Guns N’ Roses have announced their first Los Angeles show as part of their winter U.S. tour, their first American live dates in five years. The band will perform at The Forum on December 21st. Tickets will go on sale Monday, November 21st at 10 AM. They will be available at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com, at select Live Nation and Ticketmaster retail outlets, plus via Charge-By-Phone (800.745.3000).
After kicking off October 28th in Orlando, Florida, Guns N’ Roses will perform more than 30 concerts in the U.S. – fueled by Monster Energy – to New Year’s Eve. Before hitting the states, GNR toured Latin America, starting with a sold out, headline slot for the closing day of the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 2nd, for 75,000 fans.
Guns N’ Roses are: Axl Rose, DJ Ashba (guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Tommy Stinson (bass), Richard Fortus (guitar), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), Chris Pitman (keyboards) and Frank Ferrer (drums). GNR spent most of 2010 touring the globe, performing 71 two and a half hour shows in over 30 countries.
Since they last played the U.S. in 2006, GN’R has played to huge audiences everywhere including South America, Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia, playing close to one million fans worldwide.
Axl Rose started Guns N’ Roses over 25 years ago. Since that time, they have become one of the biggest bands in music history, selling over 100 million albums worldwide. GNR’s “Appetite For Destruction” has sold over 28 million albums in the United States alone.
The band’s most recent release, “Chinese Democracy” debuted #1 on the charts in thirteen countries. “Chinese Democracy” was released on Black Frog/Geffen Records in November 2008 and reached 3 times Platinum in Canada, Platinum in Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, UK, Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa. The album is Gold in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Holland, Sweden, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Brazil and Colombia. In the U.S., the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on February 3, 2009.
Critics have praised the band’s initial American dates:
“Lo and behold, Rose delivered the goods. His fire-alarm voice was still piercing and powerful, and he worked the stage like a young Axl.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Playing a collection of hits, deep cuts and surprising cover choices, Guns N’ Roses were accomplished throughout the evening.” – Dallas Observer
“The thousands in attendance were mesmerized by the band and cheered until their lungs were sore.” – Omaha World Herald
“Launching into the title track from 2008’s ‘Chinese Democracy’ and immediately hitting the crowd with ‘Welcome to the Jungle,’ (Rose) had no trouble hitting the high notes, and just as importantly, sustaining them. And he kept doing it for three solid hours.” – Daily Oklahoman
“I defy you not to get goosebumps upon hearing the opening riff of ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ in an arena setting.” – Lafayette Journal & Courier
“Rose and his new bandmates were in excellent form.” – Atlanta Journal Constitution
“Rose’s best moment was when he tickled the ivories to Elton John’s ‘Good Bye Yellow Brick Road’ which segued into his magnum opus ‘November Rain.’” – Pegasus News Dallas
“I’ll be the first to admit I was absolutely stunned at just how good this edition of Guns truly is. Axl’s voice was spot on throughout the non-stop two and a half hour show. The cast of characters surrounding him were superior in every way to the original collection of musical misfits.” – JAM magazine
The tour is scheduled to hit the following cities:
Nov 15 Chicago, IL @ All State Arena
Nov 17 East Rutherford, NJ @ IZOD Center
Nov 19 Hartford, CT @ Comcast Theatre
Nov 20 Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Nov 23 Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
Nov 25 Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
Nov 26 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
Nov 28 Hamilton, Canada @ Copps Coliseum
Dec 1 Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
Dec 2 Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
Dec 4 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Dec 5 Southhaven, MS @ DeSoto County Civic Center
Dec 7 Youngstown, OH @ The Covelli Center
Dec 8 Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
Dec 11 Denver, CO @ First Bank Center
Dec 12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center
Dec 16 Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
Dec 17 Vancouver @ Pacific Coliseum
Dec 21 Los Angeles @ The Forum (On Sale Monday November 21 at 10 AM)
More dates, cities and venue information to be announced very soon.