If you’ve been following all the hoopla surrounding Guns N’ Roses‘ current international tour, you’ll know that Axl Rose still knows how to cause a scene, the band’s changed up the set list drastically, and yes, Axl has dropped the braids. But, what you probably don’t know, despite reports from the Korea Times, is that the new Guns sound really, really good, too. In fact, if you weren’t looking at ‘em, you’d swear it was the old band sleazing it up.
Two nights ago in Seoul, Axl & Co. jumped right into a flawless performance of “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, and one fan snagged it all. Shot with an HD camera, the video captures the band in top form. Everything looks solid here. Axl’s running around hitting every note, even donning the trademark bandana, new guitarist DJ Ashba looks like a hipper Slash (Check out the hat!), and drummer Frank Ferrer slams each beat with both precision and joy. If you look closely, you’ll also notice one Tommy Stinson giving it all he’s got on the bass, swinging around and around as if he’s having the time of his life. Probably because he is.
It’s hard to take this band seriously, especially given the mythos surrounding ‘em, but if things continue like this, it’s going to be hard to avoid buying a ticket. Bonnaroo? Rothbury? Fingers crossed, actually. Yes, fingers crossed.