Ex-GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Izzy Stradlin joined his former band on stage last night (Saturday, July 21) to perform almost a dozen songs during a last-minute concert at a private wedding in Saint-Tropez, France. Izzy and the current lineup of GN’R reportedly played the following tracks: “You’re Crazy”, “Welcome To The Jungle”, “It’s So Easy”, “Mr. Brownstone”, “Used To Love Her”, “14 Years”, “Dead Flowers”, “Nightrain”, “Patience”, “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and “Paradise City”. Also performed last night — without Stradlin — were the songs “This I Love”, “Rocket Queen”, “Estranged”, “Live And Let Die”, “Street Of Dreams”, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Don’t Cry”,
After the show, GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist DJ Ashba tweeted, “Just finished playing a private concert in St. Tropez, France. It was great having Izzy back on stage with us.”
Fellow GN’R axeman Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal appeared less enthused about the prospect of playing a surprise concert, tweeting before the show, “Wow. Diverted without info (or gear or clothes or sleep) to play a wedding in France. Yep. Guess it’s not *one show left*.” He added, “Crew working dangerously nonstop due to added show. Not ok with that…”
Afterwards, Thal tweeted, “That was actually fun as fuck everybody was so sweet :)”
Stradlin previously performed with GUNS N’ ROSES on May 31 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Both Izzy and GUNS N’ ROSES lead singer Axl Rose skipped the band’s recent induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Stradlin issued a statement the week before the induction, thanking his bandmates, the Hall Of Fame for “the acknowledgment of our works over the years,” and the fans who “have supported GUNS N’ ROSES from day one.”
Former GUNS N’ ROSES bassist Duff McKagan joined Axl Rose on stage for the first time in seventeen years at the band’s October 14, 2010 concert in London.
For the Rock Hall induction performance, McKagan, guitarist Slash and drummer Steven Adler were joined by guitarist Gilby Clarke and drummer Matt Sorum for three songs — “Mr. Brownstone”, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City” — from the band’s classic 1987 debut, “Appetite For Destruction”. Providing vocals in the absence of Axl Rose was Myles Kennedy, the singer for ALTER BRIDGE and Slash‘s current solo band.
Sorum played drums for “Mr. Brownstone”, while original drummer Adler took over for the other two songs.
Photo below courtesy of GUNS N’ ROSES Facebook page