Guns N’ Roses have spent much of the past year wreaking havoc across South America , and now, they’re bringing their fury to about the only place in the U.S. that can handle it: Sturgis, South Dakota.
On Tuesday (July 20), organizers of the Rock ’N Rev festival — held during the thoroughly gnarly Sturgis Motorcycle Rally — announced that GN’R had been added as closers on the fest’s final night, Friday, August 13. The fest marks the band’s first official U.S. performance in four years and their only North American show of 2010.
The R’NR fest will take place August 9-13 at something called (and we’re not making this up) Monkey Rock USA. Other acts confirmed for the rock-centric fest include Daughtry, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, Godsmack, Creed, 3 Doors Down, Hinder and Hellyeah. Tickets for R’NR run $45 per day or $150 for a five-day pass. There’s even a special VIP “platinum package” available for $1,000, which gets you access to private bars, luxury bathroom facilities and, of course, motorcycle parking (and that’s important). For more information, check out RockNRevFestival.com.
The Sturgis show will be GN’R’s first official U.S. show since the final four dates of their 2006 Chinese Democracy Tour were canceled so Axl Rose could complete the much-delayed album of the same name, which was eventually released in 2008. Earlier this year, they played a “surprise” set for 100 lucky fans at a Fashion Week gig held at the John Varvatos boutique in New York City — which, incidentally, is the same space that used to house the legendary rock club CBGB.
Will you take your motorcycle to see GN’R next month? Let us know in the comments!