Finally, all that Patience has paid off: Axl Rose and Guns n’ Roses are going back on tour, and tickets for the Hartford, CT show go on presale at midnight tonight.
It’s been just about five years since the modern incarnation of Gn’R last came through our area on the second leg of the Chinese Democracy tour, and now, with the long-awaited album released back in 2008, this will be the first chance for East Coast fans to properly enjoy the new songs live.
Tour dates for the west coast have been quietly popping up over the past week, but the Comcast Theatre show on November 19th is the first official date for the tri-state area. The choice of venues is a bit odd, as the outdoor pavilion, which hosted this summer’s Mayhem Festival (read about it here), is not really a winter location, and in fact the sprawling lawn will not be available, leaving only seats for sale. The two previous Chinese Democracy tours saw the band playing Madison Square Garden, so it will be interesting to see if they return there for a New York performance, or play a similiar amphitheater venue for the NYC metro area.
However, even New Yorkers should consider the Hartford show, given that the three hour drive isn’t bad on a Saturday, and that ticket prices are shockingly reasonable, with seats ranging from $70-90 including service fees. If the band does indeed play MSG again, expect prices to be double those of the Comcast Theatre.
The 21st century version of Guns n’ Roses, of which frontman Axl Rose is the only member, has taken flack over the years for being more of a solo band, but anyone who attended the two previous tours can attest to the high energy and spectacular production the band brings on tour with them. Fans of the first three albums can be sure that their favorite songs will be included in the group’s typical 20+ song setlists, and fans of Chinese Democracy, an impressively catchy record, will no doubt get to hear hits like Sorry and Better as well.
The presale starts at 12:01 am tonight, technically Thursday morning, and runs a full 24 hours. Fans can access it with password “speaker” via the Livenation website. The NY Hard Rock Examiner fully expects this show to sell out quickly, but fans should also expect at least one date in or near New York City to be announced as well.
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