Melissa Reese Expresses Feelings About First Guns N’ Roses Show After The Pandemic

Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Melissa Reese has revealed her feelings about the band’s first live performance since the pandemic.

Melissa Reese started working with Guns N’ Roses in March 2016 as their second keyboardist. Replacing Chris Pitman, Reese played synthesizer, sub-bass, and did backing vocals for the band during their live performances. She first appeared on stage with GN’R on their ‘Not In This Lifetime… Tour.’ Reese only had two weeks to learn 50 songs until the show, so she worked 15 hours a day to achieve that, and she did.

On July 31, 2021, Guns N’ Roses played their first show after the pandemic at Hershey Park Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The show was a part of their ‘We’re F’N Back!’ tour following their ‘Not In This Lifetime… Tour’ in April 2016. The tour features the band’s classic lineup; Slash, Duff McKagan, Axl Rose, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer, Dizzy Reed, and Melissa Reese. With stops in Detroit, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, the tour also has the band’s standard setlist since reuniting with Slash and Duff McKagan.

After the tour kicked off on July 31 in Hershey Park Stadium, Melissa Reese expressed what she felt about appearing on the stage after a long time. She said that she was doing her best impression of Hershey’s Kiss during the show. She then added that it was very rad to see the fans’ faces again after all this time. Reese also said she is beyond grateful for being able to do what they love as a band once again, and then concluded by saying she wants to see the fans at their next stop.

The rock photographer Katarina Benzova also shared her thoughts about the show on her Instagram account. She revealed that the band’s first show after the pandemic felt incredible. Benzova also said the feeling of a live concert is irreplaceable, and it was amazing to experience it again.

Melissa Reese’s Instagram post read:

“Hershey Park Stadium/Hershey, Pennsylvania! As Axl so aptly pointed out, I was in fact doing my best impression, a Hershey’s Kiss for you in this fit last night for the show! It was so rad seeing ur faces again after all this time being away from playing live. So beyond grateful to be able to do what we love to do as a band again! All my love and see u at the next one! Xoxo – M.”

Katarina Benzova also said in her Instagram post that:

“First show after pandemic felt incredible. Can’t replace the feeling of a live concert with anything and it was amazing to experience that again after so long. Long live rock n’ roll! Thank you Guns N’ Roses, the crew and of course the fans for making this happen.”

Below are the photos posted by Melisa Reese and Katarina Benzova on their Instagram.

Photo Credit: Melissa Reese – Instagram
Photo Credit: Katarina Benzova – Instagram