2002

2002:

Januar

09 – I et interview med det britiske magasin Classic Rock, fortæller Slash, at han har opløst Snakepit. Slash: “You can’t reinvent the start of Snakepit. That was my little thing, and it was a blast, seeing all those guys kind of doing it for the first time, but I was kind of carrying everybody through that.”

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23 – Steven gifter sig med Carolina Ferreria.

Februar

08 – Duff’s band Loaded spiller deres første show af tre i Japan, i Osaka. De to næste i Nagoya (9.) og Tokyo (10.).

14 – New York Daily News talte med Slash, der afslørede at hans kone Perla ventede deres første barn. Slash afslørede at barnet blev til i Ronnie Wood’s hus i London. Parret havde drukket sig fulde i Guinness på dette tidspunkt. Slash sagde i spøg: “We’re thinking about maybe giving the kid the middle name Woody.”

Marts

17 – I et interview med Steven Adler, kommenterer han på Slash’s mislykkede forsøg på at se GnR’s show den 29. december, 2001, med vrede:

“That’s so f*cking sad that he (Axl) has to be that insecure. That he can’t even let a partner in life [into the venue to see him perform], ‘cause it’s not just a band, there’s millions of rock and roll bands, but GUNS N’ ROSES was the people’s f*ckin’ band. What they did to me as a personal member was bad enough, but that’s so wrong not to let [Slash] in, let him onstage. Not even let him play! I’m pissed that [Axl] didn’t give me a call! I sent him a letter. I’d love to talk to him. It’s only been 12 years. I have nothing against him, whatever he said, whatever happened in the past, happened, it’s old. It was just f*ckin’ news, it’s f*ckin’ over. We were young. We know how to rock, obviously. You don’t need all these issues. But, I have to say, Axl was the greatest frontman ever, period.”

April

24 – Det meddeles, at GnR skal spille to shows ved SummerSonic Festival i Japan til august. Det første om lørdagen d. 17. i Tokyo, og det andet i Osaka d. 18.

27 – Det afsløres at GnR skal spille ved Carling Leeds Festival i England d. 23. august.

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29 – Randy Castillo, bedst kendt for sit arbejde som trommeslager for Ozzy Osbourne og Mötley Crüe, døde i hans lejlighed i Los Angeles d. 26. marts efter at have tabt kampen mod kræften han kæmpede med i 2 år. Et hyldestshow t i Key Club, Los Angeles blev spillet til ære for hans minde denne dag. Udover de nuværende og tidligere medlemmer af Mötley Crüe, spillede også mange andre specielt inviterede musikere, bla.  Slash, Duff og Matt der spillede sammen med sangeren Josh Todd og guitaristen Keith Nelson fra Buckcherry. De spillede med på Cypress Hill’s cover af “Paradise City” og Steven Tyler på “Mama Kin” sidst i sættet. Læs mere her.
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, God Save The Queen, Nice Boys, Lit Up, Paradise City, Mama Kin

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09 – Steven Adler fortalte igennem sin officielle side, at han ville overveje at danne en ny version af GnR med Slash, Izzy og Duff, men uden Axl.: “I think that would be totally great, too, but it’s not the same. It’s like the STONES without Mick Jagger. But, I would love to do a record with those guys and like have Eric Dover, who was on Slash’s solo record, f*ckin’ sing. But without Axl – you need to hear the voice, it’s like QUEEN without Freddie!

Juni

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August

Chinese Democracy Tour 2002 var bandets første store turné siden 1993. Den nordamerikanske turné blev sat op i forbindelse med en udgivelse af det kommende album “Chinese Democracy“. Først den 25. september, 2002 blev turnéen officielt kaldt for Chinese Democracy Tour. Det var oprindeligt 35 shows der var planlagt, men nogle kontroverser imellem bandet og deres sponsorer Clear Channel, blev turnéen officielt aflyst den 11. december efter det andet show med optøjer på grund af Axl der ikke dukkede op til showet og det sidste show hvor de skulle have spillet, var det tilsyneladende Buckethead der blev syg (igen).

12 – Axl giver et “kort” interview før han flyver afsted til Kina, hvor han uddyber hans intentioner med det kommende album, og igen hvorfor det gamle band blev
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Axl: “It’s a dream realized. A dream come true. The right time, the right place and the whole thing came about by chance. I guess it’s meant to be. This was something we could not turn down. The most exciting thing is getting the band out there to begin doing some shows and these are some big shows. It’s a way for us to play for a lot of people and have a lot of fun. It’s also a warm up so we can have an understanding of how to start our Fall tour. And that’s a warm up for the Spring tour. This thing is starting now and much like Use Your Illusions that went for two and a half years, this thing is going to go off and on for the next two or three years and we’ll see how it goes. We’re really looking forward to seeing all the different people in the different countries and this is a great opportunity.”

Axl: “To the ones who are negative and want to see either myself or the new band fall on their faces, personally I can’t pass up an opportunity to upset so many of them in one quick swoop. I get misty-eyed just thinking about it. I feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside! But seriously…this is our tour. This is a collection of performances I’ve agreed to. That I have personally authorized not someone else’s good intentions gone awry or a reckless promoter’s personal agenda. These shows are important to us and for better or worse we’ll be there. For those who’ve had my back and are down by us with even a modicum of understanding we hope to give you our best, and look forward to seeing you on this little intro jaunt.”

