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Guns 'N' Roses Nailed Their Kick-Off Performance

After a two-month break frontman Axl Rose's European sojourn with AC/DC, Guns N' Roses returned to the road on Thursday (June 23), launching its Not In This Lifetime North American summer stadium tour before 41,000 fans at Ford Field in Detroit.

Sounding strong and refreshed, GNR -- which last played April 23 on the second weekend of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. -- delivered a 25-song, two-hour-and-35-minute show laced with pyrotechnics.

It marked the first time Rose was on his feet for an entire GNR show since breaking his foot during a warm-up club date April 1 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, and the burly, blinged-out singer -- who sported six different T-shirts, a leather jacket, five hats and a couple of bandanas during the night -- prowled the stage wtih his trademark shuffles and gallops.

 

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GNR stuck mostly to material it played during its seven April shows, though it added a cover of Iggy & the Stooges' "Raw Power," sung by bassist Duff McKagan, as a nod to Detroit; McKagan and drummer Frank Ferrer also both wore  Detroit T-shirts during the show.

GNR next plays June 29 in Kansas City, and the tour is set to conclude August 22 in San Diego. Other territories are being talked about for later this year, although Rose first has a 10-show U.S. swing with AC/DC to make up dates postponed in March due to singer Brian Johnson's hearing issues. The GNR opening night set list in Detroit included:

It's So Easy
Mr. Brownstone
Chinese Democracy
Welcome to the Jungle
Double Talkin' Jive
Estranged
Live and Let Die (Wings cover)
Rocket Queen
You Could Be Mine
Raw Power (Iggy and The Stooges cover)
This I Love
Civil War
Coma
Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From The Godfather)
Sweet Child O' Mine
Better
Out Ta Get Me
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover, insturmental)
November Rain
Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan cover)
Nightrain
Encores:
Don't Cry
The Seeker (The Who cover)
Paradise City

 

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Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.