Guns ‘N’ Roses finally opened their North American tour on Friday (November 8) in Tacoma, Washington State following an aborted start the night before in Vancouver which led to a fan riot quelled by baton-wielding police.
The band had been unable to make their show in Vancouver as bad weather prevented flights taking off from LA. In Tacoma, tour glitches continued, this time caused by technical problems.
MTV reports that the sound was so muddy causing frontman Axl Rose to strain so hard to be heard, that by the close his vocal cords were blown.
The show saw G’n’R, performing as an eight piece – vocals, three guitars, two keyboards, bass and drums – work through old standards and several new tracks from the continually delayed ‘Chinese Democracy’. From vintage back catalogue, the band pulled ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, ‘Paradise City’, ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, ‘November Rain’, ‘Live and Let Die’ and ‘Mr. Brownstone’, while ‘Madagascar’ and ‘Rhiad stood out from the clutch of new tracks.
Band guitarist Buckethead – distinctive in his white mask and KFC bucket hat – is also starting to build up a cult following, with pockets of fans throughout the venue aping his attire.