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26 Sep 2002

Guns N' Roses Kick Off North American Tour In Vancouver


Guns N' Roses have finally announced the bulk of their dates for a full-blown North American tour, now scheduled to kick off Nov. 7 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Four concerts, Chicago, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, had been revealed over the past two days, but late Wednesday (Sept. 25), an itinerary with 22 additional shows was emailed to fans who had signed up to be on the band's mailing list.

The dates currently end in Dallas on Dec. 21, but more cities are expected to be added.

Guns N' Roses tour dates:

Nov. 7, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, GM Place
Nov. 8, Tacoma, Wash., Tacoma Dome
Nov. 11, Boise, Idaho, Idaho Center Arena
Nov. 14, Minneapolis, Target Center
Nov. 15, Fargo, N.D., Fargodome
Nov. 17, Moline, Ill., The Mark
Nov. 18, Chicago, Allstate Arena
Nov. 19, Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena
Nov. 21, Auburn Hills, Mich., the Palace of Auburn Hills
Nov. 22, Lexington, Ky., Rupp Arena
Nov. 24, Cleveland, Gund Arena
Nov. 26, Buffalo, N.Y., HSBC Arena
Nov. 27, Albany, N.Y., Pepsi Arena
Nov. 29, Toronto, Canada, AirCanada Centre
Nov. 30, Uniondale, N.Y., Nassau Coliseum
Dec. 2, Boston, FleetCenter
Dec. 3, Hartford, Conn., Civic Center
Dec. 5, New York, Madison Square Gardens
Dec. 6, Philadelphia, First Union Center
Dec. 8, Wilkes Barre, Penn., First Union Center
Dec. 9, Washington, D.C., MCI Center
Dec. 11, Greenville, S.C., Bi-Lo Center
Dec. 13, Tampa, Fla., TBC
Dec. 14, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., TBC
Dec. 19, Biloxi, Miss., Gulf Coast Coliseum
Dec. 21, Dallas, American Airlines Arena

Guns N' Roses Announce First North American Tour Since 1993

BOSTON, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 http://www.gnronline.comand 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 Hartford, CT Civic Center

      THU 12/5 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

      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 Gulf Coast Coliseum

      SAT 12/21 Dallas, TX American Airlines Arena


6 Sep 2002

Chinese Democracy Release Date Rumour

Yet another release date speculation.Word is around the net that Chinese Democracy now has a release date of 10th December.

This is picked frfom the message board on bucketheads off. website:

GUNS N' ROSES are rumored to have set December 10th (December 9th in Europe) as the release date of their long-awaited new album, Chinese Democracy, through Interscope/Geffen Records.

If the unconfirmed reports are to be believed, the album's first single, ''Catcher In The Rye'', is scheduled to surface on November 25th with an accompanying video to be filmed in the next four weeks prior to the start of the band's U.S. tour, which is said to have a late October kick-off date.

Chinese Democracy will reportedly contain 18 tracks, including three of the four new songs aired during the band's recent live performances ó ''Madagascar'', ''Chinese Democracy'' and ''The Blues''. The latter cut is also said to have been tentatively tapped as the album's second single, to be released sometime in early 2003.

Among the tracks reportedly set for inclusion on Chinese Democracy are the following:

01. Catcher In The Rye
02. This I Love
03. I.R.S.
04. Oklahoma
05. There Was A Time
06. Prostitute
07. Madagascar
08. Chinese Democracy
09. The Blues

A full track listing for Chinese Democracy is reportedly not yet available. However, it is believed that the song ''Rhiad And The Bedouins'' ó which was performed during some of the band's recent European dates ó will not appear on the final CD.

As previously mentioned, plans exist for a 10-track bonus CD to be included with the main album. GUNS N' ROSES' follow-up release, which has already been fully recorded, is expected to surface in early-to-mid 2004.

At the Pukkelpop Fest Show  in Belgium ,Axl did reveal to the crowd that chinese democracy will have 18 tracks on it.And some of the new songs that GN"R have performed recently might  not  be on the album.

Slash unites GN'R Vets

Slash regroupes Duff and Matt to work on a new record! And Also slash becomes a dad!Read on..

src: RollingStone

Axl Rose may have declared "Round One" at Guns n' Roses' recent performance at the MTV VideoSlash Music Awards, but Slash is getting ready for Round Two. "I'm doing a fucking record with me, [bassist] Duff [McKagan] and [drummer] Matt Sorum," the former Gn'R guitarist said this past weekend at the San Diego Street Scene festival, where he was on hand to pay tribute to Jimi Hendrix. "Dave Pusher is playing guitar right now, and we got the baddest fucking, be-all, end-all rock & roll band."

