everyone assumed delays would plague both tours, but we have yet to hear about a single one. In fact, when I attended the Guns N’ Roses show in Pittsburgh, they were onstage early, at around 8:45pm!

Guns N’ Roses, and Axl, have a bright future ahead. The possibilities are endless for them! AC/DC however, might be slowing their train. Angus Young explains, “At this point, I don’t know. We were committed to finishing the [Rock Or Bust] tour. Who knows what I’ll feel after? When you sign on and say, ‘I’m gonna do this and that,’ it’s always good to say at the end of it, ‘I’ve done all I said I would do.'” Bassist Cliff Williams has already announced his retirement, Phil Rudd is swimming in legal issues, and Malcolm Young is now retired as well. Brian Johnson is currently treating his hearing loss, but who knows if he’s up for another round of touring.

Review: Guns N’ Roses in Pittsburgh 

Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, a visibly excited Axl Rose called out “Hello boys and girls!” just after Guns N’ Roses launched into “It’s So Easy” to kick off another amazing night for the Not In This Lifetime tour. The crowd went nuts!!

For a group of guys that haven’t played together in twenty years, they didn’t miss a beat.

photo: Jack Fordyce – Tribune Review


 
Wolfmother opened for Guns N’ Roses with a solid set. They mixed older and newer tunes. The big hit of the night was “Woman”.

@officialwolfmother from last night in #pittsburgh @gunsnroses #notinthislifetime

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After Wolfmother took the stage, the audience was treated to a series of Guns N’ Roses hits. Not a single one went over negatively. They were tight as ever! They even refreshed my memory of Chinese Democracy by playing a few tunes from that album. 

Here’s just a few highlights…

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU AAARRREEEE!? 🔫❤️🌹 @gunsnroses #notinthislifetime #pittsburgh #tour

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@slash solo!! 🤘🏻🔫❤️🌹 #pittsburgh #gunsnroses #notinthislifetime #tour #guitar

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Questioning whether or not Axl still has it? Just listen to this…

…that scream tho! 😳 @gunsnroses 🔫❤️🌹👏🏻 #pittsburgh #gunsnroses #notinthislifetime #tour #liveandletdie

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It was awesome to see them to honor their punk roots with some Johnny Thunders and Iggy Pop! Duff McKagan and Slash both had time to shine with separate solo opportunities, as seen above. 

When Guns blasted into “November Rain” fans witnessed a melding of that and the piano ending for “Layla” that blew their minds! Not to mention a nice segue from “Civil War” to a “Voodoo Child” solo by Slash.

My eyes began to water when the opening notes of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” echoed through Heinz Field, and saw Slash, Duff and Axl play near each other like brothers. 

Not to mention, hearing “Paradise City” amongst the Pittsburgh skyline was enough to bring on more tears from any Pittsburgher.

All in all, this tour is one worth seeing. You could tell that the set list was as much fun for Guns N’ Roses as it was for the fans! 

Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother put it best when he called opening for Guns and honor and said, “we all need this, don’t we?” 

Check out the set list here

photo: Jack Fordyce – Tribune Review

Guns N’ Roses surprise fans with Steven Adler appearance

Ever since the Not In This Lifetime Tour was announced, Guns N’ Roses stayed quiet regarding the whereabouts of original drummer Steven Adler.

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In fact, no one is sure where original rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin is on all the reunion talk either.

In Cincinnati, Axl Rose proudly introduced Steven Adler as he took the stage to perform two tunes. One of which (a personal favorite of mine), was “Out Ta Get Me” – the crowd went insane! He also sat in for “My Michelle” too (after Axl suggested that he
“guess we should do another”). This was the first time we’ve seen him perform with most of the Appetite era line-up since 1990.

I’m not jealous that I didn’t see this… at all. *sarcasm*

It makes sense that the Ohio native would choose Cincinnati to make his appearance with a newly reunited Guns N’ Roses. I’m sure plenty of family and friends were in the audience.

What I still want to know is… where’s Izzy?

Guns N’ Roses announce opening acts

Guns N’ Roses fans who purchased tickets to their upcoming summer reunion tour, are in for a treat! 

It was announced today that Alice In Chains and Lenny Kravitz are opening up for them on several dates this summer. 

According to Consequence Of Sound,

In anticipation of the tour’s June 23rd launch in Detroit, GNR have announced two support acts set to join them on the road. Alice in Chains will open shows in Detroit, Washington, DC, Kansas City, and Chicago, while Lenny Kravitz will accompany the band for in the Boston and New York metropolitan areas.

