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Monday's House of Blues show was, at press time, the only of the three to sell-out. Perhaps the locale, back on the Strip where Axl famously jumped off the bus and submerged himself in the jungle of depravity that is Los Angeles, will conjure some mojo from the old days and make for a more compelling show. The smaller venue size should be cool. How they'll fare at The Wiltern tonight is anybody's guess.
But bottom line is, until Slash and Duff McKagan -- and, to a lesser extent, Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler -- re-join their talented frontman, Guns n' Roses' fire power is but a puff of smoke.
We feel the same about Velvet Revolver and Slash's solo projects too, by the way, maybe even more so. If the OG G N' R members never see eye to eye, all the better; their tempestuousness and the tension that created on stage is what made them great together. Rumors that this may actually happen at the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame induction in April continue to fly, mainly because no one will say flat out that it won't, including Axl and Slash.
Personal bias: We had an Appetite For Destruction poster on our wall in high school.
The crowd: No kiddies moshing to Mr. Rose here, just a lot of sloshed heshers in concert tees, drowning in beer and busting out sing-alongs.
Random notebook dump: Axl needs to bring back his signature side-to-side glide! We saw hints of it, but never a full-on right-to-left, head-to-shoulders-to-hips grind moment. The "Axl Dance" is nearly as iconic as Michael Jackson's "Moonwalk," and unlike say, David Lee Roth's high-kicks, age shouldn't make it more difficult.