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.

Perry Julien
Perry Julien Perry Julien Photography
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!

 Exclusive photos for The Backstage Beat by Perry Julien

Set List:

Chinese Democracy
Welcome To The Jungle
It’s So Easy
Mr. Brownstone
Rocket Queen
Richard Fortus Guitar Solo
(James Bond Theme)
Live and Let Die
(Paul McCartney & Wings cover)
This I Love
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)


Shackler’s Revenge
Out Ta Get Me
Paradise City