My top three influences on guitar are James Hetfield from Metallica, Dave Mustaine from Megadeth, and Slash from Guns n Roses. I had never seen Slash before and finally got the chance when he played the Seminole Hard Rock with Myles Kennedy.
When you think of Guns n Roses you think of the iconic songs "Sweet Child O' Mine", "Welcome to the Jungle", "Mr. Brownstone", "Don't Cry", "November Rain" and so many others that have influenced countless people all over the world. When I started playing guitar at 13, I dreamed of playing the solo for "November Rain". Once I could play it I felt that it was a major life achievement.
I always sided with Slash in the Guns n Roses breakup. If you don't know the story it played out with Axl Rose threatening the entire band right before a show to sign over the band name or he wouldn't perform that night. With 80,000 people waiting, the rest of the band had no choice. He took complete control of the band at that point and wanted to "re-hire" the band as hired players and not full band members. Slash was over it.
I was excited to see how Myles Kennedy would sing the GnR classics live and he pulled them off amazingly well. Axl can hardly sing these days so it's nice to hear the songs come to life with a fresh set of vocals. They also played some Velvet Revolver stuff and some new stuff.