For the second time during New York Fashion Week, Guns n’ Roses staged a late-night secret show in a tiny private venue, performing at the Rose Bar in the wee hours of Valentine’s Day night in front of a celebrity-filled crowd of 150 people. Like Gn’R’s surprise gig at the Varvatos store where CBGB used to be located, Axl Rose and Co. didn’t hit the Rose Bar stage until 1:30 a.m., delivering another hits-filled set list that was almost identical to their Varvatos show, New York Magazine‘s Vulture blog reports, with the major change being “Paradise City” replacing “Night Train” as the night’s final encore.
Packing Guns n’ Roses’ stadium-sized performances into a small venue is likely a difficult task, and the leap from arenas to ultra-trendy clubs did affect the Guns’ Rose Bar show as Rose struggled to lift his voice above the instruments, Vulture writes. Mickey Rourke, Adrian Grenier, members of the Strokes and Zoe Kravitz were just a handful of the celebrities that were treated to this exclusive Guns n’ Roses performance, which had been rumored since last week.
A scary sidenote to the Rose Bar show comes from the New York Post, who report that a seemingly drunk man with a knife somehow infiltrated the extremely private show, but the ever-watchful Sebastian Bach managed to get the man thrown out before any violence ensued. A witness told the Post, “The man walked in while Guns n’ Roses was onstage and pulled out a knife and flicked the blade out. Sebastian, who was standing on a banquette said, ‘Nobody is getting anywhere near my man Axl Rose with a knife,’ and went after him.”
Check out Guns n’ Roses’ Rose Bar set list below:
“Used to Love Her”
“Welcome to the Jungle”
“Street of Dreams”
“It’s So Easy”
“Catcher in the Rye”
“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”
“Whole Lotta Rosie”
“Sweet Child o’ Mine”
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