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    Guns and Roses in New York City

    Hey - first... anyone have any clips from the Gn'R show last weekend? How about the leaks of the tunes that came out from Chinese Democracy? - Please share...

    I've heard pretty good things considering Axle is the only member left.
    Also, I heard Sabastian Bach came out and sang during one of the shows... as well as Johnathan Davis. Any truth to that?

    I tried to get tickets but all 4 shows were sold out immediately.


    Here's a decent review I found and a pic:

    Guns N' Roses
    Hammerstein Ballroom
    May 12, 2006

    Yes, he showed up.

    Since the revamped GN'R last appeared onstage (at Madison Square Garden in December 2002), Axl Rose has let down his suffering faithful with a string of live cancellations and broken promises regarding Chinese Democracy, the album that continues to redefine the term ''long-awaited.'' But the singer is attempting to right his forever faltering hard-rock ship with an extensive European tour this summer, preceded by four warm-up gigs at NYC's relatively tiny Hammerstein Ballroom. On the first night of the Gotham stop, the now 44-year-old Rose took the stage more or less on time(!) and led his six-piece band through a ripping 2-hour-and-15-minute set that was equal parts rock & roll spectacle, deafening nostalgia act, and enigmatic oddity.

    Initially strutting out to the ominous guitar echoes of ''Welcome to the Jungle,'' Rose prowled the stage throughout the night while showcasing his trademark acidic squeal, which has aged considerably well. Forgoing the ineffably lame giant-jersey getup of recent years, the redheaded trouble-starter wisely rocked a more straightforward black-shirt-and-jeans combo, his tight dreadlocks tied in a ponytail. From beginning to end, Rose was in constant motion, running and gesturing wildly. His enthusiasm often caught up with him, though he disappeared to take mini-breaks, sometimes midsong, and his vocals were frequently lost during the set's more cacophonous climaxes.

    Still, the reclusive frontman largely made up for such slights with a fierce sense of showmanship rarely seen in today's post-irony age. Although Rose now looks more like a professional wrestler than the heroin-chic skinny-boy of his late-'80s/early-'90s salad days, his patented snake maneuver was still recognizable, albeit a little surreal. The same could be said for most of the show: Though the group played megahits like ''Paradise City'' and ''November Rain'' with note-for-note accuracy, the new lineup's overall vibe is a far cry from the chain-smoking L.A. gutter punks of yesteryear.

    Taking over for the hirsute, top-hat-wearing lead guitarist Slash was the hirsute, vest-wearing Robin Finck, a former Nine Inch Nails ax-man who looked like a cross between the Chili Peppers' John Frusciante and the Black Crowes' Chris Robinson. He, like the rest of the band, was caught in a cruel catch-22 for most of the night, stuck between trying to prove his unique chops on the set list's six less-than-memorable new tracks and dutifully mimicking the greatness of the 13 songs everybody knew (including highlights ''Sweet Child O' Mine'' and an exhilarating ''Nightrain'').

    Though hardly recognizable to the casual fan, the 2006 GN'R lineup has basically been intact since at least 2002, with one exception in the place of previous guitar eccentric Buckethead was another three syllable B-man, Bumblefoot, who made his GN'R debut boasting the same stunning (albeit soulless) virtuosity of his forebear. But instead of a freaky mask-'n'-KFC-bucket look, Bumblefoot limited his weirdness to a foot-shaped guitar.

    Something that helped set this new group apart was a genuine feeling of goodwill among its members, especially between Rose and the jovial former Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson, whose exuberance was contagious. ''I'm having a really good f---ing time right now, are you?'' he asked Rose with a mix of little-kid excitement and relief. ''You have no idea what that means,'' replied the singer as he draped his arm around Stinson. The moment showed that this 2006 GN'R just could be the one to finally become famous for more than canceling shows and pushing back release dates. Emphasis, as always, on ''could.''


    That's all folks...

    Rick
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    www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lbr6ZH30Sg

    Clip of Izzy`s introduction and various other stuff.
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    Thanks - I can't access the site from my office - damn firewall!
    Will check it out tonight.

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    Sounds like Axl is getting his act together.

    I can't for that album, if it ever arrives
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    sounds like I don't give a shit...
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    Axl is a Cunt.
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    Originally posted by Dan
    Axl is a Cunt.
    and looks like a rob halford-wannabe fag...

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    Strong stuff, Lads.

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    I'll give a fuk about this GnR remix new edition when
    Mr.Axel pays all the money back to every ripped off
    concert goe'r (sp) from every show he realised he
    couldn't finish and shouldn't have started and found
    some lame excuse to walk out in the middle of.


    After so many tunes or so much time contractualy the
    band gets paid wether they finish the show or simply
    walk off the stage.He knew this and used it..!

    I'd say he is in the -owes concert ticket buyers- 12million bucks.
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    I agree with some of that, but... it's not like we didn't always know he was an asshole. He didn't hidde it, and people bought into it.
    I think the guy deserves a chance... at least let's see what' he's got to offer.
    It appears reality has hit him somewhat and he's a littlre more down to earth these days.
    Only time will tell though...

    Yeah, it was a dick move to screw over fans like that, and I agree some sort of repayment, or at least public apology is necessary for those who were screwed over...
    On the other hand, Gn'R was a huge influence in my getting further into rock music. I'm not ready to write him off just yet...

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    I just wanna hear the album, it doesn' bother me that he is claerly unstable

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    Ditto that binnie!

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    If anyone is interested... here's a link to Gn'R live in Rio.
    Sounds pretty good.... http://music.aol.com/network_live/co...?defaultItem=0

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