Guns N’ Roses Pay Tribute to Inspirational Artists
For a band known for its brash, brazen ways, wild and crazy antics, and often eccentric attitude, Guns N’ Roses sure know how to pay tribute to recently passed musicians.
In GNR’s August 30 concert, the band gave fans quite a surprise as Loudwire recounts here in this article. After treating fans to yet another classic, frenetic rendition of the all-time hit Sweet Child O’ Mine, a subdued Axl Rose addressed the mammoth crowd, telling them, “[This is] something we’ve never played before, It might not be your thing, but, you know, it’s just to kind of pay a tribute to someone.”
The band then gave a sublime cover of Glen Campbell’s 1968 hit, Wichita Lineman. Rose ended the track by dedicating the cover to Campbell, a consummate showman and dazzling musician who died on August 8, 2017, at the age of 81.
“For Glen . . .” Rose muttered softly as the track ended.
A few songs after, GNR gave fans yet another surprise, this time giving a rollicking rendition of the James Brown classic I Got You (I Feel Good) that fired up the crowd even more. Brown, often referred to as the “Godfather of Soul,” died in 2006.
As Rolling Stone points out, GNR has been covering tracks from another of music’s recently passed stars.
In May this year, GNR kicked off its show in Ireland with a powerful rendition of the Soundgarden classic Black Hole Sun as a tribute to deceased Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell who died this May. The cover has since become a staple in GNR shows.
A Rip-Roaring Reunion
The past two decades has been quite a roller coaster for Guns N’ Roses fans. GNR fanatics had been clamoring for a reunion, hoping to see the original lineup reunite. The closest they could get to the original GNR experience were callbacks to the band’s wildly entertaining past. Slingo in their Guns N’ Rose slot game used symbols from the band’s history including Slash’s double-headed guitar. By including famous images from both the past and present this reminded fans of GNR’s wild and raucous Appetite for Destruction days.
But after more than two decades of wishful thinking, the fans finally got the real thing. The original members of GNR got back together (minus Izzy Stradlin) again in 2016, rocking the famed Coachella in April before going full-blast on a still ongoing reunion tour that has been equal parts taxing, frenetic, and ambitious but all parts successful. The tour is aptly dubbed “Not in This Lifetime,” which is a reference to Axl Rose’s response to a question about a possible GNR reunion.
According to Forbes, GNR performed 40 shows in 2016, excluding that frenetic gig at Coachella. In 2016 alone, the “Not in This Lifetime” tour generated $188.4 million in ticket sales. The 2017 phase of the tour has also been a commercial and critical success too. The Telegraph described the London stops of the tour as “big, brash and absolutely brilliant” showing how the original spirit of the band never died.