Additionally, GNR have confirmed a second show in Los Angeles set for August 19th.

Guns N’ Roses 2016 Tour Dates:

06/23 – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field *

06/26 – Washington, DC @ Fedex Field *

06/29 – Kansas City, MO @ Arrowhead Stadium *

07/01 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field *

07/03 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field *

07/06 – Cincinnati, OH @ Paul Brown Stadium

07/09 – Nashville, TN @ Nissan Stadium

07/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field

07/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field

07/16 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre

07/19 – Foxboro, MA @ Gilette Stadium ^

07/20 – Foxboro, MA @ Gilette Stadium ^

07/23 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium ^

07/24 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium ^

07/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Georgia Dome

07/29 – Orlando, FL @ Orlando Citrus Bowl

07/31 – New Orleans, LA @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome

08/03 – Arlington, TX @ AT&T Stadium

08/05 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium

08/09 – San Francisco, CA @ AT&T Park

08/12 – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field

08/15 – Glendale, AZ @ University of Phoenix Stadium

08/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium

08/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium

08/22 – San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium

* = w/ Alice in Chains

^ = w/ Lenny Kravitz

Guns N’ Roses adds more tour dates

This is shaping up the be the biggest tour of the year! Guns N’ Roses have added additional shows in Chicago, Los Angeles, Foxborough and East Rutherford to their Not In This Lifetime tour. Check out the new dates below!

Jun. 23 – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field
Jun. 26 – Landover, MD @ FedExField
Jun. 29 – Kansas City, MP @ Arrowhead Stadium
Jul. 01 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
Jul. 03 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
Jul. 06 – Cincinnati, OH @ Paul Brown Stadium
Jul. 09 – Nashville, TN @ Nissan Stadium
Jul. 12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field
Jul. 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
Jul. 16 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
Jul. 19 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium
Jul. 20 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium
Jul. 23 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
Jul. 24 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
Jul. 27 – Atlanta, GA @ Georgia Dome
Jul. 29 – Orlando, FL @ Citrus Bowl
Jul. 31 – New Orleans, LA @ Mercedez Benz Superdome
Aug. 03 – Arlington, TX @ AT&T Stadium
Aug. 05 – Houston, TX @ NRG Park
Aug. 09 – San Francisco, CA @ AT&T Park
Aug. 12 – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field
Aug. 15 – Glendale, AZ @ University Of Phoenix Stadium
Aug. 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium
Aug. 22 – San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium

Two things happened during the Guns N’ Roses Coachella show…

In case you missed it, everyone freaked out about Guns N’ Roses playing Coachella over the weekend, and rightfully so.

They are a force to be reckoned with, even in 2016. If you’ll remember, the last time they played a “Coachella caliber” stage like this was 1993. Not only did they put on an impressive set, (hey, I thought they would!) they also made a HUGE announcement.

Axl Rose is going to front AC/DC for their remaining tour dates (yep – you read that correctly), starting in Europe on May 7th. He’ll even make appearances with Angus & Co. in North America. In fact, Angus Young joined Guns on stage last night at Coachella – and that’s when this announcement was made. AC/DC stated on their Facebook page,

“AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band over the years. As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we support Brian’s decision to save his hearing. We are dedicated to fulfilling our touring commitments to all that have supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment. For full press release and tour dates, head to http://www.acdc.com/news

So, it looks like there were two reasons we saw Axl at AC/DC‘s rehearsal space not too long ago. The real question is – how does Dave Grohl feel about this news? His throne is going to be part of not one, but TWO monumental moments in rock history! I think he’s the real winner in all of this!

Take a look at Angus Young joining Guns N’ Roses on stage at Coachella below!

Guns N’ Roses plays the Troubador

It’s been nearly thirty years since Guns N’ Roses last played the Troubador in Los Angeles, but they were back in full force to celebrate the return of the original line-up. 

Fans have been waiting decades to see Axl, Duff, and Slash come back together. It’s been twenty years since they last shared the stage. They were joined by Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrar

Much to the surprise of many, Guns N’ Roses put on the show that fans hoped to see. 

The raw, blood hungry energy of “Welcome To The Jungle” really kicked the set off to another level. Axl of course kicked off the song in the only way he could’ve! (“DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU AARRREEE!?”)

The set list was as follows… 

 

This occurred the day that Guns N’ Roses announced an official tour of North America. Honestly, I thought it was a bad April Fools Day joke, but it’s not! You can see tour dates here.

Are you ready for the return of Guns N’ Roses!? 🤘🏻