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ASIEN “SUMMERSONIC FESTIVAL”:
14-24. august

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14 – Første show i Asien, holdes for første gang i Kina i Hall 3, Hong Kong Convention And Exhibition CentreGnR gik på scenen kl. 22, omkring 90 minutter efter åbningsbandet, foran 2200 ventende fans. Lineup’et bestod af Axl, Dizzy, Chris Pitman, Robin Finck, Buckethead, Brain, Tommy Stinson & den nye rytmeguitarist Richard Fortus. Før “Chinese Democracy“, forklarede Axl meningen på det kommende album, og viste coveret på storskærmen. Coveret var sort, og hvidt og med en cykel og en væg bagved , hvor nogen havde malet “Guns N’ Roses!!” på. Videoen på skærmen i begyndelsen af “Paradise City” viste Kina’s flag, derefter adskillige billeder af Hong Kong fra en bil og helikopter. Under sangen blev der skudt fyrværkeri af, efterfulgt af rødt og gult konfetti der faldt ned fra loftet.
Sætliste: Welcome to The Jungle, It’s so Easy, Mr. Browstone, Live And Let Die, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Madagascar, Buckethead solo stuff (nunchakus, breakdance, Star Wars theme), Piano solo, November Rain, Out Ta Get Me, Rocket Queen, Chinese Democracy, Patience, Nightrain, My Michelle, Paradise City

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17 – Første japanske show for over 35,000 tilskuere ved Summer Sonic Festivalen i Chiba Marine Stadium. GnR gik på kl 19:40 og sluttede knapt 2 timer efter. I starten af “Welcome To The Jungle“, skriger AxlTOKYO!!!” lige som Robin begynder at spille. Efter at have brokket sig til sin lydmand, spørger Axl publikum: “Did you have a good day? It’s very nice to see you again. I wanna thank everyone for coming tonight… and, uh, it’s so awesome to be playing with Weezer! It’s fuckin’ cool! If you woulda told me we were gonna do a show or I could ever make that happen based on the way the last fucking 8 years have been, I wouldn’t believe it!” Bandet starter derefter “Oh My God” i et par sekunder før de spiller “Think About You” i stedet. Efter “Madagascar“, laver Axl sjov: “I think I need my… my little friend. Can I get a piano? Did you think we… we were ever gonna come back over here? I’m talking to all of you here tonight. Did you think I’d ever get my ass back over here to Japan? I wanted to come back over to Japan. What do ya think of these band… this band? These motherfuckers worked pretty hard, huh? Think so? Don’t know?” Efter Bucketheads solo, laver Axl en sjov Eric Cartman parodi. Under “Patience“, skriger Axl pludseligt “You got me trapped here!” Efter sangen forklarer han: “I’d like to run around a little more but I’m a little bit boxed in!” Mod slutningen af “Rocket Queen“, råber Axl igen: “You know what I like!Axl præsenterer bandet i slutningen af “Nightrain“. Før “Paradise City“, siger Axl til publikum: “I’d like to thank you… I’d like to thank you for having us tonight. I apologize for taking so long to get back here. I know 1 word – domo! [Oversat betyder det “Tak” på dansk]” I slutningen af sangen, råber Axl: “Tokyo, I just wanna say, you… know how to rock! Thank you!!
Sætliste: Welcome to the Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live and Let Die, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Out Ta Get Me, Buckethead solo, Rhiad And The Bedouins, Madagascar, November Rain, The Blues, Buckethead solo, Patience, Rocket Queen, Robin Finck solo, Chinese Democracy, Nightrain, Paradise City

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18 – Andet og sidste show spilles  for over 25,000 fans ved Summer Sonic Festival, i WTC Open Air Stadium, Osaka. Under “Welcome To The Jungle” råber Axl ved en fejl “I wanna hear you scream Tokyo… OSAKA!!!!” Senere i sangen griner han, og siger det var flovt. Efter “November Rain” spørger Axl publikum: “Let me hear some applause for … Mr., Mr. Brain on the drums here. C’mon you can do better than that! You don’t want to do better than that? OK, we’re gonna go home!Axl spørger efter noget “Chinese stew” før “Chinese Democracy“. Showet slutter efter 1 time og 59 minutter.
Sætliste: Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr.Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Guitar Solo, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Out Ta Get Me, Rhiad And The Bedouins, Madagascar, Buckethead guitar solo, November Rain, Rocket Queen, Nightrain, The Blues, Chinese Democracy, Buckethead Acoustic Solo, Patience, Robin Finck Guitar Solo, Paradise City

22 – Det meddeles at Weezer er blevet bekræftet som GnR’s supportband d. 26. august i Docklands Arena, London. Endvidere forlyder det, at “Chinese Democracy” vil blive udgivet til September.

