Guns N’ Roses returned to Coachella on April 23 for an encore performance as headliners during the annual festival’s second weekend.
The seventh show of the group’s reunion tour featured two debuts: “Out ta Get Me” from 1987’s “Appetite For Destruction” and “Used To Love Her” from 1988’s “Lies.”
Rumours circulated ahead of the show that Guns N’ Roses might deliver a tribute to Prince, who passed away on April 21 at the age of 57.
“I had a bootleg laser disc…do you know what a laser disc is?,” Axl Rose asked the crowd after explaining the band didn’t have time to fully prepare a proper tribute. “A laser disc is like a big Frisbee, a CD of Purple Rain. Duff is a huge fan. Anyway, we don’t want to dedicate a song; we’ll dedicate the whole show and everything to the memory of Prince.”
Duff McKagan offered his own personal tribute by playing a white bass during the show that featured a purple decal of Prince's symbol.
The Coachella appearance wraps up the spring preview of Guns N’ Roses reunion run, which will launch a summer stadium tour of North America at Ford Field in Detroit, MI on June 23.
Ahead of that, Axl Rose will join AC/DC in place of Brian Johnson for the Australian band’s European tour, which starts May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal.
AC/DC guitarist Angus Young made a rare guest appearance with Guns N’ Roses during their headlining set at Coachella on April 16, just hours after the group announced that Rose would step in to front the band for the remainder of their 2016 tour.
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