Early surprise reunion for Guns N' Roses

Guns N’ Roses playing at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. They performed for the first time together in public after more than two decades.
Guns N’ Roses playing at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. They performed for the first time together in public after more than two decades.PHOTO: YOUTUBE

LOS ANGELES • The long-awaited Guns N' Roses reunion got off to a surprise early start last Friday, with the band playing a show at a small Los Angeles club where the rock legends were first noticed.

In front of 500 fans at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, singer Axl Rose, 54, and guitarist Slash, 50, performed for the first time together in public after more than two decades.

Videos online showed Rose - still with flowing blond hair but without his once constant bandana - singing alongside Slash in his trademark top-hat over his black curls.

"You know where you are?" Rose yelled in the signature line of Welcome To The Jungle, according to a segment shot by a fan.

Social media posts said Guns N' Roses started the show with It's So Easy, an energetic song with a bad-boy attitude that has frequently been the band's opener.

Years of rumours of a Guns N' Roses reunion came to fruition earlier this year when the band was announced as headliners for the Coachella festival, which will take place later this month in the California desert. The band has since announced a full tour at arenas, but had suspiciously left out any date in their native Los Angeles.

Guns N' Roses earlier last Friday announced the show. Some fans initially thought it was an April Fools' Day prank, but the band confirmed that tickets would be available - only in person and one each - at a "retro" price of US$10 (S$13).

Fans quickly converged to buy tickets near the Troubadour, where the band had performed before landing a contract with Geffen Records.

The result of that deal, 1987's Appetite For Destruction, remains the best-selling debut album ever, with fans drawn to Rose's range and raw anger coupled with Slash's intricate guitar playing.

Guns N' Roses, notorious for their antics on the road and the tension between Rose and Slash, last played together in 1993 in Buenos Aires.

The main leg of their North American tour will begin on June 23 at Ford Field in Detroit and run till Aug 22 in San Diego. They will also play in Mexico City and Toronto.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 04, 2016, with the headline 'Early surprise reunion for Guns N' Roses'. Print Edition | Subscribe