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Guns N' Roses Add More N.A. Tour Dates

GUNS N' ROSES's management, Sanctuary Artist Management, has issued the following press release:

Hot on the heels of their sell out shows last week in Las Vegas, San Francisco and KROQ's Inland Invasion in Los Angeles GUNS N' ROSES announce the first leg of their "Chinese Democracy" North American Tour.

The tour, which will kick off on the 20th of October in Jacksonville, Florida, finds the band in top form having spent the summer in Europe playing to 700,000-plus people over 32 shows in 18 countries, making it one of the biggest tours of the year on the continent and in the U.K. Concert-goers were not let down as Axl Rose and his bandmates Dizzy Reed, Robin Finck, Richard Fortus, Tommy Stinson, Chris Pitman, Brain and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal burned through classics such as "Welcome to the Jungle", "Paradise City", "Nightrain", "Mr. Brownstone", "November Rain" and "Sweet Child O' Mine" as well as highlighting soon to be favourites from the forthcoming "Chinese Democracy" album.

The itinerary for the "Chinese Democracy" North American Tour is as follows: More...

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Axl Rose Explains "Chinese Democracy" Delays

News In a brief interview with New York magazine backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards, Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose explained what's been holding up the release of the oft-delayed 'Chinese Democracy', an album he's spent more than a decade working on. "It's not about being a control freak," he said. "It's about being maybe smart enough to go, 'No, that's a bad idea.' That's all it's about keeping the ability to at least have a shot as opposed to something that's just an obvious disaster. I want to make a good record. I don't want to throw a brick. This cannot be Shaq at the free-throw line." Rose added that the disc will surface before the end of 2006.

Read the full article at New York Magazine.

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Judge Sides w/ Original Supernova On Name Issue

MTV.com reports that according to a Tuesday, September 12 ruling by San Diego Judge John Houston, the producers of CBS' "Rock Star" are going to have to come up with an alternate name for Supernova, the band made up of Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee, Voivod's Jason Newsted and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke.

Last month, the original Supernova — an Orange County, California, punk trio — filed for a preliminary injunction in San Diego's U.S. District Court against CBS Broadcasting, Mark Burnett Productions and Lee, Newsted and Clarke, who are starring in the second season of the reality show. The injunction sought to halt the television-contrived act from performing or recording under the name "Supernova" if the band fails to change or add any words to the moniker.

Lee, Newsted and Clarke were dropped as defendants late last month at the request of the original Supernova's lawyers.

Earlier Tuesday, Houston granted the request from the members of the original Supernova — bassist Art Mitchell, drummer Dave Collins and guitarist Jodey Lawrence — for the preliminary injunction. The injunction keeps the producers of "Rock Star: Supernova" — which concludes Wednesday night — from "performing rock and roll music, or recording, or selling rock and roll music recordings under the same [name], pending a trial of this action on its merits, or until otherwise ordered by the court."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Guns N' Roses Tennessee Tour Date Announced

GUNS N' ROSES has added a Tennessee date to its North American itinerary. The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows:

Sep. 16 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
Sep. 17 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
Sep. 20 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
Sep. 21 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
Sep. 23 - Devore, CA @ Inland Invasion 2006
Sep. 27 - Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
Sep. 29 - Bakersfield, CA @ Rabobank Arena
Sep. 30 - Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center
Oct. 02 - Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
Oct. 05 - San Diego, CA @ iPayOne Center
Oct. 20 - Jacksonville, FL @ Veterans Memorial Arena
Oct. 22 - Nashville, TN @ Gaylord Entertainment Center
Oct. 24 - Sunrise, FL @ Bank Atlantic Center
Oct. 25 - Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum
Oct. 27 - Estero, FL @ Germain Arena

In a recent interview with New York magazine, GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose explained what's been holding up the release of the oft-delayed "Chinese Democracy", an album he's spent more than a decade working on. "It's not about being a control freak," he said. "It's about being maybe smart enough to go, 'No, that's a bad idea.' That's all it's about — keeping the ability to at least have a shot as opposed to something that's just an obvious disaster. I want to make a good record. I don't want to throw a brick. This cannot be Shaq at the free-throw line." Rose added that the disc will surface before the end of 2006.

