Axl Rose and Slash during the Guns N' Roses concert at the MCG.
Axl Rose and Slash during the Guns N' Roses concert at the MCG. Picture: Hamish Blair

Guns N' Roses booed after slip of tongue at MCG concert

IT'S called the Not In This Lifetime tour for good reason.

The last time Guns N' Roses played in Melbourne in 2013 it was just Axl Rose fronting a bunch of ring-ins and after decades of disagreements and sniping with former band mates, the prospect of the classic line-up ever touring together again seemed more remote than Slash sporting a short back and sides.

But time - and money - are wonderful healers and the patient fans got their just reward at the MCG last night when Rose joined forces once again with the members who formed the core of the band, guitarist Slash and bass player Duff McKagan.

And despite some of the issues common to many stadium gigs - namely distance and at times muddy sound - together they showed why the Gunners are among the best-selling and most revered hard rock bands in history.


Axl Rose during the Guns 'N Roses concert at the MCG.
Axl Rose during the Guns 'N Roses concert at the MCG. Hamish Blair

Many of the fans in the stadium of a certain age may have still been traumatised by the 1993 Calder Park debacle, but had their faith restored as the outfit tore through their catalogue of hits, leaning heavily on fan-favourite albums Appetite For Destruction and Use Your Illusion 1 and 2.

Even if the band introduced themselves to a 'Sydney' crowd over the PA before they began. They later apologised for the error on social media:


McBob, a guitar technician for the band, introduces the group to the stage on stages around the world.

While the band started on the back foot with a chorus of boos after a rookie, Spinal Tap like shout out to Sydney, they recovered quickly with It's So Easy and Mr Brownstone forming a killer one-two punch to open the show, soon followed by Welcome To the Jungle. A frenzied You Could Be Mine upped the ante and by the time those unforgettable opening notes of Sweet Child O'Mine chimed around the stadium, the sea of black-skirted fans was just about ready to lose its collective mind.

The roar got even louder when AC/DC guitarist Angus Young joined them on stage for a hard-rock collaboration for the ages. Never shy of reinventing a song, the Gunners' better known covers, such as Live and Let Die and Knockin' On Heaven's Door, were as on point as always

Rose still hit the high notes, and pounded the keys like a man possessed in the beloved power balled November Rain, one of the evening's highlights.

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