Expectations are high for Guns N’ Roses upcoming US tour which is set to kick off on June 23 in Detroit. This will be the first proper tour with original members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan since 1993. If the handful of dates the band did in April is any indicator of what’s to come, it looks like we’re all in for something really special. The setlist is full of GN’R classics, with material from Appetite For Destruction taking up a big part of the set, but also some surprises from the Use Your Illusion albums, as well as songs from Chinese Democracy which neither Slash or Duff played on. So, in preparation for their tour, we present you with Guns N’ Roses’ ten best live cuts. If you’re going to any of the shows this summer, chances are you’ll get to hear most of them!


What makes me most excited to see the reformed version of GN'R is the fact that they’ve brought back the Use Your Illusion I closer “Coma” to the setlist. It’s a classic Slash/Rose composition, and the best song from the two Illusion albums in my opinion. I love songs that break the standard verse-chorus-verse format

“Civil War”

I am very happy to see that “Civil War” is included in the band’s recent setlists and really hope it stays there until the tour reaches Europe (whenever that will be). So, what’s so great about “Civil War” you might ask? I love how it starts out really mellow with Axl whistling the intro and gradually builds to a full out rocker. It’s a great live song because it lends itself to some extensive soloing, which is really what I like most about Guns N' Roses.

”Live and Let Die”

Guns' version of this Wings classic is almost identical to the original and that is perfectly fine. Why change something that is great from the beginning, right? It works really well live since everyone knows it, and it’s an excellent excuse to use massive amounts of pyro!

”Welcome to the Jungle”

If there’s one thing I would like to change about the current GN'R tour, it’s the placement of “Welcome to the Jungle” in the setlist. The song is the ultimate show opener in my opinion! I’ve seen Axl's version of Guns on several occasions and there just isn’t a better way to build excitement when the venue goes dark and the distorted delay-ridden guitar intro sounds over the PA just as the band is taking the stage.

“It's So Easy”

“It’s So Easy” is GN’R at the top of their game! The song has it all - a kick ass drum sound, a driving bass line, great riffing, classic Slash soloing and the most important ingredient - cowbell! This song really gets the crowd going, and the band knows it too since its the first Appetite song in the set on this tour.

“You Could Be Mine”

What I like most about “You Could Be Mine” is Matt Sorum’s instantly recognizable drum intro, and the way that beat, along with Duff’s bass lines, drive the entire song. It was the first song to be released from the Use Your Illusion albums in June of ’91 and was used in James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

“Mr. Brownstone”

The main riff to “Mr. Brownstone” always create some pogo mayhem at GN’R shows, with everyone in the GA section jumping up and down in unison. This song, that deals with Slash and Izzy Stradlin’s addictions in the mid-eighties, is a live favorite among fans and no GN’R show would be complete without it!

“Paradise City”

If ”Welcome to the Jungle” is the ultimate opener, “Paradise City” HAS to be the last song at every GN'R show. Even though it’s been played to death it is still my favorite, and I could never get tired of it. It’s such a great live tune with a chorus that lends itself to great sing-alongs.

“Rocket Queen”

The song on Appetite for Destruction that most signaled Axl's penchant for writing long epic songs was “Rocket Queen.” It’s basically two songs combined in to one and it sounds awesome!

I really love that this song is still a regular in the set.

“November Rain”

The ballad to end all ballads! It’s nice that the band still regularly play all songs from their unofficial video trilogy (the other two being “Without You,” and “Estranged”) – not an easy feat being how both “November Rain” and “Estranged” clocks in at around 10 minutes each. What’s not to love about “November Rain?” From Axl’s intro, by way of Slash's solos (yes, that’s plural), to Axl's piano break at the end - it’s such a well crafted song that, just like “Coma,” escapes the traditional rock song structure.