Guns N’ Roses Hit a Home Run at Dodger Stadium

Photo credit: Katarina Benzova Tag: Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime tour presented by Live Nation at Dodger Stadium.

Photo credit: Katarina Benzova
Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime tour presented by Live Nation at Dodger Stadium.

Guns N’ Roses made their triumphant return to Los Angeles and put on a dominating three hour performance. The band started shortly after 8pm and right after a great opening set from The Cult, the anticipation started to build with every passing minute. The crowd, decked out in their various GNR shirts — with some in full Axl or Slash costume, were talking about which songs they might play, while others were still in disbelief that this show was actually happening. The show kicked off with a couple classic songs from Appetite for Destruction: “It’s So Easy” and “Mr. Brownstone.” Some well timed pyro and fireworks accented each performance. Seeing “Coma,” the band’s 10 minute epic song from Use Your Illusion I, performed in its entirety was my favorite moment of the night. There were a number of spectacular performances, but that was the best in my opinion. Throughout the night, the band played a good mix of songs from all their albums, and even worked in some great covers. Their version of “The Seeker” by The Who was a notable cover and was a great selection to play before they closed out the night with “Paradise City.”

Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime tour presented by Live Nation at Dodger Stadium.

Photo credit: Katarina Benzova

Like many, this was my first time seeing Axl and Slash perform together and it was thrilling to not only see these two legendary rockstars share the stage, but to see them perform so many of the songs that were so important to my musical foundation and development. The reason I started playing the guitar was due to seeing Slash plug in his Les Paul copy at the beginning of the “Sweet Child O’ Mine” video. Over the past few years, Slash’s playing seems to have gone up a notch and that was on full display during Friday’s show. He effortlessly moved up and down the neck of his signature Les Paul and really showcased his brilliance during “Civil War” mid way through their set. Rhythm guitarist, Richard Fortus did a fantastic job tackling these classic tunes, and drummer, Frank Ferrer, put on an unbelievably powerful performance. It is no easy task to follow drummers like Steven Adler and Matt Sorum, but Frank knocked it out of the park and it was clear why he was chosen hold things down for this mighty band. Axl Rose, now fully recovered from the foot injury that plagued some of his earlier performances, was running all around the stage in the same manner as I remember from videos during the Use Your Illusion era. He has a commanding stage presence and still sings like a caged beast ready to be unleashed. Duff McKagan kept the low end going as he churned out his signature bass lines through his low slung white Fender P bass. Throughout the show, he could often be found on the drum riser locking in with Frank as their rhythmic locomotive chugged on through the night.

Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime tour presented by Live Nation at Dodger Stadium.

Photo credit: Katarina Benzova

That night, the various merch stands were packed with fans looking to get a shirt or some other mementoto commemorate this historic night, but for me, the memories that this night provided go far beyond anything that could be sold at a booth. It was privilege to be in attendance and witness such a historic show at an iconic location like Dodger Stadium. The band has some international dates already scheduled into next year, and I hope they will come back for another round in the U.S.

Setlist

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Slash, Myles, and the Conspirators Were Hard to Beat at Pechanga

Slash-81As the house lights dimmed shortly before 9 pm on Saturday night, there was a palpable level of energy coursing through the 1,200-seat theater at the Pechanga Casino. Slash strapped on his Tobacco Burst Les Paul and, for the next 90 minutes or so, a legend put on a helluva show in front of rabid fans. Fronted for the past few years by Myles Kennedy the band also consists of Conspirators: Brent Fitz on drums, bassist, Todd “Dammit” Kerns, and rhythm guitarist, Frank Sidoris.

The band played a variety of material ranging from songs off of Appetite for Destruction to the band’s new release, World on Fire. It’s always great to hear Kennedy sing the Guns N’ Roses era material. On this night, Kerns took over vocal duties for “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Doctor Alibi,” a song from Slash’s debut album. The music that Slash has made with Kennedy and the Conspirators has become some of my favorite and I think he’s playing better now than he did earlier in his career. Seeing the show validated this thought as I witnessed Slash’s fleet fingers scatter all along the fretboard. Sidoris did a great job playing the nuanced rhythm parts to these songs, while Fitz and Kerns kept the rhythmic train chuggin’ along.

Slash-65It was really nice to see children and their parents enjoying the show together. I saw kids who couldn’t have been older than 13 taking it all in with a look of amazement. The same kind of look I had when I was 9 and first saw Slash plug in his Les Paul in the “Sweet Child O’ Mine” video. Slash was my inspiration for picking up the guitar and I’ll bet he did the same thing for a handful of people last night.

