I got a wonderful last-minute surprise yesterday when I suddenly found myself with tickets to a Guns N’ Roses show (thanks to @London_Events on Twitter; yes, I somehow won again).
The lineup at the John Labatt Centre was longer than Slash’s top hat (LOL SEMI-APPROPRIATE METAPHOR) so we missed most of Danko Jones. I have a vague memory of seeing him once before and getting the impression that he’s a huge douchetard, so no big loss I guess.
Sebastian Bach took the stage next. He is best known for his work in
Gilmore Girls Trailer Park Boys Skid Row. Bach rocked songs old and new, all the while flailing that silky mane of hair.
He chided the anti-camera security staff, encouraging us to take videos. Then he did this about five more times. As if Youtube views are the only thing that’s keeping him going. Well, here you go Sebastian:
There was an hour wait between Bach and GnFnR. Luckily some upstanding citizens took it upon themselves to entertain the crowd with their assets. By assets I mean boobs. And also asses.
When Axl hit the stage, the only explanation for the delay was some mumbled speech about accepting responsibility and the risk of mixing alcohols. But whether he knew where he was or not, he could hope across that stage and belt out those songs like it was 1987.
They played a near-perfect blend of songs; just enough new songs to make me want to finally buy Chinese Democracy, and all the old expected favourites. The band may not be the original lineup, but they were incredible; Axl frequently sprinted off the stage to give solo band members their time in the spotlight. Still, it’s a little telling that Slash’s job had to be split up between several guitarists.
After two and a half hours of non-stop rock, the lights came up and the audience stumbled through a haze of pot smoke and trickling rivers of spilled beer, while Axl toasted to his cock and handed out a round of shots. Rock and roll doesn’t get much better than that.
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