What do Guns N’ Roses and Coldplay have in common? Why, they both performed in the LA area last week and I WAS THERE.
I was originally going to do each concert in a separate post because they are SO different from each other, but then I remembered that I’m really not a music critic type and this is pretty much a recap rather than a review of either concert because I’m pretty sure reviews don’t include things like “Axl Rose looks exactly like my former psychiatrist” and “OMGCHRISMARTINISSOHOT!!!”
Therefore, I decided to just write about both in the same post because this is also going to be a little bit of compare and contrast.
I was just a kid when Guns N’ Roses was in its heyday. Appetite for Destruction was released when I was in sixth grade. So by the time I was old enough to really appreciate them, they had been around for a few years and were on the fast track to a breakup.
(Although, depending on who you talk to, they never actually did break up…)
Anyway, I dug some of their music for awhile, until my mom basically banned me from listening to them and pretty much all rock music because it was “evil” and They “hate women.” She also complained that those metal rockers only wanted one thing. She never said what that one thing was, but I think it was Aquanet.
I didn’t even argue with her, just shrugged and said okay, and moved on to Garth Brooks.
Although I always loved “Sweet Child o’ Mine.” And “Paradise City.” And a few others I listened to on repeat when hanging out with some of my bad influence friends.
Anyway, I never did see them perform live. There’s no way my mom would have ever let me go when I was in high school. Heck, she didn’t even let me see New Kids on the Block and they were squeaky clean by comparison.
By the time I was old enough to have gone without her approval, they weren’t touring anymore and there was a lot of bitterness and pride and it appeared they would probably never tour again. Especially since Axl Rose allegedly once said “Not in this lifetime” would he ever tour with Guns N’ Roses again.
Well, the funny thing about saying ‘never’ is that things we say we will never do end up happening at some point, and when Chris and I heard at the beginning of the year that Guns N’ Roses *might* be doing a reunion tour with EVERYONE back together again, we knew we would have to go.
The tickets went on sale in April and, somehow, Chris and I never really talked about it again. I just bought some and didn’t even tell him. I figured it would be a surprise and if he mentioned anything about going, then I would tell him.
Except that he never said a word about it.
So like a week or so before the show, I realized I should tell him that I had bought tickets and he was pretty shocked. In a good way. Because he had never gotten to see them back in the day either even though he was definitely old enough and his mom wouldn’t have stopped him anyway.
And so, last Thursday, off we went to see Guns N’ Roses!
Guns N’ Roses
Those of you who have seen the new Ghostbusters will recall the scene where the villain Rowan is outside the Stonebrook Theater where the Ozzy Osbourne music festival thing is happening and Rowan is this totally nerdy guy walking around saying hi to random people and saying, “Looking forward to the metal show.”
That was me. Totally and completely me.
When Chris and I got to our seats, I looked around and then said, “I’m pretty sure I’m the only person here that doesn’t have a tattoo.”
He pointed to a kid that looked about 9 and said, “I bet even that kid has a tattoo.”
And I bet he was right.
Anyway, the opening act was The Cult and they started exactly on time at 6:30. When have you EVER IN YOUR LIFE been to a concert that started exactly on time? That’s right, never. Because this is the first time it has ever happened in the history of concerts.
The Cult was okay. Some of their music is good, but the lead singer has basically no stage presence and I just felt kind of bad for him. And then he threw around the “f” word a lot and it felt like he was just saying it because he was supposed to and he didn’t even mean it. Sad.
Anyway, they finished and the anticipation built and people started showing up. We were getting pretty excited. And then clouds started floating by and I said, “I believe someone here is in possession of cannabis.”
And then they came out to the stage and there they were. Duff. Slash. Axl. Everyone. And it was awesome.
They sounded great. They were fun to watch. It was exactly what I hoped it would be.
Other than the weird fact that pretty much everyone sat through the entire concert, because, um, it was a rock concert. Don’t people usually stand up at those things?
Axl sounded great, for the most part. There were a LOT of instrumental solos to give him some vocal breaks, but we didn’t mind because Slash is seriously the best guitarist I have EVER seen live. He’s amazing.
But, yeah, it was a lot of fun. Here’s a partial video I took on my phone:
They did around 20 or so songs and then finished and left the stage and some of the audience started to leave and Chris said, “Um…they’re not done yet because they didn’t do ‘Paradise City.'”
He’s such a smarty pants.
Of course, I had already googled the set list, so I knew there were four encore songs coming up and sure enough, they ended the entire night in the very best way possible:
The whole night was just so much fun and I really loved it. And it was fun to see such an iconic band that I honestly thought I would never see in this lifetime.
Ha! Well played, concert promoter people.
But I told Chris that as much as I enjoyed seeing Guns N’ Roses, I was more looking forward to Saturday…
Kelli came into town Friday night specifically so that we could go to Coldplay at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night.
We’ve been planning it for awhile, as you might remember from the goal I had every month for, like ever.
So the big weekend was finally here!
And all I can say is…apparently I have a thing for guys named Chris because I am ALL ABOUT Chris Martin now. I thought he was kinda cute before and I love his voice, but yowza. He is seriously adorable and charming and I bet that really frustrates Gwynneth Paltrow.
The show was amazing. The guys all sounded great. They had a lot of energy. And, honestly, as cheesy as this will sound, it’s really not so much a concert as an experience. It’s just in a whole other league from just going to see a band play. Kelli and I have been texting back and forth for the last few days talking about how this whole thing has just stuck with us.
A couple of funny moments…
Chris Martin decided to introduce the other guys, which he doesn’t usually do, apparently. He started with himself: “Hi, I’m Chris. In my spare time I like to hang out on TMZ.” So funny!
The cool thing was, when he introduced his band mates (ALL of whom have been together since the beginning), he actually talked about them and bragged on them a bit. It wasn’t just “Hey, there’s Will on drums and that there’s Jonny on guitar.” Nope, he shared little tidbits about them. Which was great because who really can name other guys from the band besides Chris Martin?
(Well, now Kelli can because she is seriously digging Will Champion! Ha!)
Also funny…At one point in the show, they’re on a separate stage in the audience and his guitar breaks. I’m not sure if it was a string or if the guitar itself actually broke. He kept saying his guitar broke. So he was trying to kill some time while they brought him a new one.
So he said in his adorable British accent (because this really only works in a British accent), “I have to apologize to the astute members of the audience who noticed I was burping during the first three numbers. The trouble is I ate a banana just before the show and I’m now feeling a bit gassy. But now I’ve learnt my lesson about bananas.”
Anyway, the show was amazing and I loved every minute of it.
When you ask me what my favorite Coldplay song is, I can’t really answer that because it’s always different. But I think this was maybe my favorite part of the night. Maybe?
When I wrote my basically defunct 101 in 1001 list, I added seeing Coldplay to the list. At the time, I had no idea when they would go on tour again. I didn’t know if they would be around during the course of my 1001 days. But I get to scratch this one off and I am SO happy about it.
Viva la vida, indeed!