Should I Or Shouldn't I: Guns N Roses Reunion
It was recently brought to my attention that I know a guy who knows a guy who knows Matt Sorum, ex drummer for Guns N Roses. Or something like that. Point is, I have an opportunity to have some "primo seats" grabbed for me at what is being made out to be a pretty phenomenal price(by Ticketmaster's devil standards, anyways). So, I pose the question: Should I or Shouldn't I? Let's discuss.
Pro: It's Guns N Fuckin Roses, architects of one the greatest debut albums of all time, Rock Gods who have sound-tracked a good portion of my life and all around kick ass rabble rousers.
Con: Its Guns N Roses, thirty years after the release of said greatest debut album of all time. We've seen the pictures of Axl, heard the stories of personal attacks on one another, not to mention all the substance abuse, womanizing, riot starting and gig skipping.
Pro: It's in Seattle. That means roadtrip! The drive to Seattle is beautiful, the city is beautiful, the good homie Jeff has the place dialed and maybe most importantly, legal weed. Yeah, Seattle rules.
Con: It's in Seattle. Arguably the worst traffic in the country. It's always raining and the Canadian dollar is still shit, meaning everything is 20% more than it should be. Even the legal weed.
Pro: It's at Century Link Stadium, home of the Seattle Seahawks. Widely considered to be the loudest football stadium in the NFL, the stadium was actually designed with maximizing crowd noise in mind. I've been in there for a playoff game and it's nuts. Had to yell at the person standing right beside me. Good times.
Con: It's in a football stadium. And they're called football stadiums for a reason. The designers have football in mind first, concerts second, maybe even third or fourth. Arguments about shows being better or worse in bigger venues as opposed to clubs is an argument best saved for another day.
Pro: Reviews for other shows on the tour that have already happened have Guns N Roses being generally well received, sounding good and playing sets worthy of the price tag.
Con: I don't know the people writing the reviews I read. Do they like everything? Are they getting paid to write a puff piece? Did the nostalgia cloud their vision? I don't know. I just don't know.
So as you can see, I have a bit of a conundrum. If I go and it rules, great. Another box checked off the bucketlist, and a box I never thought would get checked off in the first place If I don't go and it rules, well fuck. Kicking myself. But if I go and sucks I not only waste a few hundred bucks but it will undoubtedly tarnish my opinion of one of the great rock n roll bands of my generation.
So, should I or shouldn't I?