Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan kickstarted their reunion tour in the face of skepticism and played together for the first time in 23 years on April 1st, 2016 at a surprise show held at The Troubadour in Los Angeles where Slash’s first show with Guns N’ Roses was played on June 6th, 1985. As there were only 250 tickets available at $10 a pop to diehard fans willing to wait in the jungle for hours with an appetite for destruction at the Sunset Strip’s old Tower Record location, where I will add Slash once worked, a badass friend of mine, her boyfriend, Eric Dellabarba and friend, Mike, were lucky enough to be the #1, #2 and #3 (yeah, you read that right) fans in line eager to be musically wined and dined by the legendary band that has sold over 100 million records worldwide. And this is what experiencing rock and roll history and a labor of love that is both fresh and long overdue felt like according to one of the first fans in line, Rebecca Sans Crainte.
Jessica: What is your all time favorite Guns N’ Roses album and why?
Rebecca: ‘Appetite for Destruction’ is by far my favorite album of Guns N’ Roses but not just my favorite album of theirs, it’s one of the best albums of rock and roll history in my opinion. I don’t feel like I even need to explain why because it’s just THAT good.
Jessica: How did you initially hear about the show?
Rebecca: I’d rather not fully disclose how I found out about the show other than by saying I have a good friend who has friends that alerted us to the possibility of this whole thing happening. For hours there was a slight possibility that we could be wrong, until a big wig suit type solidified our beliefs by asking us why we were even in line and asking us who told us to stand there.
Jessica: Explain the entire experience from arriving to the venue to the ultimate test of true fandom aka your thoughts while waiting in line for tickets.
Rebecca: Waiting in line for over 12 hours was definitely an experience I would only endure for something of this caliber. I was about to go to bed because I had to work at 9:00am the next morning when my boyfriend and friend called me at 10:00pm and said that they didn’t think they could hold a place in line for me and it was now or never. Therefore, I drove down to the Tower Records building and parked my car in a shady overnight parking lot and ran a few blocks to meet them in the front of the line. The first few hours were fun, lots of laughing and cigarette smoking.
Rebecca: We were all feeling like zombies once the sun started coming up, but knew we were in the right place based off of the judgmental looks we were getting from the crew setting up for the event. People started showing up slowly, and when I got there, there was already 15 or so people were in line. Once 6:00am rolled around, I knew I was going to be late for work since the rumor was tickets weren’t going on sale until 10:00am. So, I called my manager and apologized in advance for what I initially expected to only be an hour late. They announced the ticket sales on the radio around 10:00am and by then, if you weren’t already in line, you weren’t getting in. So, it was CRUCIAL that we had this secret tip to be there. After they announced it on the radio they started letting us into a separate area to line up and gave us wristbands #1, #2, and #3. We knew then that we were getting in no matter what. Although I felt bad about what ended up being 5 hours late for my shift, I knew it had to be done. Sometime around 12:30 we were let inside and purchased out tickets for $10 a pop. 100% worth the wait.
Jessica: What are your thoughts on Guns N’ Roses headlining Coachella?
Rebecca: It’s definitely a good way to kick off a tour although I am thankful that I was able to see them in such an intimate setting.
Jessica: You had the opportunity to witness Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan share a stage for the first time in 23 years; what thoughts ran through your mind as you encountered rock and roll history unfold before your eyes and ears?
Rebecca: I never thought I’d ever see them back together again, honestly. When they announced they were going to tour, I checked ticket prices for Vegas and the even the nosebleed seats were expensive. I was content to wait until a Hollywood show was announced, and was also a little skeptical that their first show was going to be Vegas and not Hollywood. I think a part of me deep down knew that I would get to see them the way I did. Some kind of a weird feeling haha. I have always been obsessed with Axl’s dancing and the fact that I got to see him actually perform to his full glory is something I’ll never forget.
Jessica: Let’s end with a message from the #1, #2 and #3 fans in line to all of the Guns N’ Roses fans that didn’t get a shot at catching the show.
Rebecca: To all the people that didn’t make it into the troubadour show? I don’t know what else to say other than you missed a hell of an experience hah! I hope they can all see Guns N’ Roses on their tour.