Saturday, October 2, 2010

Guns N Roses + Imperial State Electric @ Zénith lille Oct 2 2010

updated Oct 5 with new links to videos

Patrice wandering in an empty Zénith @ 3:00AM/ Poster for the show/ (C) Ron Thal, Can you spot the Angelo ?

GUNS N ROSES + Imperial State Elect
@ Zénith Lille Oct 2nd 2010

Imperial State Electric

After seeing GUNS N ROSES @ Paris Bercy and @ L'Arc Club the day after (scroll down for links to dozen of great Pics & Exclusive videos from both shows) we had to do another show on this tour.
Lille is not very far from Paris, a couple of hours drive, and the Zénith is really a great concert hall, the front stalls are very close to the stage and it's like an amphitheatre , from everywhere you're seating the view is perfect.
It's probably also the smallest hall in which Guns N Roses have played on this tour with a capacity of less than 7000 and is situated in the city center.

First we have Imperial State Electric for a 50 min set of good & sleazy Rock'n Roll à la Hanoi Rocks meets Kiss, much more better than those shitty Murderdolls we had in Paris.
Axl is watching them from the side of the stage but it won't prevent him from making us wait more than an hour as GUNS N ROSES took the stage at 10:30PM

The more I see them the better I like them, The sound is neat and the view from the first row of the stalls is perfect.
Axl Roses's voice is getting better even though there are some strange effects on his voice for a couple of songs ( "Rocket Queen" for example) it's like his voice is compressed and computerized and it sounds awful.
The Lille crowd is really into it, hard to find an empty seat even though they sold a few tickets on the door.
We went into the pit for the Encore and we could easily sneak in down the first rows where Axl Rose's voice was mixed very low.
The sound can be very different from where you're standing.

As usual on this tour, or at least for french shows, they never play the songs written on the setlist ( see pics).
Great 2h30 min gig,
SETLIST:(from Gnrfrance)
01. Chinese Democracy
02. Welcome to the jungle
03. It's so easy
04. Mr brownstone
05. Sorry
06. Fortus Solo / Live and let die
07. This i love
08. Rocket Queen
09. Better
10. Dizzy Solo / Street of dreams
11. You could be mine
12. Dj Ashba solo / Sweet child o mine
13. Axl Solo / November Rain
14. Ron Solo / IRS
15. Knockin on heaven's door
16. Nightrain
17. Don't cry (full version with Axl on vocals )
18. Madagascar
19. Whole lotta rosie (AC/DC) version 2
20. Paradise City

Zénith Lille aftershow & lousy official merchandise
original setlist from Lille modified & street name nearby Lille where we were staying

Bootleg merchandise better than the official

Chinese Democracy & Welcome to the Jungle from Lille:


Remember :
GUNS N ROSES @ bERCY pART 1 pART 2 pART 3 (click on all links for GREAT Pictures, setlist, exclusive videos)
GUNS N ROSES @ L'aRC Club pART 1 pART 2