The fact that Guns N’ Roses’ landmark album “Appetite For Destruction” just turned 25 makes me feel incredibly old. Although the lineup is a lot different than it was in those days, Axl Rose is still plugging away, releasing albums and booking gigs under the GNR banner. According to MSN, the band has landed a lengthy Las Vegas gig at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this fall.
Guns N’ Roses celebrated the new year at the casino’s club The Joint, a performance which left quite the impression on Bobby Reynolds, vice president of booking at residency producer AEG Live. “They were incredible; we watched them perform their timeless hits and soon-to-be legendary songs off ‘Chinese Democracy,’” he explained. “Immediately following, AEG Live and Hard Rock began turning our fantasy of having them as a resident artist into a reality.”
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the band will kick off their residency, entitled Appetite for Democracy, on October 31. The band will reportedly perform a dozen concerts before wrapping things up on November 24. Tickets, which are priced at $45, go on sale August 17.
Guns N’ Roses isn’t the only musical act looking to make some Vegas money over the next several months. Not only have country music couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw announced residencies, Cee Lo Green and Shania Twain have also scheduled gigs at top-dollar casinos.
The new Las Vegas gig is good news for GNR fans, who were obviously disappointed when Axl Rose refused to attend the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland earlier this year.
Guns N’ Roses, which originally consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler, formed in 1985. The Los Angeles, California band signed to Geffen Records one year later. In 1987, the group issued their classic debut album “Appetite for Destruction,” which has sold over 30 million copies to-date.