GUNS N' ROSES: Southaven Concert Canceled

GUNS N' ROSES has canceled its previously announced December 5 show at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi.

The venue released the following statement:

"Due to production issues, the DeSoto Civic Center is unable to host the scheduled concert for GUNS N' ROSES set to take place on Monday, December 5, 2011. We apologize for any inconvenience to ticket purchasers.

"Ticket refunds are available at all points of purchase, including all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com, the DeSoto Civic Center Box Office or by phone at (800) 745-3000."

In a recent interview with CityBeat, GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus stated about the "production issues" that caused the cancelation of the band's November 23 concert at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, "There was no drama or anything like that. There were permit issues with the building and the venue. We have a huge production and it is very heavy. The production, it has to be supported and we have to feel safe about it and it has to be within their restrictions and that didn't work out. They tried to resolve everything. We have had this issue a few times in different venues and it has been resolved and we were just not able to resolve it there."

GUNS N' ROSES kicked off its first U.S. tour since 2006 on October 28 in Orlando, Florida.

In addition to sole original member Axl Rose (vocals), the current lineup of GUNS N' ROSES includes guitarists Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Richard Fortus and DJ Ashba, bassist Tommy Stinson, keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman and drummer Frank Ferrer.

"Chinese Democracy", the 2008 album released by the current edition of GUNS N' ROSES after a 15-year wait, was officially certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on February 3, 2009 for shipments in the United States in excess of one million copies. The long-in-the-making, 14-song CD finally arrived 17 years after the last full-length collections of original GUNS material, "Use Your Illusion I" and "II", were released, and nine years after the non-album track "Oh My God" surfaced on the soundtrack of the movie "End Of Days".

"Chinese Democracy" was made available exclusively through Best Buy.

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