Guns N’ Roses: Not In This Lifetime Tour
Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington
Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017
Words and Photos by Travis Trautt
What a memorable first trip the Gorge, my home state’s gorgeous outdoor amphitheater.
Adding drama for the HUGE, extremely fired-up crowd was the haze from massive wildfires plaguing the state this fall. The smoke was so thick I didn’t even get my own version of the venue’s iconic sunset behind the stage.
I didn’t expect much from my childhood idols Guns N’ roses, who haven’t aged as gracefully as other hard rock bands, but with it felt like a bucket list moment worthy of the 2.5 hour drive from Seattle.
Shunning the myth that the L.A. group always goes on late, Axel Rose and crew took the stage right around the published set time and tore in to “It’s So Easy” from their classic 1987 album Appetite for Destruction.
My blood was pumping. Duffy and Slash were on point, leading the band through a massive 33 song set featuring tracks from each of their albums including personal favorites “Rocket Queen” and “My Michelle” and covers like the Misfits’ “Attitude” and “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd.
Here are my six favorite shots from the experience.