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32. JANUARY-NOVEMBER 2012: EXTENSIVE TOURING AND A LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY

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Post by Soulmonster Mon Mar 28, 2022 10:47 am

AUGUST 2012
THE BAND'S FIRST VEGAS RESIDENCY IS ANNOUNCED


In August 2012, it was reported that Guns N' Roses would perform 12 shows at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in October-November:

Guns N' Roses will launch a Las Vegas residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this fall. The series of 12 shows starts October 31 and wraps up November 24.

Guns N' Roses has teamed up with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to invade Las Vegas with a never-before-seen, one-of-a-kind music experience. Each night, the band will perform an electrifying show featuring a set list created exclusively for The Joint. "Appetite For Democracy" will span the band's biggest hits from their debut album "Appetite For Destruction" (1987) through their platinum-selling record "Chinese Democracy" (2008). Exact details about the show are being kept under wraps but fans can expect the raw and gritty heavy metal Guns N' Roses is known for along with a few surprise elements. Produced exclusively by AEG Live, "Appetite For Democracy" is unlike any show the band has ever done before or will ever do again.

"We are ecstatic to announce Guns N' Roses as our newest residency at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino," said Paul Davis, vice president of entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. "This is what The Joint is all about, bringing fans up close and personal with one of the most iconic bands in the world. It will be a truly unique Guns N' Roses experience!"

"This past New Year's Eve, Guns N' Roses tore the roof off The Joint with two sold-out shows. They were incredible; we watched them perform their timeless hits and soon-to-be legendary songs off 'Chinese Democracy'. Immediately following, AEG Live and Hard Rock began turning our fantasy of having them as a resident artist into a reality," added Bobby Reynolds, vice president of booking at AEG Live, Las Vegas. "To hear one of the biggest bands in the world rip through their catalog of hits is going to be amazing. There is no better way to celebrate the anniversary of their iconic album 'Appetite For Destruction' than to present 'Appetite For Democracy' at The Joint."

Ticket prices start at $45 (plus applicable services fees) and go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 17.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Hard Rock Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000. Ticket and room packages are available at www.hardrockhotel.com.

"Appetite For Democracy" schedule:

* Wednesday, Oct. 31
* Friday, Nov. 2
* Saturday, Nov. 3
* Wednesday, Nov. 7
* Friday, Nov. 9
* Saturday, Nov. 10
* Wednesday, Nov. 14
* Saturday, Nov. 17
* Sunday, Nov. 18
* Wednesday, Nov. 21
* Friday, Nov. 23
* Saturday, Nov. 24

Motley Crue earlier in the year became the first hard rock band to ever launch a Las Vegas residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.


The residency would be times to the 25 year anniversary of Appetite for Destruction [Rolling Stone, October 9, 2012].

DJ, who had moved to Las Vegas, approved:

Yeah, it's perfect. I don't really have to drive anywhere, so it's nice. [...] It will be the first time in a long time that it actually feels like a regular job.

Vegas is a fun town, a great place to play. We love playing there. Great atmosphere, very festive,  so it seemed like a good idea.

The whole anniversary thing is pretty amazing to me – it just makes me feel kind of old. I’ve been in this band a long time. That’s a lifetime for a lot of people, but it’s cool that it’s still going strong. It’s great to be a part of it. Like I said, this is just a kickass band, and we definitely do it all justice.


Before the Las Vegas residency, the band would play at Neil Young's 'Bridge School' Benefit event on October 20 and 21 [Blabbermouth, September 7, 2012].

Before the residency, the band would auction old equipment to make room for new:

Hard rockers Guns N' Roses are well known for high-energy, grandiose live performances with a riotous attitude. Now fans can own a piece of "The world's most dangerous band's" storied history as GNR is selling pieces of used touring equipment on eBay.

