Well what do you know, they showed up. And played a full set. Yep, Guns N’ Roses came to London last night for a massive show at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, although they were an hour late.
G N’ R were supposed to finish at 11pm, but in fact continued until well after midnight. The O2 Arena didn’t cut the power, presumably because they have no neighbours to annoy on the peninsula.
Guns N’ Roses’ two-and-a-half-hour set comprised of a good mix of classic hits, new material and cover songs, as well as pyrotechnics and several outfit changes from frontman Axl Rose, including a purple coat and black feather boa.
In a nod to the tradition of bottling the band, Axl told the crowd: “Now, now, now, let’s not be throwing things, because you might miss me and you might hit one of these nice people down at the front. And we wouldn’t want that to happen.”
The band stuck to their tried-and-tested set, launching straight into ‘Chinese Democracy’ followed by ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ and ‘It’s So Easy’.
The set included a variety of guitar solos, including the Pink Panther theme from Bumblefoot and the James Bond theme by Richard Fortus.
They weren’t the only covers. Axl took to the piano at one point to play truncated versions of Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ and ‘Someone Saved My Life Tonight’. The band also performed an instrumental version of Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)’.
Guns N’ Roses have been a contentious topic this year. The fans reacted badly to their shenanigans at Reading festival and they were bottled in Ireland. Let us know if you think Axl is a hero or a loser over on the blogs.
The set included a whole load of G N’ R classics, including ‘November Rain’, ‘Night Train’, ‘Live And Let Die’ and ‘It’s So Easy’.
Guns N’ Roses play another sold out date at the O2 tonight (Oct 14th) before continuing on to Birmingham’s LG Arena followed by Manchester’s MEN Arena. They then fly to Spain for two more dates.
Axl’s been silent on his Twitter account since the Reading debacle, but you can keep an eye on the always entertaining frontman by following him here. He surprised fans last night by showing up and playing a full show at London’s O2 Arena.
A fan captures the magic at the Guns N’ Roses O2 Arena show on Wednesday October 13th. For a full report check out the news report from the night.
Axl in one of his many different costumes at the O2 Arena in London. He brought a purple coat and purple feather boa for the occasion too.
The unfortunately-named and worse-dressed DJ Ashba does his best Slash impersonation at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday (Oct 13th).