Axl Rose, still defiant, is sticking to his guns
Guns N’ Roses in Hayarkon Park, July 3.
Axl Rose Photo: Avihai Levy
Less than three months ago, Guns N’ Roses was officially inducted into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame. And rightfully so. The band was indisputably one of the
genre’s greats, pioneering a unique blend of hard, gritty, at times ugly rock
riffs and floating guitar melodies.
That was a very different Guns N’
The lingering question, of course, is whether or not the current
lineup, which features just one of the original five members plus some hired
help, is worthy of the GNR name.
After an inspired and passionate
performance that lasted more than three hours, I can confidently answer in the
Overweight, sporting a ridiculous mustache, and occasionally
wearing a flamboyant white suit jacket, frontman Axl Rose still managed to
deliver a wildly impressive performance.
His shrill, high-pitched voice
has not deserted him over the years (though he now needs more time between songs
to catch his breath), and he remains a loyal practitioner of his unique
side-to-side dance technique.
The set-list was fair. The band of course
played a number of songs from their Chinese Democracy album, some of which at
times felt monotonous and droning, but they made up for it by playing almost all
of the classic hits, including “November Rain,” “Estranged,” “Sweet Child Of
Mine,” “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Don’t Cry,” “Paradise City” and “Civil
Also impressive was the list of cover songs, as the band played Bob
Dylan and Pink Floyd, and hinted at The Who and Elton John.
end of their generous set, the band played a special tune for the delighted Tel
Aviv crowd: “Hatikvah.” Of all the Guns and Roses classics, I must say that I
enjoyed this piece most of all, and I can tell my sentiment was shared by many
in the audience, who sang along faithfully and loudly.