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Welcome to the Guns N' Roses 2002 News Articles - News throughout 2002

Riot in Vancouver / recent show reviews:

If you haven't heard from elsewhere, the first show of the tour ended in disaster. That's what Axl was commenting on in that interview above. From what I gathered, it is not the band's fault. The promoter decided to cancel the gig and that's when the fans rioted. GN'R are not to blame. I'm sure the bloody thirsty press will use this against the band. They already started writing up shitty reviews of the shows. I say, "fuck 'em"! We all know that GN'R puts on a best show on the planet, no matter what anyone says. I can't wait to see them next month. The only thing that bothers me a little is that "Chinese Democracy" is pushed back to February... It would have helped the tour if it was released right now. Ahh well, good things come to those who wait. For more info on the tour / show review check out the MTV article below. By the way, I've heard Axl blew out his throat, get better bro! Rock on!

Axl Blows Out Throat, Dons Chicken Bucket For Glitchy Guns Tour Launch (MTV):

Tacoma, Washington — Crawling from the wreckage of their noisily aborted tour kickoff in Vancouver the night before — which ended in a fan riot and a bloody, club-wielding response by local police — Guns N' Roses came charging into the Tacoma Dome, about 45 minutes outside of Seattle, with considerable pent-up energy on Friday. Unfortunately, there wasn't quite enough of it to entirely overcome some annoying technical obstacles that laid in wait.

The Dome is a boomy place at best; with only about half of its 22,500 seats occupied, as was the case with this show, the resulting sonic wallow often obscured the band's remarkable precision. On top of that, singer Axl Rose's microphone line slowly deteriorated throughout the course of the two-hour-plus set: By the end, his trademark wail was jabbing in and out of the mix so erratically that he started overcompensating, and finished the night (we were told) with blown vocal cords.

These sound problems obscured some of the best efforts of an impressive band. The new Guns N' Roses is a big group — three guitars and two keyboards along with bass and drums — and the level of its musicianship is unusually high. One-time Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson and ex-Primus drummer Brian Mantia propel the band with the requisite bottom-end muscle, but with rare agility, too. Chris Pittman is extraordinarily flamboyant for a guy who traffics in keyboards. And former Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck, who tempers his screaming leads with soulful control, is also a maestro of pure, string-ripping noise.

And then there's Buckethead. You know that a guy wearing a deadpan white mask and a fried-chicken bucket on his head is becoming a serious cult star when a couple dozen fans turn up in the audience sporting KFC headware of their own. And you definitely know the news is out when Axl Rose himself, midway through the old Guns hit "Patience," straps on a little mini-bucket, too. But the really riveting thing about Buckethead — who's a veteran of the avant-funk-fusion scene — isn't his get-up; it's the jaw-dropping precision with which he can tear through a finger-blurring solo. He's super-fast and lyrical at the same time. He also does a robot-dance interlude that has to be witnessed to be fully appreciated.

All of the band's instrumental fireworks (and the show's explosive, old-school pyrotechnics) serve to illuminate the charismatic presence of Axl Rose, of course. His inimitable shriek remains ... well, inimitable — and he can still hold those keening notes beyond what might seem to be normal human ability. He also probably racks up as much non-stop sprint mileage onstage as most frontmen half his age.

Chinese Democracy, the new Guns album Rose has been promising for the past decade, won't be out till February. (Yes — so they say!) Therefore, the new band's repertoire is heavily studded with vintage tunes: "Welcome to the Jungle," of course, and "Paradise City." And everybody gets to sing along to "Sweet Child O' Mine," too, and "November Rain," "Live and Let Die," and "Mr. Brownstone." Even "Oh My God." (Well, maybe not.)

But the future of Guns N' Roses lies in the direction of the handful of new songs the group is currently playing: the gorgeous ballad "Madagascar," the gut-shaking "Rhiad" and the monumentally riffed-out "Chinese Democracy" itself. These songs, largely composed by Rose and the whole band (there are "probably hundreds" of others, according to keyboardist Dizzy Reed, probably exaggerating a bit), could sustain the ongoing GNR's project into a new creative era. It'd be nice to have them stick around.

Izzy Stradlin Jamming With Former GN'R Bandmates

A small black-and-white photo of guitarist Izzy Stradlin jamming with his former Guns N' Roses bandmates Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass), and Matt Sorum (drums) in their as-yet-unnamed new project has been posted online (from www.snakepit.org).

