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With the events of last week still fresh in my mind, I’ve been able to reflect on the contrasting Guns N’ Roses-related experiences the past couple of months have thrown my way.

Last Wednesday, I was treated to the most bizarre concert-going experience of my life, as Axl Rose showed up an hour late for the fourth show running, got pissy with the audience for booing him and subsequently left the stage when a water bottle was thrown limply in his general direction from the crowd. A third of the crowd had left by the time he returned, 45 minutes later, to sleepwalk through his contractually obligated set. I’m still not entirely sure what to think of it all.

Compared with my experience when Slash came to town in June… well, there is no comparison. The man took to the stage on time and blasted through a mix of cuts from his recent solo CD, old Guns and Velvet Revolver hits and even a couple of Snakepit songs for the diehards. Frontman Myles Kennedy (better known for his work with Creed offshoot Alter Bridge) was a bit of a let-down… at least, it seemed that way, until Slash belatedly revealed that Kennedy had been suffering from flu and had barely been able to speak all day.

It’s an interesting contrast: the self-absorbed rock star who can’t even bring himself to show up for a $10 million-dollar gig on time, and a true professional who will play through the pain barrier because he actually needs to work for a living.

On a completely unrelated note, close your eyes and listen to this video. Tell me you don’t hear shades of 1988 Axl in the gaps between Kennedy’s more rich vocal tones on the Guns classic ‘Rocket Queen.’

Axl storming off the stage in Dublin:





tiesthatbind
09.12.10
Awesome.

DaveyBoy
09.13.10
I knew you'd post it some time Dave. Nice tie in.

tiesthatbind
09.13.10
Nobody's commenting : (

WhiteNoise
09.13.10
Gotta love Slash.

Sanders
09.13.10
"We are dealing with technical difficulties"...What a prick.

theacademy
09.13.10
i like myles kennedy

RevWonnaBe
09.14.10
Slash is my absolute favorite musician ever because he's so humble. Axl is a great singer but I'd take Myles over a self absorbed douche anyday.

creampie
09.14.10
lol its funny to compare the 2 shows, on 1 hand we got slash n' myles doin is own thang and the crowd lovin it, 0 problems, on the other hand we got mr axl who is always late to his shows and always causing troubles and the crowd's always booing him.

Mr_Coffee
09.14.10
I had to wait 3 hours for Mr. Fucking Special to get on stage here in Chile.

Mace
09.16.10
wow, didn't know Myles could sing that high.

wizorz
09.17.10
Myles keeps impressing me, i want him for velvet revolver

AnotherBrick
09.17.10
the crowd for Guns n Roses is fucking stupid

Monstar1790
09.17.10
At this point, why are people still buying GNR tickets? They know he consistently pulls this bullshit.

Gmork89
09.17.10
Ya Myles is an amazing singer so if he was sub-par something was effed up for sure.

BigHans
09.17.10
It sometimes pains me that Appetite is my favorite album since Axl is such a giant douce.

Gmork89
09.17.10
Well, put in perspective how much of that album was made becasue of Axl's efforts in the first place as compared to the other members.

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