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Updated: December 8, 2012 16:50 IST

Guns N Roses

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Yes, we missed the guitar genius of Slash. At 50, Axl Rose, the long-haired heart throb of the nineties, just about managed to keep his fans happy with a few old classics and some still energetic vocals. And no, he did not climb on to the grand piano – or fall off it, like he's done at concerts recently.

All in all, the Guns N' Roses concert on Friday here, was hardly the rocking show that we've watched longingly on MTV, or more recently, on YouTube. Unfamiliar with most of his newer tracks – the ones he's been dishing out since the band split in the mid-nineties – the crowds waited patiently through the first hour of the concert.

A shadow of his glorious past, Rose's voice sounded tenuous and strained. But, he managed to put the guns back in Guns N' Roses when he returned to the classics. Obviously, the party didn't get started till the audience heard the familiar strains of the opening guitar solo of 'Sweet Child O' Mine', which then moved into the haunting and evergreen 'November Rain'. The purple patch of the concert extended into other classics -- mostly from their most popular album 'Appetite for destruction' and softer ballads from 'Use Your Illusion-I'.

Their most well-known cover, 'Knockin on Heavens' Door' was an expected track, but Rose surprised his audience with a taste of Pink Floyd with the anthemic 'Another brick in the Wall' that had the audience singing along.

Though he didn't entertain us by climbing on to the piano – and we thank him for that – he did shake his leg every now and then, leaving us all wishing hard for a time machine that could take us back to his heydays.

I suppose each has their own opinion!

I have been attending almost every Rock show in Bangalore (with the
exception of Korn) for the past 10 odd years and I consider the Guns N
Rose act The best so far. The music was excellent and the crowd was
awesome. I just could not have enough of the classics or of the newer
numbers. The wizardry of guitar maestro Slash was missed but I can
vouch that the new guitarists were a pleasure to listen to. On the
whole the night was outta this world for Rock fans and music lovers!

Cheers to the Guns.

from:  Rajkamal
Posted on: Dec 10, 2012 at 13:28 IST

What ever the negative write have been written you have to remember
that this amazing band has been around longer then some of your
readers and if it was not for the crappy infrastructure of this
country Guns n Roses would have been here earlier to entertain us all.
Myself and my husband was at the concert and had one of the best times
I have had in a concert.

Manisha Parmar
Based in Bangalore, Born in UK.

from:  Manisha Parmar
Posted on: Dec 8, 2012 at 18:41 IST

it's always like that. all bands have lost the magic of yesteryear.
I recently saw Bob Dylan and one could hardly make out what he was singin' and he gave us different renditions of his classics.The opening act Mark Knopler did not deliver any of his classics.
Bruce Springsteen- though a far cry from the 80s still delivered a superb 3hr 45min concert in August this year.

from:  lachman balani
Posted on: Dec 8, 2012 at 18:27 IST
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