It was obvious to choose Guns N ‘Roses. After all, the veteran group was giving their first live concert in 17 months – with Wolfgang Van Halen’s Mammoth WVH – for the opening of their tour in Hershey, PA.
First, the premier scene intro, which found the announcer bellowing, “Hello, Hershey! You wanted the best. Well, they couldn’t do it. Here’s what you get – Hollywood, CA, Guns N ‘Roses! “
If they were working to get rid of the rust from their downtime, it was barely noticeable in the performance, which found the hard rock titans turning in a set that lasted nearly two and a half hours, distributing 20 choice tracks from their legendary catalog. .
Leader Axl Rose was in a cheerful mood, telling the almost full crowd, “We’re just trying to remember how we do this thing here. Return to the swing things. “
He would continue this theme later that night, slipping a bit awkwardly into the group’s presentation, as his microphone was briefly turned off. “I’m new to this,” he joked.
Browsing through the group’s intros, he stopped when he happened upon a longtime bandmate, bassist / vocalist Duff McKagan. “On bass, uh, Duff. Yeah, that’s it! “
He took even longer to reveal Slash’s identity to the crowd. “See, I’m treating it,” he beamed, with his guitar legend intro.
But shades of ’90s bad boy Rose were also in the air, with the notoriously cantankerous singer greeting Hershey fans initially after the first three songs, “How are you guys?” My fellow pandemic political prisoners ”, as his introduction to“ Welcome to the jungle ”.
He didn’t linger in the moment, instead letting the music do most of the talking – which is what you do when you’re Guns N ‘Roses and have this body of work.
Watch Guns N ‘Roses perform “Welcome to the Jungle” in Hershey, PA on July 31, 2021
But all those hoping for setlist changes were left hanging, with the one exception being the premiere of a fantastic, gritty, punk garage rock version of ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog by the Stooges’. (McKagan took the vocal lead on the classic, taken from his other band’s setlist playbook, Loaded.) It was good and proper fun to watch McKagan and Slash become honorary Stooges for a while to make another guy. noise.
Appetite for destruction, of course, featured heavily in the setlist, and the deeper album “You’re Crazy”, always a crowd pleaser, thrilled the Hershey’s crowd, with fans dancing their hands up, singing every song. word. The moment would be picked up later in the set, as Rose encouraged fans to join the Illusion-ere “Knockin ‘On Heaven’s Door” – something they were very happy to oblige.
“Doesn’t it feel good to get out of the house for a bit?” He asked.
Rose himself seemed particularly energetic, adding extra bits of mojo to the ” Wow-za ”at the end of“ Mr. Brownstone, ”while grinning and leaning on Slash as the band rushed through the title track raunch from Chinese democracy.
And it was almost like the vintage 1988 Axl was in the house, swaying and rocking back and forth like you hoped it would. Vocally, he has to really hit some of the notes these days, but he had an otherwise loud voice.
Instrumentally, Mckagan and Slash anchor the current version of Guns N ‘Roses, stable since the initial reunion in 2016, and also featuring Dizzy Reed on keyboards, guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardist / vocalist Melissa Reese. The two Appétit and Use your illusion the GNR eras left a lot to live on for the current band, as the memories carry a very specific vision.
No worries – they’re up for every ounce of that challenge, matching the relentless demeanor and boast of yesteryear. Fortus, in particular, is a real secret weapon – the guitarist (now in training for almost 20 years) has a real Izzy mojo with the way he behaves and collaborates with Slash to faithfully deliver the guitar parts, all the while putting its own stamp on things.
Watching from fan to fan as the night wore on, it was clear that the group was hitting the mark – lighting it up for every generation, including the young child we saw with a Mohawk tune drumming on “You.” could be mine ”.
While some bands of their ilk just play the hits, Guns N ‘Roses continues to take a different tack. They’ll give you the trusted warhorses you’ve come to expect, but also, it’s refreshing that they go in depth and aren’t afraid to get weird. You would think it would be a privileged few who would be delighted Illusion songs like “Estranged” and “Dead Horse,” but look left to right and you’ll see audience members faithfully pronounce every word.
Mammoth WVH made the night an unforgettable doubles schedule with their 50-minute rapid-fire opening set, converting many GNR fans who walked through the door with only a passing acquaintance of the group. ” Holy shitWas the reaction of a fan close to us, halfway through the band’s performance, only their third show to date – and their first in front of a large audience after two last-minute warm-up club gigs. earlier in the week.
Wolfgang Van Halen was grinning from ear to ear as he and the band ripped through the opening moments of ‘Don’t Back Down,’ with the crisp riff taking things in a heavy direction from the start, giving the GN’R crowd their a first glimpse of what the group is.
While Van Halen recorded the entire Mammoth WVH himself, playing all parts, he assembled an impressive lineup of players for the live version, joined by guitarists Frank Sidoris and Jon Jourdan, bassist Ronnie Ficarro and drummer Garrett Whitlock.
The chemistry and connection between the band members has been building behind closed doors for quite some time. You can really feel the enthusiasm and excitement of everyone involved as they finally get to do these performances outside of the practice space and in front of a real audience.
Their 10 song set was all aces, beautifully showcasing most of the material from the first album. The muddy and scrambled “Stone” was just one of many highlights, with the group precisely digging out the intricate sections.
If it’s possible to have just one album and leave them wanting more (they actually are), Mammoth WVH did just that. It’s a moment reminiscent of another band’s first tour in 1995 from one-man beginnings – and just like the Foo Fighters, one can easily predict that Van Halen and Mammoth WVH are just beginning what will be. an incredible series of Achievements.
Watch Guns N ‘Roses play “It’s So Easy”
Watch Guns N ‘Roses perform “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
Watch Guns N ‘Roses play “I want to be your dog”
Watch Guns N ‘Roses knock on Heaven’s door
Watch Guns N ‘Roses play’ Nightrain ‘
Guns N ‘Roses Tour Set List, July 31, 2021, Hershey
1. “It’s so easy”
2. « M. Brownstone »
3. “Chinese democracy”
4. “Welcome to the jungle”
5. « Double Talkin’ Jive »
6. « Slither »
9. “Live and let die”
10. “You are crazy”
11. “The queen of rockets”
12. “You could be mine”
13. “I want to be your dog”
14. “Civil war”
15. “Dead horse”
16. “Only de guitare”
17. « Sweet Child O’ Mine »
18. “November rain”
19. “Knock on the door of paradise”
20. “Night train”
21. “Heavenly city”
Regardez Mammoth WVH jouer ‘Don’t Back Down’, ‘You’ll Be The One’ et ‘Mammoth’
Watch Mammoth WVH play “Mammoth”
Watch Mammoth WVH play “Don’t Back Down”
Mammoth WVH Tour Set List, July 31, 2021, Hershey
1. “Don’t back down”
2. “You will be the only one”
4. « M. Ed »
6. “Think About It”
7. “You are to blame”
8. « Pierre »
9. « Distance »
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