Such a hugely anticipated gig – everyone you spoke to thought that it would either be amazing (Slash and Axl back on the same stage – what’s not to love?) or terrible (Axl throwing a diva tantrum and not turning up until 11pm). Well, at about 7.25pm (as I was stood in the line for drinks) the familiar sound of Slash’s guitar echoed through the stadium – they were on time! Hurriedly grabbing the drinks, I ran out to the arena floor and dived straight into one of the best rock gigs I have ever been to.
It wasn’t just that I was hearing some of the most iconic rock songs being played live and it wasn’t just that Axl and Slash were both on the same stage, riding the same beat – it was the atmosphere they cast across the crowd. There was a feeling of awe in the stadium and the effort they were putting in was palpable. The audience could feel the intensity coming off the stage and it was infectious – everyone was rocking out and I was carried along with the vibe. Adrenaline was pumping and it felt like rock would let us take on the world and win.
November rain, You Could Be Mine and the tribute to Chris Cornell (Black Hole Sun) were stand out moments of the night, as was the heat of the sun, burning down on 66,000 rockers, revelling in the reunion of one of the greatest rock groups on the planet.
All of the band put in 100% and there was something about the feral nature of the guys on the stage that gave the gig an edge, a feeling that we were halfway between a riot and a carnival. It felt like we were all part of rock history just by being in the same venue and I can’t wait for the next time around.