What is 26 years between friends?

That’s how long it’s been since the core members of rock behemoth Guns N’ Roses — lead singer Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan — all graced a stage together in Salt Lake City. But the gang is back together and apparently rocking as legendarily as ever as the band prepares to invade Vivint Smart Home Arena on Tuesday night as part of its ultra-successful “Not in This Lifetime Tour.”

The “Not in This Lifetime Tour” is a continuation of the band’s grand reunion effort, which kicked off in 2016. The tour has been doing humongous business since then, with the band performing in stadiums and arenas while doing more than 150 shows around the world and appearing before more than 5 million fans.

The band’s performance record over the years, however, has been extremely sporadic in Utah. There was an original date at the Salt Palace on June 3, 1988, on the “Appetite For Destruction Tour” and then there were two different stops on the “Use Your Illusion Tour” — one in July of 1991 at the Salt Palace and another in April of 1993 at the Delta Center. The 1991 show at the Salt Palace is memorable because Rose was reportedly upset at the lack of crowd response during the encore and shouted, “I’ll get out of here before I put anybody else to sleep” before storming offstage mid-song.

The 1993 show marked the last time the main Guns N’ Roses contingent has appeared in the Beehive State. (I’m not forgetting about GNR’s December 2011 visit to the Maverik Center, but that unit featured Rose and a bunch of people who made “Chinese Democracy.” It’s hard to really count that one.) Slash, McKagan and former GNR drummer Matt Sorum, likewise, played the Maverik Center in 2005 with their then-new band Velvet Revolver, fronted by vocalist Scott Weiland.

But now that Slash and McKagan have returned to the mothership, it is time to revel in the full GNR catalog once again in preparation for Tuesday’s big concert. I’ve checked out the band’s recent setlists, and here are the 12 songs — in the order of their expected appearance — I am most looking forward to experiencing at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

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