GUNS N' ROSES' "Greatest Hits" collection, which was originally issued in March of 2004, was certified triple-platinum on April 11, 2006 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of three million copies. The CD sold more than 11,000 copies in the United States last week alone (week ending September 10), bringing the total number of copies sold since its release to 3.16 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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All-Star List Of Bands Sign On For Guitar Hero II

A slew of songs on the playable list for the upcoming new interactive Playstation 2 video game "Guitar Hero II" have been revealed. Check them out below:

Lamb Of God - "Laid To Rest"
Avenged Sevenfold - "Beast And The Harlot"
Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Freebird"
Alice In Chains - "Them Bones"
Nirvana - "Heart Shaped Box"
Guns N' Roses - "Sweet Child O' Mine"
Motley Crue - "Shout At The Devil"
Black Sabbath - "War Pigs"
The Police - "Message In A Bottle"
The Pretenders - "Tattooed Love Boys"
Cheap Trick - "Surrender"
Spinal Tap - "Tonight I'm Going to Rock You Tonight"
Heart - "Crazy On You"
Allman Brothers Band - "Jessica"
Dick Dale - "Misirlou"
The Rolling Stones - "Can't You Hear Me Knocking"
Anthrax - "Madhouse"
Stone Temple Pilots - "Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart"
Primus - "John The Fisherman"
Kiss - "Strutter"
Rush - "YYZ"
Van Halen - "You Really Got Me"
Reverend Horton Heat - "Psychobilly Freakout"
Drist - "Arterial Black"
Every Time I Die - "The New Black"
Butthole Surfers - "Who The Hell Was In My Room Last Night"

"Guitar Hero II" is due in stores on November 7th.

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Few More Guns N' Roses Tour Dates Trickle Out

Guns N' Roses are letting the new US tour dates trickle out a few at a time, with three more cities added to the band's schedule in recent days.

The latest confirmed dates for frontman Axl Rose and his group are set for Sept. 29 in Bakersfield, CA, Sept. 30 in Reno, NV, and Oct. 5 in San Diego. Tickets for all three shows, as well as recently announced gigs in Fresno and Sacramento, CA, are scheduled to go on sale Saturday (8/26).

GN'R is now scheuded to visit seven cities--all in California or Nevada--during September and October. More dates are expected.

Guns N' Roses tour dates:

September 2006
16, 17 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Hotel (on sale now)
20, 21 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield (on sale now)
27 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center (on sale 8/26)
29 - Bakersfield, CA - Rabobank Arena (on sale 8/26)
30 - Reno, NV - Reno Events Center (on sale 8/26)

October 2006
2 - Sacramento, CA - ARCO Arena (on sale 8/26)
5 - San Diego, CA - ipayOne Center at the Sports Arena (on sale 8/26)

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"Rock Star: Supernova" Tour Dates Set

LiveDaily.com reports: The winner of the CBS-TV talent-search series "Rock Star: Supernova" will get his or her introduction to big stages during a 27-city tour of the North American arena and theater circuit that opens in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve.

The winning singer--who will front a new band dubbed Supernova that also includes drummer Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), bassist Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica) and guitarist Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N' Roses)--will have beaten out 15 aspiring rockers vying for the job via the TV show. Of the 15, only six contenders remain: Lukas Rossi, Magni, Patrice Pike, Ryan Star, Dilana, Storm Large and Toby Rand.

In addition to fronting Supernova on tour, the winning vocalist willl also record a new album with the group. The Butch Walker-produced set is due in stores Nov. 21.

The planned Supernova tour dates are as follows: More...

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Guns N' Roses Add New US Tour Dates

LiveDaily.com repots: Guns N' Roses have added a pair of new cities to their growing itinerary, doubling the number of stops on their upcoming North American tour plans.

New to the group's schedule is a Sept. 27 appearance at Fresno, CA's Save Mart Center and an Oct. 2 show at Sacramento's ARCO Arena. Tickets for both shows are scheduled to go on sale Saturday (8/26). Previously, the band announced concert plans for San Francisco and Las Vegas.