The equipment comes from the depths of the band's warehouse in Santa Monica, CA. The touring crew has handpicked items to make room for new gear as the Gunners prepare for upcoming shows. Items will be listed at random over the next several weeks under the eBay seller name "dvamp2u."

Some items currently up for auction include custom bass and electric guitars, banners, road cases, wireless microphone monitors and mixing boards. Buyers must pay for shipping and autograph requests will not be honored.


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WORKING ON NEW MUSIC WHILE IN LAS VEGAS?


After the European tour ended, the band had a break for about three months before the Las Vegas residency started. This was the time when band members had suggested they would work on new music, and in an interview from mid-August, DJ would confirm he was working on new songs for the new album:

[I am] writing songs around the clock.


In October, Bumblefoot would be asked if 2013 was the year for a new album:

no predictions. Everything takes 3x longer than you plan for, that I know.


It doesn't seem like the band came together to work on new music in the period between touring because in early October DJ would suggest the band could get lots done when they came together for the residency in Las Vegas later in October:

This is the first time we're all gonna be in the same place for a month solid and that will be, and already has been talked about, our main focus. So I think we're gonna get a lot of done. There's a lot of stuff recorded and I think it's just a matter of sitting down and working together as a band, putting together what we feel is gonna be the next best Guns N' Roses record. And I can't wait; I'm so excited to dive even deeper into that.


But it doesn't seem like the band did any writing or recording while in Las Vegas because in interviews they would talk about spending their free time golfing and riding Harleys [8 News Now, November 8, 2012].

At the very beginning of the residency, Dizzy would say the band hadn't written together yet, but that they had worked on new music in smaller groups with no mention of Axl:

We’ve been kicking some ideas around. We have some time off in Vegas. Hopefully we’ll be able to organize ourselves to get in a room and continue to refine a lot of those ideas and see what happens. I think as a whole this particular lineup has never really written together. We have in smaller groups…it could be great, it could be a disaster, you never know. We have three guitar players. You have three guitar players in a room together it’s always going to be volatile, but I shouldn’t say that because those guys are great. They actually work really great together, and they’re all so good. They’re the top of the heap, and for them to be able to work things out and present it the way we do every night live, it’s pretty amazing. I’m sure we can harness that energy and that vibe and get stuff recorded.

All of us are always bouncing ideas around. We got a lot of time to kill on the bus and stuff, so I know that there’s a lot of stuff floating around and [Vegas] might be a good time to get together and float some more.


But then, later during the residency, DJ would say they had been working on new music in his house:

We're actually working on it. We've been writing a bunch of cool songs over at my house.


Before the residency, Axl would also confirm that all the band members had been writing:

All the guys are writing, and we recorded a lot of songs over the years. We'll figure out what we feel best about. Chinese was done in piecemeal with one person here and one there at different times. Appetite for Destruction was the only thing written with lyrics and melody fitting the guitar parts at the same time. After that, I got a barrage of guitar songs that I was supposed to put words to, and I don't know if that was the best thing for Guns. I do want to lean more toward lyrics and melody.


Axl would also say that the wait wouldn't be as long as for Chinese Democracy:

(The next album) will come out sooner.


In November, Bumblefoot would suggest Axl wanted to release more music but that his attention was always elsewhere:

I know Axl wants to [release music]. It’s just a question of, with so many outside things breaking focus and just little fires you always need to put out, we just need to focus on that. I’m hoping that we do. We’re not getting younger, and neither are our fans. Let’s do this. It’s what they want. Ultimately that doesn’t even matter. They want music. So, that’s what I care about.


And in December, Dizzy ominously implied it could take some time:

We had a lot of stuff that we haven’t finished from the past, some great songs… I just hope it won’t take us to another 10 years.


Around the same time, Bumblefoot would talk about why they hadn't worked on new music while together in Las Vegas:

[...] we've been talking about recording for a long time and plans to record, but life just always gets in the way, everything gets in the way and it just doesn't happen. The time flies by as I go out, we never did it. We were in Vegas for a month and we didn't get together and record and write and do all the stuff. We even moved some gear into DJ's house and to do some stuff, just never happened.


