Guns 'N' Roses returns to Montreal: No riot this time
Published Thursday, January 28, 2010 8:57AM EST
It was a night that thousands of fans have waited 17 years to see.
The rebel rock group Guns 'N' Roses was back in Montreal on Wednesday night for the first time since their riot-marred 1992 concert at Olympic Stadium.
It’s not quite the same band – lead singer Axl Rose is the only remaining member of the original group.
Everyone else has either left or been fired over the last two decades, but Rose still has the rights to all of the band’s songs.
It was those tunes that attracted thousands of fans to the Bell Centre, though Rose was an hour late taking the stage.
The fans went wild when Guns 'N' Roses played classics including Welcome to the Jungle and Sweet Child of Mine.
It was part of a world tour to promote the long-awaited release of their new album Chinese Democracy – the group’s first album in 14 years.
The Bell Centre crowd included young fans who might not have been born when Rose and his gang exploded onto the music scene in the late 1980s.
The show was peaceful, unlike the last time Guns 'N' Roses played in Montreal.
Rose walked off the stage at the Olympic Stadium after a shortened set, setting off riots that spilled onto the streets.
Angry fans looted and caused about $400,000 in damage to the Big O.
The rock group was banned for life from the venue, solidifying their status as rock's bad boys.