The as-yet-unnamed band ("If I had a name, I'd tell you," Slash says) is now in the process of looking for just the right vocalist to perfect the ensemble. "There are no rock & roll singers out there right now, and you know it as well as I do, except for the guys who have been around a long time," he says. "As far as new bands, there's not one. If I knew one, I probably would've stolen him by now.

"When Billy Idol goes ballistic, that's the kind of singer I want all the time," Slash continues. "There's nobody I've listened to since before Guns came out or anytime in the Eighties who's been like that, except for Billy. He's one guy who when he belts it out would be good at it."

As for being selective about rounding out the band with a vocalist, Slash needs to be choosy if he hopes to achieve his lofty ambitions. "I want to be the guy who spearheads the next rock & roll movement; I've done it before, so I want to do it again."

In the meantime, Slash and wife Perla are happy being parents. "We just had a baby ten days ago," he says proudly. "His name's London, nine pounds, four ounces. He's only ten days old, but he's got a cool personality . . . This is the first time I've been away from home since he was born, so I've called home like six times. And as soon as the gig is done, I'm going home."

STEVE BALTINr 13, 2002

31 Aug 2002

Guns N' Roses Rock The VMAs

Fri Aug 30, 6:57 AM ET

Axl Rose of Guns'n'Roses entertained(8/30/02, 2 a.m. ET) -- Guns N' Roses was a surprise performer at Thursday's (August 29) Video Music Awards. Fresh from playing shows in China and England, the Axl Rose-fronted band closed the nearly three-and-a-half-hour show with a long medley that began with "Welcome To The Jungle," went to an unnamed new song, and finished with the outro to "Paradise City," complete with dueling twin lead guitars from Buckethead and Robin Finck and a storm of confetti.


Speaking with MTV's Kurt Loder after his performance, Rose said the group was going back to the studio to continue work on it's next album, Chinese Democracy, and that it would be released only after Guns N' Roses kicks off the American leg of its world tour.

Rose also explained that it's taking so long to record the album and tour because he's trying to rebuild the once-great band with a new group of players, something that has never been attempted before. "How do you rebuild something that got so big? And how do you make a whole bunch a guys that were something else into something that already was. I don't know if it's exactly been done like this, and not with the intensity of these players wanting to play the material."

Axl Rose Says GN'R Waiting Game Won't End Soon
Reclusive frontman also promises an American tour.
By Robert Mancini  src:VH1.com

Axl Rose brought Guns N' Roses back to the MTV Video Music Awards Thursday night for the first time in 10 years, but the frontman indicated that the wait for a new album from the band will continue.

"You'll see [the album], but I don't know

if 'soon' is the word," Rose explained to MTV News immediately after unveiling the current GN'R lineup to an American television audience for the first time.

"It will come out, and we'll do some more recording and start the American leg of the tour," he promised.

Thursday night's VMA performance marked GN'R's first since 1992, when the band performed "November Rain" with Elton John (see "Guns N' Roses Cap Night Of Spectacles From Diddy, Eminem, Timberlake"). The band remained largely off the map in the decade that followed, shedding members and bringing in fresh blood. Axl and his current lineup ó which includes drummer Brian "Brain" Mantia, former Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson and guitarists Buckethead and Robin Finck ó have been working on an album, Chinese Democracy, for years.

"How do you make a whole bunch of guys into something that already was, and with this intensity of these players wanting to play this material?" Rose said of the delay.

So while Guns N' Roses may be back on the airwaves, they may not be back in record stores any time soon.



Axl Rose warns no new G N' R material for a while


Axl Rose has warned Guns N' Roses fans they're still going to have a long wait for the band's new album.

The band have recently reformed, with comeback gigs including the Leeds Festival and the MTV Video Music Awards.

But Rose says fans shouldn't hold their breath for new material.

"You'll see the album, but I don't know if 'soon' is the word," Rose told MTV.

"It will come out, and we'll do some more recording and start the American leg of the tour."


21 Aug 2001

Hey everybody.GníR are back live ní kickin but same canít be said about my computer.The damn thing crashed just at the wrong time.Iím, following all the events through cyber cafes.So that explains the delay. Iím putting a real short summary of the events unlike the usual detailed typ.Until my pc gets back in order Iíll continue to follow and update in the same manner just to keep this uptodate .Allright rock on!

World Tour 2002 is Underway!

