JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

August 3, 2016
AT&T Stadium
Arlington, TX USA
Review by Andrea D. Morin
Photos by Andrea D. Morin

Guns 'N Roses

Guns N' Roses Exceeded All Expectations At AT&T Stadium

The high expectations Dallas area fans had for Guns N' Roses were far exceeded last night the minute Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan took the stage together at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. This "Not In This Lifetime" tour was the most highly anticipated, most sought after tickets event for this summer! Every die hard GNR fan in DFW was there!

The stage went black after The Cult left the stage and the crowd was getting anxious awaiting GNR to take the start. Looking around at the crowd, it was not surprising to see mostly GenXer-aged fans in their 40s. The sprinkle of teens were mostly likely children of the die-hards sharing their passion with the next generation.

For a band notoriously known for its late starts and wild antics, the band started right on time, just after 10:00 p.m. and played flawlessly for almost three hours! They kicked off their set with "It's So Easy" followed by "Mr. Brownstone" both off Appetite for Destruction followed by "Chinese Democracy." The set was beautifully designed with ample pyrotechnics and sound effects. Slash delighted the fans with his continuous guitar solos throughout the night that exuded unbelievable talent out of every pore. The first riff of "Welcome to the Jungle" sent the crowd into a wild frenzy. It was thrilling to hear lesser known songs like "Estranged," "Rocket Queen" and "Double Talkin' Jive" among the mega hits like "You Could Be Mine" "Nightrain" and "Sweet Child of Mine."

The grand piano raising up from the stage ignited screams from the whole stadium because they knew that "November Rain" was next. A true surprise was when Slash started playing the love theme from The Godfather that morphed into Axl playing the ending piano part of "Layla" by Eric Clapton & The Domino's, just before playing "November Rain."

Guns N' Roses salute to the classics continued throughout the night by performing a guitar instrumental of "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd and "The Seeker" by The Who, which worked perfectly with known covers like "Live and Let Die" by Wings and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by the legendary Bob Dylan. Duff's homage to Lemmy Kilmister on his t-shirt and the Prince symbol sticker on his guitar was pure class. Duff exercised his vocals with a solo performance of "Attitude" a Misfits cover.