And Axl would get asked when fans could expect new music:

Yes, in the future! Ha!


During a press conference on December 14, Tommy, Bumblefoot and DJ would get the same question:

About 20 years from now.

No, no, no. We like to make jokes. Soon?

We get asked that a lot and I think none of us are in [?] to make a bad record, so like anything, you know, it's like cooking food, you know when it's done and we won't put it out until then. You can't really put a date on that- [...] We got tons of cool shit in the works and we're gonna sit down together collectively and put together what we feel is going to be the next best Guns N' Roses record. And when we decide that you will have it in your hands.


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SEPTEMBER 2012
DJ RELEASES 'SONGS FOR THE DEMENTED MIND'


Guns N' Roses/Sixx: A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba will release "Songs For The Demented Mind", an edgy soundtrack to accompany the grand opening of Sin City's most terrifying horror experience — "Eli Roth's Goretorium" — on Thursday, September 27.

With Ashba's unprecedented style, his exclusive gore-themed tracks will echo throughout the year-round haunt experience providing an eerie backdrop to the haunt's victims. Guests can relive the horrifying experience one track at a time by purchasing the album online at AshbaSwag.com or Goretorium.com and at the Goretorium retail store beginning September 27.

DJ Ashba kicked off his rock 'n' roll career by moving to Los Angeles at eighteen, and since then has successfully climbed his way to becoming a Grammy-nominated songwriter. In addition to playing lead guitar for Guns N' Roses since 2009, Ashba has had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, including Motley Crue, Sixx: A.M., Run-D.M.C. and Neil Diamond.

About "Eli Roth's Goretorium": The multi-level maze of frights immerses visitors into the tale of Sin City's most deadly mythical hotel and casino, The Delmont. The self-guided horror experience begins in the lobby of the Delmont and unveils gruesome and ghastly sights of past hotel guest victims and the serial-killing family behind the deeds at every turn. Employing high-tech Vegas showmanship with old-fashioned scares, the terrifying labyrinth of live actors, animatronic frights and stunning special effects is contained in a vintage hotel setting that rivals Hollywood's best movie sets.

"Eli Roth's Goretorium" also includes a freaky, '60s-inspired lounge called "Baby Dolls." Featuring a magnificent view of CityCenter, the bar will entertain with caged zombie dancers and live "feedings." Goretorium also features a one-of-a-kind horror retail shop with a to-go bar called "Bloody Mary's," specializing in gruesomely themed cocktails.

I got home and then I got approached with a really interesting project to do some scary music for Eli Roth’s Goretorium. I’ve always wanted to get into movie scoring because I just love scores and that kind of stuff and I love writing sixty piece orchestra parts. It’s fun for me. I got my first taste of it when I produced and wrote the Neil Diamond Christmas album and I just loved watching a real orchestra recreate what I had done on a keyboard. It was just fascinating. So when I got approached, and how my brain works, I was like, uh, well, I don’t want to do just creepy music. But then I got the storyline of the Delmont Hotel and how Mr & Mrs Delmont chopped up their guests and served them to the people. Then I sat down and said, I have two weeks to do something really special here and I love Eli Roth’s work. So I wrote a story within his story. I go, what would it have been like if the last honeymoon couple are staying at the Delmont and realizing they’re in the hotel by watching the news. “Holy crap, this is going on in the house, how do we get out?” So I thought that was a really cool twist so I started writing all the dialogue and script and stuff. And I have three movie scripts right now written. So it was one of those things that I had to throw it together really quick. It has ten music interludes with nine scenes and it’s awesome. It’s available right now on www.ashbaswag.com and Eli Roth came over and listened to it and he’s like, “You need to be directing movies.” (laughs) I have a lot of things going on.




Songs for the Demented Mind
September 2012


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TOURING ASIA IN LATE 2012?


