Guns N’ Roses deliver shortened set in Abu Dhabi due to singer Axl Rose feeling “severely ill”

Guns N’ Roses deliver shortened set in Abu Dhabi due to singer Axl Rose feeling “severely ill”

Guns N’ Roses played a shortened set by their own standards at the du Arena at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on November 25, 2018 due to singer Axl Rose reportedly being severely ill. It appears that Rose knew going into the show that he was feeling very ill but he elected to proceed with the concert in any case. Based on the setlist below, it appears that Rose eventually had enough as the group started skipping songs from its usual setlist including staples such as “Civil War” and “You Could Be Mine” before ending the set with “November Rain” while skipping their usual encores and classics such as “Nightrain” and usual set closer “Paradise City.” Guns N’ Roses ended up playing 17 songs (counting Slash‘s extended guitar solo) compared to their usual 28 song set like four nights beforehand at the Asia World Arena in Hong Kong.

Guns N’ Roses setlist on November 25, 2018 (as per setlist.fm):
01. It’s So Easy
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. Chinese Democracy
04. Welcome To The Jungle
05. Double Talkin’ Jive
06. Better
07. Estranged
08. Attitude (Misfits cover)
09. Shadow Of Your Love
10. Slither (Velvet Revolver cover)
11. Rocket Queen
12. Slash Guitar Solo
13. Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From The Godfather) (Nino Rota cover)
14. Sweet Child O’ Mine
15. Wichita Lineman (Jimmy Webb cover)
16. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover) (Slash & Richard Fortus guitar duet)
17. November Rain

Rose told the audience in Abu Dhabi (as transcribed by Sleaze Roxx as per the video below): “So, they’ve got me on IVs and a bunch of injections ’cause I got sick today. I’ve been throwing up for about the last five hours. So, instead of cancel[ing], I’m gonna do the best show we can for you and I’m not going to move and run around.”

Axl Rose shortens Guns N’ Roses show in Abu Dhabi due to Sickness – November 25, 2018

Axl did not want to cancel the show. This video shows Axl’s reasoning for cutting the show short just after performing the signature GNR song “November Rain”. After making this statement, the band plays a few more songs before they stop the show completely. 25/11/18

Guns N’ Roses performing “November Rain” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on November 25, 2018:

Guns N’ Roses – November Rain – Abu Dhabi 2018-11-25

Uploaded by Tobias – on 2018-11-25.