If you believe what you read in the rock press, Guns N' Roses are genuine rock brats, given to every form of excess and indulgence. Portrayed as petulant pop stars, the Gunners are made to seem like spoiled crybabies, caring little for any but themselves.
Don't you believe it. The truth is, Guns N' Roses actually care about two things above all -- their music, and their fans. And if you find that somewhat hard to swallow, it's only because you weren't on hand to see for yourself at the Capital Centre last night.
It wasn't just that the band played with passionate intensity, igniting older songs like "Welcome to the Jungle" or "Mister Brownstone" and illuminating newer material like the stormy "Perfect Crime" or the sensitive "November Rain." What really made this show exceptional was the way the band went beyond the hits, showing a solidarity with its fans few groups would dare attempt.