Guns N' Roses love their first Wellington visit

Article: courtesy of GLENN MCCONNELL

Guns N' Roses are asking themselves a tough question about Wellington after their Thursday night gig.

Why have they never come here before?

The band are full of praise for the city, despite miserable weather marring the concert and almost making it impossible to perform after rain hampered the set-up.

After the show, the band's bass guitarist Duff McKagan said: "Holy HELL Wellington! Where you been all my life?"

About 31,500 fans packed Westpac Stadium on Thursday night. Some were left waiting in huge queues stretching down the stadium's exposed concourse, but once inside, the stadium was alight.

Legendary guitarist Slash was positively upbeat about the capital's hardy citizens.

"Wellington, that was a wet & wild show for sure. You guys kick ass sticking it out for 2.5 hours," he said.

In Wellington, bass player Duff McKagan picked up some local hats in the Old Bank Arcade. McKagan bought a $165 black bowler hat at Clockwork Steampunk Emporium, the hat was made by Petone-based company Hills Hats.

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