GN'R's most recent major US tour was in 2002. That troubled outing was cut short with more than a dozen shows remaining on its schedule, after frontman Axl Rose failed to show up for two gigs.

Guns N' Roses recently wrapped up a European tour that was fairly uneventful by Rose's standards. However, Rose was arrested following his band's Stockholm, Sweden, stop for allegedly scuffling with a security guard and busting up a hotel lobby; the singer also fell ill near the end of the European tour's final show at London's Wembley Arena. (Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach took over to finish out the set.)

Rose is the only remaining original member of GN'R. The group is currently rounded out by keyboardist Dizzy Reed, bassist Tommy Stinson, keyboardist Chris Pitman, drummer Brian "Brain" Mantia, and guitarists Robin Finck, Richard Fortus and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal.

The band has been working the road in advance of its supposedly soon-to-be-released album, "Chinese Democracy." The disc, which has been in the pipeline for about a decade, and the release of which has been delayed repeatedly over the years, will be the group's first collection of original material since the early '90s. No specific release date has been announced.

Guns N' Roses tour dates:

September 2006
16, 17 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Hotel (on sale now)
20, 21 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield (on sale now)
27 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center (on sale 8/26)

October 2006
2 - Sacramento - ARCO Arena (on sale 8/26)

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The Beatles Go Metal?

On October 24, 2006, Restless Records will release "Butchering The Beatles" — featuring the biggest, the baddest, the heaviest all-star line-up ever assembled to honor what is arguably the greatest band ever — THE BEATLES. All-in-all, over 50 internationally known recording artists bring their unique bone-crushing slant to these remarkable songs. Produced by Grammy award-winning producer/guitarist Bob Kulick and ace engineer Brett Chassen, "Butchering The Beatles" features 12 new, ass-kicking versions of THE BEATLES' chart-topping hits, including "Hey Jude", "I Feel Fine" and "Day Tripper", plus the more esoteric "Hey Bulldog", barked out by the legendary Alice Cooper and "Tomorrow Never Knows", uniquely interpreted by the iconic Billy Idol, alongside classic concept songs like "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "Magical Mystery Tour".

When asked by Guitar Player magazine what possessed him to go all metal on THE BEATLES, Bob Kulick stated that, "BEATLES songs are the Holy Grail. They're the best rock songs ever written. These new recordings are totally faithful, yet completely different. Billy Gibbons singing 'Revolution' or (MOTÖRHEAD frontman) Lemmy singing 'Back In The USSR' are not exactly Paul McCartney or John Lennon. And of course, the guitar solo sections were lengthened to accommodate all the artists' solo styles."

"Butchering The Beatles" track listing: More...

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Axl Rose Talks With KROQ

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose was a guest on the 'Kevin & Bean' show on the Los Angeles radio station KROQ on Friday (August 18). Axl touched upon such topics as the upcoming Inland Invasion show, the recent European tour and the band's current setlist. You can listen to the 10-minute interview here.

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GNR Wrap Up Tour, Sebastian Bach Steps In

Guns N' Roses' 32-date European trek concluded over the weekend, and now frontman Axl Rose plans to return to the U.S. for a road trip this fall. "We have had an amazing tour and it has been fantastic for the band and I to experience this," Rose said in a press release. "I approached this last show with equal parts determination, obligation, responsibility and insanity. It was an amazing night. I want to thank everyone in Europe and the U.K. for inspiring us and for giving us the opportunity to play for them. We are now looking forward to the U.S. in September." No U.S. tour dates have been revealed. The final stop on the GN'R European tour, Sunday night's gig at London's Wembley Arena, nearly didn't go off. Rose was diagnosed with low blood pressure and low blood sugar on Sunday morning, and became ill after performing two concerts the night before. A physician advised that the frontman skip the stage that night and be admitted to a hospital instead. Rose responded with a "F--- that — I have a show to do and I am not missing it," the release said. He did make it through much of the band's two-hour set before collapsing. Sebastian Bach took over for Axl to perform the show's encore, "Paradise City."

You can watch a video of Sebastian Bach's performance on YouTube. More...