EUROPA:
23-26. august

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23 – Show for over 30,000 tilskuere ved ved Carling Weekend Leeds Festival, England, hvor GnR går på scenen kort før kl. 23., på grund af tidligere forsinkelser med sætændringer. De spillede et forkortet sæt på grund af de overskredne tidsplaner. Efter ‘Live And Let Die,’ siger Axl: “So I don’t know… it looks like a bunch of your motherfuckers thought I might actually make it here tonight! Look at all these fuckin’ people! You like that Bucket? This is called ‘Think About You.'” Før “November Rain” siger Axl at koncertpromoteren Melvin Benn, fortalte at bandet ikke kan spille hele deres sæt færdig. Under pausen i sangen stopper Axl op og fortæller publikum: “So I’ve been told that we’ve got more time… and whoever is responsible for that I’d like to say thank you.” Under “Patience” spotter Axl nogen i publikum med en “Where is Slash?” bluse, som Axl besvarer med: “He’s in my ass! That’s where Slash is! Fuckhead! Go home!” Showet sluttede kort før kl. 01.
Sætliste: Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Out Ta Get Me, Madagascar, Buckethead Solo (incl. When Johnny Comes Marching Home / Star Wars), November Rain, The Blues, Patience, Rocket Queen, Nightrain, Robin Finck solo, Paradise City

Axl: “Well, it appears that we’re gonna have an interesting evening…. You see, the city council and the promoters say we have to like end the show. And they’ll say that I’m, they could say maybe I’m inciting a riot. Now I’m not, ‘cause I don’t want anyone to get arrested or anyone to get in trouble or anything like that. But I think we got a good seven or eight fuckin’ songs left at least. And I didn’t fuckin’ come all the way over to fuckin’ England to be told to go back fuckin home, by some fuckin’ asshole! All I’ve got for the last eight years is sh*t after sh*t after sh*t in the fuckin’ press and Axl’s this, Axl’s that. I’m here to play a fuckin’ show and we wanna play! So, if you wanna stay, I wanna stay and we’ll see what happens. Everybody… Nobody try to get in trouble or anything. Try to have a good time.” [lyt her]

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24 – Show for over 50,000 tilskuere ved Pukkelpop Festival, Belgium. Bandet gik på lidt over en time forsinket. Efter “Mr. Brownstone” spørger Axl publikum: “Hey is uh… I don’t know if I… I say it right. Do you pronounce the ‘J’? How about ‘Here today, gone to Belgium’ for Jarmo!” (hentydning til webmasteren for htgth.com). Før “You Could Be Mine” rapper Axl et par linier: “Ain’t no way you’re gonna break my flow” – fra DMX sangen “Ain’t No Way“. Showet slutter efter 1 time og 57 minutter.
Sætliste: Welcome to The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Think about You, You Could Be Mine, Sweet Child O Mine, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Out Ta Get Me, Madagascar, Rhiad And The Bedouins, Buckethead Solo 1, Chinese Democracy, Piano Intro By Axl, November Rain, The Blues, Patience, Rocket Queen, Buckethead Solo 2 (with Halloween Theme), My Michelle, Nightrain, Robin Finck’s Intro to Paradise City, Paradise City

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26 – Udsolgt show for 12,500 tilskuere i London Arena, England. Under “Welcome To The Jungle” prøver nogen at smide en KFC spand på scenen til Axl. Sikkerhedsmændene smider den tilbage til publikum, men Axl ser det, og beder dem smide den tilbage, og han tager den på i et par minutter. Efter ‘Mr. Brownstone,’ siger Axl til publikum: “How you doin? I’m doin’ pretty good, thanks for asking. It’s good to be here in lively old England. See you didn’t even think I knew where I was! Um… I want to uh… I wanna say that I learned that I’m as big as a house! So I think I… I’m owed some rent money! I think that there’s a little pussy-ass writer over at NME that owes me some rent money… for livin’ inside my ass! Uh, just… just playin’ around. This is ‘Live And Let Die!‘” Efter “Chinese Democracy” siger Axl: “Now, there’s been some concern… that if we play 5 or 6 new songs, then there can’t that many more on the album. Au contraire mon frère! We’re just playin’ the songs we’re not considering putting out as singles or anything. So you’ll get 18 songs and about 10 extra tracks. And when that… when the record company feels that has run [it’s] source, then you’ll get it all over again. And by that time, I should be done with the 3rd album! So we’ll see if all goes well boys and girls! And if Uncle Axl proves not to be an asshole – we’ll have to see, the jury’s still out.” Han vender sig mod Tommy og spørger: “Wait, was that a rant? Does that qualify as a rant or was that just nonsense? It was under 5? OK, it’s… it doesn’t qualify, wasn’t long enough!” Før “The Blues” spøger Axl: “What’s that smell? Did I sh*t my pants? What the f*ck! I think I… I think I sh*t my riches! Uh, we’re gonna keep the piano out. Bring down… Mr. Dizzy Reed. Mr. Dizzy Reed, please report to the black courtesy piano. Please report to the black courtesy piano, Mr. Dizzy Reed!“. Axl’s bukser falder ned under “Patience“. Se her.
Sætliste: Intro,Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Finck solo, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Out Ta Get Me, Chinese Democracy, Madasgascar, Rhiad & The Bedouins, Buckethead solo (Nunchucks & Star Wars), Axl Piano Solo, November Rain, The Blues, Buckethead solo 2, Rocket Queen, Patience, My Michelle, Nightrain, Robin Finck solo 2, Paradise City

27 – NME.com talte med Axl, der lovede at “Chinese Democracy” ville have 18 sange med “10 ekstra sange” oveni. Han tilføjede: “Just because we’ve only played five or six new songs, people think there mustn’t be any other songs on the album. Au contraire, mon frère!

