Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Guns N' Roses (with Danko Jones & Sebastian Bach) at the John Labatt Centre, Jan. 25 2010

I got a wonderful last-minute surprise yesterday when I suddenly found myself with tickets to a Guns N' Roses show (thanks to @London_Events on Twitter; yes, I somehow won again).

The lineup at the John Labatt Centre was longer than Slash's top hat (LOL SEMI-APPROPRIATE METAPHOR) so we missed most of Danko Jones. I have a vague memory of seeing him once before and getting the impression that he's a huge douchetard, so no big loss I guess.

Sebastian Bach took the stage next. He is best known for his work in Gilmore Girls Trailer Park Boys Skid Row. Bach rocked songs old and new, all the while flailing that silky mane of hair.

He chided the anti-camera security staff, encouraging us to take videos. Then he did this about five more times. As if Youtube views are the only thing that's keeping him going. Well, here you go Sebastian:



There was an hour wait between Bach and GnFnR. Luckily some upstanding citizens took it upon themselves to entertain the crowd with their assets. By assets I mean boobs. And also asses.

When Axl hit the stage, the only explanation for the delay was some mumbled speech about accepting responsibility and the risk of mixing alcohols. But whether he knew where he was or not, he could hope across that stage and belt out those songs like it was 1987.

They played a near-perfect blend of songs; just enough new songs to make me want to finally buy Chinese Democracy, and all the old expected favourites. The band may not be the original lineup, but they were incredible; Axl frequently sprinted off the stage to give solo band members their time in the spotlight. Still, it's a little telling that Slash's job had to be split up between several guitarists.



After two and a half hours of non-stop rock, the lights came up and the audience stumbled through a haze of pot smoke and trickling rivers of spilled beer, while Axl toasted to his cock and handed out a round of shots. Rock and roll doesn't get much better than that.


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18 comments:

lookitsbray said...

Great write up and I couldn't agree more with everything. Axl was in fine form that's for sure.

Thanks so much for the referral. It's greatly appreciated and the favor will be returned.

YOUR IN THE JUNGLE BABY!!

Brian

lookitsbray said...

Oh yeah and I am so jealous of the video you took.

Security Bastards!!

carissajaded said...

How fun!!!! I have never in my life been to a concert where they encouraged people to take video!! And how the heck to you keep winning things!?

Romeo said...

I loved the show, it being my secend concert it rocked and for thos who have nothin else but bitch about what others do dam get a life i's gnr it expited to happan and for the's who brought your kids then your just askin for your kids to want more porn, so you find porn in there room or start doin the same thing thats your fault you should have never took them to a "gnr tour" s blame yourselfs for that one, and for the chics that did what they did rock on i know if i was a chic i would not have he guys to do what they did even if i was hammered, but most of all the show f***ing rocked. the music could play al through the night an i would not have a prob goin to work or school the next day even if i was up for 3 days, so for them that bitch about how long it was get a life and bitch about something more inportent like business econ. but thats just my thought. keep on rockin

Hey Lady! said...

Sounds like an awesome time, thanks for the write up, it almost feels like I was there...

wendy said...

It's obvious. Someone at @London_Events wants to pin you down and kill you.

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Phronk said...

BRay: They are bastards! Pisses me off that anyone would have a no-camera policy. Cameras are everywhere; deal with it.

Carissa: I made a deal with Satan.

Romeo: Well said.

Hey Lady: Actually, you were there. DUN DUN DUN.

(I don't know what that means)

Wendy: Or pin me down and pork me.

Forest City Fashionista said...

Your write up almost makes me wish I was there, if only to see what the "chics" were up to...

Hey Lady! said...

Damn it, I didn't know I was wondering off with out my knowledge again, thanks for letting me know.

At least I went to a concert this time and not down to the tent city on the other side of town...

Jennifer said...

Romeo, oh Romeo, wherefore art thou spellcheck.

Kids today.

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someonelikem3 said...

yo that video aint got shit on mine lol theres alot of haters out there tho i made it to the londn free press oh ya n btw parents shouldnt take kids ti see fucking guns n roses dont blame me for having the guts to do it yaya bitches lol

Phronk said...

Thanks?

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Hey Lady! said...

I think these comments have taken a weird turn somewhere, I no longer understand what everyone is talking about...

littlest roro. said...

I wish Axl Rose still had his dreads, don't you?!!