Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2001 10:47:58 -0000
From: "Phil H" <phil@heighes.fsnet.co.uk>
Subject: [GNR] Guns N' Roses play Vegas

Taken from 2000 Intentions.
Credit to Jonathon Lee and c2ya!!!

12.29.01 - The Joint, Las Vegas, NV (c2ya's review)
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 THANKS TO C2YA FOR INFORMING US ALL!

He sat in the front row in between Axl and Buckethead.

They didn't even check people so the show is probably bootleged!

Same setlist from Rio but they didn't play Nightrain

At the beginning of the show....

They showed a video clip of new GN'R logo (orange/blue with the US flag in
the background), then they show the space shuttle and satellite from space
camera zooms in through to Earth and gets to land then they show a movie - a
soldier is running through weeds and s.hit during this, kick ass music clips
from what is most likely a new GN'R song is played (pounding drums, awesome
evil guitar from hell). They they who tanks and all hell breaks loose. It
could something from a new movie (from what he noticed, he's not sure) and
then they went on to another video with a narrator that sounded like George
C. Scott and he said "The Arabs have taken our money - it's time to put the
money back" and it talked about the economy and it starts talking about
who's the real evil in the world (money and weird s.hit) then they show a
cartoon of chinese soldiers then it ends.

Stage Setup
Brain, Dizzy, and Chris's equipment was 5' high (kind like the UYI tour
setup) Axl's piano came out from under the kit
There was a catwalk; Axl ran back and forth a lot
Brain had a red drumset

Members
Axl was thinner. Looked the same, was wearing a white Oakland Raiders Rich
Gannon #12 jersey and had black leather pants and Lugz boots that were brown
with black bottoms. Nike watch on right hand, Bracelet on left. 2nd half of
the show he wore dark-purplish Prince Valiant coat over his jersey. Voice
was great...screams were f.ucking on-spot.
Robin wore an all black jumpsuit
Buckethead had a yellow jacket. He wore a green backpack halfway through the
show. His KFC bucket had blood stains on it.
Dizzy looked like Dizzy
90% of the show Chris wore pantyhose over his head - he was crazy as
hell...hewas headbanging and s.hit...he played acoustic during Patience.
Paul had a beard
Tommy wore black pants and a black t-shirt that said "bomb"

The sound was screwed up early in the show and during Oh My God Axl's mic
went out and he got really really pissed. He threw the microphone and walked
to the side of the stage and stared in the sound technician's face...looked
evil as hell;more evil than what he looked like at Rio. So Tommy sang almost
the rest. During the end of the song, Robin got pissed and threw his guitar
at the speaker and it broke and then threw the mic stand across the stage.

Axl said "this is the first show in 10 years that he wanted to do" and goes
on to talk about how Alan Niven forced them to tour in 91 and he fired him
for it. And then he talks about the European tour. He had no idea there was
a European tour. He said, "One day I was sitting at home on the internet and
I found out that the GN'R tour was cancelled and I had no idea that I had a
tour." He said don't blame him for the cancellation. He also said has to
deal with the "Internet Whores." He also said "We're in the studio doing
this album and I can promise you that we're gonna deliver and it's gonna be
out of the ballpark"
And "we've been working on this album and I can tell you we're doing our
best and that's all I can promise." He said someone in the elevator thanked
him for doing a show and he was really moved. Later on he repeated again
about this was the first time he wanted to do a show and it was all f.ucking
up, but he smiled about it.

Buckethead did three solos. The first solo was after the 4th or 5th song and
it consisted of Pirates of the Caribbean/Big Sur Moon/Star Wars The 2nd solo
was acoustic and it went slow to fast. The 3rd was electric.

Someone threw a KFC bucket at Axl and he wore it.
Someone threw a black cowboy hot at Axl and he wore it - Tommy wore it at
end.
Axl started doing the "two-step" while having a huge smile on his face
during Paradise City.

Rick Rubin, Pauly Shore, and Owen Wilson were at the show

Robin Finck's guitar tech said 68 songs done - working on 14 more.

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Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2001 04:19:14 -0800 (PST)
From: "Jeff Boerio" <boerio@aracnet.com>
Subject: [GNR] 12/29 gig

Just back from the show.  Band played 2 hours, no encores, and did not do
Night Train, which was on the set list for the night.  They also didn't do
Buckethead's numchucks thing.

