However they first heard of them, both old and new fans of the band travelled to London to experience the first live music shows hosted at Tottenham Hotspur’s £1bn stadium. However, the events were hampered by a string of problems, leaving fans distinctly frustrated.
Delays and sound issues were the order of the day
First and foremost, the Friday show saw doors to the stadium open some two hours late, resulting in the first support act being axed. By the time Guns N’ Roses appeared for their debut performance in North London, fans were left scratching their heads. Post-show, fans complained bitterly about the show’s sound quality, with the sound heavily muffled, especially the guitar solos from Slash – one of the main reasons why long-time fans still travel hundreds or thousands of miles to see the band perform.
Fans revealed to the London press that frontman Axl Rose acknowledged the sound issues, but the technicians were unable to resolve the problems. Consequently, many people opted to leave early, with some paying upwards of £300 for a pair of tickets.
It was a similar story for the second show on Saturday, with more fans bemoaning the poor sound. Other fans also described getting to and from the stadium as chaos, with thousands of pedestrians making the move on foot from nearby Overground and Tube stations to be met with busy roads beyond the vicinity of the Tottenham Stadium. The litany of issues was in direct contrast to the triumphant return of another iconic American rock band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who appeared at the London Stadium and then at Dublin’s Marlay Park in Ireland.
There will no doubt need to be an internal enquiry into how the acoustics were allowed to be so below par at the Tottenham Stadium. Fans will almost certainly think twice about getting tickets if the venue lands any further headline shows next summer.