As previously reported, the group, which has reportedly written more than 40 songs since forming earlier in the year, is still on the lookout for a suitable lead vocalist, having previously auditioned ex-Buckcherry frontman Joshua Todd and current Neurotica singer Kelly Shaefer (who was jamming with the group in Los Angeles as recently as last week), among others.

Although Izzy is said to be involved in the writing process for the group's upcoming debut album, he will not be touring with the band, who have now officially recruited McKagan's Loaded bandmate Dave Kushner as a session guitarist for all live appearances in support of the CD.

Guns N' Roses US Tour Dates Anounced:
OVERWHELMING RESPONSE FOR GUNS N' ROSES ON SALES:

Boston (September 30th, 2002) – Tickets for the North American leg of the GUNS N' ROSES “Chinese Democracy” World Tour went on sale this weekend in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston with an overwhelming response from ticket buyers. The New York date set for December 5 at Madison Square Garden sold out in fifteen minutes with the other cities doing close to capacity business. “We are thrilled with the sales,” stated Arthur Fogel, president of Clear Channel Entertainment's Touring Division. “We knew this was going to be a big tour but this even exceeded our expectations.”

Check local listings for upcoming on sale dates. Fans can also reserve their tickets in advance by joining the official Guns N' Roses fan club @ www.gnronline.comor at www.cc.com (get access)

Guns N' Roses North American Tour Itinerary:

THU 11/7 - Vancouver, BC, Canada GM Place
FRI 11/8 - Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
MON 11/11 - Boise, ID Idaho Center Arena
THU 11/14 - Minneapolis, MN Target Center
FRI 11/15 - Fargo, ND Fargodome
SUN 11/17 - Moline, IL The Mark
MON 11/18 - Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
TUE 11/19 - Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
THU 11/21 - Detroit, MI The Palace
FRI 11/22 - Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
SUN 11/24 - Cleveland, OH Gund Arena
TUE 11/26 - Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena
WED 11/27 - Albany, NY Pepsi Arena
FRI 11/29 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada AirCanada Centre
SAT 11/30 - Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
MON 12/2 - Boston, MA FleetCenter
TUE 12/3 - Harford, CT Civic Center
THU 12/5 - New York, NY Madison Square Gardens
FRI 12/6 - Philadelphia, PA First Union Center
SUN 12/8 - Wilkes Barre, PA First Union Center
MON 12/9 - Washington, DC MCI Center
WED 12/11 - Greenville, SC Bi-Lo Center
FRI 12/13 - Tampa, FL TBC
SAT 12/14 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL TBC
THU 12/19 - Biloxi, MS lf Coast Coliseum
SAT 12/21 - Dallas, TX American Airlines Arena

More dates will be added soon. All dates are subject to change.

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Guns N' Roses announce first North American Tour Since 1993...

Guns N' Roses originally exploded onto the music scene in 1985 with their own ferocious brand of rock n’ roll. They were riding a wave of frenzied musical energy, extreme behavior, and thrilling live performances led by the sheer force of nature that was, is and continues to be the legendary W. Axl Rose. In the process they have sold more than 80 million records. And now, they return with the “Chinese Democracy” World Tour. Their first full tour since 1993!

North America will be the setting for the World Premiere of GN’ R’s full-bang, high-octane “Chinese Democracy” world tour production. Fans will witness the sonic assault of the ‘Guns N' Roses experience’, that will feature a mixture of classic GN'R songs and new material from their forthcoming album.

Nearly nine years have passed since Guns N' Roses embarked on their last world tour. Fortunately, the most important piece is still in place and for people wondering where Axl Rose has been, he's been busy writing and recording a new album, "Chinese Democracy", that promises to surpass all of his previous efforts. Keyboard player Dizzy Reed has been in GN'R since 1991 and along with Axl is the holdover from the band's previous line-up. New to the fold are three guitarists: Robin Finck, formerly of Nine Inch Nails, guitar phenomenon Buckethead, and Richard Fortus. Rounding out the all-star line-up is bassist Tommy Stinson from The Replacements, a second keyboard player Chris Pitman, and Brian "Brain" Mantia formerly of Primus on drums.

