Guns N’ Roses rock Dodger Stadium

Elsie Morales

Guns N' Roses was formed in 1985, and recently played two shows in Los Angeles.
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Guns N’ Roses was formed in 1985, and recently played two shows in Los Angeles.

Generations young and old gathered to enjoy one of rock’s most prominent bands of all time, Guns N’ Roses, on their Not in This Lifetime Tour.

They performed two nights in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 18 and 19. The band is made up of singer Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, bass guitarist Duff McKagan, synthesizer Melissa Reese, guitarist Richard Fortus, pianist Dizzy Reed and drummer Frank Ferrer.

After more than 20 years, Slash performed with Guns N’ Roses once again earlier this year at the Troubadour. The semi-reunited band began the tour back in June with their then opening act, Alice in Chains but was replaced with The Cult during their Los Angeles show. Their original drummer, Steven Adler, also joined the rest of Guns N’ Roses on the second L.A. date to perform a few songs.

With people still trickling in, The Cult took center stage to warm up the crowd. However, once Guns N’ Roses got on stage, the stadium appeared to be filled to the brim with fans excited to hear the musicians play together.

Starting the show off with “It’s So Easy,” the stadium’s atmosphere started to change. It felt as if time was rewinding back to the 90s. The energy skyrocketed once they started playing “Welcome to the Jungle.”

Other classics such as Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” got the crowd on their feet and belting the lyrics out at the top of their lungs. “Yesterdays” was also played, which is a rare occurrence for the band.

Frontman Rose didn’t let the crowd down either, stomping, spinning and running across the stage, he brought out as much energy as he would’ve 20 years ago. He also performed some of his signature moves such as his snake dance, where he shimmies his hips side to side. Edging on his bandmates, the other musicians played with all they’ve got as well.

The pyrotechnics were also big in these shows. Ending their show with “Paradise City,” smoke filled the stadium as fire and fireworks was set off in time with the music; it was quite a spectacle.

With all of the members taking a final bow at the end of the encore, the more than 3 hour show had come to an end.