GUNS N' ROSES's management, Sanctuary Artist Management, has issued the following press release:
Hot on the heels of their sell out shows last week in Las Vegas, San Francisco and KROQ's Inland Invasion in Los Angeles GUNS N' ROSES announce the first leg of their "Chinese Democracy" North American Tour.
The tour, which will kick off on the 20th of October in Jacksonville, Florida, finds the band in top form having spent the summer in Europe playing to 700,000-plus people over 32 shows in 18 countries, making it one of the biggest tours of the year on the continent and in the U.K. Concert-goers were not let down as Axl Rose and his bandmates Dizzy Reed, Robin Finck, Richard Fortus, Tommy Stinson, Chris Pitman, Brain and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal burned through classics such as "Welcome to the Jungle", "Paradise City", "Nightrain", "Mr. Brownstone", "November Rain" and "Sweet Child O' Mine" as well as highlighting soon to be favourites from the forthcoming "Chinese Democracy" album.
Just this week, the Hollywood Reporter's concert review of KROQ's Inland Invasion observed, "when headliner GUNS N' ROSES took the stage everything old became new again — and everything new on the bill, just couldn't hold a candle in comparison... the night belonged to GUNS N' ROSES!"
Axl Rose commented, "We had an amazing tour in Europe this summer and last week's shows here in the U.S. were great. It's been a long time getting here but we look forward to coming to your town and having a lot of fun."
Sebastian Bach, who has been guesting with GUNS N' ROSES on "My Michelle", will open the entire tour with the "special guest" slot going to a number of great bands, starting with PAPA ROACH for the dates through the 3rd of November. The shows have been planned to cater to a GUNS N' ROSES rock n' roll party atmosphere with Sebastian hitting the stage every night at 8 p.m. followed by the "special guest" at 9 p.m. and GUNS N' ROSES shortly after 10 p.m. and lots of great music in between.
GUNS N' ROSES are also delighted to announce that they have partnered with Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLB.COM) to provide their fans with premium ticketing opportunities and up-to-the-minute information on the tour and the band's other activities via gunsnroses.com which will be launched as of tomorrow.
As for GUNS N' ROSES' forthcoming "Chinese Democracy" album, the only comment at this time is that there are 13 Tuesdays left between now and the end of the year.
The itinerary for the "Chinese Democracy" North American Tour is as follows. Tickets for most dates go on sale on the 30th of September with up-to-the-minute information and pre-sales available now at gunsnroses.com.
Oct. 20 - Jacksonville, FL @ Vets Memorial Arena
Oct. 22 - Nashville, TN @ Gaylord Entertainment Center
Oct. 22/24 - Sunrise, FL @ BankAtlantic Center
Oct. 22/25 - St. Petersburg, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum
Oct. 22/27 - Estero, FL @ Germain Arena
Oct. 22/29 - San Juan, Puerto Rico @ Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum
Nov. 02 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
Nov. 03 - Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Nov. 05 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
Nov. 06 - Portland, ME @ Cumber County Civic Center
Nov. 08 - Worcester, MA @ Worcester Centrum
Nov. 10 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Nov. 13 - Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner
Nov. 15 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Nov. 17 - Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank
Nov. 18 - Quebec @ Colisee Pepsi
Nov. 20 - Halifax, NS @ Halifax Metro Centre
Nov. 24 - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
Nov. 25 - Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
Nov. 27 - Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
Nov. 29 - Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center
Dec. 01 - Ames, IA @ Hilton Coliseum
Dec. 02 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
Dec. 04 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
Dec. 06 - Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
Dec. 07 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
Dec. 10 - Everett, WA @ Everett Events Center
Dec. 11 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden
Dec. 13 - Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
Dec. 15 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Coliseum
Dec. 17 - Universal City, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
Dec. 19 - Universal City, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
Jan. 10 - Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
Jan. 11 - Bakersfield, CA @ Rabobank Arena
Jan. 13 - Reno, NV @ Reno Events Ctr
Jan. 16 - San Diego, CA @ iPayOne Center