The band are fresh from the first six dates of the “Chinese Democracy” World Tour in China, Japan, Europe, and the U.K., where they set attendance and merchandise records at Tokyo (Chiba Marine Stadium-35,000 plus), Osaka (WTC Stadium-25,000 plus) and Leeds (Leeds Festival-52,000 plus), as well as their explosive and much talked-about appearance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards in New York last month.

Following the launch of the World Tour in China, fans flooded the online website of England’s New Musical Express with hundreds of messages enthusing about the gig, including the following:

"I’ve just witnessed some kind of phenomenon, the most intense and remarkable two hours of my life. I have been to countless gigs but never before have I been so totally overwhelmed and engulfed by such an awesome performance as tonight. This band is going to take the world by storm, they are simply amazing. As musicians, there is no band ever that has the talent of this one, and as for charisma every member is a superstar.

"The highlight for me though was Mr. Axl Rose. He looked young and healthy and his voice was stunning, he will go down in history as the greatest frontman ever, he was totally awesome and should be commended." Prior to the band’s performance in China, W. Axl Rose conducted a brief interview with the band’s official website www.gnronline.com and was asked how he felt about speculation as to whether or not Guns N’ Roses would actually be performing. His reply was as follows:

"To the ones who are negative and want to see either myself or the new band fall on their faces, personally I can't pass up an opportunity to upset so many of them in one quick swoop. I get misty-eyed just thinking about it. I feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside! But seriously...this is our tour. This is a collection of performances I've agreed to. That I have personally authorized not someone else's good intentions gone awry or a reckless promoter's personal agenda. These shows are important to us and for better or worse we'll be there. For those who've had my back and are down by us with even a modicum of understanding we hope to give you our best, and look forward to seeing you on this little intro jaunt."

Axl and Guns N’ Roses gave their best and delivered big time for the people of China, Japan, Europe, and the U.K.

Now it is North America’s turn!

Current North American itinerary is as follows. More dates will be added soon. All dates are subject to change:

THU 11/7 - Vancouver, BC, Canada GM Place
FRI 11/8 - Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
MON 11/11 - Boise, ID Idaho Center Arena
THU 11/14 - Minneapolis, MN Target Center
FRI 11/15 - Fargo, ND Fargodome
SUN 11/17 - Moline, IL The Mark
MON 11/18 - Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
TUE 11/19 - Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
THU 11/21 - Detroit, MI The Palace
FRI 11/22 - Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
SUN 11/24 - Cleveland, OH Gund Arena
TUE 11/26 - Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena
WED 11/27 - Albany, NY Pepsi Arena
FRI 11/29 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada AirCanada Centre
SAT 11/30 - Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
MON 12/2 - Boston, MA FleetCenter
TUE 12/3 - Harford, CT Civic Center
THU 12/5 - New York, NY Madison Square Gardens
FRI 12/6 - Philadelphia, PA First Union Center
SUN 12/8 - Wilkes Barre, PA First Union Center
MON 12/9 - Washington, DC MCI Center
WED 12/11 - Greenville, SC Bi-Lo Center
FRI 12/13 - Tampa, FL TBC
SAT 12/14 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL TBC
THU 12/19 - Biloxi, MS lf Coast Coliseum
SAT 12/21 - Dallas, TX American Airlines Arena

Guns N Roses play VMA...

GNR Fans there is a really good chance that GNR will play the MTV Music Video Awards tonight. Seems that Carrie Vrenna, Chris Vrenna's wife is saying that it could go down and that they will get up to 8 minutes of TV time to close the VMAs. Closing should be at like 11PM Eastern time. I'm gonna tune in and hope for the best. Rock on!

Yep, the rumors were true, Guns N' Roses played the VMAs yesterday/today!! They closed the show with three songs: Jungle, Madagascar and Paradise City. All songs were shortened though, but played damn well. Their appearance was hinted a couple of times in the show... First mention was by Pink in the preshow. Then the host, Jimmy Falon was whistling Patience just before it all went down. Man, let me tell you... they kicked ass!

Axl, I think was pretty nervous though, but hell who wouldn't be? This was one of the most important events they've ever played. Axl should be proud of himself and the band.

