Guns N' Roses started their Nashville concert at exactly 7 pm – The Tennessean

Guns N’ Roses at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.(Photo: Katarina Benzova)

 

The show was advertised to start at 7 p.m. No opening act. 

So when the clock struck 7 on Monday night, Guns N’ Roses hit the stage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, ripping right into “It’s So Easy.” 

And that’s pretty weird, all things considered. 

After all, this is the band that famously sang, “The show usually starts around 7/ We go on stage at 9,” — and most nights, that was overly optimistic. 

This is the band whose late starts and walkouts once led to unrest and riots. 

Remember, the last time this band played at Bridgestone Arena (in 2011), they started just shy of 11 p.m. That was a Sunday. 

Of course, for the last two years, we’ve been in a triumphant, sentimental and strangely responsible era of Guns N’ Roses. 

Last year, frontman Axl Rose patched things up with long-estranged bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan, and they then embarked on a massive stadium tour,  which included a stop at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.

That tour (the return of most of their “classic lineup”) was a huge success, and this year, they’ve essentially taken a victory lap.

Their setlist at Bridgestone was 80% identical to the one used at their last Nashville show. But that didn’t seem to matter to people who nearly packed the arena on Monday. 

The room stayed full for the next 3 hours and 20 minutes, through a warm and familiar rock marathon that included “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “My Michelle” (the latter of which is quietly among the most beloved GNR tunes, judging by crowd volume.) 

Rose was a man of very few words on Monday, but he praised his Music City audience as a “great

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