I’m going to see Guns N’ Roses tonight. As far as I can remember, this is the first time I’ve gone to a show by a band that was big “back in the day”–when that “day” was my teen years.
I’ve been to lots of shows like this for other eras. I’ve seen Steve Miller at least five times, for example. I’ve seen the Doobie Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd and a whole bunch of other 70s rock bands. But each time I went to those shows I was in my 20s. The audience, though, was filled with mostly middle-aged folks reliving their youth.
Well now I am that middle-aged guy reliving his youth.
I could say a lot about GNR, and it would be easy to pick five songs from them for the occasion, but I think the thing on my mind more right now is a general appreciation for my youth. And, so, here you go…
5. “What It Takes” (Aerosmith, 1989)
4. “Still of the Night” (Whitesnake, 1987)
3. “Finish What Ya Started” (Van Halen, 1988)
2. “Fire Woman” (The Cult, 1989)
1. “Patience” (Guns N’ Roses, 1988)