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2002-12-03 Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT

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2002-12-03 Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT

Indlægaf Michael » 16. apr 2011, 18:53

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Re: 2002-12-03 Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT

Indlægaf Michael » 16. apr 2011, 18:54


- Tommy Stiles, The Recorder, Central Connecticut State U.

Last Tuesday, Guns N’ Roses made their first performance at the Hartford Civic Center in over a decade. Before the concert started at 7:30pm, Channel 3 news did a live broadcast from outside the Civic Center, telling viewers about how riots were known to break out at Guns N’ Roses concerts. They also mentioned how there were going to be extra policemen on duty at the concert, to make sure that things didn’t get out of hand.

Finally, concert time rolled around at 7:30pm. Accompanying Guns N’ Roses on their tour were not one, but three opening acts. First to take the stage was CKY, who did a short but entertaining set. The second opening act immediately followed, and featured the talented but semi boring DJ Mix Master Mike, who is most famous for working with the Beastie Boys. His performance lasted until about 9:15, and Guns N’ Roses were supposed to take the stage right afterward at 9:30. Because of lead singer Axl Rose and his knack for showing up at concerts late if at all, this never came to pass.

Instead of watching a live Guns N’ Roses performance at 9:30, everyone in the Civic Center was treated to an hour long live episode of girls gone wild. With so many trashy women flaunting themselves, it reminded me why I often prefer to be single. The following day on WCCC, even radio personality Mike Picozzi commented on the annoyingly long intermission and said, “How much of that did we really need to see?” It definitely got old after a while.

At around 10:35, Guns N’ Roses finally took the stage and ripped open the show with “Welcome To the Jungle” while parading around the stage wearing a Hartford Wolfpack hockey jersey. During the concert, they performed nine out of twelve tracks from their debut album “Appetite for Destruction” performing obscure songs such as “It’s So Easy,” and the pretty power ballad, “Think About You.” During the concert, they also did other classics such as “November Rain,” “Knockin’ on Heavens Door,” and “You Could Be Mine.” Only three of their songs that night were from their long awaited upcoming album “Chinese Democracy,” which still has no definite release date.

The new band itself was phenomenal, but even still the concert wasn’t the same without the original band members. Axl hung up the spandex and traded them in for a Wolfpack Hockey Jersey, and a Uconn basketball jersey. Gone were the days of Matt Sorum thundering away on the drums, while Izzy Stradlin’ and Duff McKagan sung the background vocals. Perhaps the most visible presence that was missing that night was former lead guitarist Slash, and his trademark black top hat. It took three guitarists to fill his role.

In 1996, Guns N’ Roses split up for a variety of reasons, one major reason being a conflict in creativity. While Slash and the other band members wanted to stay true to their ways, Axl wanted to experiment with a sound along the line of Nine Inch Nails and Prodigy. Because an agreement couldn’t be made, Axl fired his band mates, bought rights to the band name, and hired a new lineup.

In a way the concert was a disappointment. After promising a new album for almost five years, and finally doing a concert for the first time in a decade, Axl came back with his gothic looking lineup of new band members, only to cover old songs. This was something that could have been done over six years ago. To me, the concert was a performance by a glorified Guns N’ Roses tribute band, fronted by the original GNR lead singer. It was almost contradictive of Axl to come back with a new band, only to go over old stuff.

The behavior of the crowd that night was atrocious. Females were doing anything to get noticed by the camera crew. The bathroom on the lower level was filled with cigarette and pot smoke, along with trashed people. Thanks to the useless deadbeat Hartford cops, nothing was done to keep the rowdy people at bay, even though their main purpose was to prevent a riot from erupting. Because I have no tolerance for stupid people, I pointed out to a Hartford cop that there were people getting trashed in the bathroom. Instead of doing something about it, he stood there with his arms crossed and replied, “Well, it’s a concert, you’ve got to expect people to do things like that.” Then I remembered that I was talking to a Hartford cop, and that I had to expect him not to do his job. It was nice to know that my tax dollars were being wasted that night so Hartford’s finest could watch a free Guns N’ Roses concert.

Overall though, it was still good to see Axl back in action, even though his interest in touring may be short lived. The memory of Guns N’ Roses blowing off a concert at Lake Compounce over ten years ago is still fresh in the minds of many people. Last November, they pulled a no show on their opening night in Canada, causing a riot to break out. Recently, they blew off a concert in Philadelphia.

It should be interesting to see if their new album will ever come out. At the rate that they’re going, democracy may actually exist in China before the album gets released. Either that, or Hartford will surprise everyone by finally getting real cops.
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