28 – Slash blev far til sin første dreng, London Emilio Hudson.

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29 – Dagen før showet i årets MTV VMA show i Radio City Music Hall øver GnR sig hemmeligt til showet.En hysterisk spændt Jimmy Fallon præsenterer sit yndlings-band i slutningen af showetGuns N’ Roses skulle lave en medley af tre sange – “Welcome To The Jungle“, “Madagascar” & “Paradise City“. Axl’s indledende skrig i starten, er super, men da han går i gang med at synge, falder det hele næsten til jorden, da han har svært ved at følge med bandet. Noget som der skabes meget opmærksomhed over de kommende mange måneder. Bedøm selv her.

Axl: “Everything tends to go wrong in my world. Like, even going to soundcheck, the people wouldn’t let me down the street to go to the building. And then, the day of the show, they didn’t let us go down that street. I had to get out of the car, run past the police, and they’re telling me I have to stop, and I’m like,’ I’ve gotta sing.’ And the best part was, as I’m running down the street, I had to run past all the people lined up to get into the building, and they’re going, ‘Hey, there goes KID ROCK.’ I thought that was pretty funny.”

Axl: “The MTV thing was a lot of fun and… And we just basicly, we were working on putting that little medley together on that day cause we didn’t know we were playing it until a couple of days before it. Cause it was still in negotiations. So you know, we were really happy to be able to do that, it just umm, it was just… It just blew all of our minds. When, you know, we were out there and doing it, it was… When the curtain went up it was like is this really happening.”

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Axl holdt en fest efter MTV optrædenen i Old Homestead, hvor pressen var forment adgang, som sikkert skyldtes den her udtalelse fra New York Post:”…appears to have pulled a Mickey Rourke and gotten enough plastic surgery to make him look more like a muppet than the sneering Guns N’ Roses frontman we know and love” .

September

02 – The Sun meddeler at Richard Fortus har arbejdet med Enrique Iglesias’ band, men også er krediteret på NSYNC’s album “Celebrity“.

06 – Conan O’Brien har GnR med i sit indslag hvor han spår om bandets fremtid: “After their recent appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards, Guns N’ Roses will be forced to change their name to Chubby McGoo and the guys that aren’t Slash.”

08 – New York Daily News meddeler at Axl blev spottet i selskab med baseballspillerne David Wells, David Cone and Pedro Martinez ved China Club i Los Angeles.

13 – Slash fortalte i et interview med Steve Baltin fra Rolling Stone, at han danner et nyt band med hans gamle GnR venner Duff og Matt, “I’m doing a fu**ing record with me, [bassist] Duff [McKagan] and [drummer] Matt Sorum. Dave Pusher is playing guitar right now, and we got the baddest fu**ing, be-all, end-all rock & roll band.” De leder også efter en god rock n’ roll vokalist. “There are no rock & roll singers out there right now, and you know it as well as I do, except for the guys who have been around a long time.”

23 – The Strokes udgiver deres videosingle “Someday“, hvor Slash, Duff og Matt medvirker hvor de parodierer “Family Feud” Se den her.

25 – GnR annoncerer deres første nordamerikanske turné siden 1993.

Oktober

16 – I et interview fortalte Steven Adler, at han forventede at blive imponeret af Axl’s nye band, da de spillede i MTV showet. Men det var tvært imod det omvendte og udtalte til sin officielle side: “… Just watch the ’88 performance, that was a real band...” Han svarede også på en fans spørgsmål, der havde med Use Your Illusion-optagelserne at gøre:

“We rehearsed all the Illusion songs [together]. “We had studio time in Chicago for three months. On like the last day, Axl shows up and all he wanted to work on was ‘November Rain’. So that set back the recording process. As for ‘Civil War’, I had to play it like 25 times until it was useable. My timing was so up and down because I was so weak. The whole time I kept telling the guys, ‘I don’t feel good, I’m really down,’ and they kept saying, ‘You’re just fucked up.’ [I said], ‘I’m not fucked up,’ I was sick from an opiate blocker I got from a doctor that [manager] Doug Goldstein took me to. I think he knew what effect it would have on me…I wanted to wait another week or so before we went in to the studio to record. Slash says that we couldn’t waste the money, and we had to do it that day. They all knew I was sick… It’s a great song, it came out great, but I’m sure had I not been in the position that they put me in I would have nailed it in one take. Slash called me on a Thursday, knowing that I was sick, and said, ‘We’re going in the studio this weekend.’ I said, ‘Dude, you know I can’t go, I’m sick from this bullshit medication.’ He said, ‘We can’t waste the money,’ and I said, ‘Don’t even tell me about wasting money, we know somebody who wasted plenty of fucking money!’ If one of them was sick, it would have been postponed! We just weren’t a team anymore.”

