Guns N’ Roses Tackle 12 Date Las Vegas Residency
Guns N’ Roses (read: Axl Rose and the band he is currently performing with) has announced its first every residency for later this year.
“Appetite for Democracy” will consist of a series of 12 shows that will kick off Halloween night at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The stint will run through November 25.
The concerts come at the end of the year that marks the 25th anniversary of Guns N’ Roses’ 1987 debut, Appetite for Destruction. Appropriate to the title of the residency, the shows will feature songs from the band’s entire career, from Destruction through 2008’s Chinese Democracy.
Rose is now the sole original member still performing under the Guns N’ Roses moniker, and the current lineup includes guitarists DJ Ashba, Richard Fortus and Ron Thal, who is apparently more commonly known as “Bumblefoot.” Former Replacement (the band, not the noun) Tommy Stinson takes care of bass duties, while Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman play keyboards and Frank Ferrer bangs on the drums.
Up until 2008, the rest of the original members of Guns N’ Roses had been backing Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland as the supergroup Velvet Revolver. Though occasional rumors surface that the band may tour again, guitarist Slash tends to remain steadfast in his assertion that the rift between Weiland and the rest of the group likely will not be overcome.
In fact, Slash has been focusing on his solo career, and has released two albums under the Slash name since the hiatus began. He is currently on the road with his touring band, along with special guests Foxy Shazam.
Appetite for Destruction spent three years on the Billboard album charts, and has since sold more than 18 million copies. It remains by far the best-selling (and best-known) Guns N’ Roses release, and featured the hits “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Paradise City” and “Mr. Brownstone.”