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Come May, the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign might need to be altered to "Welcome to the Jungle." That's right, Guns N' Roses are bringing their rock music legacy to Vegas with their second residency, "An Evening of Destruction. No Trickery!" at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
The residency kicks off May 21 and will span nine shows through June 7. "An Evening of Destruction. No Trickery!" is designed to feature a unique GNR music experience created exclusively for The Joint.
This second residency features pyrotechnics and a set list that is expected to include the band's greatest hits and a few lesser known songs.
The exclusive set list for this show will span the group's biggest hits from their debut album "Appetite for Destruction" (1987) to their most recent, platinum-selling album "Chinese Democracy" (2008). More specific details about the show aren't being revealed yet other than to say fans can expect a gritty, in-your-face, heavy metal show experience that has been the group's signature since their days performing on the Sunset Strip. The band's lineup has changed since their heyday, but their music continues to resound with fans both old and new.
Today's GNR lineup consists of frontman and founder Axl Rose, DJ Ashba (guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Tommy Stinson (bass), Chris Pitman (keyboards), Richard Fortus (guitar), Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (guitar) and Frank Ferrer (drums).
Formed during the peak of Los Angeles' famed Sunset Strip metal scene in the mid-1980s, the most famous version of the band included vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin and drummer Steven Adler. The group stood out from its posturing, hair metal peers by infusing their music with a punk attitude and borrowing rawer, bluesy inflections from '70s-era Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones.
Breaking out with the crossover success of "Sweet Child O' Mine," Guns N' Roses' Geffen Records debut, "Appetite for Destruction," went multiplatinum, thanks to heavy video rotation and airplay of songs like "Paradise City" and "Welcome to the Jungle." The band's members also became infamous for their behavior on and off the stage, solidifying their bad-boy images.
An EP released in 1988, "G N' R Lies," included recordings from the band's independently-released 1986 EP, "Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide," as well as four newly recorded acoustic songs. The album spawned a successful single, "Patience," but also got singer Rose in trouble for supposed racist and homophobic lyrics on the song "One in a Million." On top of this, the band's problems with drinking and drugs began to permeate their every move, leading Rose to threaten to dissolve Guns N' Roses if the members continued their heavy drug abuse.
While most of the band managed to get cleaned up before recording for their next album began, Adler was unable to perform due to his cocaine and heroin addictions. He was fired in 1990 and replaced with former Cult drummer Matt Sorum. The band forged ahead, and came out of the recording sessions with two albums, "Use Your Illusion I" and "Use Your Illusion II," which debuted at No. 2 and No. 1 on the Billboard charts in September 1991. During the recording session for these albums Rose added a new member to the group, keyboardist Dizzy Reed. He continues to tour with the band today and is the only remaining member from the "Use Your Illusion" era, aside from Rose.
The subsequent world tour was a massive production and unheralded success. The tour became infamous for a number of riots incited by Rose's increasingly confrontational demeanor. Stradlin quit in 1991, replaced by Gilby Clarke.
Meanwhile, radio ate up a number of singles from the two albums, including "November Rain," "You Could Be Mine," "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," "Live and Let Die" and two versions of "Don't Cry." A trilogy of videos for "Don't Cry," "November Rain" and "Estranged" were among the most expensive videos ever made. The two-year touring juggernaut ended in Buenos Aires, Argentina in July 1993, the last time the band would play together onstage with Rose.
A collection of punk covers called "The Spaghetti Incident?" was released in 1993, but spawned no successful singles. It wasn't an immediate success like previous releases, but has since gone platinum. From there, however, the band's continuity continued to decline.
Clarke was let go in 1994. After Rose brought in childhood friend Paul Tobias in Clarke's place, the frontman replaced a number of Slash's solos on the band's cover of "Sympathy for the Devil," which angered Slash and led him to wander, finally quitting Guns N' Roses in 1996. The next year, Sorum was fired, and in 1998, McKagan left the band.
Since then, Rose has surrounded himself with an ever-rotating lineup of dynamic musicians while spending millions of dollars and almost a decade recording a new album. After much anticipation and more than 10 years in the making, the group's newest album, "Chinese Democracy" was finally released in 2008. It debuted at No. 1 in 13 countries. It was certified platinum in the United States in 2009.
GNR last performed in Vegas in 2012 during their first residency, "Appetite for Democracy," at The Joint.
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