November

03 – CKY, bandet der leverede musik til de populære tv serier Jackass og Viva La Bam, var lige på nippet til at begynde deres første turne i 9 år i Vancouver, da de blev valgt af Axl Rose som åbningsband ud af en liste på 10 bands. [Kilde]

Jess Margera, CKY: “All of a sudden, Axl picked us. We had to cancel two sold-out shows in California and turn right full rudder all the way to Vancouver. We were at least 2,000 miles out of the way when we got the call. We’ve been driving for three days, but this is an awesome tour so it’s worth driving all that way. I’m psyched because that’s probably the biggest tour of this year. And we’ve all been fans of Guns N’ Roses for a long time. I got Appetite for Destruction when I was 10 years old, so I’ve been listening to that for a while. And I’m a big fan of [guitarist] Buckethead and Brain is a really awesome drummer. I can’t wait to hang out with him.”

NORDAMERIKA M. CKY & MIX MASTER MIKE:
7. November – 5. december

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07 – GnR’s første show for 15,000 fans på den nordamerikanske turne ved GM Place, Vancouver, Canada aflyses i sidste øjeblik (20 min før start), mens Axl var på vej i flyet til spillestedet. Nogle folk beslutter sig for at afreagere på spillestedet, og smadrer vinduerne. Efter et stykke tid, ankommer politiet med hunde, der angriber mængden. Folk bekæmpes med peberspray og tæsket med politistokke. Se skaderne efter optøjerne blev stoppet her. Læs mere her. Og her. Dagen efter Har Axl et interview med KISW Radio i Seattle. Lyt her.

Axl: “Basically the building manager just decided, and in our opinion prematurely, that the show was just canceled, and he didn’t discuss it with anyone. He just announced it over the P.A.”

Slash: “Nothing surprises me. When he really has all his shit together, Axl is brilliant, so it’ll be happening. It just takes him a while to get around to it. As far as showing up to gigs? That’s all par for the course. We’ve all seen that movie. What better way to kick off a GUNS N’ ROSES tour than to miss the first gig?”

Fortus: “Shock and dismay — I mean, I didn’t even know what the hell was going on. Tommy and Dizzy were doing an interview backstage with Kurt Loder from MTV, and they heard the announcement that the show was canceled coming over the PA system in the arena. No one could believe it. And it was Robin’s birthday, too. It was such a drag. Apparently Axl had no idea, either, because he was on his way there. His plane was delayed, and we knew that he wasn’t going to make it to the soundcheck, but there was never any question that he’d be there in time for the gig. Apparently, the venue just pulled the plug. It was pretty disappointing. And even worse, when you turn on the TV and see people getting their teeth knocked out, it’s not something that you want to be a party to. So now the lawsuits will fly.” [Kilde]

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08 – Show for 6100 tilskuere i Tacoma Dome, WA. Efter “Live And Let Die“, laver Axl sjov: “Tom, what do you think that was? Either it was cupcake or dog sh*t.” Efter ‘You Could Be Mine,’ siger Axl: “You didn’t think we’d be here, did you?” Før “My Michelle“, kommenterer Axl på optøjerne i Vancouver: “So last night… it would appear… that, it seems to appear that someone actually called the police to meet me at the airport before they even canceled the show. That’s just… I guess that’s just my imagination that someone would possibly do such a thing. ‘Cuz we know that every single human being is an honest person. OK, back to fun and games. What song should we do? OK, uh… let’s do My Michelle“. Axl laver igen sjov før “Madagascar“: “Let’s see what we can f*ck with next. We’d like to thank CKY and we’d like to thank Mix Master Mike for coming here tonight to help entertain you folks. This is a song about… how professional racing really pisses me off – this is called ‘Mad-at-Nascar!‘” Under Buckethead’s solo, spiller han dele af “Big Sur Moon“, “Star Wars Theme“, “A Pirate’s Life For Me” & “Hog Bitch Stomp“.
Sætliste: Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Robin Finck Solo, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Out Ta Get Me, My Michelle, Robin Finck Solo, Chinese Democracy, Madagascar, November Rain, The Blues, Buckethead solo, Rocket Queen, Patience, Nightrain, Robin solo, Paradise City

Jose Martinez, CDNow.com: “Rose and Company did not disappoint.” Martinez added, “Although the show was far from a sellout (it was about half-full), it was curious watching Guns N’ Roses play before a young, rabid crowd that at times just didn’t’ seem to get it — too busy moshing to ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine.’ But at the same time it was a refreshing welcome to the unscripted elements of rock that can prove dangerous, as they were in Vancouver, but also rewarding when it comes to seeing the power of rock first-hand.”

