GUNS N' ROSES

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about guns n' roses

At a time when pop was dominated by dance music and pop-metal, Guns N' Roses brought raw, ugly rock & roll crashing back into the charts. They were not nice boys; nice boys don't play rock & roll. They were ugly, misogynistic, and violent; they were also funny, vulnerable, and occasionally sensitive, as their breakthrough hit, "Sweet Child O' Mine," showed. While Slash and Izzy Stradlin ferociously spit out dueling guitar riffs worthy of Aerosmith or the Stones, Axl Rose screeched out his tales of sex, drugs, and apathy in the big city. Meanwhile, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler were a limber rhythm section who kept the music loose and powerful. Guns N' Roses' music was basic and gritty, with a solid hard, bluesy base; they were dark, sleazy, dirty, and honest -- everything that good hard rock and heavy metal should be. There was something refreshing about a band that could provoke everything from devotion to hatred, especially since both sides were equally right. There hadn't been a hard rock band this raw or talented in years, and they were given added weight by Rose's primal rage, the sound of confused, frustrated white trash vying for his piece of the pie. As the '80s became the '90s, there simply wasn't a more interesting band around, but owing to intra-band friction and the emergence of alternative rock, Rose's supporting cast gradually disintegrated, as he spent years in seclusion. 

And so years passed and still no new GNR album, to the point where it became one joke too many. The album was long billed as Chinese Democracy, and occasionally session recordings would leak and make their way onto Internet file-sharing networks. A fascinating article written by Jeff Leeds for The New York Times, published in March 2005, revealed how tangled and costly the making of the album had become. According to the article, titled "The Most Expensive Album Never Released," Rose began work on the album in 1994 and racked up production costs of at least $13 million dollars. Producers involved with the album at one time or another included Mike Clink, Youth, Sean Beavan, and even Roy Thomas Baker. (Curiously, Moby claimed to have been offered the job as well.) Marco Beltrami and Paul Buckmaster were allegedly brought in for orchestral arrangements, and there was a revolving door of guitarists. In 2006, the album seemed closer to release, as Rose began surfacing in public and even took his band on the road for some shows. The music industry's biggest boondoggle finally bore fruit in 2008 when Axl unveiled a record that was well over a decade in the making. While Chinese Democracy received many rave reviews, and the critical response was positive overall, the record underperformed (its almost impossible) expectations, debuting at number three on the Billboard 200 when it came out in November. A worldwide tour followed

 

 


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tour dates

 

November 2011

4 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
5 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
8 - Omaha, NE - Qwest Center
9 - Norman, OK - Lloyd Noble Center
12 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
13 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
15 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
17 - East Rutherford, NJ - IZOD Center
19 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre
20 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Mohegan Sun Arena
23 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
25 - Worcester, MA - DCU Center
26 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
28 - Hamilton, Ontario - Copps Coliseum

December 2011

1 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
2 - Cincinnati, OH - US Bank Arena
4 - Nashville, TN - Bridgstone Arena
5 - Southaven, MS - Desoto Civic Center
7 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Center
8 - Indianapolis, IN - Conseco Fieldhouse
11 - Broomfield, CO - 1StBank Center
13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Maverik Center
16 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena
17 - Vancouver, British Columbia - P.N.E. Pacific Coliseum
21 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
31 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint-Hard Rock Las Vegas
 

 


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