It has been a long wait but Guns N' Roses have finally made it back to Ontario. The band who now has a cast of eight made their way through Hamilton; the sixth stop on their thirteen date Canadian Tour.
As if the Hamilton natives had not waited enough, Axl and the band made us all wait just a little more. They finally hit the stage around 10:30. The crowd roared as the intro to Chinese Demacracy began and it grew even louder when Axl first ran on to the stage. Another loud erruption occurred as the words "Do you know where you are ?" echoed across the half full arena. None the less we all knew for that moment that we were indeed "in the jungle".
For the next two hours and a half the Axl and the band entertained with a mixed set of songs from "Chinese Democracy" as well as old classics, a great light show and a few extended guitar and piano solos. I was impressed to see that Axl still had the stamina to be running, jumping, spinning and screeching all over the large two level stage.
Although not sold out the crowd was very loud and cheered for their classic favourites: the McCartney cover "Live and Let Die", "You Could Be Mine", "Sweet Child O' Mine". The lighters even came out for "November Rain". I wasn't sure people still did that nowadays.
Before the night was over the crowd was treated to the Boby Dylan cover "Knockin' On Heaven's Door", "Nightrain", and the ultimate closer "Paradise City". It was a long time coming, but for those at the Copps Coliseum last night it was worth the wait.