Kurt Loder, MTV News: “there wasn’t quite enough of it to entirely overcome some annoying technical obstacles that laid in wait. The Dome is a boomy place at best; with only about half of its 22,500 seats occupied, as was the case with this show, the resulting sonic wallow often obscured the band’s remarkable precision. On top of that, singer Axl Rose’s microphone line slowly deteriorated throughout the course of the two-hour-plus set: By the end, his trademark wail was jabbing in and out of the mix so erratically that he started overcompensating, and finished the night (we were told) with blown vocal cords.” [Kilde]

10 – I et interview med Entertainment Weekly, talte Slash, der har samlet resten af GnR kollegaerne Duff, Matt og Izzy, om et hyldestshow for Steven Tyler, der skulle have sagt ved showet: ‘Wow, Axl should probably get his sh** together’. Slash fortalte de endnu ikke havde et navn på deres nye band, som de var sikre på ikke at kunne kalde Guns N’ Roses fordi Axl tilbage i ’92 afleverede nogle kontrakter til bandet, hvori der stod, at hvis bandet opløses, tager han bandnavnet med sig. “Unfortunately, we signed it. I didn’t think he’d go on stage otherwise.”

11 – Show for 4400 i Idaho Center Arena, Nampa, IDShowet begyndte omkring kl. 22:30 og sluttede omkring 2 timer senere.
Sætliste: Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Madagascar, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Finck Solo, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Out Ta Get Me, November Rain, Rocket Queen, Buckethead Solo, My Michelle, The Blues, Chinese Democracy, Patience Nightrain, Robin Finck Solo, Paradise City

Michael Deeds, Idaho Statesman: “But it seems like someone is forgetting that when fans pay $30, $40 or $50 for a ticket, they expect to have fun. Rules are no fun. Neither is the occasional overzealous enforcement.”

Tommy (før showet): “When I took this gig, it was for the reason that no one else had – supposedly – ever done this in rock, resumed the band name with the leader and try to do a whole other thing, but still do the same thing. That’s the most interesting concept I can imagine. All I can to do eliminate that (skepticism) is show up and do my gig. I don’t really spend any time worrying about it, or giving it much thought. I’m working with this guy that I like working with, I like the music we’re playing. I think it’s turning out exactly that way. I don’t give a (crap) what people think, as long as they come out to the shows, and they have fun and we have fun.” [Kilde]

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14 – Show for 8000 tilskuere i Target Center, Minneapolis, MN. Bandet spiller i Tommys hjemby. Showet starter 22:30 (efter 70 min ventetid) og varer omkring 2 timer.
Sætliste: Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Think About You, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, You Could Be Mine, Robin Finck Solo, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Rocket Queen, Axl piano solo, November Rain, Madagascar, Buckethead guitar solo, My Michelle, The Blues, Chinese Democracy, Band intros, Patience, Nightrain, Robin solo, Paradise City

15 – Show for 6575 tilskuere i Fargodome, Fargo, NDGnR gik på omkring 22::08. Bandet spillede et ekstra langt instrumentalt nummer som intro til “Rocket Queen“. For 2. aften i træk, nævner Axl Izzy mens han siger at “You Could Be Mine” handler om Izzy’s kæreste Angela. Efter “The Blues” siger Axl: “I guess this might be people’s bedtime. I see some people falling asleep.tsk tsk tsk.let’s see.where are we? Give me some marshmallows.” Sætliste: Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Think About You, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, You Could Be Mine, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Buckethead solo, November Rain, Rocket Queen, Madagascar, The Blues, Chinese Democracy, Patience, My Michelle, Nightrain, Robin solo, Paradise City

Axl havde et interview før showet: 

16 – Manageren for GM Place i Vancouver, Harvey Jones, udtalte sig om aflysningen af showet den 7. november. “It was cancelled after discussions with all the parties. In my view the cancellation of the show was the right thing to have happened at that time, given the circumstances and where he was. He wouldn’t have been here on time. We don’t know for sure exactly when he left, and we don’t know how long it was going to take him to get through Customs and get to the building and how long it would have taken him to prepare to get up on the stage. But if all of that had gone perfectly he was still going to be too late to be able to perform.”

17 – Show for 5000 tilskuere i Mark Of The Quad Cities, Moline, IL. Endnu et solidt show på Richard Fortus’ fødselsdag. Axl mistede en ring under “‘You Could Be Mine“, og den landede et sted blandt publikum, som sloges om at få fat i ringen først. Axl’s bodyguard Earl, kunne ikke få fat i den hvilket gjorde Axl mopset så han smed mikrofonen sidst i sangen, men gjorde den færdig til sidst. Fem tilskuere blev smidt ud efter dette.
Sætliste: Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Think About You, Robin Solo, Sweet Child O’ Mine, You Could Be Mine, Buckethead solo, November Rain, My Michelle, Madagascar, Out Ta Get Me, Patience, The Blues, Chinese Democracy, Nightrain, Robin solo, Paradise City

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18 – Udsolgt show for 18,500 fans i Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL. På et tidspunkt i showet siger Axl noget morsomt:”Psychologically, you could consider this a reunion tour, because I’ve managed to find enough pieces of my mind in order to be with you here tonight.”
Sætliste: Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Solo, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Piano Intro, November Rain, Madagascar, Buckethead Solo, Rocket Queen, The Blues, My Michelle, Patience, Chinese Democracy, Nightrain, Robin Solo, Paradise City

19 – Et MTV interview med Slash, hvori han fortæller lidt om den nuværende bandsituation, og jagten på en passende sanger. “This is fu**ing poor man’s ‘American Idol. I’ll know it when I hear it. Right off the bat, I’ll know. We’re just trying to find a really great fu**ing rock and roll singer, and it’s really hard to find anybody that you’d consider genuine, and it’s also somebody who’s got to fit in with us. It’s not impossible, but it’s not easy. It could be somebody known, or somebody unknown, who’s just a star and doesn’t know it. (om en kvindelig sanger) It’s funny, we were joking about that yesterday, but I just don’t see her (Courtney Love) being into it, all things considered. But you know what? We haven’t exhausted that idea, let’s put it that way.

