Are Legacy Acts Worth the Money? Guns N’ Roses Criticized By Fans for Recent Performance, Footage Goes Viral for All the Wrong Reasons

We’ve waited for about two years or so for big-name rock bands to go back to their tours. Although eagerly anticipating it all, it would not be much of an exaggeration to say that it’s been a cold shower for the fans of a lot of so-called “legacy acts,” including Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, and even Whitesnake.

The next ones to disappoint their fans are Guns N’ Roses. As Metal Hammer reports, one of the band’s recent performances went viral on TikTok for all the wrong reasons. Of course, it didn’t take that long for the media to pick it up and fan-filmed videos on YouTube to get more views, comments, and engagement.

In particular, people have criticized Axl Rose’s vocal performance at the band’s June 15 show over at Stavanger, Norway. The song that got the most attention was their classic “Welcome to the Jungle.” Just when the vocals kick in is where you’d expect everyone to go crazy. But it just felt… Well, here’s one of the videos below. For some extra laughs, go over to the 3:28 mark:

Gun's N Roses Welcome to the jungle live in Forus, Stavanger.

And here’s another one:

Guns N' Roses "Welcome To The Jungle" Live Forus Stavanger Norway 15 jun 2022

To be fair, we’re not sure how this didn’t get viral sooner. If we look at the June 12 performance from the Sweden Rock festival, it sounds like Axl is struggling. Additionally, the band felt like they were dragging. Here’s the video from that show:

And we took the liberty of peeking into the comments. And, oh my, are some people disappointed. Let’s share a few of those that we found in the videos:

“for normal songspeed put the videospeed on 1.25🤣🤣

Not sure when the gingerbread man from Shrek became the singer of Guns N Roses, but hes doing an ok job.

South Park needs to jump at the opportunity of having an episode where Mr. Hanky replaces Axl since they sound so much alike.

People actually think Axl sounds good? The band sounds great but he sounds fucking awful. Don’t even throw the age thing out there. Metallica still sounds good live as does Iron Maiden. I thought the Mickey Mouse thing was just a meme too.

Love the crowd – helping the king Axl sing…

Photo: YouTube screenshot via Syed Khaled Bin Wyaled

David Slavkovic

David always planned for music to be nothing more than a hobby. However, after a short career as an agricultural engineer he ended up news editor at KillerGuitarRigs, senior editor at Ultimate-Guitar.com, as well as a freelance contributor to online magazines such as GuitaristNextdoor.

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