I’m still buzzing!! Last night I witnessed such a phenomenal concert! Loved loved loved it! a bit shaky start with vocals but by the time Axel introduced the band and Slash did his 5 minute solo that continued into the next song for another 5 minutes…totally blown away! Axel’s voice got warmed up nicely! I was surprised to see him running from one end of the stage to the other even at the end of the 3 1/2 hour concert! and I believe that they all could have continued to play all night long! the momentum of the show built and continued to get stronger! the added touch of so many tributes only strengthened the bands credibility as being a truly legendary band that I have had the pleasure of witnessing! so happy that I paid the $99/ticket to go and would gladly go to see them again! I also want to thank K-97 for handing out roses to all the Ladies as we entered the stadium ! Lovely touch! my rose was a bit wilted by the time I went home 🙂 And I was extremely happy, elated when they closed the show with Paradise City!!
Some side notes and comments about my experience last night: I would be very curious to know exactly how much beer was served last night! we sat in the upper bowl of the stadium (about row 73 on the middle line) and there was a continual stream of people walking up and down the stairs… they were often carried 2 or more beers on the way up. This morning I can’t seem to get rid of the smell in my head of spilled beer and the smoke from weed that was wafting in the air…I want to say that I was very impressed with the behavior of the crowd, for that many people to be congregating especially knowing that much beer was drank last night I did not witness any disorderly conduct! There was one moment mid way thru the first half when I saw about 6 yellow vested policemen walking up to the top, a few sections over from me, and they very carefully escorted a man out of the stadium…he really milked the disruption he caused, but of course it was just a side show that did not have much impact to the concert.
I did take a few pictures – which I will post here, and also some video that I will have to upload at some time. I had to stop part way thru the show because my battery was getting low so I missed out on capturing some epic moments, believing that I would be able to find better clips on Youtube…hopefully I will find them later tonight!
Some of my videos:
I couldn’t have said it better myself! article from Edmonton Journal
…Never mind how long they played, Slash was such a presence it was like there were two simultaneous concerts happening — his versus Rose’s. After the guitarist’s seriously ten-minute solo that included Johnny B. Goode and the Godfather theme, he managed to make the full-length Sweet Child O’ Mine seem like it was just part of his one-man show. He also answered the timeless question: what is the right number of skull rings to wear to a stadium concert? Turns out it’s three….
But it was the covers that really blew the cloud cover off under the smokey-orange half moon. Wings’ Live and Let Die, of course. But also a nod to the grunge that pushed in after their moment: a glorious, singalong version of Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun for the recently departed Chris Cornell.
“We’re gonna try something we never played before,” Rose noted before pulling out Glen Campbell’s Wichita Lineman — amazing, though the crowd seemed still and bewildered. They appropriately followed this with murder ballad Used to Love Her, a song with country in its dripping blood. Later on: a weird version of I Feel Good, another Edmonton exclusive. Slash also cruelly teased Alice Cooper’s Only Women Bleed — play it! — before Dylan’s Knockin on Heaven’s Door….
…Oh, and, ACDC’s Whole Lotta Rosie, which of course Slash pulverized….
videos from youtube (not my own)