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Guns N' Roses is heading back to the stage with a set of new tour dates! The band will play songs from the band's whole career. So take a look at the list of Guns N' Roses concerts, find one near you, and then get your tickets.
Guns N' Roses is embarking on their first full-length tour in five years! Axl Rose and the band will kick things off on October 28 in Orlando, FL. Among the Guns N' Roses tour dates are stops in Atlanta, Kansas City, Dallas, and Worcester, MA. Don't miss the band in action. Get your Guns N' Roses tickets and get ready for a night of both new and the classic hits.
Guns N' Roses is the story of a band that enjoyed great success during its early years, but ended up toiling throughout much of the 1990s and 2000s, before partially re-emerging in the late 2000s. The group, consisting of Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, and Stephen Adler, rose from the ashes of forerunner Hollywood Rose. The new act quickly gained an audience during their Hell Tour. The tour introduced many songs that are now GN'R classics, such as "Welcome to the Jungle," "Diamonds in the Rough," "Paradise City," and "Sweet Child O' Mine." After the tour they released an EP, Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide, to tide fans over while they worked on their debut record.
That record was released in 1987 as Appetite for Destruction. The album took a little while to catch on with the music-listening public, but went on fire when the video for "Sweet Child O' Mine" started airing on television. It featured many of the themes that would become staples of Guns N' Roses' work: crime, sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It is the band's most successful album, with over 28 million records sold worldwide.
The band originally planned to simply open for other groups, but the popularity of Appetite for Destruction showed the need for a full-scale Guns N' Roses tour. Following the Appetite for Destruction Tour, the band quickly got to work on their next album, G N' R Lies. It was another huge success, peaking at a cool #4 and selling five million copies. The album was very short for an LP-level work and contained only four new songs; the rest were re-releases of the songs from Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide. The album song "One in a Million" provided the first real controversy for Axl Rose, who was criticized over the use of racist and misogynistic lyrics.
The song ultimately didn't cause any lasting bad press. However, the band was presented with different problems when they returned to the studio. Though they already had public drug and alcohol abuse problems, these issues came to a head when recording resumed. Drummer Stephen Adler was particularly difficult to work with. He was fired in July 1990 during the recording of "Civil War" and replaced with Matt Sorum. Dizzy Reed had also joined as guitarist earlier in the year. It was the beginning of the many lineup changes that would happen over the next 20 years.
With Reed and Sorum on board, the band was able to continue recording. Guns N' Roses decided they had enough material to release two albums simultaneously in September 1991, Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II. The albums introduced blues, classical music, and country into what had been a purely hard rock style. The two albums were both huge hits and again produced singles that would become G N' R classics, including "Don't Cry," "Civil War," "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," and "November Rain." The subsequent Use Your Illusion Tour lasted two years but was famous for the departure of guitarist Izzy Stradlin, a number of sets that were cut short, and riots.
Following the tour in late 1993, the band released The Spaghetti Incident, an album of punk and glam rock covers. The inclusion of the Charles Manson song "Look at Your Game, Girl" caused tension between Rose and his fellow band members. The song's inclusion marked the beginning of the end for the original lineup of Guns N' Roses. The group attempted to create more material, and while they released a non-album single "Sympathy for the Devil," the aftermath of recording that song, among other tensions that had arose, led Slash to leave the band in 1996, followed shortly after by Sorum and McKagan.
The original lineup was gone, but Rose powered on with new members Paul Huge, Robin Finck, Tommy Stinson, and Josh Freese. Despite the fresh blood, the band toiled in obscurity for much of the next decade, only giving one-off performances. A tour planned for 2002 ultimately was canceled after Rose failed to show up for two shows, and the ensuing riots. In 2006, the band finally launched a new full-scale tour with the then-current lineup, the first successful concert series since 1994.
In late 2008 their long-delayed sixth album Chinese Democracy was released, but it did not match the success of the band's previous albums and reviews were mixed. Three years later the first full-scale Guns N' Roses tour since 2006 was announced.