It wasn't without its difficulties.  Right before Oh My God (4th song?), Axl
walked off stage pissed about sound stuff.  Came back on, didn't want to be
there.  After Oh My God, I thought the show was over.  Axl walked off again
because of mic problems.  Robin threw his guitar, threw Axl's mic stand,
and I thought the place would erupt.

But, Axl came back and finished the night.  He never once talked to the
crowd, saying hello or anything like that.  He did bitch to the sound guy,
suggesting that as long as Axl stayed in one spot, there wouldn't be any
feedback (and for an in-ear monitor system, I'm sure it was a bitch).  He
also had one tirade, see below.

Rumors are that Slash was in the house to watch the show.  Some rumors say
that he was denied entrance into The Joint.  Linda, can you check this out?

He went on a tirade before November Rain about why the album wasn't done,
about how/why the Europe tours didn't happen, etc.  He said tonight's show
was the first show he ASKED to do, versus being asked to do last NYE and
RIR.  Apparently, he found out from the internet about the June shows in
Europe and subsequently in December.  I guess that explains Doug's fax
about the cancellation of the tour.  He said Buckethead and Robin had never
met before rehearsals for the HOB gig last year.  He said that things were
better as a band now this year.  He said he was out with the old last year
and in with the new this year, and made references to Duff and Slash and
other former GNR members using the band's celebrity status for themselves,
which brought a chorus of boos from the crowd.

Starting with November Rain, there were a string of several very, very good
songs, including The Blues and Chinese Democracy.  Other songs played were
Jungle, It's So Easy, Paradise City (last song), Think About You, My
Michelle, Sweet Child O' Mine, Madagascar, Silk Worms, Live and Let Die,
and KOHD.  No Rhiad, and like I said earlier, no Nightrain.  I'm sure JohnM
will have the complete, correct setlist on his web site soon
(gnrontour.com).

Tonight, in general, I was impressed with Robin and Brain.  Tommy put in a
good show, and Dizzy was great on The Blues.  I don't get Chris Pittman; he
wore a stocking over his face for most of the show.  Buckethead had on some
yellow rain suit and wore a backpack for some indescribable reason.

Ron Jeremy, former porn star was in attendance with several porn actresses.

I apologize for not hooking up with some people after the show.  I had some
emergencies to handle.  JohnM, glad everything worked out with you.  Ravi,
Mark, Holtz (hey, how YOU doin'?  Nice ass ... slut!), and Jan, it was cool
to chat with you.  ??? Sebastian, it was good to meet you too.

One more emergency to handle, then I think I'm gonna try and sleep.

     - Jeff

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Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2001 04:30:58 -0800 (PST)
From: "Jeff Boerio" <boerio@aracnet.com>
Subject: Re: [GNR] 12/29 gig

Oops ... forgot about Buckethead's solos.  Probably forgot other stuff too.
Band started at ~10:50, finished 2 hours later.

Buckethead did a couple of cool solos, one which included some of Star Wars
and some Eddie Van Halen "Eruption" copy.  Very cool stuff in his own
right.

G'night :)

     - Jeff

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Review from SlamRock from the 2TI forum

Alright, it's 3am and I'm really wiped out so, here's a quick rundown:

Show was scheduled for 10pm. It actually started at 10:57pm. The stage was
set up with tons of televisions and the show started with images of war and
political stuff. Throughout the show the tv's switched from psychodelic
images, to the band, to war images. Bucket Head was playing guitar and Axl
came out wearing a football jersey with black jeans. He later changed into a
long soldier-type coat.

They played tons of material from Appetite for Destruction and I noticed
that they played all of those songs faster than how they're played on the
album. Maybe it was to fit more songs in. They played Rocket Queen, It's So
Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Sweet Child O' Mine, My Michelle, Think About You...
The crowd went apeshit for You Could Be Mine, Patience, November Rain and
Paradise City. The crowd was pretty tame, imo.

There were technical troubles, mostly I think with Axl's mics. It was hard
to hear him at times. At one point one of the guitarists chucked his guitar
across the stage and walked off. I could tell Axl was frustrated in the
beginning but they all left the stage while stuff was getting worked on and
I really think Axl handled it all very well.

