Guns N' Roses at the American Airlines Arena, October 29

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Guns N' Roses
With Buckcherry
American Airlines Arena
Saturday, October 29, 2011


Saturday night's Guns N' Roses concert at the American Airlines Arena was the biggest group S&M experience we've ever had. And believe us, we've drooled on some ball gags in our time.

The Axl Rose Band (along with the city-sized, million-dollar operation that carts it around, sets it up, breaks it down and then fondles its jewel-encrusted testicles until it's time to clean up after the ritual, nightly "excretion") had the heel of its pointy stilettos pressed with just enough pressure on the audience's supple taint as to keep the masses screaming, hollering, begging, Thank you, Sir! May I have another?

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Like any good leather-boy playpen, the AAA had rules and regulations posted big and bold at the entrance -- no recording, no reefer. An announcement rang out on a loop authoritatively telling patrons that purchasing a scalped ticket would land them behind bars.

Did you know Buckcherry was still a band? Yeah, neither did we. But that band's opening set -- resplendent with a big-ass "BUCKCHERRY: LOS ANGELES" pirate flag -- was the start of Axl Rose's intensely drawn-out tease.

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Immediately after the opener finished its set, a small army of rocker bros in Buckcherry t-shirts swarmed the stage and broke down the set. About 45 minutes later, it was time for the Guns N' Roses crew members to do their thing. And then what followed was another hour and a half of absolutely nothing, in which the crowd schizophrenically whipped itself into multiple frenzies -- first cheering for its hero, then impatiently booing him, only to return once more to begging for his presence.

Before a single lick was even played, a seriously inebriated man passed out in the audience and, unconscious, was crowd-surfed to safety, where he proceeded to vomit in front of thousands of people who cheered him on and screamed things like, "Can you get me ecstasy?"

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Have you ever heard a band booed before it even took the stage? Saturday night was our first time.

Eventually, though, The Master and His Scabs leisurely made their way to the stage in a blaze of pyro, flashing lights, jumbotrons, screaming women, screaming men, rock 'n' roll devil horns, and fist-pumping. And then Axl and minions gave it to the audience the way they like it -- loud, hard, and for a long, long time.

The Critic's Notebook

Random Detail: We stayed busy between bands speculating about the weirdest thing on Buckcherry's rider.

The Crowd: Rockers, headbangers, metal mamis and their Judas Priest papis, high-school kids, families, couples dressed like they were going to the opera, one old hippie in a Ben and Jerry's tie-dye shirt that you could see from across the arena, children in Guns N' Roses apparel. Halloween costumes included the requisite sexified everything (cop, angel, devil, nurse, groupie), Homer Simpson, and multiple young men dressed like Slash.

Overheard in the Crowd: The entire row of bros behind us kept screaming "C'mon, you asshole!" as the wait between bands agonizingly crept toward 2 hours.

Guns N' Roses Setlist
-"Chinese Democracy"
-"Welcome To The Jungle"
-"It's So Easy"
-"Mr. Brownstone"
-"Sorry"
-"Better"
-"Estranged"
-"Riff Raff" (AC/DC cover)
-"Live And Let Die"
-"This I Love"
-"Rocket Queen"
-"Shacklers Revenge"
-"My Generation" (The Who cover)
-"Street of Dreams"
-"You Could Be Mine"
-"Sweet Child O' Mine"
-"November Rain"
-"Don't Cry"
-"Whole Lotta Rosie" (AC/DC Cover)
-"Knockin' On Heaven's Door" (Bob Dylan cover)
-"Nightrain"
-"Madasgascar"
-"Out Ta Get Me"
-"Patience"
-"Paradise City"

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American Airlines Arena

601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

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As
As

i'm sorry, was that a review?

surprised
surprised

I didn't know gnr fans had so much beef with justin bieber

Carioca
Carioca

Axl Rose is a legend! What an excellent performance! Who said that Axl Rose doesn't have it any more? Incredible Show!As for MiamiNewTimes manager...shame on you! You have the 2 worst writers here: Matt Preira & Crossfade, probably 2 high school kids that doesn't know shit about Rock and prefer Salsa, Hip Hop and Justin Bieber. MiamiNewTimes used to be good...not anymore!

Gandiiiiiii
Gandiiiiiii

SHUT UP BITCH. THIS AINT NO PICNIC. whats wrong with biebz and hs? fuck you bro

Gederix
Gederix

Guns was surprisingly awesome, I was completely prepared for it to suck but instead I loved the whole friggin thing. Color me shocked.And whoever wrote this "review" should be banned from ever going near a computer keyboard again. 

Kima12
Kima12

at least all of yo got to go to see them. I was sick so therefore I couldn't go and I've been waiting for YEARS for them to come to South FL.

Damon
Damon

 

 

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Joey Henson
Joey Henson

I am not to judge here..but come on, staying until 3 a.m. for a show? Seriously. This must be a younger people crowd with full energy not a 35 and up crowd. Hardly I can stay up that late.

Josue12
Josue12

He's just mad because reviewing Guns n Roses means taking the focus off himself.  The show was great - watch youtube clips of it and forget this dirtbag journalissst.

Fire Matt preira
Fire Matt preira

Yeah I agree the guy who wrote this article doesn't do anything but bitch and moan about how late the concert was. He probably wanted to leave so he could get in his car and listen to his Justin Bieber CD. Everyone at Miami New Times should be ashamed to work with this shmuck. Next time you write an article about a concert Matt u should mention the damn concert.

Jon S
Jon S

Awesome show. I felt very at home with the crowd of die hard Guns fans. Don't go to a guns show if ur planning on doing anything the next day. I'm a night owl so I am always down to party past 3:00 am. I saw them in 06 and they didn't get on stage until almost 1:00 in the morning. They really kicked ass. Best $100 I have spent in a long time. Axl sounded great the band was awesome. I'll pay $100 to see axl no matter who is playing with him. But ide shell out another hundred to see the classic line up. All in all it was the best show I've seen.

Vandelay
Vandelay

What a moron.  A concert review that doesn't include a review of the subject. 

Guest
Guest

The guy writing this review seemed to only review how the crowd was dressed, and how long it took Axl to hit the stage. What this moron did not mention, is that the concert was fantastic, that both old and new songs sounded fresh, and that Axl's voice was in incredible shape. What a waste of an article. I don't have a journalism degree, but I know that a story should at leastinclude SOMETHING about the SUBJECT. ..

T1ruble
T1ruble

This was a great time and concert!!! A bit late for me, but a balst. Axl sounded awesome & DJ Ashba played like a champ! Good time!

Chris R
Chris R

I have to admit the two hour wait was a bit much, they did this last time they came in 2006 at Bank Atlantic Center. Maybe these two arena's should impose curfews that the show can't go past x time like Cruzan Amphitheater has. By the way, Buckcherry was here a month and a half ago, pay attention. In all the years I've had to see them, this was also the one time they sounded coherent as they usually sound like a loud mess of screachy noise. As for GNR, they sounded great, even better than the last time they were here. Axl sounded like he did in the 90's, even moved the same. The only horrible thing was getting home at 5am because the band ended their set a little after 3am. Must be said that DJ Ashba, though he looks a bit ridiculous wearing a top hat trying to be Slash, pulls off the parts much better than the indie looking guitarist Bumblefoot. Axl should just ax Bumble and keep Richard Fortus and DJ Ashba.

Tor
Tor

F**k no. Bumble is the man! 

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