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Note--CC had to wait for the band to cancel the remaining shows...

Rocky GNR tour goes down in flames

By Marian Liu

Mercury News

The Guns N' Roses tour -- including a New Year's Eve show at the HP Pavilion at San Jose -- is dead.

The tour promoter announced Wednesday that the 14 remaining tours on the tour -- including stops in San Jose and Sacramento -- were canceled.

Singer Axl Rose had retooled the metal band for its first full-blown tour of the United States since 1993. The tour had been successful at the box office, but the band had already pulled out of three shows -- sparking riots by fans in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Philadelphia.

The tour's collapse was rumored after a last-minute cancellation in Philadelphia on Friday inspired unruly fans to throw seats and bottles on stage. Pollstar, which tracks the music industry, pulled the GNR tour off its Web site, and Ticketmaster stopped selling tickets to upcoming shows.

But Joan Rosenberg, a spokeswoman for Clear Channel Entertainment, said the promoter had to wait until the band confirmed it was canceling the remaining 14 dates. That confirmation came late Wednesday afternoon. Refunds will be available at point of purchase, she said.

Even before the tour had been officially canceled, Clear Channel announced that two members of the new GNR -- guitarist Buckethead and drummer Brain -- were playing San Francisco's Fillmore with Les Claypool's band on Jan. 3 -- the same night Guns N' Roses was scheduled to play the Forum in Inglewood.

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