Carolina Duarte's Review
It was 12:00 noon and I was in the line waiting, I could see everything, from a guy dressed like Axl, to someone dressed like Slash. While waiting, everyone was having fun, all of the sudden a white limousine went by us. First I though it was "El conde del guacharo" (A well know comedian in Venezula that was opening for Guns N' Roses that night), that any of us didn't want to see at that moment since we all were thinking about GNR, but all of the sudden a window came down and there he was - Duff!, which he started to insult us with his famous "FUCK OFF"....
Then at 4:00 p.m., the first door opened which they were schedule to open at 2:00 p.m. At 4:05 we started to go in, then the second door opened, there they checked our tickets, and finally at 4:30 we got to the last door, where they checked our bags for safety. Then we had to run all the way to the stage that we even couldn't see from were I was, so I had to run all the way until I saw the two UYI flags - by then I was SOO tired! - blue on the right, yellow on the left. We sat down in front of the stage, we waited and waited, 4 hours went by, and the concert that was scheduled at 9 was soon to start! While waiting we could see Axl riding a bike backstage.
At 8:45 "El conde del Guacharo" started the show with his jokes, thank god he lasted only 45 minutes, threatening us by saying, "If you don't like my jokes, I'm gonna tell Axl not play tonight!" At 10:45 the lights when off and that's when a fat guy came on stage (who knows where he came from) and screamed "Hey Venezuela, update if you can, from Hollywood, Guns N' Roses!!"-- Lights went on, and they there were. I could hear the chords from "Nightrain." Axl, Slash, and Duff were on stage. "Mr. Brownstone" was next, we all started dancing like crazy. "I really like to stay up here," Axl said. Then a great illumination show started to give entrance to "Live And Let Die." "Double Talkin' Jive" was next, Axl came out with his army jacket and "Civil war" was on, we could see the Venezuelan, American and USSR flag on the back, something that I'll never forget. To calm the crowd "Wild Horses" followed and then "Patience," "Bad Obsession" & "Welcome To The Jungle." Then Axl came out with his Jesus shirt and with bike shorts singing "Yesterdays" From the floor came the piano where I supposed "November Rain" was coming up next. Then Matt gave a great intro (Drum Solo) to "You Could Be Mine." Then it was Slash time, "The Godfather Theme" and a long blues to give intro to "Sweet Child O' Mine," and then "Knockin' On Heaven's Door." "Hello Venezuela, you are very receptive…," Slash said. "Paradise City" ended the show. At 2:00 a.m. I was able to get out of the stadium and drive back home safely.