Night #1 – Saturday 9 April 2016
I’m not even sure where to start tonight, it was just aaaaarrrrgh. I wish every guy wore black jeans and skull rings everyday. T-Mobile Arena was meant to open at 8pm, but something went wrong so we all stood in the rain for two hours. Lol, it was like Calder Park 25 years ago. I was adopted by four guys from Wyoming who thought it was hilarious I’d flown in for the same reason they’d driven for 12 hours – what if they’d broken up before the show? We were let in at 10pm and not even I was prepared for how amazing my seat was: eight foot from the stage fuuuuuuuuuck. Turns out I was sitting next to another hardcore fan who flew in from Canberra. Alice In Chains were great, then Gunnas came on at midnight.
It was fucking epic. They played for over two and a half hours, just about every song off appetite (Appetite For Destruction) and (guitarist/legend) Slash did Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here. Axl (Rose, lead singer) has broken his foot so he’s spending the show on the throne given to him by Dave Grohl, who’s in the audience. His voice…his voice…his voice 💞 Slash’s guitar 💚 Duff (McKagan) rocking out on bass 💜the three of them together jamming like old mates. Axl just enjoying watching Slash play 💛 It’s hard to believe it happened. Just extraordinary.
Axl looked so happy, but maybe that was partly because he was being helped in and out of a wheelchair by hot women in lingerie nurses outfits. Bless. I kept watching Slash and Axl, waiting for that moment, and it came towards the end – them making eye contact and smiling broadly at each other as they soaked up all the screaming and applause. They went off stage together after the encore, chatting, then came out and bowed with their arms around each other and Duff. These boys who wrote all this music that has meant so fucking much to me since I was 16. Together again. Like a fucking dream 💖