The highlight was listening to Axl take a few minutes to explain what had
been happening in the past 10 years. In a nutshell, he said that one by one
everyone involved (managers, record company people, etc.) "dropped the ball"
and he's spent years dealing with lawsuits. He said that this show tonight
was the very first show he's played in 10 years that he "asked to play"
(goosebumps). He also said that he and the band are going to put out their
very best effort possible musically and if people like it, they want to do a
world tour and if the people don't like it, at least they know they made
their best effort.

The rest is all my opinions:
Bucket Head is the most phenomenal guitarist. It was the first time since I
saw Steve Vai that I'd been blown away by a guitar solo. He started his solo
with the theme from Pirates of the Caribbean and threw the national anthem
and VH's Eruption in with his own things. I expected some schmuck but he was
a very talented, technical player. Props to Bucket Head-he fucken rocked!

Axl was more gorgeous than I've ever seen him! Fat Not on your life! He's
not a string bean but he had some serious muscle tone going on. His skin was
so perfect and he looked like he hadn't even aged. He had little braids all
over his hair and I spotted a dread or two as well. I don't remember his
hair being so thick. The first thing I noticed was how healthy and fabulous
his hair looked. His voice was right on and his attitude was pretty good.
I feel so fortunate to have been able to attend this show and I think
everyone who paid $135-$260 to see it definately got their money's worth.

THANK YOU AXL AND GUNS N ROSES FOR AN EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE!

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Knack.com Review of 12/29

Guns Nâ?™ Roses Live In Las Vegas

http://www.knac.com/article.asp?ArticleID=166

By Mr. C2YA, Pure Rock Patroller
Sunday, December 30, 2001 @ 10:41 AM
 

Guns Nâ?™ Roses Live At The Joint At The Hard Rock Café Hotel & Casino,
December 29th, 2001
At the beginning of the show they showed a video clip of new GN'R logo
(orange/blue with the U.S. flag in the background), then they show the space
shuttle and satellite from space camera zooms in through to Earth and gets to
land then they show a movie â?“ a soldier is running through weeds and @#%$.
During this, some kick ass music clips from what is most likely a new GN'R
song is played (pounding drums, awesome evil guitar from hell) along with
images of tanks and all hell breaking loose. Then they went on to another
video with a narrator that sounded like George C. Scott and he said, "The
Arabs have taken our money - it's time to put the money back!" The speech
talked about the economy and about who's the real evil in the world before
showing a cartoon of Chinese soldiers. Then it ends.

Stage Setup:
Brain, Dizzy, and Chris's equipment was five feet high (kind like the Use
Your Illusion tour setup). Axl's piano came out from under the kit. There was
a catwalk and Axl ran back and forth on it a lot. Brain had a red drum set.

Members:
Axl was thinner but basically looked the same. He was wearing a white Oakland
Raiders Rich Gannon #12 jersey and had black leather pants and Lugz boots
that were brown with black bottoms. He also had a Nike watch on right hand
and a bracelet on left. For the second half of the show he wore dark-purplish
Prince Valiant coat over his jersey. His voice was great and all the screams
were @#%$ spot on. Robin wore an all black jumpsuit. Buckethead had a yellow
jacket and he wore a green backpack halfway through the show. His KFC bucket
had bloodstains on it. Dizzy looked like Dizzy. Ninety percent of the show
Chris wore pantyhose over his head; he was crazy as hell, headbanging and
@#%$. He played acoustic during â?œPatience.â?? Paul had a beard. Tommy wore
black pants and a black t-shirt that said "bomb."

Sound:
The sound was screwed up early in the show and during â?œOh My Godâ?? Axl's mic
went out and he got really, really pissed. He threw the microphone and walked
to the side of the stage and stared in the sound technician's face, looking
evil as hell -- even more evil than when he got pissed during Rock In Rio
last year. So Tommy sang almost the rest. During the end of the song, Robin
got pissed and threw his guitar at the speaker and it broke and then threw
the mic stand across the stage.

