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Stoke-on-Trent’s Slash ‘saves’ Glastonbury as viewers make same complaint about Axl Rose

Stoke-on-Trent’s Slash ‘saves’ Glastonbury as viewers make same complaint about Axl Rose

Stoke-on-Trent-born guitarist Slash has been praised for ‘saving Glastonbury’ after viewers made the same complaint about Guns N’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose.

The US rockers made their Glastonbury debut as they headlined the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night for a two-hour set to mixed reviews. Many of those watching at home on the BBC straight away complained that they were struggling to hear the iconic frontman’s voice through their TVs. Some questioned whether there was a problem with Axl’s microphone.

But Times columnist Ed Potton was more scathing in his review of the gig. In his opinion, Axl’s voice ‘almost disintegrated’ during November Rain. However, he praised Blurton-born Slash’s guitar solos, hailing him for ‘saving the day’.

He wrote: “Glory be for Slash because if this had been the Axl Rose show it would have been a proper disaster. The Guns N’ Roses frontman sang for much of the night in a falsetto that teetered on the edge of musicality, and when he took to the piano for November Rain it almost disintegrated.

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“Thankfully Slash, who will surely be buried in top hat and shades, remains an irresistible force on the guitar. He soloed virtuosically against the sunset and gave us a crowd-pleasing snatch of Jimi Hendrix and even some boyish jumps off the stage.”

Despite the sound issues on TV, others were still in awe of the performance – and loved seeing three of the original lineup back together.

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  • June 25, 2023