Was it something we said? Nearly a year after releasing their eagerly anticipated album Chinese Democracy, Guns N' Roses are finally mounting a tour in support of the 17-years-in-the-making CD. But so far the outing amounts to 13 Canadian dates, with no announced plans to hit up any U.S. cities.
Rumors of the impending Canadian tour announcement, as well as some reported late 2009 dates in Southeast Asia (which weren't confirmed by GN'R reps at press time) began leaking out last week. By Tuesday, a variety of Canadian press outlets had confirmed the dates, which are slated to kick off on January 13 with a show in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the MTS Centre and run through a February 4 date in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the Metro Centre. The dates have since been confirmed by promoter LiveNation.
Rolling Stone magazine called the dates part of the "Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy World Tour," which would represent the first full-scale outing in support of the album, whose sales failed to live up to the likely unrealistic expectations of fans and critics, topping out just shy of 600,000 copies to date.
The album's sales were hurt, no doubt, by the lack of live touring by the band as well as by singer Axl Rose's decision to do next to no press to promote the release. GN'R now consists of just one original member, Rose, and a series of sidemen, with the most recent addition being former Sixx:A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba, who replaced Nine Inch Nails' Robin Finck.
The dates for the tour:
»1/13 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
»1/16 - Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
»1/17 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
»1/19 - Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
»1/20 - Regina, SK @ Brandt Centre
»1/24 - Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum
»1/25 - London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
»1/27 - Montreal, PQ @ Bell Centre
»1/28 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
»1/31 - Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place
»2/1 - Quebec City, PQ @ Colisee Pepsi
»2/3 - Moncton, NB @ Moncton Coliseum
»2/4 - Halifax, NS @ Metro Centre