Guns N’ Roses made room in their set list for another Chinese Democracy cut “Catcher in the Rye” during a performance on Wednesday night at Gillette stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. It was the first the time the group performed the song during the ongoing Not in This Lifetime … tour.
“Catcher in the Rye” appeared on the long-awaited Guns N’ Roses record in 2008. At that point, Axl Rose was the only original member still in the band. The record debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and eventually earned a platinum certification from the RIAA.
The band has mostly performed songs from earlier albums – Appetite For Destruction (1987) and Use Your Illusion 1 & 2 (1991) – on the Not in This Lifetime tour. Along with “Catcher in the Rye,” the group played three other songs from Chinese Democracy on Wednesday: “Chinese Democracy,” “Better” and “This I Love.”
The Not in This Lifetime … tour brings together several of the original members of Guns N’ Roses, with guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan joining Rose. Before the tour, Slash and Rose had not played onstage together since 1993.
Slash discussed the reunion tour in an interview with Aerosmith’s Joey Kramer earlier this month. “We were all pretty positive that that would never happen so it’s still sort of blowing our minds,” he said. “It seems so surreal to me, but everybody’s really getting along great and I think everybody’s come a long way and it’s all cool.”