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Guns N’ Roses Rock Philips

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Hard rock heavyweight Axl Rose and his re-tooled Guns N’ Roses performed at Philips Arena on Wednesday night. Being the fourth leg of a very long awaited tour, expectations ran high but tickets sales were low with a little over half of Philips’ seats filled. Despite the turnout, and starting late at 11:00, Rose and his new bandmates were in fantastic form. Rose did reference the fact that the last time he played in Atlanta, in 1987, he was arrested at the concert. Guns N’ Roses was scheduled to play the Omni in the early 90s, but the show was canceled. Kellen Heller opened up the night with Buckcherry following playing a full set. Guns N’ Roses took the stage about 30 minutes after.

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After holding tickets for 4 Guns and Roses concerts over the years and having Axl Rose cancel all 4 (including the Philadelphia Spectrum show that ended their last attempted tour), I finally got to see and photograph the latest version of Guns And Roses at Philips Arena Wednesday night. In typical Axl fashion, the show started late, but those who took the chance to buy tickets were treated to 3 hours and over 30 songs of classic Guns and Roses. These photographs hopefully capture some of the energy that makes Axl Rose one of the best frontmen in rock and roll!
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 Exclusive photos for The Backstage Beat by Perry Julien[nggallery id=450]

Set List:

Chinese Democracy
Welcome To The Jungle
It’s So Easy
Mr. Brownstone
Sorry
Rocket Queen
Estranged
Richard Fortus Guitar Solo
(James Bond Theme)
Live and Let Die
(Paul McCartney & Wings cover)
This I Love
Better
Riff Raff
(AC/DC cover)
My Generation
(The Who cover) (Tommy Stinson lead vocals, with band intros)
Dizzy Reed Piano Solo
(Baba O’ Riley)
Street Of Dreams
You Could Be Mine
DJ Ashba Guitar Solo
(The Ballad of Death)
Sweet Child O’ Mine
Instrumental Jam
(Since I’ve Been Loving You/… more)
Axl Rose Piano Solo
(Someone Saved My Life Tonight/… more)
November Rain
Bumblefoot Guitar Solo
(Pink Panther Theme)
Don’t Cry
Whole Lotta Rosie
(AC/DC cover)
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
(Bob Dylan cover)
Nightrain

Encore:

Madagascar
Shackler’s Revenge
Out Ta Get Me
Patience
Paradise City

 

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Jonah Parzen-Johnson at Lilypad

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Jonah Parzen-Johnson has an innate ability to make the baritone sax sound like bagpipes, and maybe that’s why I cried.

Mostly I cried because Jonah tells radiant stories with his saxophone and analog synth, working the brass and pedals to recreate the framework which surrounds his album Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow: Parzen-Johnson wanted to make “something of myself that’s for everybody else.”

Jonah opened his set with “Stay There, I’ll Come to You,” showcasing the harmony between synth and sax right off the bat. With haunting lilts, the two combined into a ribbon of melody, pulsating inside the ear as well as the heart. Much like the song’s title, Jonah was the one approaching the audience as an experimental troubadour of tête-à-tête.

The back stories and thoughts behind each song tied in so well with the raw, almost throaty sax, developing such strong, emotional resonance with the musical layers. The skeleton shook.

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Speedy Ortiz “riiiiise above and gliiiiiide away” at The Sinclair

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The Sinclair was a packed house Wednesday night for the Speedy Ortiz CD release party; as a hometown gig for the Northampton, MA-based band, kinetic warmth buzzed through friends and fans alike as Sadie Dupuis and crew played their freshly-release Foil Deer track-by-track.

What’s a party without some guests, though? That’s where Krill and Mitski come in.

Krill kicked off the night with some tracks from A Distant Fist Unclenching, other goods from Lucky Leaves. Lead singer/bassist Jonah Furman brought to mind early (read: good) Billy Corgan, which I’m not sure he will appreciate. But I think he’ll appreciate this: I couldn’t stop laughing because then I kept thinking about Marilyn Manson telling Billy Corgan that he looked like Charlie Brown.

Opening with “Theme from Krill,” the Boston trio has a knack for rhythm and melody that burrows into your brain. The dreamy bleakness of “Purity of Heart.”  The discordant garage rock and hiccupping guitar and warbly Scooter-ness of “Foot.” Krill’s sound is a good, comfy noise that keeps you wiggling and all that good stuff. Be sure to catch the band at Boston Calling.

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Years & Years at Royale Boston

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During winter storm Juno, UK electro pop group Years & Years were forced to cancel the first show of their two-night stint in New York City back in January. After the snow finally melted, they made the rounds again this past March, playing several shows in California, South by Southwest before finally landing in Boston.

Due to popular demand, the show was moved from The Sinclair to the Royale in downtown’s Theater District.

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