In terms of the most rock-and-roll things a band could do, getting on stage early and starting your show ahead of schedule ranks pretty low. But that’s what happened last night when Guns N’ Roses appeared before the Governors Ball Festival audience in New York 15 or so minutes in front of their scheduled start time. Bon Jovi would be proud!
Wearing a black cowboy hat and a mischievous grin, Axl Rose commanded the show with not just one bang, but a series of them: very bright and very loud fireworks shot into the night sky behind the stage as the Hall of Fame band ripped through the songs that they’ve been ripping through for some 25 years now. Much of the crowd, judging by their hair-rock outfits and the color of their wristbands, bought their festival tickets mainly just to see Guns N’ Roses, and they were not disappointed. Beers were slammed, red bandanas were worn, and “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Paradise City,” “Live and Let Die” were played. The fireworks display (and thus our ear drums) were given a break when Axl hopped on the piano for “November Rain,” but the fiery light show returned for GNR’s show-ending “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”