Rumours were flying that the band would travel to Asia for dates at the tail-end of 2012, and in a chat on the band's official fan forum, The Nightrain, Bumblefoot would confirm dates were being planned:

I don't think it's been formally announced and until it is I have to assume they ...still need to dot I's & cross T's, but it's looking pretty good for India Smile [...] Hopefully it'll be 100% confirmed Smile
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CONTROVERSY AROUND THE ARTWORK FOR THE LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY


As the band announced the upcoming residency at the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas, the band also announced the upcoming artwork based on the original Appetite for Destruction layout:



Appetite for Democracy poster



In addition to the above version of the Appetite artwork, the band would use another version where the woman did not have an exposed breast and underwear in mainstream advertisement [Las Vegas Sun, October 30, 2012].



"Sanitized" artwork shown on a bus



Commissioner Mary Beth Scow, who represented the county at the ceremony commemorating the temporary street name change [see later chapter], said she was unaware of the ad promoting the concert that the county was throwing its support behind [Las Vegas Sun, October 30, 2012]:

I hadn’t seen the advertising before the media event. t’s clearly inappropriate. Maybe it’s the risk of doing business with a rock band, but I guess we’ll have some remorse over this decision. It’s a lesson learned.


Scow would claim she had done proper due diligence in advance of attending the renaming ceremony, even to the point of reading the lyrics to 'Paradise City' and concluding that she liked the chorus [Las Vegas Sun, October 30, 2012].

The band would also receive criticism from Safe Nest, a woman's shelter, with a spokesperson referring to the artwork as being "almost a celebration — of rape and violence against women" [Las Vegas Sun, October 30, 2012].

Dizzy would comment on the controversy:

Sometimes, it feels like we're getting targeted when other bands can get away with whatever.


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RICHARD AND SAIVU


In 2008 Richard started to work with a Norwegian band called Saivu. Richard would mention this collaboration in 2009:

[...] and doing a record with a very cool Norwegian band called Saivu. See, I told you my tastes were varied!


Teddy Millmore (likely a pseudonym form Lasse Kvernmo) from Saivu would discuss how he got in contact with Richard:

We've known each other for a while, it was just one of those things bound to happen I guess. Lots of mutual friends. The collaboration has been great, Richard is an awesome guitar player and a great guy. He's very cool to work with and he has a very interesting sound and style of playing. His parts are very unique and he added a new dimension to the music and the band. Without him the guitars would've sounded very different.


In mid-2010, Richard would provide an update:

There is a band called Saivu from Norway whose album i played on. I'll be playing with them at a festival in Norway in July.

That Norwegian band, Saivu has some great songs and I'm really proud of what I did on the record.


The festival Richard mentions would be Midnattsrocken in Tromsø, Norway, in July 2010.

On October 2, the first single from the band, Gooodbye, would be released and Richard would again talk about the collaboration:

I fell for his songs. Right then and there I decided that I wanted to be a part of this. He's got some really unique and amazing rock songs.




Goodbye
October 2012



And in December he would talk about their first music video:

[...] there is a new single coming out and we’re doing a video for it in Vegas the day after I finish here. This band had sent me some of their material and I really liked it. Then they hired me to play on some tracks and I ended up getting more involved with them and writing with them and the song that we’re doing, “Goodbye,” is a song that I wrote with the singer.


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2012-
KINGS OF CHAOS WITH MATT


2012: ROCK 'N' ROLL ALLSTARS WITH GILBY AND DUFF


In March 2012 a new supergroup comprised of Gene Simmons, Joe Elliott, Matt, Duff, Gilby, Glenn Hughes, Ed Roland, Sebastian Bach, Steve Stevens, Mike Inez and Billy Duffy, named Rock 'N' Roll Allstars was announced [Blabbermouth, March 1, 2012]. The band planned to tour South and Central America in April/May 2012 [Blabbermouth, March 1, 2012].

