Fish out your red bandana from the back of the closet—Guns N’ Roses is returning to the Sunset Strip for the first time in 22 years. They’ll play three shows this weekend: one at the Hollywood Palladium, one at the Wiltern, and one at the House of Blues.
Let’s face it: the past two decades haven’t been blissful for the L.A. band. Slash and Duff McKagan left the group after releasing The Spaghetti Incident? in ‘93 and Chinese Democracy, which fans awaited anxiously for more than a decade, was a major letdown. A $5 million lawsuit (filed against manager Irving Azoff), a mid-performance hissy fit, and one induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later, Axl Rose is back with a new band (DJ Ashba, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Richard Fortus, Ron Thal, Chris Pitman, and Frank Ferrer) and energy to burn.
Yes, you could be tripping out with Trey Anastasio and the Los Angeles Philharmonic downtown instead, but we’d rather lose our voice singing “Welcome to the Jungle” or “November Rain.” And should the whole thing be called off last minute or turn into an epic Axl meltdown (neither lie outside the realm of possibility)—well, that’s just Rock and Roll.
In related news, we’ve got three paperback copies of Duff McKagan’s best selling memoir, It’s So Easy and Other Lies, to give away. The first three people to note their favorite GNR tracks in the comment section below will be our winners. Go!