Guns N’ Roses’ lead guitarist Slash recently spoke to Japanese music critic and radio personality Masa Ito for an interview and revealed how he and his bandmates could play hours-long live sets.
In April 2021, Guns N’ Roses rescheduled their UK and European tour dates to June and July 2022 due to the global coronavirus pandemic. They then announced that the rescheduled performances included their shows at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London and a show at Glasgow Green.
As of now, GN’R is scheduled to tour across Europe. Before visiting Australia and New Zealand at the end of 2022, they will move to South America and Mexico in autumn. Recently, they performed at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Carrie Underwood joining them on stage on July 1.
Speaking to Masa Ito of TVK’s ‘Rock City,’ a Japanese music critic and radio personality, Slash revealed GN’R’s excitement over their return to the stage after the pandemic. He stated that they have pent-up expectations and energy that have been expelled due to their inactivity during the lockdown.
Moreover, Slash said they recently did a show that lasted three-and-a-half hours, and they have been playing for over three hours. He then added that GN’R played 30 tracks during the show on July 1, and they play that long just because they enjoy playing and can’t stop once they take the stage.
During the conversation, Slash said the following about playing long sets:
“There’s definitely a sense of pent-up expectations after not having had any real concerts or live activity for so many years after the lockdown. So there’s definitely some pent-up energy being expelled.“
Talking about GN’R’s current live shows, Slash continued:
“We did a three-and-a-half-hour show. We have been on this tour. We’ve been playing for three hours plus. Last night was three and a half hours. We played 30 songs. It’s good. It’s fun. We play that long because we enjoy playing. It’s not because we have a mandate to play for three hours. It’s just we get going, and we can’t stop.”
You can watch the interview below.