Guns And Roses Concert Review, Foxboro Mass, 7/19/2016
The sledgehammer riff of set opener, “It’s So Easy”, led to an explosive two plus hour set filled with classic guns and cover tributes. If you were waiting all these years for a reunion,which seemed the most unlikely to ever happen, then this was truly worth the wait. The band was tight and loose at the same time. Each member offering a blistering performance, that clearly appeared to be enjoyed by all. Slash is the master of that Gibson tone. His solo section was inspiring. Axl’s vocals were insanely powerful, leaving any doubters by the wayside. Duff was rock steady and took full advantage of the stage risers as each song powered onward.
Keyboardist duo, Dizzy Reed, and newcomer Melissa Reece provide a key back drop to round out the hard rock sound. Drummer, Frank Ferrer is a powerhouse of syncopation that literally never stopped all night. Rounding all this out is guitarist, Richard Fortus, who provides a great sonic foil to slash’s pyrotechnics.
The choice to do 3 songs from his Chinese Democracy cd seemed odd on paper but the performance of those songs makes me want to go out and give a second listen. Highlights of the night were, “Welcome To The Jungle”, “Civil War”, “Sorry”, “Sweet Child Of Mine”, and “Paradise City”. The inclusion of Use Your illusion’s “Coma”, could have been better replaced by “Pretty Tied Up”, But other than that it was a killer rendition. If you have the chance this summer check out the newly rejuvenated Guns And Roses!
Foxboro Set List
It’s So Easy
Welcome to the Jungle
Double Talkin’ Jive
Live and Let Die
You Could Be Mine
You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory/New Rose
This I Love
Out Ta Get Me
Slash solo [Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From The Godfather)]
Sweet Child O’ Mine
Slash & Richard Fortus Guitar Duet [Wish You Were Here]
November Rain [with “Layla” coda intro]
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door