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The most anticipated music event of the millennium is set! Guns N’ Roses will play their FIRST live gig of 2016 on the hallowed ground where they started, The Troubadour, TONIGHT, Friday, April 1. Doors at 10pm!
Limited tickets are available for purchase beginning at 12pm PT at Gibson Brands on Sunset (formerly Tower Records) located at the old Tower Records store at 8801 Sunset Blvd. GNR have gone back to retro pricing with tickets at $10, limit one per person. CASH ONLY! Purchasers will receive a non-transferable wrist band at point of sale.
While in the queue, fans are invited to start the celebratory day with a trip down memory lane in the venue where Slash used to work (GNR amateur historians also know Axl worked across the street at the now defunct Tower Video), as the old Tower store will be transformed into a complete interactive GNR experience with a memorabilia exhibit curated by Blaine Halvorson, designer of MadeWorn. The exhibit opens at 12pm and will include historic items such as members’ classic attire, original artwork, personal awards and more.
Additionally, GNR exclusive merchandiser, Bravado will be onsite with a pop up shop featuring exclusive merchandise to celebrate the April 1 Troubadour appearance.
Steven Adler Will be Joining Axl and Slash in Las Vegas
We reported on the news of Guns N’ Roses getting back together when the news initially broke — the media reported that Axl, Slash and Duff McKagan would be getting together for some dates around the United States.
Later on, it was indicated exactly where the iconic rock band would be playing. They announced headline slots at Coachella, as well as dates in Mexico, and two shows at the newly opened T-Mobile Arena.
Obviously, the news was being drip fed to the press to heighten the anticipation of the band’s return. Later on, fans would find out that the band would also be recording an album in 2016. While the band release ‘Chinese Democracy’ in 2008, as we know, Axl was the only one in the recording studio from the original band. The last full album as a full functioning band before the split was 1993’s ‘The Spaghetti Incident?’
Finally, news has broken that drummer Steven Adler will in fact be joining Guns N’ Roses on their upcoming tour. Rock journalist Mitch Lafon recently spoke with Adler’s friend Jacob Bunton (who also sings for his solo band) and he confirmed Adler will 100% be joining them.
Guns N’ Roses recently announced a full North American tour, it seems surreal that a band with so many differences have finally been able to get over for them to perform in front of a live crowd once more. It has been announced through many media sources that the band are looking for upwards of $3 million per show, which means the dates in North America are expected to be at 25 football stadiums across the United States and Canada during the comeback tour.
The Coachella headlining shows are huge, but fans are arguably looking forward to the Vegas shows more. There will be a mix of casual fans at the Coachella dates – not so much at the Vegas shows. It’s a big draw for MGM Resorts’ brand new T-Mobile Arena. Although, the band won’t be the first band to play the new 20,000-seater arena – that privilege will go to the hometown heroes, the Killers. Guns N’ Roses will be performing two shows on April 8 & 9.
The T-Mobile Arena is a partnership between MGM Resorts International and AEG. The move to build a purpose built concert and sports arena is forecasted to bring the biggest musical talent to the region, eclipsing the MGM Grand Garden Arena in capacity and state-of-the-art facilities. The venue is seen as another addition to MGM’s growing portfolio of entertainment venues that is helping them offset the loss in revenues from online gaming sites over the last decade. With many portals now offering virtual incarnations of traditional games, the spotlight has been taken away from the Vegas casino in recent years and their appeal has been lost. Thus, MGM and other huge operators in Nevada have been diversifying their extensive portfolios to bring a new crowd of revelers through their doors. Bringing Guns N’ Roses, the Killers, Janet Jackson, and Garth Brooks among others in the first couple of months of opening is a big feat for the arena.
Hopefully, Guns N’ Roses will hit the ground running during their opening shows and this rumored small tune-up show that the band will play in Los Angeles