Come October, the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign may need to be altered to “Welcome to the Jungle.” That’s right, Guns N’ Roses are bringing their rock music legacy to Vegas with their first residency, “Appetite for Democracy,” at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
The show schedule is:
- Wednesday, Oct. 31
- Friday, Nov. 2
- Saturday, Nov. 3
- Wednesday, Nov. 7
- Friday, Nov. 9
- Saturday, Nov. 10
- Wednesday, Nov. 14
- Saturday, Nov. 17
- Sunday, Nov. 18
- Wednesday, Nov. 21
- Friday, Nov. 23
- Saturday, Nov. 24
Not only do these shows mark the group’s first residency, but “Appetite for Democracy,” will feature a unique GNR music experience created exclusively for The Joint. What better place to hear songs like “Paradise City” and “Sweet Child O’
Mine” than in Sin City?
The exclusive set list for this show will span the group’s biggest hits from their debut album, “Appetite for Destruction” (1987) to their most recent, platinum-selling album “Chinese Democracy” (2008). More specific details about the show aren’t being revealed yet other than to say fans can expect a gritty, in-your-face, heavy metal show experience that has been the group’s signature since their days performing on the Sunset Strip. Obviously, the band’s line-up has changed since their heyday, but their music continues to resound with fans both old and new.
Today’s GNR line-up consists of frontman and founder Axl Rose, DJ Ashba (guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Tommy Stinson (bass), Richard Fortus (guitar), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), Chris Pitman (keyboards) and Frank Ferrer (drums).
Starting the history-making residency in October marks another milestone for the group in 2012. This year is also the 25th anniversary for “Appetite for Destruction,” the album that changed rock ‘n’ roll music and propelled the group to instant rock stardom. The album was named as one of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” by “Rolling Stone.” After its release, the album remained on Billboard’s “Hot 100” for almost three years, one of the longest runs of any rock album. It has sold more than 18 million copies in the United States and more than 30 million copies worldwide.
GNR last performed in Vegas this past New Year’s Eve with two sold-out shows at The Hard Rock Hotel. We interviewed Dizzy Reed in advance of that show. You can read that article here. Now fans will get another chance to rock out to GNR’s countless hit songs presented in a full-fledged rock ‘n’ roll show format produced exclusively by AEG Live.
“Appetite for Democracy” is the second rock residency to take over The Joint. The first was by Mötley Crüe, which started Feb. 3 and ran for three weeks. Before that, legendary guitarist Carlos Santana called The Joint home for his two-year residency that started in 2009.
Tickets for “Appetite for Democracy” go on sale Aug. 17 and start at $45.