Guns N' Roses to Launch Las Vegas Residency on Halloween
What does Guns N' Roses have in common with Celine Dion, Garth Brooks and Elton John? Not much, other than stratospheric record sales -- and soon a Las Vegas residency.
Axl Rose and company will perform 12 shows from Halloween to Nov. 24 at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
The band's first Sin City run, announced Monday, is billed as Appetite for Democracy -- a riff on its classic 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction and 2008's long-delayed Chinese Democracy. It will be produced by AEG Live.
"This past New Year's Eve, Guns N' Roses tore the roof off The Joint with two sold-out shows," said Bobby Reynolds, vp booking at AEG Live, Las Vegas, in a statement. “To hear one of the biggest bands in the world rip through their catalog of hits is going to be amazing."
Guns N' Roses has sold more than 100 million albums around the world. In April, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with three original Guns members -- Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler -- hitting the stage to perform some of their biggest hits. Myles Kennedy, lead vocalist for Slash's solo project and the Creed-spinoff band Alter Bridge, filled in for Rose, who boycotted the ceremony due to hurt feelings and a perceived lack of respect. Rose and Slash haven't performed together in nearly two decades.
Rose is the only original member in the current Guns lineup, which also includes keyboardist Dizzy Reed, who's been in the band since 1990; guitarists Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Richard Fortus and DJ Ashba; longtime Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson; Chris Pitman on keyboards; and drummer Frank Ferrer.
Tickets for the band's Vegas run range from $45 to $111 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17.