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21 – Showet i  The Palace Of Auburn Hills, MI, slutter tidligt for de 8857 tilskuere, pga. bandet har tekniske problemer under hele showet. Publikum er meget urolige mellem sangene. Bandet spiller forkert sidst i “Chinese Democracy” så Axl synger forkert. Showet slutter efter “Patience“, som er helt kokset (Axl’s monitor der ikke virker). Dagen efter interviewes Axl. Læs det her.
Sætliste: Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, You Could Be Mine, Think About You, Out Ta Get Me, Sweet Child O’ Mine, November Rain, Madagascar, The Blues, Rhiad And The Bedouins, Chinese Democracy, Patience

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22 – Show for 9000 tilskuere i Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA. Denne dato var oprindelige planlagt for Rupp Arena i Lexington, KY. Bandet gik på ca. 22:50. Før “Patience” fortæller Axl om en pige der ville have hans autograf: “…I was in this restaurant bar and… there was this girl ..and she seemed to be excited…and wanted an autograph, … then i finished eating and then she wanted to talk…. and then she proceeded to rip me into asshole…. i was like “where did you get that stuff?!?..” and she was like “I read the internet, i know what’s going on!”…(laughs) yeah there’s a fuckin’ reliable source there….. well, i find out what’s happening in my own band on the internet, so… it’s a handy tool, the internet…. this is song called Patience…
Sætliste: Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Solo, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Madagascar, Piano Solo, November Rain, Buckethead Solo, Rocket Queen, The Blues, Patience, Chinese Democracy, Nightrain, Robin Solo, Paradise City

23 – John Soder fra Cleveland Platin Dealer, interviewer Dizzy Reed og Tommy Stinson omkring det længe ventede album. Stinson fortæller at Axl levere mere sjælfulde sange på det nye album. Stinson: “You really get to hear some different tones in his voice which don’t lend themselves to traditional bluesy riff-rock. And the lyrics are a lot more in-depth, with deeper sentiment and emotion than some of the earlier stuff.” Dizzy fortæller at han ikke bærer nag til ex-medlemmerne af GnR, der er i fuld gang med at danne sig deres eget band: “I wish them the best. If they want to go out and hit the road, cool. No one can stop them. They’re great players in their own right.”

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24 – Show for 9500 tilskuere i Gund Arena, Cleveland, OH. Bandet går på scenen omkring 21:45. Axl er meget snakkesalig imellem numrene. Efter “You Could Be Mine“, taler Axl med en fan ved navn Steve på forreste række blandt i omkring 30 sekunder. Axl starter “My Michelle” med “Sowin’ all your wild oats...”, men fik hurtigt styr på det igen.
Sætliste: Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Solo, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Madagascar, Out Ta Get Me, November Rain, Buckethead Solo, Rocket Queen, The Blues, My Michelle, Patience, Chinese Democracy, Nightrain, Robin Solo, Paradise City

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25 – Andet show i Ohio, denne gang for omkring 6000 fans i Nationwide Arena, Columbus. Dette show skulle  oprindeligt være spillet den 19. november. GnR kommer på scenen omkring 22:10, og spiller omkring 2 timer.
Sætliste: Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Solo, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Madagascar, Axl Piano Solo, November Rain, Band Intro/Drum Solo, Buckethead Solo, Rocket Queen, The Blues, Chinese Democracy, Patience, Nightrain, Robin Solo, Paradise City

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27 – Show for omkring 6000 fans i Pepsi Arena, Albany, NY. Bandet går på kl. 22:30 og slutter efter 2 timer. Axl snakker i lang tid om det nye band og hvordan pressen omtaler dem.
Sætliste: Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Think About You,  You Could Be Mine, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Out Ta Get Me, November Rain, Madagascar, Rocket Queen, The Blues, Chinese Democracy, Patience, My Michelle, Nightrain, Robin Solo, Paradise City

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29 – Udsolgt show for 16,000 fans i AirCanada Centre, Toronto, CanadaAxl taler om optøjerne i Montreal  under showet og spørger hvor mange i publikum var der. Han nævner også Lars Ulrich, og siger at han vil snakke om ham senere, men det sker bare ikke.
Sætliste: Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Solo, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Axl Piano Solo, November Rain, Band Intro, Buckethead Solo, Rocket Queen, Madagascar, The Blues, My Michelle, Chinese Democracy, Patience, Nightrain, Robin Solo, Paradise City