GNíR did a  press conference before leaving for the Hong Kong show.The Confrence is posted on www.gnronline.com


Hong Kong Gig took place on  the 14th at the Hong Kong Exhibition Hall.
The set list was


  • 'Welcome To The Jungle'
  • 'It's So Easy'
  • 'Mr. Brownstone'
  • 'Live And Let Die'
  • 'Think About You'
  • 'You Could Be Mine'
  • 'Sweet Child O' Mine'
  • 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door'
  • 'Madagascar'
  • 'November Rain'
  • 'Out Ta Get Me'
  • 'Rocket Queen'
  • 'Chinese Democracy'
  • 'Patience'
  • 'Nightrain'
  • 'My Michelle'
  • 'Paradise City'

Read fan review of the gig on the fan forum.

Next Venue is the Summer Sonic fest ,Japan. Aug 17,Tokyo and Aug 18 Osaka.

8 Aug 2002

Chinese Democracy Release Date Sep 2?
Does Chinese Democracy have a release date yet?After reports ( like this one ) that the album has a release date of Sep 2,  launch.com says that the bands management and record company have told that they're no more than rumors.

Guns N' Roses' record company and management has told LAUNCH that rumors that the band's forthcoming album, Chinese Democracy, was to be released Labor Day weekend are untrue. A spokesperson for Interscope/Geffen spoke to the band's management, who replied to the unsubstantiated rumor, "Where are they getting this from?"

The report of the Labor Day release surfaced as part of the Drudge Report on Monday (June 24). Guns N' Roses' last studio album was a covers album, The Spaghetti Incident?, which was released in 1993. The last original song that hit radio was "Oh My God," which appeared on the soundtrack to the movie End Of Days in 1999.

Guns N' Roses Expand World Tour; Nixes North American Trek?

cdnow.com says that GNR will go to Indonesia and Australia as well.

It doesn't look like Guns N' Roses will be touring North America in September after all. According to a report out of Indonesia, the band will be performing there in late September, following a tour of Australia.

Indonesian promoter Tommy Pratama told the local digital publication Detikcom that he's had to reschedule the concert three times, from Sept. 7 to Sept. 13 to the current date of Sept. 29, but he is optimistic the booking is now firm.

He noted that the group was expected to be in Australia Sept. 11-25, and in Korea on the 27th. The popular rumor had been that a U.S. tour would be kicking off Sept. 2.

The band had already announced dates in Hong Kong, Japan, Belgium, and the U.K. from mid- to late-August (allstar, July 16).


Slash Voted the 4th best guitarist ever!

Slash pips the likes of Joe Satriani ,Eddie Van Halen,Brian May to claim the 4th spot on the best ever list.Check it out!


Jimi Hendrix's
status as the world's greatest guitar player has once again been confirmed.

Readers of Total Guitar Magazine voted Hendrix the best ever ahead of Led Zeppelin axeman Jimmy Page in second place and Eric 'Slow Hand' Clapton in third.

Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash was the highest contemporary player at No.4 just ahead of Queen's Brian May.

Not one woman made it into the Top 100 and only Tracy Chapman registered in the entire list of 440.

The top 20 in full:

1 - Jimi Hendrix
2 - Jimmy Page
3 - Eric Clapton
4 - Slash
5 - Brian May
6 - Joe Satriani
7 - Eddie Van Halen
8 - Dave Gilmour
9 - Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
10 - Steve Vai
11 - Carlos Santana
12 - James Hetfield (Metallica)
13 - Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)
14 - Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
15 - Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
16 - Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne)
17 - Gary Moore
18 - Jeff Beck
19 - Stevie Ray Vaughan
20 - Angus Young (AC/DC)

The magazine's editor Scott Rowley said: "What's nice about it is that it's not some music critic's opinion of the best guitarists - these guys might not be 'cool' by any music critic's viewpoint, but they genuinely are the fastest, loudest, most exciting players in rock and roll."

Here is the same news from HTtabloid.com.

Psychedelic guitarist Jimi Hendrix has been voted the instrument's greatest player in a poll conducted by Total Guitar magazine.

Hendrix, who died in 1970 at the age of 27, beat Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page to the top spot in the poll of the magazine's readers.

Hendrix made his name in the late 1960s, with classics like  "Purple Haze,'' "Hey Joe'' and "Voodoo Chile.''  Blues veteran Eric Clapton came in third, followed by Slash from Guns N' Roses and Brian May of Queen.

Younger talents also made the top 100, including Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead at 35 and Noel Gallagher from Oasis at 50.  Johnny Ramone of The Ramones who built a long career on rudimentary three-chord rock was 88th. No woman made the top 100. Only one Tracy Chapman was among 440 guitarists nominated by the magazine.



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