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Guns N’ Roses Launch Las Vegas Residency With Epic Opening Night

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Guns N’ Roses‘ much-hyped Las Vegas residency is now underway, and by all accounts, those in attendance walked away with a solid opening night experience.

The band took over The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Wednesday night for a 25-song set that spanned from their breakout debut disc, ‘Appetite for Democracy,’ through their polarizing last effort, ‘Chinese Democracy.’

The evening began with the title track from the ‘Chinese Democracy’ disc before immediately adding to the energy level with ‘Welcome to the Jungle.’ With guitarist DJ Ashba perched high on a stage prop and some scaffolding delivering the opening licks, and Axl Rose ready to belt at full force, the crowd whipped into a frenzy.

The set featured such favorite tracks as ‘It’s So Easy,’ ‘Mr. Brownstone,’ ‘Estranged,’ ‘You Could Be Mine,’ and ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine,’ peppered in with covers of ‘Live and Let Die,’ ‘Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2,’ ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,’ and ‘Don’t Let It Bring You Down.’ The latter track, a Neil Young cover, the group recently debuted at Young’s Bridge School Benefit.

After a quick break, the band returned for a three-song finale that included ‘Madagascar,’ ‘Patience,’ and ‘Paradise City.’ Fan filmed footage of three songs from last night’s show can be seen below. All dates for the residency can be seen here.

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Guns N’ Roses’ Opening Night 2012 Las Vegas Residency Set List

‘Chinese Democracy’
‘Welcome to the Jungle’
‘It’s So Easy’
‘Mr. Brownstone’
Richard Fortus Guitar Solo
‘Live and Let Die’
‘This I Love’
‘Rocket Queen’
Dizzy Reed Piano Solo
‘Street of Dreams’
‘You Could Be Mine’
‘Ballad of Death’ (DJ Ashba Solo)
‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’
‘Another Brick in the Wall Part 2′
‘November Rain’
‘Glad to Be Here’ (Bumblefoot solo)
‘Don’t Cry’
‘Don’t Let It Bring You Down’ (Neil Young cover)
‘Civil War’
‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’
Jam / ‘Nightrain’

Jam / ‘Madagascar’
‘Paradise City’

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