 

Set List

You’re a Lie
Nightrain
Avalon
Halo
Back from Cali
Wicked Stone
You Could Be Mine
Doctor Alibi
Welcome to the Jungle
Mr. Brownstone
Beneath the Savage Sun
The Dissident
Rocket Queen
Bent to Fly
World on Fire
Anastasia
Sweet Child O’Mine
Slither

Encore
Paradise City

Photos courtesy of Steve Rose

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

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Concert Preview: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators

When a ROCK GOD comes to town, you go and see him play. Next week, Slash is playing three shows in Southern California with Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators. The band has been on tour in support of their third album, World On Fire, which has been well received by fans and critics alike since its release in the Fall of 2014.

World On FireFall TourLOS ANGELES AREA SHOWS

WEDNESDAY 10/21 Anaheim, CA House of Blues–SOLD OUT
FRIDAY 10/23 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium -Tickets (Here)
SATURDAY 10/24 Temecula, CA Pechanga Resort & Casino (Indoor Theater) –Tickets (Here)

Tickets will sell out for the remaining two shows in Los Angeles and Temecula, so don’t wait!

Check out Slash’s site for more information on upcoming tour dates in your area.

Guitar Disorder will be at the Los Angeles show, so check back for the full review and photos from the show.

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Daily Gear Obsession: I Want You Back Part 1

Today’s Daily Gear Obsession focuses on those special guitars that have gotten away from me by way of trade, sale, or financial necessity. I have owned close to 100 guitars since I began playing in 1997 and there have been a few that I wish I had not gotten rid of. Today I will discuss two of the four that I wish I still had in my collection.

Epiphone Les Paul – The special thing about this guitar was that it was my first guitar. I walked into Guitar Center in Covina, California on Halloween in 1997 (a store where I would later end up becoming the Operations Manager). I was ready for my first guitar purchase and was targeting a Les Paul style guitar because Slash was the whole reason I wanted to play guitar. I remember the first time I entered that store on that fateful afternoon. I was greeted with the sights of guitars everywhere; they were on the wall, on stands on the floor, and in the hands of customers wailing away on a cacophony of competing riffs. The first three guitars I remember seeing was a Music Man EVH model, a Gibson Ace Frehley Les Paul, and a Gibson Jimmy Page Les Paul. These three guitars were all fantastic and all out of my price range. I then found the Epiphone Les Paul, ebony in color with a sign on the neck stating it was on sale because it was a scratch and dent model. There was a little dent in the side of the body, most likely from a customer who wasn’t careful with it when trying it out. The guitar was in my price range and was a Les Paul, albeit an Epiphone, but I was thrilled. I had this guitar for a few months and then traded it for a white Fender Standard Strat…like Jimi had at Woodstock.

Fender Jimi Hendrix Tribute Strat – My Hendrix infatuation lasted for a few years. When Fender announced that they were releasing a Hendrix tribute to his famous Woodstock guitar, I was excited to get my hands on it. This guitar was right up my alley. This wasn’t the Fender that I swapped for my first Epiphone, this was my first American made Strat. One of the coolest feature that I liked about the guitar was that Fender had put the logo backwards on the headstock as a mirror image of Jimi’s original guitar. This guitar allowed a right handed player to see what it was like to play a left handed guitar set up for a right handed person. I had to adjust the way I played this guitar because the controls were flipped, I wasn’t used to the knobs being right under my palm. This allowed the player to experience the same type of set up that Jimi used. This was a great guitar and I regret having to sell it.

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A Magical Night with the Foo Fighters and Friends

Photo Credit: Paul A. Hebert

Photo Credit: Paul A. Hebert

When the Foo Fighters took the stage just after 8:30 on Saturday night, no one knew they were about to witness one of the greatest all-star performances ever. Earlier in the week, the Foo Fighters sent out a couple of teaser posts on social media about something going on for Saturday night, and even posted videos from bands like Kiss and Van Halen. When tickets went on sale a few days before this epic Saturday night performance, I could tell that those in attendance would be treated to something special and I knew I had to be there. The event, billed as ‘Dave’s Rock N’ Roll Club,’ was a celebration of Dave Grohl’s 46th birthday.

 

The band performed in the round with a long catwalk leading to one end of the arena. The stage rotated throughout the performances so that everyone got a chance to see the band play in front of them. When the Foos took the stage, Dave Grohl let the audience know that this wouldn’t be a normal Foo Fighters show because he had invited a number of friends to join him throughout the evening. He then called for Paul Stanley Continue reading

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