Having spent the past two years touring everywhere but the United States (except for that one time they played at a motorcycle rally in South Dakota), Guns N' Roses will finally bring their show to our shores, with a run of arena gigs set to kick off in late October.
The tour — which launches October 28 at the Amway Center in Orlando and features more than 30 dates — is GN'R's first run of U.S. shows in more than five years. That also means it's the first time they've hit the road here since the 2008 release of their Chinese Democracy album.
In addition to that Orlando show, the list of confirmed U.S. shows, according to the band's publicist, are: October 29 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami; October 31 at the Bi-Lo Center Arena in Greenville, South Carolina; November 2 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta; November 5 at the Gexa Energy Pavillion in Dallas; November 12 at the Sprint Center Arena in Kansas City, Missouri; November 13 at the Target Center in Minneapolis; and November 19 at the Comcast Theater in Hartford, Connecticut.
Guns N' Roses will also hit Omaha, Nebraska; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Chicago; East Rutherford, New Jersey; Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; Worcester, Massachusetts; Camden, New Jersey; Detroit; Cincinnati; Nashville, Tennessee; Indianapolis; and Denver, though dates and venues for those shows have yet to be announced.
The latest incarnation of GN'R features (of course) mastermind Axl Rose, plus guitarists DJ Ashba, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, longtime keyboardist Dizzy Reed (and another keyboardist, Chris Pitman) and drummer Frank Ferrer. The band hasn't played a show since a December 2010 date in Dubai, but will warm up for their U.S. run as only they can: with a series of massive dates in South America and Mexico.
Ticket pre-sales for some of the upcoming shows kick off this week. The band has been posting information about the shows on their Facebook page. Meanwhile, their official site remains largely un-updated since 2009, and Axl Rose has yet to mention the tour over on his Twitter account (though he would like you to learn more about a cat named Dijon).