Guns N’ Roses kicked off its “Not In This Lifetime” North American stadium tour on Thursday night (June 23rd) at Ford Field in Detroit, where 41,000 fans came to see original members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan plus four side musicians play a two-hour-and-35-minute show that started just before 9:45 p.m. Rose was no longer confined to the chair he had been using onstage ever since breaking his foot during a surprise Guns club show in April 1st in Los Angeles that marked the official launch of the band’s semi-reunion.
- Rose did, however, wear six different T-shirts throughout the course of the evening and was even spotted leaning on the shoulder of former enemy Slash during the group’s cover of Bob Dylan‘s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.”
- The show was the band’s first since an initial spate of seven gigs in April, which included two concerts apiece in Las Vegas, at California’s Coachella Festival and in Mexico City in addition to the Los Angeles club show.
- Rose just finished a stint as lead vocalist for AC/DC on that band’s European festival run, and is slated to play at least 10 North American shows with that group right after Guns complete their stadium trek in late August.
- Guns N’ Roses next plays on Wednesday night (June 29th) in Kansas City, Missouri.
SIDE NOTES: Here’s the set list for the opening night of the Guns tour:
1. It’s So Easy
2. Mr. Brownstone
3. Chinese Democracy
4. Welcome To The Jungle
5. Double Talkin’ Jive
7. Live And Let Die
8. Rocket Queen
9. You Could Be Mine
10. Raw Power (Iggy & The Stooges cover)
11. This I Love
12. Civil War
14. Speak Softly Love (love theme from The Godfather)
15. Sweet Child O’ Mine
17. Out Ta Get Me
18. Wish You Were Here
19. November Rain
20. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan cover)
22. Don’t Cry
23. The Seeker (The Who cover)
24. Paradise City
Kelly Murphy wrote: “Not bad. We’ll see how his voice sounds towards the middle of the tour.”
Miklaus Schnabel wrote: “Say what you will, but they sound f**king excellent! Only a couple songs I’d add to the setlist.”
Johnny Utah wrote: “It is too bad Izzy could not be a part of this, it is not really a reunion. Adler is missed too.”
Patrick Bryan wrote: “Someones always gotta bitch. If it was the original 5 up there…..someone would complain that Slash was wearing the wrong t-shirt….SOMETHING. It’s Guns…it kicked ass….end of story.”