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30 – Udsolgt show for 10,000 fans i John Labatt Centre, London, Canada. Dette show skulle oprindeligt være spillet i Nassau Coliseum i Uniondale, NY. Bandet gik på præcis kl. 23.
Sætliste: Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Solo, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Madagascar, Axl Piano Solo, November Rain, Band Introductions, Buckethead Solo, Rocket Queen, Chinese Democracy, The Blues, My Michelle, Patience, Nightrain, Robin Solo, Paradise City

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02 – Udsolgt show for 12,500 fans i Fleet Center, Boston, MA.
Sætliste: Welcome To The Jungle, It’s so Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Finck Solo, Sweet Child O Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Madagascar, Axl Piano Solo, November Rain, Band Intro, Buckethead Solo, Rocket Queen, The Blues, Chinese Democracy, Patience, My Michelle, Nightrain, Robin Solo, Paradise City

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03 – Show for omkring 10,000 tilskuere i Hartford Civic Center, CTGnR gik på kl. 22:40 og spillede til 00:45. Arenaen var kun 2/3-3/4 fuld. Axl citerer en kritikers bemærkning om at GnR er et omrejsende cirkus af “Freaks”. Tre fans arresteres under “Think About You“.
Sætliste: Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Solo, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Madagascar, Axl Piano Solo, November Rain, Band Introductions, Buckethead Solo, Rocket Queen. The Blues, Chinese Democracy, Patience, Nightrain, Robin Solo, Paradise City

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05 – Udsolgt show for 20,000 fans i Madison Square Garden, New York, NY. I Axl’s første show i New York i 9 år, udtrykkede han hele tiden taknemmelighed til publikum, lavede sjov, og mødte relativt op til tiden. Dette show skulle blive det sidste i flere år.
Sætliste: Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Solo, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Axl Piano Solo, November Rain, Chinese Democracy, Madagascar, Buckethead Solo, Rocket Queen, The Blues, My Michelle, Patience, Nightrain, Robin Solo, Paradise City

06 – GnR skulle have spillet for 15,000 fans ved det udsolgte show i First Union Center i Philadelphia. Begge åbningsbands spillede denne aften. Mix Master Mike’s sæt var færdig omkring kl. 21:50. Omkring 40 minutter senere, begyndte folk at buh’e. Efter kl. 23. begyndte folk at smide med stole og 10 minutter efter kom den chokerende meddelelse om, at showet var udsat på grund af helbredsproblemer. Nogle vrede fans smed med flasker, stole og trak tegl ned fra loftet. De væltede skraldespande og smadrede sceneudstyr. Mindst 15 mennesker blev skadet og ekstra politienheder blev sat ind for at få styr på mængden.

Axl: “I did cancel the first show at six in the morning, but my manager told me he cancelled it and then didn’t. And then Clear Channel wanted us to fuck up because they wanted to end the tour. I got really sick. It had nothing to do with fur coats or basketball games.”

Axl: “The last time when we did it it was like, huh, a lot of people kinda pressuring to do it and thinking it was and stuff…and kinda talking me into it, you know, like, I psyched myself up. And, that US thing did really good for the guys in the band, I mean, they’re all still there, I mean, Bucket’s Bucket, you know, and he’s kinda been in the same trip he’s been before he was in, with us, and now he’s out, he’s kinda in a world of his own. But the rest of the guys, it did just enough that it helped everybody feel like a band and they stayed a band. So it worked out pretty good for us.”

11 – Clear Channel Entertainment meddeler at GnR’s turne er blevet aflyst, og afviser at tage skylden for det.

Peter Luukko, First Union Center: “We were informed around 8 p.m. or so [Friday night] that Axl Rose was still in Manhattan and a helicopter was being sent to get him. Basically we were in touch with band management as to what the progress was, and at 10:45 we were informed [Rose] wasn’t coming. At that point a decision was made to make an announcement at 11:15, giving us a half-hour to get security in place and police backup from the city of Philadelphia. We did have some chairs thrown and some damage in the building, but all in all, considering the difficulty of the situation, we were able to get people out with no major injuries.” [Kilde]

20 – Bandet holder ferie, og vender tilbage til studiet i januar, 2003 for at afslutte albummet, som vil blive udgivet til foråret. (hvis det udgives!)

Aflyste GnR shows: 

08 – The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
09 – MCI Center, Washington, DC
11 – Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, SC
13 – St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
14 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre, W. Palm Beach, FL
16 – Gulf Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, MS
17 – Compaq Center, Houston, TX
19 – American Airlines Arena, Dallas, TX
21 – Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM
22 – America West Arena, Phoenix, AZ
27 – San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
28 – Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV
30 – Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
31 – HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA

Kilder siger at Axl er meget tæt på at lade sig indlægge på et psykiatrisk hospital for at komme sig over sin “udmattelse” og en række andre psykiske problemer. En af hans gamle venner udtaler, at han på det seneste har været mere “langt ude” end det sædvanlige. På denne turne rejste Axl med sin personlige psykiater, hvis ansvarsområde bestod i at overbevise ham om, hvor vigtigt det var at komme ud at optræde på scenen hver aften.

Gary Bongiovanni, Pollstar: ”Rose has damaged his career. This makes the band a riskier situation for promoters in the future.”

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