To add to the challenge, news broke earlier in the day that Rose injured his foot and would be wearing a cast onstage, prompting speculation about the band being cursed and lazy headlines joking that the tour was "getting off on the wrong foot."
First up at the T-Mobile Arena, however, is Alice in Chains, who, in a combination of karma and irony, is now opening for Guns N' Roses decades after being a part of the grunge movement that helped kill off '80s metal, at least until its fans were old enough to shell out big bucks for nostalgia tours. But no hard feelings; everybody seems to win tonight. In an era of EDM and Adele, the rockers have no problem sticking together. Guitarist Jerry Cantrell even refers to GnR as "good friends" from behind the mic. And just like the gunners, Alice in Chains has moved forward with a modified version of its classic lineup, taking on vocalist William DuVall to help fill the void left behind when frontman Layne Staley died from a drug overdose in 2002.
DuVall gets the crowd pumped up and even encourages them to clap along -- something the gloomy Staley probably didn't do while onstage.