ST. LOUIS — Clearly Guns N’ Roses’ superstar Axl Rose buried any beef he had with St. Louisans.
Palpable anticipation exuded from fans dressed in similar fashion as Rose, a mix of shredded jeans, flannel tied around his waist and cowboy boots, at the band’s Not in This Lifetime… Tour stop Thursday at the Dome at America’s Center. Some imitated Slash, donning long black curly locks and top hats, the famed guitarist’s signature look. Fans who wore 1991 “Use Your Illusion” tour T-shirts walked with pride for having been at the “riot show” at Riverport Amphitheatre, now Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
Rose acknowledged the chaotic date unperturbed, giving props and respect to the people of St. Louis, in which Thursday marked the first time since 1991 that Guns N’ Roses played here.
But mention of the “Riverport Riot” was not what people came to hear Thursday. Purely and simply, they came to hear classic Guns N’ Roses’ intense, melodic, just-the-right-amount-of-crunch music and Rose’s singular falsetto.
The Not in This Lifetime… Tour features the classic lineup of Rose, Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, performing together for the first time since the Use Your Illusion Tour in 1993.
Also in the lineup is St. Louis’ own Richard Fortus, who founded the popular 1980s’ The Eyes, which became Pale Divine, and regularly played Laclede’s Landing’s former Kennedy’s Second Street Co., of which Fortus sported a vintage T-shirt with the club’s logo on it Thursday night as a shout out to his hometown. Fortus also performed with the Psychedelic Furs, Love Spit Love and other well-known rock bands. Keyboardists Dizzy Reed, a core GN’R member, and Melissa Reese, along with drummer Frank Ferrer — also a former member of the Psychedelic Furs and Love Spit Love — rounded out Thursday’s lineup.
Right out of the gate, Rose delivered the goods with “It’s So Easy,” “Mr. Brownstone” and “Welcome…