Guns N’ Roses Books Tour Of Asia For This Fall

Guns N’ Roses has booked a tour of Asia for this fall, continuing the wildly successful “Not In This Lifetime” Tour. The seven-date tour kicks off on November 8th in Jakarta, Indonesia, will include the band’s first-ever visit to Manila, Philippines, as well as stops in Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi. See the special message from the band below.Continue reading

Guns N’ Roses Announces European Summer Tour Dates For 2018

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Already announced as a headliner for Download Festival,Guns N’ Roses have announced a full headline tour of European Festivals and their own shows for next summer. In addition to Donwload Fest in the UK, France and Spain, GNR will also appear at Grasspop Metal Meeting, and more. Full details below.Continue reading

Download Confirms Guns N Roses As Final Headliner For 2018

Guns N Roses will spend 2018 as the third year of their mostly sold-out “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour, and now they will serve as the Friday night headliner for Download 2018! The band has played 100 shows worldwide and sold 1 million tickets since reuniting and completing their first extensive touring since 1993. The line-up of GNR includes original members Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, plus Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer and Melissa Reese.Continue reading

Guns N’ Roses Kick Off Their North American Tour In Philadelphia

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Guns N’ Roses kicked off their new headlining tour last night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The legends’ set list including hits that spanned their entire career, classic cover songs, and even some surprises, including the first ever live performance of ‘Madagascar’ with Slash and Duff McKagan. Continue reading

Guns N Roses Leaks St. Louis Date For Spring Tour Of The USA

Guns N Roses. Photo credit: Katarina Benzova

Guns N Roses. Photo credit: Katarina Benzova

Rock fans rejoice as Guns N Roses, fresh off the final night of their 2016 “Not In The Lifetime Tour” dropped news on their US fans for 2016. Guitarist Richard Fortus posted to his personal Facebook page, a tour date teaser for St. Louis, Missouri.Continue reading

Watch This Guns N Roses Teaser Video, World Tour Dates For 2017

 

Guns N Roses. Photo credit: Katarina Benzova

Guns N Roses. Photo credit: Katarina Benzova

The return of the reunited legends Guns N Roses and their “Not In This Lifetime Tour” was the defining rock event of 2016. Now the band is setting their sights on 2017 with this teaser video which you can see below: Continue reading

Video: Guns N Roses Launches Not In This Lifetime Tour In Detroit

 

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Guns N Roseslaunched their “Not In This Lifetime” tour Thursday night (June 23) at Detroit, Michigan’s Ford Field. 41,000 capacity audience packed the stadium to watch the band play a two-hour-and-35-minutes. The show started just before 9:45 p.m. For the Detroit show, Axl Rosewas no longer constricted to the chair he had been seated in since he broke his foot during a surprise GNR club show in April 1 in Los Angeles.

The tour features three members of the classic GN’R lineup — Axl Rose, bassist Duff McKagan and Slash— backed by drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese.

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See setlist for Detroit show below:

01. It’s So Easy
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. Chinese Democracy
04. Welcome To The Jungle
05. Double Talkin’ Jive
06. Estranged
07. Live And Let Die
08. Rocket Queen
09. You Could Be Mine
10. Raw Power (Iggy and THE Stooges cover)
11. This I Love
12. Civil War
13. Coma
14. Speak Softly Love (love theme from “The Godfather”)
15. Sweet Child O’ Mine
16. Better
17. Out Ta Get Me
18. Wish You Were Here
19. November Rain
20. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan cover)
21. Nightrain

Encore:

22. Don’t Cry
23. The Seeker (The Who Cover)
24. Paradise City

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Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts – Blaster

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With the possible exception of a certain W. Axl Rose, there cannot be many figures who have cut such a Marmite-like presence in the music business as Scott Weiland. Even at the height of his fame and notoriety, Weiland cut an often odd figure – feted and lauded by some as a frontman non-pareil, loathed in equal measure by others. Whatever your view of Weiland and his artistic output, either in Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver or his solo work (anyone got that Christmas album?), you always got the idea that Weiland lapped it all up. And then some.

Personally, I bow to no-one in my admiration for STP’s ‘Sex Type Thing’; a rock song of genuine, unbridled swagger, and I have always been in the supporter’s camp for the super-group silliness of the Velvets. Whilst I’m therefore more likely than many to give a positive response to Weiland’s return to the musical fray, even his most vehement naysayers will have to admit that there’s still plenty of life in the man and he’s still got something to offer us. Blaster (Softdrive) is a slightly under the radar release for Weiland with his latest backing band, the clunkily named Wildabouts. Be under no illusion, this is a Weiland solo record and, as efficient and effective as rock musicians these guys are, this is the Scott show.

There’s a Marilyn Manson echo running through the glam stomp of ‘White Lightning’ and the cover of T-Rex’s ‘20th Century Boy’ is lively enough but feels like a record company compromise to me; I would have much preferred to hear him take on something from 70s Alice Cooper or Slade than this: sadly, this version never rises above the perfunctory when it should have shone.

However, that slightly regressive move aside, there’s a playful Californian surf pop vibe underpinning ‘Hotel Rio’, the alt-rock by numbers that ‘Amethyst’ offers reminds me of the 1990s but -self evidently- without the drugged out weirdness that his former band tended to offer. I’m fairly well taken by the sun-bronzed Nirvana schtick of ‘Bleed Out’ and there’s a glammy beat that pushes ‘Beach Pop’ along with a verve and effervescence.

Blaster has arrived with little fanfare and is all the better for it. Whether this is due to Weiland checking whether he has still “got it” (yes, he has) or because he’s also trying out new ideas that don’t quite fit with his “rock god” persona, I know not. Blaster is certainly a much more glammy album; it’s also a happy record suggesting that Weiland has found some artistic peace with himself. Whilst it’s not an out and out classic, given what this artist has been through, the mere fact that he has the show back on the road means we should be discussing Blaster as something approaching a triumph.

7.0/10

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MAT DAVIES