GUNS N' ROSES' concert this past Sunday, February 19 at the House of Blues in Chicago was made available via pay-per-view live stream from GunsNRoses.com for $5.00. A percentage of the proceeds from the live stream are going to fight world hunger. For this initiative, GN'R has partnered with Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief organization. Through the leadership of Feeding America, proceeds from domestic-based subscribers are being allocated throughout the U.S.
Video footage of GUNS N' ROSES' performance in Chicago can be seen below. (Note: Axl Rose was reportedly fighting a cold at the time of the show.)
In addition to sole original member Axl Rose, 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.
The original five-piece group, along with drummer Matt Sorum and keyboardist Dizzy Reed, will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland on April 14.