Dizzy, hearing about the band for the first time:

They’re all in the same band? All those people? [...] Wow. Hahaha. You know that sounds interesting. Laughs. You said Gene Simmons. Wow, that’s weird. All those guys are phenomenal musicians and I’ve had the good fortune of actually playing with a few of them. That should be cool.


In April, Duff would talk about the all-star band:

About three months ago, I received a call from [Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver] drummer Matt Sorum, about me possibly doing some gigs with him and some "other dudes" down in South America in the spring. Matt seems to always have a few balls in the air, and I sort of chalked it up as something that only might happen.

Spring is here, and I am indeed in South America with Matt and those "other dudes."

In Los Angeles, there is a rock band called Camp Freddy. It is actually more of a collective, if you will, with a core band of Matt Sorum, Dave Navarro, Chris Chaney and Billy Morrison. Camp Freddy specializes in getting big-name guest singers -- from Ozzy to Lemmy to Elton John, Iggy Pop and Steven Tyler. It’s always fun to see one of your rock heroes just kind of get up and jam with Camp Freddy. It's raw and refreshing, and some of you reading this have most likely been to a CF show somewhere or another.

Sorum had the idea to kind of take this collective idea and make it a huge touring beast. But how? Everyone is always on their own tours, and it would be tough to find guys who were all off of a tour at the same time. But he did it, and I am now down in South America with:

  Billy Duffy (The Cult)
  Ed Roland (Collective Soul)
  Steve Stevens (Billy Idol)
  Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple)
  Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)
  Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)
  Mike Inez (Alice In Chains)
  Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses)
  Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses)
  AND … Gene "God of Thunder" Simmons (KISS)

I thought I was going to have some really good and snark-filled material from this tour, as some fodder for my columns. But something happened on the way to South America. You know what? This thing actually REALLY kicks some ass. You kind of forget how good it is to see really good players do their thing. And the set list is pretty unstoppable. It goes something like this:

  "Welcome To The Jungle" (Guns N' Roses)
  "It’s So Easy" (Guns N' Roses)
  "Youth Gone Wild" (Skid Row)
  "Whole Lotta Love" (Led Zeppelin)
  "Wildflower" (The Cult)
  "Highway Star" (Deep Purple)
  "Burn" (Deep Purple)
  "Firewoman " (The Cult)
  "Tie Your Mother Down" (Queen)
  "Animal" (Def Leppard)
  "Pour Some Sugar On Me" (Def Leppard)
  "All The Young Dudes" (Mott The Hoople)
  "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" (Bob Dylan)
  "Paradise City" (Guns N' Roses)
  "Love It Loud" (KISS)
  "Deuce" (KISS)
  "Rock And Roll All Night" (KISS)

There are a few more songs in the set, but you get the general idea. It’s a mixture of songs by the actual artists who are here, and a couple of tunes that someone or other just simply wanted to play … and it is an absolute barn-burner of a set.

It’s a great experience to go out and play music with guys in other bands. It’s like an NFL All-Star weekend, but on tour (well, to be fair, it’s like being the old guy at NFL All-Star weekend). But none of these guys play like old guys, and this music seems fresher and somehow relevant to what is going on right now. I’m sure it is probably just the excitement of playing a KISS song, or a Deep Purple song that makes everyone else play better and a bit harder. And down here, the classic music is huge with the younger set.

Of the 20,000 people who showed up at the first gig in Paraguay, you would’ve been hard-pressed to find anyone over the age of 25.



2012: KINGS OF CHAOS


By October 2012, the band had changed name to Kings of Chaos and Gilby was out of the project:

Matt Sorum, drummer for many a great rock band (Guns N’ Roses, The Cult, Velvet Revolver), has organized some supergroups of his own, and one such group, Kings of Chaos, decided to debut their sound in the studio with a track for the Deep Purple tribute album, Re-Machined: A Tribute To Deep Purple’s Machine Head, just released by Eagle Records. Kings of Chaos consists of Joe Elliott on vocals, Steve Stevens on guitar, Duff McKagan on bass and, of course, Sorum on drums, and they contribute their rendition of the Purple song “Never Before” to the Re-Machined compilation.


