The idea that "rock is dead" was itself put to bed on Friday night when, after a 20 year absence, the original Guns N' Roses line-up finally made their way back to Sydney, bringing with them a legend in his right — Mr. Angus Young.
The AC/DC guitarist joined GnR on stage, performing AC/DC songs "Whole Lotta Rosie" and "Riff Raff". Young, wearing a white Bonds shirt with rolled up sleeves and baggy jeans, took control of the stage with his signature rock 'n roll excitation and classic riffs to the delight of the stadium crowd. The 61-year-old showed that he's still a kid at heart while pranking the American outfit after they landed their private jet in Sydney on Wednesday by pretending to be "airport security" and wearing an orange safety vest, holding up the plane for a while. Hijinks documented by bassist Duff McKagan on Twitter.
However, it was Guns N' Roses who truly owned the night, playing a greatest hits set that started with "It's So Easy" and "Mr Brownstone" from 1987's Appetite For Destruction.
"Chinese Democracy" and other songs from the album of the same name didn't entice much reaction from the crowd, but all hell broke loose when another Appetite For Destruction track, "Welcome To The Jungle" rang out across the ocean of people, kicking off a run of crowd favourites that included their "Live and Let Die" cover, "Rocket Queen", "You Could Be Mine", "Civil War" and "Sweet Child 'O Mine". The latter pair bookending a a sizzling guitar solo from Slash, ahead of Axl welcomed Angus Young to the stage. The larger than life AC/DC axeman received a rambunctious ovation as he stated, "I'm not wearing my school uniform tonight."
After three encores featuring "Don't Cry" and Who cover "The Seeker", the night ended with an overdose of pyrotechnics and confetti for "Paradise City".
Guns N' Roses proving their songs remain timeless and that rock is indeed alive and kickin'.
All photos by Carl Neumann.
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