While the reunion of the classic band line-up speculation continues almost every week, Guns N' Roses and Dead Daisies guitarist Richard Fortus recently suffered serious injuries after a motorcycle accident. He broke his shoulder blade, collar bone, six ribs, a toe, has a bruised lung, lacerated liver and a concussion but he will make a full recovery. Sadly for Dead Daisies fans, Richard Fortus will miss the band's upcoming tour dates in Australia and New Zealand due to the crash.
Guns N' Roses have lost one of their three guitarists. Daren Jay Ashba has announced his departure from the Axl Rose-fronted outfit. He leaves the hard rock group after six years of service to focus on his band Sixx:A.M. Ashba was hired to join Guns N' Roses in 2009 following the release of Chinese Democracy to replace guitarist Robin Finck, who departed to rejoin Nine Inch Nails.
Ex-bassist of Guns N' Roses Duff McKagan has confirmed that he will be filling in for the band's current bassist, Tommy Stinson, during the group's South American tour. Stinson is scheduled to reunite with his original band, The Replacements, for two dates at Coachella in mid-April and is unable to make the Guns N' Roses shows. McKagan will join the group in Argentina for the April 6th concert, then play Paraguay (April 9th), Bolivia (April 12th) and two cities in Brazil — Recife (April 15th) and Fortaleza (April 17th).
The official trailer for Guns N' RosesAppetite For Democracy upcoming 3D concert film has been released and can now be seen below. The footage was shot before a sold-out crowd live on November 21st, 2012 at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada during the band's Vegas residency. Appetite For Democracy is coming this summer to theaters, 3D Blu-ray, DVD and worldwide television broadcast.
Aussie fans can expect hard-rocking performances from a hard-rocking lineup this March when Guns N' Roses, ZZ Top and Rose Tattoo join forces for a string of tour dates. The tickets go on sale this Friday, January 25th. All the dates can be seen below.
It seems that apparently not only is Slash not welcome at any Guns N' Roses shows, but neither are Slash T-shirts.
According to British music magazine NME, a fan at GNR's May 31 concert at London's O2 Arena, who showed up a wearing a Slash T-shirt, was forced by security to remove his shirt at the door. The concertgoer, 18-year-old James Revell, grudgingly abided and entered the venue bare-chested.
Guns N' Roses' Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony takes place this Saturday in Cleveland, but Axl Rose won't be attending it. In an open letter posted on GN'R's Facebook page, Axl Rose said that not only will he not attend the ceremony, but he turned down his induction altogether.
According to the Rolling Stone official website, Guns N' Roses are one of the bands to be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Class 2012, alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, the Small Faces/Faces, Donovan and Laura Nyro. Freddie King will enter the Hall Of Fame as an Early Influence, while the late producer and TV host Don Kirshner will receive the Ahmet Ertegun (nonperformer) Award and producers Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns will receive the Award for Musical Excellence.
Guns N' Roses will bring their Chinese Democracy World Tour to Canada in January 2010. The Winnipeg, Manitoba concert at the MTS Centre on January 13th is the first of thirteen Canadian concerts on the GN'R world tour, which begins in Asia on December 11th, with tour updates and announcements planned throughout 2010. Support will come from Sebastian Bach and Danko Jones.
Jan. 13 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
Jan. 16 - Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
Jan. 17 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
Jan. 19 - Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
Jan. 20 - Regina, SK @ Brandt Centre
Jan. 24 - Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum
Jan. 25 - London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
Jan. 27 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
E! Online is reporting that, the California man charged with illegally leaking tracks of Guns N' Roses' near-mythical "Chinese Democracy", pleaded not guilty today in federal court.
Kevin Cogill, a 27-year-old blogger known as "Skewrl" who uploaded nine tracks from the forever-in-the-works LP on his Antiquiet in June, was busted Aug. 27.
Cogill was charged under a three-year-old federal anti-piracy law that makes it a felony to distribute a copyrighted work on computer networks before its release. He was released on $10,000 bail.
If convicted of the misdemeanor count, Cogill faces a possible five-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine. However for a jury to find him guilty, prosecutors must prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Cogill unlawfully disseminated the previously unreleased songs for profit.
Another new song of the forever-in-the-works Guns N' Roses album "Chinese Democracy" has been put online. "Better" is now streaming online at Q104.3 FM radio station. You can check it out at this location. Also the title song of the too-long-awaited album, which should be hitting the shelves in the coming week, is available for streaming there.
In other news, Dutch retailer Van Leest has posted 30-second samples of every track from "Chinese Democracy" over at this location.
The names of the 14 songs on "Chinese Democracy" have been revealed by the website BestBuy.com in their product catalog. Also a small image of the cover art of the ridiculously-long-awaited new Guns N' Roses album has been posted on the online catalog, have a look at it here.
The tracklist of "Chinese Democracy" appears to be as follows:
01. Chinese Democracy
02. Shackler's Revenge
04. Street Of Dreams
05. If The World
06. There Was A Time
07. Catcher N' The Rye
09. Riad N' The Bedouins
13. This I Love
According to a ChineseDemocracy.com update, it is true that the album is coming out on 23rd of November. An official announcement will be made "soon" directly from Axl. The artwork we've seen listed on bestbuy.com is the official CD cover. The tracklist is legit and this is the right order. The album will be released worldwide the same day but it might hit the stores in some areas the next day. "Street Of Dreams" is confirmed as "The Blues".
Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row) has posted the following SebastianBlog at his official website:
"Sometimes, in life, you make true friends. A true friend is someone whom you can see and then not see, but when you see them again, it is like no time has passed at all. A true friend is someone whom you can laugh with, talk with, hang out with, rock with, and confide in. Then there is the friend who gives you so much, you can't express in words how much they mean to you. When I look back on my life, I have to say that one of my true friends is Mr. W. Axl Rose.
As everyone now knows, when Guns N' Roses made their triumphant return to New York City a few weeks ago, Axl was cool enough to invite me on stage all four nights to sing with him the Guns N' Roses song of my choice, which happens to be 'My Michelle'. During the NYC shows Axl asked me if I wanted to fly with him to Europe to duet with him in England at Donington and Hammersmith. Of course I said YES and then I mentioned to him the recording of the new CD 'Angel Down' and how much it would mean for our band to open some Guns N' Roses shows. Axl's response was to offer the band the whole European tour.