November 11, 2011 – 1:46 pm

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Rio de Janeiro 2011 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Rock In Rio Festival, Avenida Salvador Allende, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; October 2, 2011. Ripped from TV broadcast. Excellent stereo.

Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy album had been in the works since 1994 and the album was finally released in 2008. In October 2011, Guns N’ Roses did a tour of Latin America that kicked off at the Rock In Rio Festival in Rio de Janiero. Other stops included Santiago, Buenos Aires and Mexico City. And from October 28, the group will tour the US doing more than 30 dates. In the meantime, high-def versions of the Rock In Rio broadcast have been shared on the net.

Rustyn Rose, at, wrote of the Rock In Rio gig: “In all it was a very engaging and exciting performance despite a few less than stellar moments… It’s good to see the band performing again, but one hopes that by the time they do their US shows they have kicked off the rust and sound more like a cohesive unit rather than eight individual musicians somewhat out of sync. Of all the performances, it was Axl’s that was hardest to take at times with his higher register vocals sounding like a self-parody.”

Meanwhile, Johnny Firecloud, at, was more scathing: “Those anticipating the upcoming shows looked to the Brazil performance as a good indicator of what to expect while watching it streamed worldwide, via YouTube. Sadly, the roaring firecracker frontman in Axl Rose is padded with middle-aged pudge, resulting in a great many out-of-breath moments and only token reminders of the soaring post-Slash incarnation that we saw in 2006…

“[After] an ensuing unwelcome Hip-Hop version of Mr. Brownstone, the band delivered one of the night’s only shining gems: Estranged, the massive track from Use Your Illusion which hasn’t been played live in nearly two decades, or since founding guitarist Slash made his exit from the lineup…

“GNR were once gods, the only band to truly straddle the schism between the collapsed hair metal era and the grime rock generation that followed… Now we have this, a faltering musical Frankenstein geared for arenas and big-budget productions, cold calculations for nostalgia mining. And with Axl’s diminishing ability, perhaps we should be thankful we’re not watching that band we remember from so long ago, coming apart at the seams as it rattles down rock’s unforgiving gravel road.”

But listening to the crowds cheer, one gets the impression that Guns N’ Roses still ruled the arena. Alas, it’s really a nostalgia trip - look at the setlist and it’s the “oldies” that fans remember. Chinese Democracy might have been the new album - though looking at the world today, Chinese Capitalism would have been more apt - can a greatest hits live album be far behind?

Thanks to the seeder who shared the tracks on the net. Seeder also thanked Limulus for the rip; and noted the following: “The last three tracks have been replaced after a cut was descovered by ripper, this torrent is complete and fixed for a great show!”

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro (2:13) (3.0MB)
Track 102. Chinese Democracy (3:57) (5.4MB)
Track 103. Welcome To The Jungle (5:07) (7.0MB)
Track 104. It’s So Easy (3:18) (4.5MB)
Track 105. Mr. Brownstone (4:48) (6.6MB)
Track 106. Sorry (6:22) (8.7MB)
Track 107. Richard Fortus Guitar Solo/Jam #1 (James Bond Theme) (4:38) (6.3MB)
Track 108. Live And Let Die (3:30) (4.8MB)
Track 109. Rocket Queen (6:27) (8.8MB)
Track 110. Jam #2 (0:55) (1.2MB)
Track 111. This I Love (5:20) (7.3MB)
Track 112. DJ Ashba Guitar Solo/Jam #3 (Mi Amor) (5:24) (7.4MB)
Track 113. Sweet Child O’ Mine (6:13) (8.5MB)
Track 114. Estranged (9:49) (13.4MB)
Track 114. Estranged (megaupload link)

Disc 2
Track 201. “Whose Fault Is It?” (1:45) (2.4MB)
Track 202. Better (5:25) (7.4MB)
Track 203. Band Introduction (1:26) (1.9MB)
Track 204. Dizzy Reed Piano Solo (Baba O’Riley) (4:21) (5.9MB)
Track 205. Street Of Dreams (5:53) (8.0MB)
Track 206. You Could Be Mine (6:28) (8.8MB)
Track 207. Jam #4 (Sunday Bloody Sunday) (2:04) (2.8MB)
Track 208. November Rain (8:38) (11.8MB)
Track 209. Bumblefoot Guitar Solo/Jam #5 (Pink Panther) (4:14) (5.8MB)
Track 210. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (10:54) (14.9MB)
Track 210. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (megaupload link)
Track 211. Nightrain (7:12) (9.8MB)
Track 212. Intro/Patience (7:12) (9.9MB)
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Track 213. Paradise City (7:31) (10.3MB)

Axl Rose - vocals
DJ Ashba - guitar
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal - guitar
Richard Fortus - guitar
Tommy Stinson - bass
Dizzy Reed - piano
Chris Pitman - keyboards
Frank Ferrer - drums

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  1. 16 Responses to “GUNS N’ ROSES - ROCK IN RIO 2011”

  2. hey bigo, if buckethead was on this, i’d probably get it, even if i don’t know any songs on chinese democracy except for madagascar cause they played at the 2002 mtv vma. i will wait and see what the response is. i prefer appetite for destruction era gnr.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 11, 2011

  3. Where’s Izzy?

    By James on Nov 11, 2011

  4. hey james, man, you made me laugh. exactly. see you get it. it’s like i told bigo, when they e-mailed, i have no idea who this band is. the only name i recognize is dizzy reed cause he’s on the use your illusion albums. well you know by then they were way too big, and i lost interest. axl was playing the rockstar roll, and they were playing sub par and or incomplete shows hence the riot show with metallica where james got burned by some pryo. if you wanna see gnr at their best, find mp3’s of their ritz 1987 show or if you can find a bootleg vhs of it. even if matt sorum was on this, i might get it. i think, tommy stinson was in the replacements. that still doesn’t isn’t duff. :)