Great show, the place was on its feet for the whole set and really into it. After the show Kurt Loder did a brief interview with Axl where he asked him if Chinese Democracy will be released soon. Axl said "I dont know if soon is the word..." Hmm, I guess we need just a little more patience before we hear the new stuff. He also said that they'll be starting an US tour right after that's done

Guns N' Roses - London Arena Uncovered!

Bank Holiday Monday 26th of August 2002, Guns N' Roses are due to appear at London Arena Docklands.

I arrived at 12.00am and queued for almost 6hrs. The atmosphere was buzzing and the reality of Guns N' Roses peforming were obvious on the faces of the fans, whilst the dazzling drumming of GNR's sound checks could be heard. The doors opened at 6.00pm, and the rush to the front of the stage began. Oh yes i was one of those who made it. At 7.30PM Weezer finally began their warming act. The punk rock band set the scene ending their performance with a much anticipated Hash Pipe in a one hour set.

Sound check began once again in preparation for Guns N' Roses appearance which took an hour but seemed like ages. The crowds began to chant, "GUNS N ROSES, GUNS N ROSES" repeatly whilst the seated fans began a mexican wave.

9.00pm - The lights fade to black, and the big screen behind the bands gear starts up! ...
" Injustice, inhumanity and torture and anger and hate. I believe in murder, i believe in pain, i believe in crawlty, i believe in slim, i believe in stink and in every crawling putread thing, every possible uglyness and corruption...
~YOU SON OF A BITCH ~"

Then the signature Welcome to the Jungle intro began, as Axl came running out from backstage, in his leather trademark trousers and his white number 80 baseball t-shirt he proceeded with the crowd pleasing surpent dance. The Crowds were lively, swaying from side to side he dazzled us. Buckethead lead the way in whilst Robin Finck thrashed out with the world famous Jungle solo. At this point we had the first GNR victim, who almost fainted, most likely at actually seein AXL.

Its so easy, started, which started a mass crowd jumping spree, Axl was out sung by the screamin and chanting fans. It's so easy is usually a que for a famous AXl rant, this was no exception.

" I was described as a house, well i think im owed rent, thanx to my friends at NME who lived up my ass for so many years" Axl laughs and stairs at Richard, " I think im owed rent dont you!" the crowd goes wild, chanting " Axl " repeatedily.

Axl spots at this point a fan wearing a KFC bucket on his head, the fan throws this to him, Axl begins Mr. Brownstone, and jokingly begins to look over to buckethead. Axl begins to laugh and throws the hate back into the crowd.

Third song over, the light begin to dim, as a figure wid a head shaped like a bucket, appears, oh yes our man buckethead was out. He looks into the crowd and finally looks down to where his guitar was hanging, and like something sent from up above began on a sick solo which lasted approx 2.30 minutes. The solo was ended with a quick and effortless switch into a star wars theme tune, which sparked up the crowd's once more.

Live and Let Die was the fourth tune GNR played, and done so with much style.
The show was full of GNR antics, some of which , *i laugh at this point* Axl Dropped his leather biker trousers to cool down, whilst a lady in the fifth row decided to repay the favour by revealing her very large breasts (i wish i could have got you fans a pic of that, but security was too tight)

The Playlist goes as follows:

- Welcome to the Jungle
- It's So Easy
- Mr. Brownstone
~Buckethead solo ~
- Live and Let Die
-Think About You
- You Could Be Mine
- Out To Get Me
~ Robin Finck Solo, leads in Sweet Child~
- Sweet Child O' Mine
- Chinese Democracy (NEW)
- Rhyaid In The Bedwins (NEW)
~ Buckethead Robot Dance and Nunchucks Display~
- Madagascar (NEW)
- The Blues (NEW)
- November Rain
- Knockin on Heavens Door
- Patience (acoustic version)
- Rocket Queen
- Nightrain (ended in major extravigance)

Nightrain was ended in spectacular style. The only way to describe it like New Years Day in New York, with confety flying around and a massive fire works display. It was played with a video tribute to the UK, and Axl finished it all off with a quick speech: "LONG LIVE THE QUEEN"

The World Tour has know official come to a close, but GNR still live and will Rock again! How do i know this you ask! Well during one of Axls rants he stated that:

"When the Democracy Albums is ready, i should have the second one recorded, by which time i would have had the third and the fourth one done too"

Guns N' Roses World Domination has began! Be Prepared to be ROCKED