Best Changing of the Guard: Guns N' Roses
"You know where you arrrrrrre?" shrieked Axl Rose during one of the indisputable wins of Guns N' Roses' imperfect but well-embraced reunion set. "You're in the jungle, Coachelllllaaaa!" Sure, that was one way of looking at it, and not a wrong one. When the Sunset Strip metal icons whipped out the biggest and loudest heaters in their holster – "Paradise City," "Sweet Child o' Mine," "Live and Let Die" – this barely legal crowd crowed like Eighties heshers jagging on trucker speed. But there were a few distractions from the uncut GN'F'nR experience. For instance, the fact that injured Axl was glued to his guitar-flanked "throne" on loan from Dave Grohl (though he did manage a confusing number of T-shirt, jacket and hat changes), and, more to the point, that he and Slash barely acknowledged each other's existence. That real deal guitar hero could have carried the night with his wildly expressive shredding alone (his solo cover of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" was proof enough), but Axl didn't seem truly fired up until he brought out his new axe-wielding bestie, Angus Young. A couple of hours after AC/DC confirmed Rose as their new frontman, there he was hollering "Whole Lotta Rosie" like his busted leg depended on it.