Review: Guns n' Roses prove pros at long-awaited Carolina return – Charlotte Observer

Seventeen months into its Not in This Lifetime! Tour, Guns n’ Roses touched down in North Carolina, bringing the much anticipated tour that reunites Axl Rose with fellow original members Slash and Duff McKagan to Winston-Salem’s BB&T Field. While the hype of the initial regrouping has dissipated somewhat since the tour first hit the Southeast in July 2016 at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, the event was no less electric.

It’s hard to say if the production has been tweaked since last year’s show, or if my head was just in a cloud the first time. Although I’d seen Slash solo, Axl Rose’s incarnation of Guns n’ Roses in Greensboro in 2006 and Greenville, S.C., in 2011, and even Velvet Revolver doing Gn’R songs live, I’d been waiting to see the members on stage together since I was 12.

My son didn’t have to wait quite as long, but his anticipation matched mine. So the eye-catching images that flashed on the giant backdrop screen and the subtleties of Slash’s solo may have gone unnoticed the first time around or maybe we just had better seats this time.

To its credit — despite its football stadium setting — the Winston show was more intimate. Even at capacity, Wake Forest University’s stadium holds fewer people than were in attendance in the massive Georgia Dome (41,500). The Winston crowd may have numbered half that and the sound benefited from the open air set-up without a cavernous concrete structure to bounce off of. The ticketless folks who set up lawn chairs in the grass next to the road could hear everything crystal clear.

Benjamin Robson

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