It’s very difficult to imagine any rock singer performing on stage while sitting yet that’s exactly what occurred at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, 2016. “Guns N’ Roses” founder and singer Axl Rose sat on a guitar throne during his entire performance with his plastered foot propped up, aimed at the audience. However, his electrifying vocals were accompanied by Slash and Duff McKagan. Though Rose was unable to move around the stage and do his signature serpentine moves, he invited AC/DC guitarist Angus Young to do the dancing on his behalf.
News.com.au mentions that the 54-year-old singer broke his foot about a week ago while performing for the band’s first reunion show at Los Angeles’ Troubadour. Singer Dave Grohl loaned him the Foo Fighters throne, according to Fuse. The throne had some special effect of its own with parts moving forwards and backwards, but it was nothing special.
There was need of a human counterpart to bring that mad energy to the stage which Axl Rose couldn’t provide. That’s when AC/DC’s Angus Young was called. “Since I can’t run around for you, we’re gonna bring out a friend, put a little life into things for us,” Rose told the crowd. This acted as sort of a prelude to Rose’s eventual joining of AC/DC as lead singer for their “Rock or Bust” world tour which begins on May 7 in Lisbon.
“Guns N’ Roses” performed such late 1980s and early ‘90s hit songs like “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Paradise City,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Live and Let Die” and “You Could Be Mine” from the three albums “Appetite for Destruction” (1987), “Use Your Illusion I” (1991) and “Use Your Illusion II” (1991). Fuse reports that McKagan performed the vocals on “Attitude,” from the 1993 album “The Spaghetti Incident?” AC/DC’s Angus Young performed two duets with Rose, “Whole Lotta Rosie” and “Riff Raff.”
Guns N’ Roses’ “You Could be Mine” was very popular in 1991, being the theme song for director James Cameron’s film “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was also featured briefly in “Terminator Salvation.” The song is a part of the band’s fourth studio album “Use your Illusion II.” Listen to their original songs at GunsNRosesVEVO.