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DATE: April 4, 2007

SOURCE: www.undercover.com

Guns 'n' Roses To Tour Australia

by Paul Cashmere - April 4 2007

Axl Rose is returning to Australia for the first time in 14 years with his new incarnation of Guns 'n' Roses.

Promoter Paul Dainty has scored the coup for Australia.

The G 'n' R Chinese Democracy tour will play Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth in June.

The tour is hopefully going to mark the release of the long-awaited 'Chinese Democracy' album which is already 8 years overdue. The only track to officially surface from the album was 'End of Days' on the 1999 soundtrack to 'End of Days'.

The Guns 'n' Roses line-up is W. Axl Rose on vocals, guitarists Robin Finck and Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal and Richard Fortus, bass player Tommy Stinson, keyboard players Dizzy Reed and Chris Pittman and drummer Frank Ferrer.

Rose has had a revolving door of players for this version of Guns 'n' Roses ever since the original band broke up. Most are know known as Velvet Revolver.

The Australian tour will be a spectacular in its own right with Skid Row's Sebastian Bach and Australia's rock legends Rose Tattoo performing as special guests.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday April 26th.

Dates are:

Sunday 10 June – PERTH - Burswood Dome

Wednesday 13 June – ADELAIDE - Entertainment Centre

Friday 15 June – MELBOURNE - Rod Laver Arena

Wednesday 20 June – BRISBANE - Entertainment Centre

Saturday 23 June – SYDNEY - Acer Arena


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DATE: April 5, 2007


14 years after wheels fell off at Calder, Axl's back for more

Daniel Ziffer

April 5, 2007

WHEN they arrived in Australia in 1993, US group Guns N' Roses were bigger than any stadium.

So they played racetracks, exceeding the noise mere cars could make with their epic head-banging rock.

At Calder Park, 75,000 people turned up on a stinking 38-degree day to see charismatic singer Axl Rose rip through hits from the group's million-selling albums Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies and Use Your Illusion.

It was a brilliant disaster, culminating in a State Ombudsman report to Parliament. Now they're back, announcing a June 15 concert at Rod Laver Arena. As they did 14 years ago, rockers Skid Row and local heroes Rose Tattoo will support the controversial LA band who fell apart in spectacular fashion and haven't released a studio album since 1991.

Their world tour, announced yesterday, goes by the name of the album that Rose — the only original member of the line-up coming to Australia — has dabbled with for more than a decade: Chinese Democracy.

Even by the record industry's standards of insanity, ego and excess, the estimated $18 million that has been sunk into Chinese Democracy is a stunning achievement.

Producers and executives despaired as Rose retreated to his Malibu mansion full of snakes, religious paraphernalia and weaponry.

He became a recluse, reportedly sleeping all day, looking up his name on the internet and communicating almost entirely by email.

An internet post from the band's tour manager in February said — not for the first time — that "recording for the album has been completed".

But Rose has been active. This year Guns N' Roses have played 80 shows on the first leg of their world tour. Only two needed to be rescheduled, said local promoter Paul Dainty, who is confident cancelled tours, false starts and no-shows are behind them.

"There's no question as to their reputation (but) that's more in the past," he said. "They've done 80 shows in the northern hemisphere … that's proven they can do it."

Still, Rose has lost none of his mystery. Despite the lengthy negotiations, Dainty has never spoken to the 45-year-old star.

"I've spoken to his PA (personal assistant) … he doesn't really have a manager. Business people do the deal," he said.

Rose could be heard in the background of some calls, Dainty said, and any demands and questions from the star had been "common sense".

The Calder Park gig in February 1993 was pure chaos. Women were forced to urinate on the ground in view of other concert-goers, one teenager became comatose after her medication was confiscated by security guards and there was no shade for volunteer first aid staff treating the 1726 people who became dehydrated — a severe shortage of drinking water forced people to sip from toilet water supplies. Finally, police argued with public transport officials after thousands were stranded and later dumped in the city late at night.

Touring Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney with Rose this year are guitarists Robin Finck, Ron Thal and Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, keyboard players Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman and drummer Frank Ferrer. Tickets go on sale on April 26.

Source: http://www.theage.com.au/news/music/racetr...5366329656.html

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