DJMurphy wrote:...but how were those Chinese Democracy tunes, in relation to the rest of the show? And tied in with that, how well were they performed live (assuming you caught the leaked demos earlier this year)? Did they kill the momentum of the show?
i'll try to be as objective as possible here. the songs were surprisingly solid in a set dominated by great renditions of Appetite for Destruction material. especially "the blues" and "madagascar" held up remarkably well. they were performed well (yes, i have the demos, but only "IRS" was actually leaked in demo form, the others have only been passed around as live versions) but i would say there was a noticeable lull in show momentum, since people didn't know the songs (at least not as well as they knew the classics) but in my opinion, the response to them was about the same as it was to the lesser known older cuts like "out ta get me" and (to a lesser extent) "rocket queen." i think it's important for the band to play the newer songs even if they do slow the show down a bit, just to establish that they are guns n' roses not *ahem* a cover band. if there was any quibble i'd have, it was with the set list order. rather than sprinkle the newer songs in between more popular older songs, they played them mostly toward the end of the set and actually played two of them ("the blues" and "better") back-to-back after one of several extended solos (which also slowed the momentum of the show considerably). well that and the fact that they're touring AGAIN without actually releasing Chinese Democracy, although i'm certainly not complaining about getting to see them. they seriously are a DYNAMITE rock band and put on a heck of a show.