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Poison, Kiss, GNR Have Recorded Wussiest Songs

POISON, KISS, GUNS N' ROSES and MR. BIG have penned some of the "wussiest songs" of all time, according to AOL Music. Although much of AOL's list of "The 111 Wussiest Songs of All Time" consists of pop-artist selections, several rock acts made the cut, including the following:

99. "Don't Cry" - GUNS N' ROSES (1991)
76. "To Be With You" - MR. BIG (1991)
36. "Beth" - KISS (1976)
27. "More Than Words" - EXTREME (1991)
05. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" - POISON (1988)

To view the entire list, and to read explanations for why each song was selected, visit Music.AOL.com.

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Guns N Roses Decline Encore Due To Cowards?

GUNS N' ROSES's management has issued the following press release regarding the band's abbreviated performance in Newcastle, England last Wednesday (July 19):

GUNS N' ROSES want the people of Newcastle to know that the crowd at their sold-out show Wednesday night was terrific. The band played a sweaty two hour show on the hottest night in a lifetime bolstered by the audience's incredible support. Unfortunately, the band was not able to give the crowd the encore they deserved due to the behaviour of a couple of cowards in the audience.

GUNS N' ROSES keyboard player Dizzy Reed explained: "Newcastle was one of the best gigs of the entire tour. I had puddles of sweat underneath my keyboards and loved every second of it except when some idiots decided to throw things at the stage. When Axl got hit the first time, the audience pointed out who threw the object and security tossed him out, so we came back. Then Axl got hit in the mouth with another object, so thanks to the behavior of two morons who obviously don't know how to behave at a rock concert, the show ended with no encores. I've been in this band for sixteen years and stupid shit like throwing stuff at the stage is something we won't tolerate. We're not targets, we're musicians."

Guitarist Robin Finck stated, "We had a great time Wednesday night and Axl sang his ass off but you do not wait around to get hit in the mouth for a third time."

GUNS N' ROSES vocalist Axl Rose had this to say: "Getting hit wasn't a big deal. We stopped the song and gave a warning. We came back and started the song over and completed it. We then said goodnight. The house lights went down and I got hit a second time, in the mouth, by a solid object thrown by someone in the audience. After having warned the crowd that we would leave, and having played more than two hours, we left the stage and called it a night with the full support of everyone in the band, our guests and management. Izzy was the first to immediately support the decision verbally to me personally before I had physically left the stage area. Tommy and Frank came to my dressing room to say how much they appreciated the decision to not continue under those conditions, and express their support for not tolerating anyone throwing items at the stage with a negative intent. This has been GNR's policy since playing Donington in 1988. We thank everyone for coming, we hope everyone got home safely and we hope to play Newcastle again — hopefully without those looking for enjoyment at others expense. Cheers!"

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Axl Rose to Pay Guard He Allegedly Bit

Axl Rose spent most of the day in a Stockholm jail cell after allegedly biting a security guard in the leg at his hotel, police said.

The Guns N' Roses frontman was arrested early Tuesday after attacking and threatening the guard and causing damage to the Berns Hotel, where the alleged scuffle took place, police spokeswoman Towe Hagg said.

Rose was released from jail that evening, after he admitted to the charges and agreed to pay a fine of $5,500, Hagg said.

The 44-year-old rocker was also ordered to pay $1,360 in damages to the security guard, she said.

Catarina Oscarsson, a spokeswoman for concert organizer Ema Telstar, said the band wasn't traveling with a publicist and would not comment on the arrest. More...

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Breaking News

Axl Rose Arrested In Stockholm

The Associated Press reports: Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose was arrested in Stockholm early this morning (June 27) after allegedly biting a security guard in the leg outside his hotel, police said.

Rose, who performed in the Swedish capital last night, was being held on suspicion of attacking and threatening the guard, as well as causing damage to the Berns Hotel where the alleged scuffle took place, police spokeswoman Towe Hagg said.

Hagg said Rose was intoxicated during the confrontation, which broke out around 8 a.m., and would face questioning after he sobers up. "He was deemed too intoxicated to be questioned right away," she said. A prosecutor will then decide whether to press charges against him, Hagg said.

