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Axl N’ Roses perform suprise show in tiny NYC club!

Axl N’ Roses perform suprise show in tiny NYC club!


Axl Rose on stage in NYC.

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Axl has pulled a rabbit out of the hat again. The band played a suprise show at a tiny NYC area club and fans were thrilled. The following has appeared online in blog format in a few spots.

Did we just see what we think we saw? Tonight Vulture’s fashionable sisters at the Cut sneaked us into a Fashion Week—pegged concert, at Gramercy Park Hotel’s Rose Bar, by a group of musicians purporting to be Guns N’ Roses, at which a person with similar facial hair and sweat glands to this guy sang several songs from Appetite for Destruction, the Lies EP, and Chinese Democracy (but only one from the Use or Illusions and none, obviously, from The Spaghetti Incident?). Was it really Axl Rose? He wore a hat and sunglasses for most of the encore-less set, and his singing were barely audible, but his dancing, demeanor, and tardiness (the band took the stage at around 1:30 a.m.) made us think it was.

From where we were standing (approximately four rows away from the stage) we could barely tell the vocals from the guitars, which is presumably why so many people — including Fabrizio from the Strokes and Waris Ahluwalia — attempted to shove their way past us. Would the Axl who spent 15 years fussing over the overdubs on Democracy really have stood for such a poorly mixed show? Presumably not, right? At least Mickey Rourke (who watched from a booth in the back) seemed to be enjoying himself. Here, to the best of our recollection, are the songs that Guns N’ Roses, or a reasonably convincing Guns N’ Roses cover band, played:

"You’re Crazy"

"Mr. Brownstone"

"Used to Love Her"

"Welcome to the Jungle"

"Street of Dreams"


"It’s So Easy"


"Rocket Queen"

"Catcher in the Rye"

"My Michelle"

"Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door"

"Whole Lotta Rosie"

"Sweet Child o’ Mine"


"Paradise City"

Also, this has popped up as well.

Guns N’ Roses play surprise gig to half-empty club

For their first performance since the release of Chinese Democracy, Axl Rose and his crew managed to clear out a New York fashion boutique that was formerly CBGBs

"The world died a little on Friday, as Guns N’ Roses played to the half-empty fashion boutique that was once CBGBs. Axl Rose’s surprise set at New York’s John Varvatos store lacked Slash, Duff McKagan and, as Rose strutted amid £100 belts, probably lacked the spirit of rock’n’roll as well.

The concert was part of an afterpary for L’Uomo Vogue, scheduled as part of New York fashion week. Indie rockers Alberta Cross were advertised on the posters but Guns N’ Roses were the secret headliners, marking the band’s first American performance since the release of Chinese Democracy in 2008. Celebrities such as Kevin Bacon, Sean Lennon, Sebastian Bach and model Rachel Hunter packed into Varvatos’s shop, built inside the desiccated husk of legendary punk venue CBGBs. They waited hours for Guns N’ Roses’ touring lineup to take the stage: Axl Rose, DH Ashba, Ron Thal, Richard Fortus, Tommy Stinson, Dizzy Reed, Chris Pitman and Frank Ferrer.

On the bright side, this feeble incarnation of Guns N’ Roses played only four tunes from Chinese Democracy. Much of the 17-song acoustic set came from 1987’s Appetite for Destruction, including hits like Paradise City and Sweet Child O’ Mine. Nevertheless, as the gig wore down around 3am, the boutique was reportedly half-empty. "This was the best fucking show of our tour!" Rose told the crowd. The socialites and fashion icons doubtless cheered. Fans in Taiwan, South Korea and Canada, who spent hundreds to see the band during their last tour, were probably less enthused."

DH Ashba?

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