The day mentioned in my previous entry on the subject had arrived, and Axl hadn’t cancelled! It was time to go to the GNR show held in the Globe Arena of Stockholm, Sweden.
In today’s papers, the Swedish tabloids as well as the “respectable” Daily News managed to conclude that “this was not the Guns ‘n’ Roses of the late 80s or early 90s”. I’m impressed. You really have to work with your grey matters to come up with that line of thought. No shit sherlock this isn’t the GNR of old. It’s Axl Rose without his better halves (sorry mr Reed). Either you like it, or you don’t. But it will never be the GNR of the late 80s.
I went, I listened, I liked it. I was entertained for two and a half hours, and have seen both better (Wembley, 1991) and worse (Milton Keynes, 1993) concerts with GNR and Axl Rose. Some concerts have been on par with this one, like the one in Cologne. Unlike some or most, I think some of the new tracks from the probably-never-to-be-released-stoned-democracy sound promising. But the audience could have done with an album release before the tour (there’s a hint in there Axl)..
Apparently Mr Rose still likes to get really drunk, stay up late, and get into fights, according to cnn.com.
If they’re playing in your area and you like rock ‘n’ roll.. go have a beer and entertaining two plus hours.