Old we have become. We the fans – and the wild rock heroes Axl Rose, Duff McKagan and Slash, three of the five main characters in the line-ups of the eighties, which yesterday for the first time since 1993 were reunited on stage. The Men, all now between 51 and 55 Years old, want as part of the tour until the end of the year 118 reeled off Shows. Guns N‘ Roses played in Zurich's Letzigrund a long Concert and let a pithy piece revive rock history.


What stood before the stadium, was the possibly highest fan-Shirt-Density in the world. Even the young fans, who have not lived through the heyday of the band, wore black, Creak and roses. A pure nostalgic event, the concert was but definitely not. clear, Most visitors were Ü40 and were there, to hear the soundtrack of their youth and reminisce. But apparently there is also a Boy GNR-Fangeneration, the first after the separation of the band mid-nineties with her Music has come into contact. So the band manages even today, to win new fans.

The show at Zurich's Letzigrund was the fifth of 19 European concerts on the Big Guns N 'Roses reunion tour, which rose, McKagan and Slash had obviously kept himself unthinkable, like the Tour title „Not In This Lifetime“ ironically suggests. The musicians, formerly notorious for Drugs- and excessive violence and for their unreliability were, in the mid-nineties had quarreled – teamed the band until this spring a surprise again. Again on the stage is also the longtime pianist Dizzy Reed, the guitarist Izzy Stradlin and drummer Steve Adler missing from the original lineup and was replaced by Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer. Although the band in the past 20 Years always was written off again, she proved yesterday, that they do not belong to the old iron and still properly has steam under the hood. The Americans played a nearly three-hour, seamless show, let rise the boredom. after about 70 Shows in the Americas sits the program.


According to the latest Terror-Messages were again tightened the security standards for the first major Swiss stadium show and then circled alternately three helicopters above the Letzigrund. No larger bags and backpacks were allowed, for example,, but only cosmetic- and stomach pouch which should not be greater than an A5-sheet. Each and every one was individually scanned and many had to wait three times, first at the entrance, where one has been expelled, then at the lockers for prohibited items behind the stadium and then again at the entrance. So it have the IS terrorists managed, the lifestyle in the Switzerland to change, although they have been perpetrated not stop here. The bomb at the concert by Ariana Grande in Manchester has triggered a psychological pressure wave, which reached up to the Letzigrund. Unfortunately obvious common sense is left aside, because the absolute security does not exist. It has not and there never will be. If indeed assume a terrorist threat, would be the crowd outside the stadium, the easiest target, such as the attacks against the football stadium in Paris showed, there detonated the bombs outdoors…


had the first third of the concert a little the character of a warm-up program, for the band and the audience. While it dawned gradually and the full moon over the stadium in the amount rose, took the intensity of the event and broke not let up until last. Everything was there, the cylinder, the double neck guitar and wound around the hip of the singer Karohemd. Since the best days of the band nearly three decades have passed, Now they are back, on stage in full Zurich's Letzigrund stadium and it felt almost like once. the poses and the guitar solos are as then, as the guys from Los Angeles for a moment were the biggest rock band in the world. Uber 25 Songs played GnR this Wednesday evening, Including all the big hits, starting with „Welcome to the Jungle“ Uber „You could be mine“ to the ballad „November Rain“ to the large final with „Paradise City“. Into the set but the band also mixed some songs from the 2008 published, last Guns N‘ Roses-Album „Chinese Democracy“. Besides their own songs GnR also played numerous Covers, thereunder „Black Hole Sun“ in tribute to the recently deceased Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.

