I've been fortunate enough to see Axl Rose doing his GNR thing without Slash a few times.  I've also caught Slash with Slash's Snakepit, Velvet Revolver, and Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators many times.  Until last night however, I had never seen Axl and Slash on stage at the same time, at least not in person.

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COVID-19 ruined seeing them last year, so last night's show was a long time coming.  Mammoth WVH opened the show, and put out a powerhouse of sound that almost had a later 90s or early 2000s hard punch to it.  Their set was short, but definitely memorable and I highly suggest checking them out live if you get the chance.

Axl was actually on-time on this run.  He's only been a fifteen or twenty minutes late a couple of times I saw him, though at one show it was almost three hours of waiting.  I'm older now, so I appreciate the punctuality on a school night.  The show started with a video and erupted into just shy of three hours of pure rock.  Axl sang a bit differently in a manor that's hard to explain in text.  I couldn't figure out why until about six or seven songs before the end when he really lets the screeching screams come alive.  He was obviously saving his voice which is great.  He's one of those vocalists, like Brian Johnson of AC/DC where sometimes it's just not a great vocal night, but it's all part of the show.  I can't imagine singing the way those guys do for that many years, so I give them props.

We paid around six hundred dollars for two tickets and I have zero buyer's remorse.  Slash did what Slash does so well and was decently active on-stage.  The band as a whole was tight and the backing vocals meshed well with Axl on the lead.  They even threw in the Velvet Revolver song "Slither", which was a nice addition to the setlist that included most of what your standard GNR fans would want to hear.  If you get the chance to see them live, especially on this tour run, do it up.  You can see the tour dates HERE.

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