Guns N Roses performed for the first time in the United Arab Emirates Sunday night (November 25), a highly-anticipated concert event in the city of Abu Dhabi and an expected highlight of the nearly three-year-long “Not in This Lifetime Tour”. Sadly, the band cut their set short, after singer W. Axl Rose performed ill most of the night and ultimately couldn’t finish the show. He actually told the crowd he was ill and apologized a few times including “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 canceling, I’m gonna do the best show we can for you.”
The band issued apologies after the show, but fans who waited years to see them were understandably upset.
Abu Dhabi, you guys were fucking great tonight! Axl was severely ill. But you all were hugely supportive. Thanks for that. We'll see again next time! Cheers! iiii]; ) '
— Slash (@Slash) November 25, 2018
Thank you Abu Dhabi! @axlrose pulled a damn miracle…the man was beyond ill, and pulled off something I've never seen in my 40 yrs of playing. You all pulled him thru. Til next time!
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) November 25, 2018
Guns N Roses set list 11/25/2018 Abu Dhabi
It’s So Easy
Welcome to the Jungle
Double Talkin’ Jive
Attitude (Misfits cover) (“You Can’t Put Your Arms… more )
Shadow of Your Love
Slither (Velvet Revolver cover)
Slash Guitar Solo (incl. “Johnny B. Goode” jam)
Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From The Godfather) (Nino Rota cover)
Sweet Child O’ Mine
Wichita Lineman (Jimmy Webb cover)
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover) (Slash and Richard Fortus guitar duet)
November Rain (“Layla” intro, Axl on grand piano)