It was unclear what caused the fight, but Swedish tabloids said the guard tried to intervene when Rose started arguing with a woman in the hotel lobby.

Fredrik Nylen, one of the police officers who helped arrest Rose, was quoted by the daily Aftonbladet Web site as saying that the singer acted aggressively toward police and had to be "handcuffed and restrained" in the hotel. "He kept a high profile, so to speak," Nylen was quoted as saying.

Guns N' Roses played a concert in Stockholm's Globe Arena last night, and had been partying at a well-known night club before the scuffle, Aftonbladet said.

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"Rock Star: Supernova" Contestants Revealed

RealityTVWorld has issued the following report from Steve Rogers:

"CBS has revealed the identities of the fifteen singers who will compete in Rock Star: SUPERNOVA, this summer's new edition of the Mark Burnett-created Rock Star: INXS reality talent competition that the network aired last summer.

Scheduled to premiere Wednesday, July 5 at 8PM ET/PT with a special 90-minute episode, Rock Star: Supernova will look for a lead singer for Supernova, a newly-formed band comprised of MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer (and former NBC reality show star) Tommy Lee, former METALLICA guitarist Jason Newsted (VOIVOD), and former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke. First season co-hosts Dave Navarro and Brooke Burke will both return for Rock Star's second edition.

Following its July 5 premiere, a special Thursday broadcast of Rock Star: Supernova's second episode will follow Big Brother 7: All-Stars' July 6 premiere, after which the series will settle into its regularly scheduled Tuesdays at 9PM ET/PT and Wednesdays at 8PM ET/PT time periods.

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Guns N' Roses To Play Greece's Rockwave Festival

According to Guns N' Roses fansite HereTodayGoneToHell.com, the Rockwave Festival in Greece is celebrating its 10th year of existence and has just added an extra date with GN'R as headliners plus special guests.

Guns N' Roses will play in Malakasa, Greece at Terravibe on July 10th. The tickets go on sale today (Friday, June 23rd) and are priced at 45 Euros (50 Euros on the day of the concert).

Tickets available from Friday June 23rd at Ticketpro or at various Tickethouse locations across Greece.

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Guns N Roses Rolling Stones Shows Cancelled

It looks like Guns N' Roses won't be opening for the Rolling Stones after all. The Stones put their European Bigger Bang tour on hold after Keith Richards was sidelined with a head injury last month, and now the band has announced that the Nürnberg and Leipzig, Germany, shows that Axl and the gang were set to play in July have been canceled. Richards is ready to get back on the road, however, and the Stones' European tour will kick off July 11 in Italy.

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Just For Fun

The Onion Explains GNR "Chinese Democracy" Delays

The Onion, the satirical publication that bills itself as "America's Finest News Source," has offered several explanations for why GUNS N' ROSES' long-awaited new album, "Chinese Democracy", has yet to see the light if day. You can read the article (an image, actually) here.

In related news, Vidspot has released what a video clip that purportedly depicts the alleged fight between GUNS N' ROSES mainman Axl Rose and fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger at a New York City club last month. You can watch it at YouTube.com.

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Guns N Roses U.K. Tour Announced

According to Classic Rock magazine, GUNS N' ROSES will play the following U.K. dates in July:

Jul. 18 - Sheffield, Hallam FM Arena
Jul. 19 - Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
Jul. 21 - Glasgow, Secc
Jul. 23 - Manchester, MEN Arena
Jul. 25 - Birmingham, NEC
Jul. 27 - Nottingham Arena
Jul. 30 - London, Wembley Arena

Tickets will reportedly go on sale June 2.

As previously reported, GUNS N' ROSES looks likely to return for more U.S. shows this autumn, possibly starting in September, according to a press release. Following the band's recent four-night stand in New York City, their first live shows since late 2002, singer Axl Rose said, "We've just finished our four shows in NY and had an amazing time. NY has always been special and it feels great to be doing this again particularly in front of so many friends. I am very excited about Europe and getting back over here in September."

The group, which features no original members from its classic lineup other than Axl, began a run of European festival shows today (Thursday, May 25).

Axl Rose has been saying that the band's long-delayed new album, "Chinese Democracy", will be out later this year.

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