Duff McKagan looks really good and healthy, what you did not know of him in the past so. impressed at Axl Rose, how good his scratching at low altitudes, held at high altitudes abrasive voice. And Slash's solos are always epic. They cited Chuck Berry, the soundtrack of „The Godfather“ and Pink Floyd and has not yet arrived even to an end. The concert lasted over two and a half hours, left no hit and still offered a few lesser-known numbers. Slash kept his glasses all evening on, but switched to guitar when every song and fulfilled, what was expected of him. The famous guitar riff of „Sweet Child O‘ Mine“ but unfortunately came without the sparkling elegance of the original and the expansive solo in „November Rain“ sounded empty. The same is true for the whole band. That Richard Fortus actually better guitar as Slash, anyone interested, because he is not Slash. For that a reunion of the core over 20 Years unthinkable seemed and was excluded at every opportunity for life, but was the great Dargebotene. GnR is in this line no group of old friends, but a bunch of feuding hardliners, who zusammengerauft themselves for the sake of money, and thanks to a certain age, wisdom and play this role completely professional. Whoever lust or passion expected, was definitely in the wrong place.


So the joy of the return of the band decreases gradually in the course of the concert. Axl joined leather jackets, Shirts and hats more, than it probably Lady Gaga or Madonna ever did, Mega oversize rings sparkle in his hands and when he deposits the sunglasses, shows, that he wears kohl. That it Axl with over 50 Years has still got it, He has already proved last during his stint as lead singer of AC / DC Summer impressively. For the 120 Franken entry must also offer more rock legends Guns N 'Roses than just music and so shone skull, Graffiti, Smoke and rock stars in survival size on three giant screens and repeatedly slammed the fireworks. For the material it needs 24 Trucks, which were parked right next to the stadium. Mammoth Tour and a few affluent kilos defiance are the gentlemen in top form. Axl sprints around, so often he can escape and already showed in the first song the middle finger. Slash can still go deep into the knees and plays his solos at the foremost edge of the stage, in every song and for minutes, what took Axl for short Verschnaufspausen and said change of clothes.

Guns N‘ Roses played powerfully, but without passion. They played long, but without pleasure. But GnR reach an impressive moment of size, than „Black Hole Sun“ played by Soundgarden. so they recalled the singer of this band, Chris Cornell, who recently committed suicide and she recalled the years of 1992 to 1994, when they were swept by grunge bands like Soundgarden from the main stage. They do it as a veteran, as survivors of Roch Business, commemorate the dead. Chuck Berry, Chris Cornell, but also Prince, Gregg Allman, Pink Floyd and AC / DC, all of them were honored in one way or another with a cover. Guns N‘ Roses have before 25 Years dominated the moment and this professionally wasted. But the illusion is depleted. Today they seem to accept it as part of the story, as a historical band. That evening it was again dip into the 90s for a lot of money. As it was then, you also do not remember exactly yes – so much was transfigured. Still a beautiful journey into the past, in which the mid-fifties were revived a pithy piece of rock history and served an obviously existing appetite for reconstructing.


Looney Tunes
The Equalizer (Harry Gregson-Williams Song)

  1. It’s So Easy
  2. Mr. Brownstone
  3. Chinese Democracy
  4. Welcome to the Jungle
  5. Double Talkin‘ Jive
  6. Better
  7. Estranged
  8. Live And Let Die (Wings Cover)
  9. Rocket Queen
  10. You could be mine
  11. New Rose (The Damned Cover)
  12. This I Love
  13. Civil War („Voodoo Child“ Other)
  14. Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden Cover)
  15. Coma
  16. Slash Guitar Solo
  17. Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From The Godfather, Nino Rota Cover)
  18. Sweet Child O‘ Mine
  19. My Michelle
  20. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd Cover, Slash & Richard Fortus Guitar Duet)
  21. November Rain („Layla“ Piano Exit Intro with Axl Rose playing Grand Piano)
  22. Knockin‘ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan Cover, „Only Women Bleed“ Intro)
  23. Nightrain
  24. Yet:

  25. Don’t Cry (The Allman Brothers Band „Melissa“ Intro)
  26. Whole Lotta Rosie (AC/DC Cover)
  27. Paradise City

You know my name (Chris Cornell Song)

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