Explaining the origin of the group:

Well, it’s interesting because I went down to South America and put together a bit of supergroup which we are now calling Kings of Chaos. We went on tour and I love playing in South America ’cause the fans are absolutely insane. And went down there with Joe Elliot, Steve Stevens, Duff McKagan, Glenn Hughes … we did this crazy tour. And when we got back I got this call from a friend who had connections with this label out of Australia that was doing this Deep Purple tribute. At first I was like ‘Oh, a tribute album?’ I usually shy away from those but then I heard Deep Purple, and then I heard the lineup that’s on it. I was like ‘What do you mean you’ve got Iron Maiden and Metallica?’ ‘Santana? Really?!’ And I’m like ‘Okay. I’m in.’ I had a new band that I wanted to kind of experiment recording with and I thought it would be a good opportunity. Get us into the studio, record a track, see what the vibe is. So, that’s what we did. And we knocked it out. The only problem was that Joe Elliott was out on the road and how were we gonna get the vocals. But the miracles of modern recording — he was able to record it on a laptop and email it to me, then mixed it and I think it sounds killer.


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OCTOBER 2012
PREPARING FOR THE LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY


Talking about what fans can expect for the residency:

We got a lot of stuff. You know we're planning on having a lot of cool surprises, hopefully a lot of fun special guests, and just all kinds of stuff. We're really excited about it, and it's called, Appetite for Democracy and we're going to be playing everything from Appetite for Destruction to Chinese Democracy and it's going to be a lot of fun for the fans, and a lot of hang time with the fans too. I'm sure we're going to be spending quite a bit of time in the casino hanging out. And it's just going to be a kick back, fun month in Vegas.

Very much looking forward to the residency.

It's gonna be a different experience for sure. The whole entire stage looks different. [...] We're playing three shows a week and our main goal is to make every show unique and really change it up because we do realize there are going to be a lot of people flying from all over the world to see maybe one, two, three shows. But there are the local people that we do take into consideration that may show up to every single show. That's kind of what's been cool about Guns: it's so spontaneous live, we've never followed a set list.

Probably a little bit, because I think we’re going to have to alternate sets and do different things. Whereas when we tour we kind of tweak the set as we go and then kind of get in a mode of it being a certain way, with a few audible changes as we go along. I think with the Vegas sets, we’re going to try and make some different things happen to kind of keep each show a little bit different.

There’s definitely going to be some cool surprises, and I don’t want to give anything away. The main thing is that they’re going to see a kickass rock and roll show. That’s what we deliver, and we do it every night. That’s where it’s at; that’s the bottom line.

We're doing stuff that we've never done before at any shows. [...] When you're on the road, you can only do so much a night because the show has to be big, but it can't be too big to where you can't tear it down and get it to the next state. This is something where we can custom build a stage just for the venue, we can bring in the right lighting. You can do so many things and really cater to the venue that you're playing in. [...] We don't want to play the same show 12 times in a row. We do know that there's people who are going to see the show four or five times, and our main goal is to make sure that it's a different experience every show.

From here we go to L.A. for some rehearsal time for about a week, put our live show together and work on some different stuff for the different shows. We’re looking to change each set up, and do some different things.


And Axl, who was described as divorced and unattached, would joke about the dangers of Las Vegas:

I've been married in Vegas before. This could be my demise.


And on whether the band would stay in Las Vegas in-between shows:

As far as I know, we’re going to be hanging in Vegas most of the time, the whole time probably. I may have to come home maybe once or twice just to check on the place, but for the most part we’ll hanging there. So, you’ll see us around out on the golf course, in the casinos, the nightclubs – that’s what Vegas is all about.


