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In Pictures: Guns N’ Roses @ Bharatiya City, Bangalore

  • Welcome to the (Indian) Jungle
    Hard rock heavyweights Guns N' Roses kicked off their three-city India tour at Bharatiya City, Bangalore on Friday, December 7. Local rock veterans Thermal And A Quarter played the opening set.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Bruce Lee Mani
    TAAQ played a spirited set, with more energetic tracks including 'How Can I Get Your Groove', 'Meter Mele One and a Half', 'Sanity in Gravity', as well as a cover of Nirvana's 'In Bloom'. Frontman Bruce Lee Mani will play a collaborative set at the Bangalore edition of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender next weekend. Have you bought your tickets yet?
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Leslie Charles
    Charles (of The Leslie Charles Trio) has replaced Prakash KN as TAAQ's bassist. Michael Anthony Dias (of Mad Orange Fireworks) also supported the trio on guitars and backing vocals.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Rajeev Rajagopal
    The TAAQ drummer has quite a fan following for himself at home.

    Thermal And A Quarter recently collaborated with Adil & Vasundhara and flautist Ashwin Srinivasan on an episode of The Dewarists. The collaborators wrote and performed the song 'Make Love'. You can watch that episode here.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • They're finally here.
    A 3,000-strong crowd had gathered at the venue to watch the American heavyweights perform. We've heard rumours of a GN'R tour several times in the past, but this was the first time that the rumors manifested into reality. Check out this post to see how it all unfolded.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Axl Rose
    The GN'R vocalist is the only remaining member from the original lineup of the band. He gave the Bangalore crowd their money's worth though with a tight, energetic performance.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • DJ Ashba
    The GN'R lead guitarist replaced ex-member Robin Finck, and has worked with a host of other artists including Mötley Crüe and Neil Diamond. He joined the band at the start of their Chinese Democracy tour in 2009. He's rarely seen performing live without the hat.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Bumblefoot
    Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal also joined the band just before Chinese Democracy, replacing longtime member Buckethead. The guitarist is heavily inspired by KISS and released a series of singles online last year as a solo project.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • When In India...
    GnR keyboard player Chris Pitman has been with the band since 1998. He believes that when in India, one must wear the appropriate garb.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Frank Ferrer
    The drummer has been with Guns N' Roses since 2006, and has also joined Tool on some live sessions.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Back To Back
    Ashba and Thal brought their A-game to the gig, and had the crowd eating up their every move. The band's setlist comprised newer tracks from Chinese Democracy as well as several classics.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Speaking of which...
    Ex-GN'R guitar legend Slash is scheduled to play a three-city India tour in February 2013. The tour is being organised by Mooz Entertainment, who are also responsible for GN'R's current India Tour.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Onward ho!
    The band's tour takes them to Mumbai next, on December 9, and Gurgaon on December 12.
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
  • Setlist
    'Chinese Democracy'
    'Welcome to the Jungle'
    'It's So Easy'
    'Mr. Brownstone'
    'Estranged'
    'Rocket Queen'
    'Live and Let Die' (Wings cover)
    'This I Love'
    'Better'
    'Motivation'
    Dizzy Reed Piano Solo ('No Quarter' by Led Zeppelin) 'Catcher in the Rye'
    'Street of Dreams'
    'There Was a Time'
    'You Could Be Mine'
    DJ Ashba Guitar Solo (Ballad of Death)
    'Sweet Child O' Mine'
    'Another Brick in the Wall Part 2' (Pink Floyd cover, with Axl on piano) 'November Rain'
    'Objectify' (Bumblefoot cover, Bumblefoot on lead vocals)
    'Don't Cry'
    'The Seeker' (The Who cover)
    'Civil War'
    'Knockin' on Heaven's Door'
    'Jam'
    'Nightrain'
    Encore:
    'Don't Let It Bring You Down' (Neil Young cover)
    'Jam'
    'Patience'
    'Jam'
    'Paradise City'
    Photo credit: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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