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June 6, 2013

GNR delivers in visit to Buffalo's Outer Harbor

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Niagara Gazette — I'm appreciating it more and more with every listen. Hearing the album's title track, plus "Better," "This I Love," and "Catcher in the Rye" was a pleasure for me, although I'm not sure the rest of the more traditional radio friendly listeners appreciated them quite as much. 

Of course, the live experience with any band is often made by the unexpected moments - the parts that weren't produced in a studio. Here, the audience got a cover of Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter," led by keyboardist Dizzy Reed, Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2," with Axl on piano and - one the real highlights of the evening for me - a cover The Who's "The Seeker." Axl also did a brief medley of Elton John's best during a turn at the piano. No lyrics. Just music.  

The band closed, as expected, with "Paradise City." Fireworks went off. Confetti flew up from the stage and over the crowd. Axl ran around in full throat while his band mates cranked up the volume to near dizzying heights. 

Right on, boys. 

Axl is in his 50s now. I'm pushing 40 myself. We're both older, not quite what we used to be maybe. But, for one night at least, I felt at a little like that 19-year-old kid who watched Guns n' Roses play in Hamilton some 20 years ago. 

Only this time, Axl actually finished the set and when it was over came back to center stage with the rest of the band to take a bow. 

I don't know if this was a band thing or a Buffalo Outer Harbor concert thing, but after they left the stage Wayne Newton's "Danke Schoen" serenaded fans as they exited the venue off Fuhrman Boulevard at just after 1 a.m.

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