Here’s Video of Friday Night’s Guns N’ Roses Reunion
Unsurprisingly, the rumors were true — the reunited Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan all performed together this past Friday night at The Troubadour, the small Los Angeles club where Guns N’ Roses got their start in 1985. This marked the first time all three musicians had played on a single stage since 1993, although it didn’t fail to acknowledge the existence of 2008’s Chinese Democracy — both the title track and the single “Better” were in the setlist.*
Unfortunately (if not unexpectedly), neither Izzy Stradlin nor Steven Adler participated; in addition to longtime keyboardist Dizzy Reed, the line-up was rounded out by Chinese Democracy-era members Richard Fortus (rhythm guitar) and Frank Ferrer (drums), as well as keyboardist/backing vocalist Melissa Reese, apparently taking the place of Chris Pitman. It had previously appeared as though Adler and Pitman would be part of the band’s latest line-up… wonder what happened there? Adler, for his part, demonstrated support for the show on Instagram, so hopefully he will somehow be involved in future shows.
The band plays Vegas, Mexico, and Coachella in the coming weeks, before kicking off a stadium tour in June (dates here). While it seems unavoidable that cell phone footage from these shows will emerge, The Troubadour’s small size meant that Rose was actually able to enforce his infamous “no cameras” policy. So very little footage has emerged. Here’s what we’ve got so far (via Bring Back Glam!):
*After years of Robin Finck playing songs written by Slash, Slash is now playing songs written by Robin Finck. This band has become a Philip K. Dick novel.