After three long decades of waiting, Guns N’ Roses finally did a show in the Philippines. And it totally rocked! The Not in This Lifetime tour definitely is a once in a lifetime event for the wild fans in this country so when they heard about the news about Philippines as being one of the Asian countries that’s part of the tour’s stops, rockers from that era gathered in the largest arena in the land (perhaps in Asia as well?) the Philippine Arena, come showtime. They even brought their kids to the concert and let them experience first hand the hard rockin’ music their parents once listened.
As for this author, it’s the second time around to see the legendary guitar icon Slash, but this time it’s sweeter because he’s playing with the band that got him on the map, with almost the original lineup, and this one had many audience compared to his first stop wherein seats weren’t filled (his solo project band’s show happened a week earlier than the sold-out concert of Aerosmith).
As expected, it turned out as a sing-along from Filipino fans whenever the band played familiar tunes and when they played unfamiliar songs, fans kept mum. But all in all, it was great seeing original members Axl on vocals, Slash on guitar, Duff on bass and Dizzy Reed on keys live onstage along with the guys from The Psychedelic Furs and Love Split Love Richard Fortus on guitar and Frank Ferrer on drums. Of course there’s FIl-Am Melissa Reese on keys and synths to compliment well on the band’s overall sound. It was nostalgia all over again.
For those of you who’ve missed it, here’s some clips from fans who have shared it on YouTube. But nothing beats the feeling of watching it live hehe.