Guns N’ Roses have never performed Don’t Damn Me live, but all that could change in the coming weeks.
A video surfaced yesterday (October 11) of the band during a soundcheck prior to their show at Estadio El Campín in Bogotá, Colombia.
While ranking the songs on both Use Your Illusion albums for Classic Rock, Dave Everley wrote: "Few do prickly defensiveness like Axl Rose, and this is him in full-on fuck-you-buddy-I’m-just-being-me mode (who said One In A Million?). It’s another heads-down rocker, enlivened by the tumble of attention-grabbing lyrics spilling out of the frontman’s mouth (‘Your only validation is living your own life/Vicarious existence is a fucking waste a time”). Killer middle section too."
While the song didn’t appear in that evening’s set, there’s every chance the band could perform it during the South American leg of their We're F'N Back! Tour.
In a 2014 interview with SlashFrance.net, guitarist Slash revealed the reason why the song was never played before.
“You know, it’s a cool song and everything,” he said. “We never did it because it was just too many words without a breath, and it just makes it really impossible to do it live.”
Use Your Illusion I & II will be reissued on November 11 on Super Deluxe 7CD/Blu-ray, Super Deluxe 12LP on 180g vinyl/Blu-ray, separate 2CD deluxe editions of Use Your Illusion I & II and separate 1CD and 2LP versions.
Guns N' Roses played:
01. It's So Easy
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. Chinese Democracy
04. Slither (Velvet Revolver cover)
05. Welcome to the Jungle
07. Double Talkin' Jive
08. Live and Let Die (Wings cover)
10. Shadow of Your Love
11. Rocket Queen
12. You Could Be Mine
13. Attitude (Misfits cover)
15. Hard Skool
16. Reckless Life
17. Civil War
19. Sweet Child o' Mine
20. November Rain
21. Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell cover)
22. Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan cover)
26. Don't Cry
27. Paradise City
Check out the clip below.