Long delayed due to the pandemic, Guns N’ Roses fans have been patiently waiting for the band’s show to arrive in Scotland, featuring the ‘classic’ lineup of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.
But as ever with the band, very little is certain about the concert – with previous tours dogged by cancellations, late arrivals and the typically unpredictable behavior of Rose.
And the signs from the most recent gigs have been less than positive, with reports of fans walking out early following set time delays, poor sound quality, and issues with Rose’s voice.
Is the show going ahead?
All signs are that the show is going ahead as planned, with the doors set to open at 4.30pm.
Set times have not yet been confirmed but Gary Clark Jr. will provide support, with the headline act expected to be (hopefully) onstage at some time between 7pm and 8.30pm.
The show is expected to finish by 11pm.
What happened at the London gigs?
Gun N’ Roses played two gigs at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, in London, on Friday, July 1, and Saturday, July 2.
On the first night, concert-goers reported that the doors opened around two hours late, meaning there was no time for the planned performance by support act Gary Clark Jr.
There were even rumors – apparently unfounded – that singer Axl Rose was suffering from a bout of anxiety and would struggle to appear on stage.
When the band did come on there, many crowd members reported problems with the sound, claiming they could hardly hear Rose’s vocals.
They ended up playing 22 songs, significantly fewer than at their previous concert at Dublin’s Marlay Park, with notable song absenses including ‘Coma’ and ‘You Could Be Mine’.
Sound problems also plagued the second show, with Axl Roses telling the crowd that he was “having issues” with his voice after seventh song ‘Estranged’.
The set was even shorter than the previous night, with just 19 songs, and it was the first time since 2014 the band haven’t performed ‘Rocket Queen’.
They also didn’t play ‘November Rain’, the first time the fan favorite has been left off the setlist since 2016.
What’s happening with the trains?
ScotRail is urging people traveling to Glasgow Green to see Guns N’ Roses perform to plan ahead, and to consider their travel options. ScotRail is urging customers heading to the events to travel early if they can, allow plenty of time for their journey, and to consider their travel options when heading home. Due to the temporary timetable currently in place, there will be a very limited number of trains out of Glasgow city center after 11pm on Tuesday night.
23:05 – Glasgow Central to Neilston
23:17 – Glasgow Central to East Kilbride
23:21 – Glasgow Central to Gourock
23:22 – Glasgow Central to Stirling
23:30 – Glasgow Central to Ayr
23:45 – Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley
What’s the likely setlist?
If Rose’s voice recovers in time for the Glasgow gig, then fans are in for a treat, with the recent Dublin concert offering a career-spanning 27-song setlist, including no fewer than eight songs from debut album ‘Appetite For Destruction’.
It’s So Easy Mr. Brownstone Welcome to the Jungle Better Back in Black Slither Chinese Democracy Double Talkin’ Jive Estranged Live and Let Die Reckless Life Rocket Queen You Could Be Mine I Wanna Be Your Dog Absurd Hard Skool Civil War Slash Guitar Solo: Born Under a Bad Sign Sweet Child o’ Mine November Rain Wichita Lineman Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door Nightrain Coma Patience You’re Crazy Paradise City