So a few days ago, Guns n' Roses (or Axl Rose and friends if you prefer) announced they would finally tour behind Chinese Democracy. Awesome - except the tour is only taking place in Canada.
In the not so distant past, GnR has toured many other countries of the world...but never America.
Is this some sort of odd slap in the face to Axl's many American fans? Is Axl afraid of the American media and worries that journalists will start asking some serious questions he may not want to answer? Most likely, Axl is worried that he won't be able to sell-out American venues anymore and I suspect his fragile ego couldn't handle that.
But still. No American dates and 13 Canadian stops? I'm sure a couple strategically placed and well-promoter GnR shows would do quite well in America. A date in Los Angeles and New York City for sure. Maybe even Chicago and New Orleans. Something. Anything.
Rolling Stone is referring to the Canadian run as a "world tour" which would indicate more dates in many more places, but I don't see that happening. I'd go and see the band even if it's just Axl and DJ Ashba and some other people.
Live Nation is producing the tour. We all know that production company is massive and owns venues all over - so if Axl is game, he could ride this pony from Cincinnati to Abu Dhabi. I just don't think he cares anymore.
Here's the Canadian tour dates:
1/13 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
1/16 - Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
1/17 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
1/19 - Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
1/20 - Regina, SK @ Brandt Centre
1/24 - Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum
1/25 - London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
1/27 - Montreal, PQ @ Bell Centre
1/28 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
1/31 - Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place
2/1 - Quebec City, PQ @ Colisee Pepsi
2/3 - Moncton, NB @ Moncton Coliseum
2/4 - Halifax, NS @ Metro Centre
"Street of Dreams" (Live) from Chinese Democracy