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Slash of Guns N' Roses

Frazer Harrison

Guns N' Roses, Alice in Chains 

When: Fri., July 1, 8 p.m. and Sun., July 3, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: 7/1 sold out; $44.50-$250
It’s no secret Guns N’ Roses have made a lot of missteps in their long, storied career. After their 1987 landmark debut, Appetite for Destruction, a Jack Daniel’s-soaked affair that terrified parents the world over and defined generations of Sunset Strip metalheads—the band strayed from their dangerous, grimy blues-rock roots and fell into a void of over-the-top concept records, absurd multimillion-dollar music videos, systematic member firings, a 15-year recording process, and a lead guitar slot that was briefly held down by a guy who performs with a KFC bucket on his head. But it looks like polarizing front man Axl Rose—the only remaining member of note for about 20 years—is attempting to make up for bad decisions by getting the gang back together. And though they said it would never happen, founding lead guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagen have returned to the fold for the “Not in This Lifetime” tour, featuring sets of mostly Appetite tracks. It’s hard to say exactly how good this time around will be: Rose broke his foot during the reunion’s warm-up performance at LA’s Troubadour in April, so all the footage from the band’s Coachella headlining slots feature him performing from the same giant chair that warmed the buns of a similarly injured Dave Grohl this past summer, and it really puts a damper on the performance of a singer who is one of rock’s most charismatic and confrontational presences. The songs still sound good if a bit sterile: detrimentally missing from this reunion is not just Appetite’s heart and soul, drummer Steven Adler, but rhythm guitarist and chief songwriter Izzy Stradlin, whose sleazy swagger was as important to the band as Axl’s bad attitude.
— Luca Cimarusti
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