Axl Rose was out of his throne and running again as Guns N' Roses opened Its Not In This Lifetime Tour of North America on Thursday (June 23) night at Ford Field for 41,000 fans in Detroit.
Rose had been confined to Dave Grohl's modified 2014 throne for most of GNR's previous reunion dates after breaking his foot during the group's April 1 warm-up concert at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. He began leaving the chair during his swing through Europe fronting AC/DC, and on Thursday the singer was fully mobile and as animated as ever, prowling the three-tiered stage with his trademark shuffles and gallops, leaving only for wardrobe changes that encompassed six different t-shirts, a leather jacket, five hats and a couple of bandanas.
The rest of the band -- including classic lineup members Slash and Duff McKagan, who have returned after an often acrimonious two-decade absence -- looked and sounded like it had spent the past two months since GNR's second Coachella show pent up and ready to rock again. The result was an explosive (literally, thanks to pyrotechnics) set that weighed in at two hours and 35 minutes, starting at an early-for-GNR 9:43 p.m. and wrapping up at about 12:20 a.m.