    By Ed Saad on Nov 11, 2011

  5. This is not GNR.

    By Mel on Nov 11, 2011

  6. this is gnr, mel. it’s 1988 not 1987. my bad. i remember i was in 10th grade, when this aired on mtv. slash is wearing a wasted youth shirt, and years later he and dave kushner would be in velvet revolver together.

    here’s a link, if anybody wants it and is able to get it. i have trouble getting boots from guitar forum, unless they are megaupload or mediafire links.

    these’s are probably the rips i have i got off some blog in march 08. mine are 320kbps. they sound good.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 12, 2011

  7. I lost all respect for them after 1993, even then it was over for me. I liked their raunch and image in 1987-88. I saw them spring/summer of 1988. I taped them many times, they were the hottest bootleg property on the circuit. Dozens of LP’s, cd’s and mountains of tapes. Drugs, money and fame ruined them… when I saw them in spring of 1993, it was the last gasp of corporate slop with huge staging and Axl running around in a bike shorts. They started an hour late and most of the crowd was extremely drunk and expecting the MTV band they knew from the videos… it crumbled shortly after. Axl been a dick in way of conducting himself in regard to his ex-band members and fans…. He thought he’d be on top forever. It’s 20 yrs later… so f****n’ what!

    By Woodstock on Nov 12, 2011

  8. right woodstock. i wouldn’t mind hearing some of the shows you recorded, if they are good quality. maybe you can get in touch with bigo.

    i would have liked to have seen them here as the opening act for motley crue. i remember people saying they didn’t even know who they were and then you saw them on headbangers ball trash the set, then their videos were all in rotation, then the ritz show, then they were superstars. my brother was at that show with motley crue and he bought appetite for destruction lp, and it came with the sticker of their skull faces on a cross. rare. it has that lp jacket. he still has it. the original jacket got changed cause it was too controversial for it’s time. kind of tame compared to some album covers nowadays. it’s rare too, if you can find it. is saw it once sealed at a inde record store years ago for $7.75. that’s a good deal now.

    man, i can remember before lies was even released how rare live like a suicide was. i knew a guy who had an original cassette of it and he told me somebody offered him a $100 for it. i believe, i would have sold it.

    well you know in 1993 that’s when they gnr did the spaghetti incident. oh, it had some a few good covers on it like the misfits-attitude, nazareth-hair of the dog and the dead boys song-ain’t it fun, but they were burned out. then i think in 1997 they tried one more attempt for a song for some movie, and i can’t even remember what song it was now. it must have not been that great. :)


    By Ed Saad on Nov 12, 2011

  9. Axl who?

    By kingpossum on Nov 12, 2011

  10. hey bigo, maybe you could put an old velvet revolver show. it’s more gnr than this version of it. here is the show i saw. be nice if lincoln park mark can work his magic and find this. i’ll tell you the springsteen-gothenburg show of his is 7 months after i saw them here in b’ahm, al at bjcc arena in nov 02.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 12, 2011

  11. Nuns and Posers is more like it.

    By ronny jotten on Nov 12, 2011

  12. egad. lol
    I think I’d rather hear Myles Kennedy doing Axl than Axl doing Axl.

    I was pretty excited to see this post, but not so much after sampling some of the songs. This is really the only newer G’n'R boot I’ve tried to listen to and I just ain’t diggin’ it.

    By Eric on Nov 13, 2011

  13. Axl alienated his ex-band members, fans and their seat in the music industry… 14 years to release his Chinese Democracy “masterpiece”? It was accepted and treated like a cold turd. Right now, Axl’s GNR is a just a “legacy” act that might as well be out on the road with Reo Speedwagon and Styx… all the bands that have 1-2 original members in it… playing the hit$ for fans that were too young to see the original incarnation… I feel the same way about Kiss currently using the old members makeup with different players… they made Vinnie Vincent and Eric Carr get their own personas, why not Eric and Tommy? I at least have respect for Kiss who DID get their original lineup together for everyone to see for 2 tours and 1 album, then Peter and Ace imploded… Peace.

    By Woodstock on Nov 13, 2011

  14. Hey Ed,
    The song they covered for Interview with a Vampire Soundtrack was Sympathy for the Devil.

    By Phil Brickey on Nov 13, 2011

  15. Izzy move back to Lafeyette Indiana, I heard he has a nice house by a lake. Jeff Izabel has released something like 8 solo releases since the spaghetti incident.

    By James on Nov 15, 2011

  16. Axl looks a little portly ; O )

    By Plonk on Nov 26, 2011

  17. yeah he is, plonk. man, i’m laughing. he was out of breath running on the stage at the mtv 2002 vma’s.

    did you happen to see the episode of that metal show where they interviewed axl? it was an ok interview, but, to be honest, the live footage they showed of gnr from miami, i think, it was wasn’t that great. it doesn’t look like gnr, and it’s not the gnr i liked growing up in high school. axl’s voice even isn’t like it was.

    now gnr are nominated for next year’s rock and roll hall of fame. they will probably get it first try when kiss, deep purple, maiden, priest, rush still aren’t in. i wouldn’t be surprised if the appetite lineup minus steven adler cause he’s too messed up from all the drugs he’s done, and i think he even had a stroke, but matt sorum on drums would do some reunion shows. since velvet revolver doesn’t have a singer, at the moment, i see it happening. they all aren’t hurting, but people would pay to see it. slash has his band and duff has loaded, but, if they did get inducted, showed up and played, i could see it happening.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 26, 2011

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