Guns N’ Roses began their reunion campaign on Friday night (April 1st) with an intimate show at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles, where a lineup featuring Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboard player Dizzy Reed and drummer Frank Ferrer took the stage just around midnight, opening with “It’s So Easy” and “Mr. Brownstone.” Other hits aired included “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Rocket Queen,” “My Michelle,” “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and show closer “Paradise City.”
The concert also featured surprises such as Slash performing “Chinese Democracy,” the title track of Guns N’ Roses’ 2008 album, live for the first time, along with that album’s single “Better” and the rare Use Your Illusion I track “Double Talkin’ Jive,” which had not been performed in concert since 1993.
Although it was rumored that original drummer Steven Adler would make an appearance, he did not turn up for Friday night’s show. A second keyboardist, pop/urban artist Melissa Reese, also performed alongside the group as its first female instrumentalist.
Tickets for the gig — which was announced Friday morning after days of rumors — were available to buy starting at noon PT on Friday at Gibson Brands on Sunset Boulevard, with all tickets costing $10. Lines had already formed that morning and the Los Angeles Police Department had mobilized to handle the crowds of fans looking to score one of the 250 tickets reportedly made available.
Friday night’s show marked the first time that Axl Rose and Slash had played together since July 17th, 1993. The band lineup had been the subject of intense speculation for weeks.
At the same time, Guns N’ Roses also confirmed the dates and venues for a summer North American tour, after unveiling the 20 cities that the trek would hit last month. The “Not In This Lifetime” tour — named after a response Axl once gave when asked if the original Guns N’ Roses would ever reunite — kicks off on June 23rd and will include shows in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, Washington DC, Philadelphia and more.
Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday (April 8th) at LiveNation.com. Prices range from $49.50 to $250.
The tour follows the previously confirmed shows the band is playing this month in Las Vegas, Mexico City and at California’s Coachella Festival.
Confirmed Guns N’ Roses tour dates (subject to change):
April 8 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
April 9 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
April 16 – Indio, CA – Coachella Music Festival
April 19 – Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol
April 20 – Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol
April 23 – Indio, CA – Coachella Music Festival
June 23 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field
June 26 – Washington, DC – FEDEXField
June 29 – Kansas City, MO – Arrowhead Stadium
July 1 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
July 6 – Cincinnati, OH – Paul Brown Stadium
July 9 – Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium
July 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field
July 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
July 16 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre
July 19 – Foxboro, MA – Gillette Stadium
July 23 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
July 27 – Atlanta, GA – Georgia Dome
July 29 – Orlando, FL – Orlando Citrus Bowl
July 31 – New Orleans, LA – Mercedes-Benz Superdome
August 3 – Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium
August 5 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium
August 9 – San Francisco, CA – AT&T Park
August 12 – Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field
August 15 – Glendale, AZ – University of Phoenix Stadium
August 22 – San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium
CHECK IT OUT: The first videos and photos from the show that surfaced late Friday evening:
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?
Brandon Olson wrote: “First band I ever cared about as a kid. As much as I want this to succeed, I don’t believe they can sell out stadiums.”
Doug Retrodaze wrote: “Big CASH IN ladies and gentlemen. Big MONEY GRAB. Don’t get your hopes up too much on how they will sound. It’s tough to relive your glory days back in the day. I hope I am wrong.”
Kevin Newman wrote: “These bands seem to think the rest of the country make the same or more an hour than they do. I’d love to see a lot of shows, just cant afford the steep ticket prices.”
Lee Staples wrote: “Let’s see, it’s not the original lineup, Axl can’t sing anymore, and tickets are probably starting a 200 bucks a pop. Think I’ll pass.”
Johnny Womack wrote: “To all the haters: SUCK IT! They sound amazing.”