Guns N’ Roses News: East Coast Club tour announced, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Will Guns N’ Roses reunite…or even show up?
Guns N’ Roses have announced a special east coast club tour, coinciding with Fashion Week in New York, including a stop at Webster Hall. It’s been 24 years since Guns N’ Roses played the venue, and in the spirit of the occasion, Webster Hall will be renamed ‘The Ritz’ (on the marquee) just for the night. Shows are also scheduled in Chicago, Atlantic City and Silver Spring, Md.
Pre-sale tickets are already on sale for the New York dates, with general on-sale starting Wednesday. Tickets and VIP packages for all six dates will be available at at the group’s website.
Guns N’ Roses recently wrapped up an arena tour, playing more than 30 shows in the United States. The band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14.
Guns N’ Roses ‘Up Close and Personal’ Club Tour
Feb. 10 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom
Feb. 12 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
Feb. 15 – New York, NY – The Ritz a.k.a Webster Hall
Feb. 19 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Feb. 23 – Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore
Feb. 24 – Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place in Cleveland on April 14 (and will air on HBO in May), and speculation continues if all of GnR will show, and especially if Slash and Axl Rose will share the stage together once again. Axl once said back in 2009 to Billboard about the possibility of playing with guitarist Slash: “One of the two of us will die before a reunion. However sad, ugly or unfortunate anyone views it, it is how it is.”
Drummer Matt Sorum recently shared his thoughts about the possibility of an original band lineup to Australia’s TheVine: “It’s going to be as big of a train wreck as the Sex Pistols, Blondie, or any of those other bands. That’s my prediction. Or Van Halen, which I don’t know if you saw, but we (Velvet Revolver) were involved in that. Train wreck; it was a complete train wreck. But maybe it won’t; maybe it will be a miracle; I hope for that and put out the positive vibrations. But it’s coming up pretty quickly.” During an appearance on a morning TV show in Australia, Sorum was asked if he keeps in touch with his former bandmates. He responded, “I’m in a band called Velvet Revolver with Slash and Duff McKagan — we were all original Guns N’ Roses members — and so we still have a band. And then Axl is doing his thing; we’re split up right now. So everyone’s hope for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is that we get on stage together. I just spoke to the original drummer, Steven Adler, last night, who I replaced in 1990, and then came over here to Australia and did the biggest concert in the southern hemisphere at the time — at Eastern Creek; it was 100,000 people. So Steven and me are talking, and we’re all gonna go, hopefully, and have a good time.”
Slash, who is currently busy recording his next solo album with vocalist Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge), has admitted that he has been checking out old performance footage of the group.
He told Esquire magazine, “When I see footage of Guns N’ Roses, I see that f**king hunger and attitude. You could not f*** with those five guys. It was just raw. It was this lean, hungry thing on its way up. It was as sincere as any rock ‘n’ roll that I’ve ever heard, and I’m proud of that. The split between Axl and I was a quiet one. But because there was so much attention on the break-up – and are we going to get back together – it got built up into this monster that led to a kind of animosity that wasn’t the focus for me. Neither one of us wants to be down each other’s throats for no reason. At this point, I’m trying to put it to rest.”
We’ll see what happens, but Axl will not want to exclude his current band members, many of whom have been playing with Axl longer that the members in the classic lineup have. Sorum may be right, the just may be the ultimate rock and roll train wreck. At the very least, the tension will be very high in the room, and it will be must see TV.