The Show:
Axl said that this is the first show in 10 years that he wanted to do and
goes on to talk about how former manager Alan Niven forced them to tour in
�91 and he fired him for it. And then he talks about the European tour. He
had no idea there was a European tour. He said, "One day I was sitting at
home on the Internet and I found out that the GN'R tour was cancelled and I
had no idea that I had a tour." He said don't blame him for the cancellation.
He also said has to deal with the "Internet Whores." He also said "We're in
the studio doing this album and I can promise you that we're gonna deliver
and it's gonna be out of the ballpark" and "we've been working on this album
and I can tell you we're doing our best and that's all I can promise." He
said someone in the elevator thanked him for doing a show and he was really
moved. Later on he repeated again about this was the first time he wanted to
do a show and it was all @#%$ up, but he smiled about it.

Buckethead did three solos. The first solo was after the forth or fifth song
and it consisted of â?œPirates of the Caribbean,â?? â?œBig Sur Moon,â?? and â?œStar
Wars.â?? The second solo was acoustic and it went from slow to fast. The third
was electric.

Someone threw a KFC bucket at Axl and he wore it. Someone threw a black
cowboy hot at Axl and he wore it. Tommy wore it at end. Axl started doing the
"two-step" while having a huge smile on his face during â?œParadise City.â??

Rick Rubin, Pauly Shore, and Owen Wilson were at the show.

Robin Finck's guitar tech said 68 songs done - working on 14 more.

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Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2001 09:57:07 -0800
From: "Kirk Thomas" <kirkt@mmnw.com>
Subject: [GNR] The Show, and how lame it must've been

Well, it's great to see that, after a year of working with his new band, Axl
has thrown together... the same fuckin' setlist he used at Rio??
W...T....F???

I hope y'all had a great time at the show, but I'm glad I didn't piss my
$400 away on the trip. At this point I'm only anxious to see an active band
living and writing in the present (or at least post-1987). How in the hell
does Axl expect people to dig his new band when all they do is play covers?

Tonight, sometime between 10pm and 2 am I'm going to throw Live Era (you
know, the CD's that had the QA guys losing sleep over which to label "1" and
which to label "2", skips and all) into my CD player, program it so it only
plays songs from AFD, and pretend I just dropped $250 to sit on my own Futon
for a GNR show.

For Axl to sit there and claim he knew nothing of the failed Euro-tour, and
hated having to do Vegas and Rio last year (after he said he was so
"thrilled to be here" last year) just makes me look at him and go,
"Fuckhead". It's called PR, Axl. Try it sometime.

How about this: if you don't want to be a rock star, just quit. I mean
totally. Send out a press release that says "Guns n'/and Roses is no longer
a band. I've retired and love it. Don't expect a new album ever". That would
be enough for me. Instead, we get little comments from Dougie. Hints of a
tour. Tickets sold (you think Axl didn't know about that? heh!). A "single".
Reports of an album that's been "80% done" since '92. An actual tour that
Axl "knows nothing about" and is then cancelled due to Buckethead's illness,
which we never hear another word about. Then a surprise show in Vegas to
hear Axl bitch about his oh so troubled life. Blah.

Anybody get the feeling we're being yanked here? Ten bucks. No album this
year.

Have fun at the show tonight. Do you think they'll play "Paradise City"?
Gee, I hope so!!! Those 3 chords are oh so entertaining, especially 14 years
later.

I was hoping for so much more.

Yawn,
Kirk

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Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2001 12:31:07 -0800 (PST)
From: "Jeff Boerio" <boerio@aracnet.com>
Subject: [GNR] what happened on 12/29

So there were a pile of errors on 12/29 that Axl was able to work through
and get a good show in.  I was able to find out a lot on 12/30 about what
happened.

His in-ear monitors were giving him trouble all night, and I guess there
were plenty of times when he pulled one out.

Stage volume was terrible, and no one could hear anyone.

During his little speech before November Rain, there were problems with the
piano, so he was talking to kill time.  There's more about the "celebrity
status" comment than everyone knows, but I can't talk about it.

Buckethead's first guitar solo was also covering other technical glitches.

There were problems with the teleprompter, especially during Oh My God.
Axl was having problems with his microphones all night, too.

There's some other stuff that happened during the show last night.  But, it
all worked out.  I'm sure the show tonight will be much better.

     - Jeff
 


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