Chinese Democracy sound more like true Guns N’ Roses with the addition of Slash’s bluesy guitar tone alongside new-era guitarist Richard Fortus. Also Saturday, Nov. 25, and Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the Forum.
The elements of surprise and unpredictability have subsided since bassist Duff McKagan and guitarist Slash rejoined Guns N’ Roses in April 2016. Vocalist Axl Rose’s reputation for tardiness and performance inconsistency has been squashed with the band’s well-oiled reunion tour. The lack of drama and chaos may have washed away the aura of danger that dated back to the band’s early days, but the newfound professionalism results in a three-hour set that shows it’s the songs that have endured after 30 years, not the band’s bad-boy image. “Welcome to the Jungle” is still a vicious, hard-driving rocker, “Estranged” is still a soulful, epic ballad, and songs from the Axl-led 2008 record