GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose has commented on the band's upcoming first-ever performance in South Africa at the My Coke Fest 2007. The event is scheduled for April 27 in Johannesburg and May 1 in Cape Town, with EVANESCENCE and HOOBASTANK also confirmed on the bill. The show is a sort of sequel to 2006's Coca-Cola Collab Massive Mix, which featured the South African live debut of METALLICA as well as appearances from natives SEETHER and others.
Said Rose: "I've been fortunate enough to play in some of the most historic buildings and stadiums around the world but performing in South Africa will truly be an honor. I can't wait to see South Africa. This is a dream come true."
GUNS N' ROSES is rumored to be planning more touring for later this spring and summer.
Although Rose, who turns 45 today (Tuesday, February 6), posted a message in December revealing a tentative release date of March 6 for the long-delayed GN'R album "Chinese Democracy", there's been no further word on whether the CD will actually surface on that date.
"Chinese Democracy" is the first GUNS N' ROSES album since the 1993 covers collection "The Spaghetti Incident". In the ensuing decade, the group has lost every original member besides Rose and burned through a reported $13 million in recording expenses.
GUNS N' ROSES' "Greatest Hits" collection, which was originally issued in March of 2004, was certified triple-platinum on April 11, 2006 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of three million copies. The CD sold 10,000 copies in the United States last week alone (week ending Jan. 28), bringing the total number of copies sold since its release to 3.43 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.