Well...How was Axl's voice?
What a carry on actually.
First off - I wasn't aware of the issues on the Friday night getting folk in the ground and Michael Monroe having to cancel the opening slot. GN'R apparently late one, but did a full show, with some technical difficulties during Estranged.
So Saturday when we're there. The info says 6.45 GN'R start - I thought surely not, but Tottenham's a shit hole and we get in the ground for Gary Clarke Jr and beers anyway. I think Monroe cancelled that night too.
I think they came on about 8.20. I saw them come up the side tunnel and they musta been on the stage for a good 20 minutes before coming out.
The sound wasn't great to begin with - we're in the stands to the side with a great view of the stage. It settled down pretty quickly, but I'm aware there were a lot of complaints about the sound over both nights.
Axl, I thought, started off very well. It's So Easy, Brownstone, Slither, Jungle, Double Talkin' Jive - all great. He seemed on form, I was loving it.
Then they did Estranged. Was going pretty well, then it got to the last verse and he noticeably dropped the register. He was in tune, just lower. I actually thought it was a fairly sensible move and I think he should look at doing it more often.
After Estranged he had a bit crack with the crowd, saying how he'd been unwell, slept at the ground the previous night to try and ensure that night's show would go ahead. He said something along the lines of we're gonna change a few of the songs about n how they do them 'cos he's having throat problems and he hopes we don't mind, but the dates were important to them. We later found out he'd had a panic attack before going on - I dunno if that was on stage or earlier in the evening.
Live and Let Die next up, pretty flawless actually, and the silly sod's still screaming when he could probably get away with sitting out the ad libs. Same again in Absurd, which lets face it is a piss n pint song.
Bizarre cover of Wichita Lineman followed - bit low in the register for him and not sure it carried off well.
Next thing I know they've got Carrie Underwood on for Sweet Child O' Mine, and what had been a pretty enjoyable night up to that point had been cut short by a good three quarters of an hour. No November Rain, no Rocket Queen, no You Could Be Mine (though they didn't play that the night before either).
So what started off so well, and me thinking Axl's on form, ended on a bit of a sour note and me feeling a tad short changed - despite them in fairness still delivering a two hour show.
They cancelled Glasgow a few nights later as he wasn't well.
Still, for two hours it was fuckin' class.