Thanks to a Lasttix offer, a few of us in the office managed to get last minute tickets to Guns N’ Roses’ second Sydney concert, and, as an added bonus, save over $100.
Even without the savings, the stadium concert was more than worth the trip out to the concrete landscape that’s Sydney Olympic Park, with the thermometer pushing 45 degrees and sweat trickling from places you didn’t even know had sweat glands. After all, when are you going to have a chance to see the original line-up of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan performing together again?
And while they’re more subdued decades on, their on-stage presence is a reminder that they’ve earned their place in rock history, and then some.
Axl Rose has gained some girth since his November Rain days but his voice is still a powerhouse of energy, fury and surprising poignancy. (That signature screech made a few appearances, too.) Slash’s finger-flying riffs were jaw-droppingly awesome, while Duff’s rumbling bassline drew it all together.
There was so much to love so here are just some highlights:
- The spine-tingling renditions of rock ballads ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and ‘November Rain’
- Classics ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, ‘You Could Be Mine’ and ‘Paradise City’
- Watching Axl Rose stride and jump around the giant stadium stage with all the swagger of his younger years
- The cover of ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ with audience participation
- The guitar duet by Slash Richard Fortus of Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’
- Guest appearance by Angus Young of AC/DC