Being asked whether 12 days in Las Vegas is a good idea:

Yeah, it will be a challenge in a different way.


Dizzy would also be asked what he felt about being part of the "entertainment lineup in Vegas":

You know when I was growing up it was such a really cool special thing. You heard about the Rat Pack  performing there.  Then when Elvis did his residency, that was just a huge thing. It was just like magic – you just wanted to be there. So I think, you know, not that we’re as cool as Elvis or anything, but we’re still alive, that’s a positive, and just to be a part of that, that’s pretty awesome.


For the residency, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino would offer !its guests one-of-a-kind drinks inspired by the band":

* "Patience Punch" ($10): Ketel One, Triple Sec, pineapple juice, orange juice and grenadine
* "November Rain" ($10): Belvedere Lemon Tea and fresh lemonade
* "Liquid Dream Shot" ($9): Absolut Raspberry, Absolut Vanilla, Blue Curaçao, pineapple juice and grenadine
* "The Axl Rose" ($10): Champagne, cranberry juice and belvedere vodka
* "Paradise City Limits" ($8): Cruzan Rum, Watermelon Pucker, pineapple juice and grenadine
* "Welcome to the Jungle" ($8): Jim Beam, Triple Sec, Midori, Blue Curaçao, pineapple juice and sweet and sour.


The casino would also launch commemorative chips for the occasion [Blabbermouth, October 20, 2012].



GN'R commemorative chips
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, October 2012



Tommy would be asked about the name for the residency, Appetite for Democracy:

I just think somebody came up with a cute term (laughs). I don’t really know where that came from, but it is definitely going to be more than just Appetite and Chinese Democracy. It’s going to be a lot of things—as much as we can throw out there.


In another stunt, on October 29, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas and Clark County declared Las Vegas' Paradise Road to be temporarily known as Paradise City Road [Blabbermouth, October 27, 2012]. To commemorate the event, the entire band, except Axl, took part in a photo session with new street signs.



Street renaming event


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BOTH FRANK AND BRAIN DRUMMING FOR THE BAND?


In 2012, Brain would reveal that Axl had tried to get both Brain and Frank by touring drummers for the band:

He was trying at one point even on this last tour, he was calling saying, ‘Hey, would you want to do a double drumming type thing where you play all of the new songs, Chinese which are a little more technical and let Frank do more of the rock stuff from the older days’. I was considering it. I don’t know if Frank wanted to do that and I didn’t want to put him in that position. And I didn’t know if I wanted to do the Grateful Dead thing with two drummers.

But he was talking about having this rotating drums thing where it’s, ‘Hey, ok we’re playing ‘I’m Sorry’ from Chinese, the drum thing twirls and Brain’s playing, ok we’re playing ‘Welcome To The Jungle’, it twirls back and Frank’s playing’. It never rolled, I’m not sure they had the budget and Frank might not have been 100% into that. He’s the drummer now and I felt weird about that.


From this quote, it seems like Axl had tried to make this happen a few times, and possibly this had been Axl\s wish since Brain left.


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OCTOBER 20 AND 21, 2012
PLAYING AT THE BRIDGE SCHOOL BENEFIT SHOW


We're playing two acoustic shows on Oct 20th & 21st with Neil Young and Jack Black at the Annual Bridge School benefit concert in San Jose, California. The Bridge School is a non-profit organization that helps people with severe speech and physical impairments through education and alternative means of communication technology.
ChainREACTION, January 2013; interview from fall 2012

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On October 20 and 21 the band joined Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit show for the first time, playing an all acoustic set both night. Partial proceeds benefited the Bridge School, which assists children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs.

A lot of the acoustic shows in the past, I would still play on the [electric] Les Paul – but for this, we're going all acoustic, no electric anything. That's how Neil kind of envisioned the whole thing, so we're gonna stay true to that, for sure. We're gonna add a couple [songs] that the band's never played... I know Axl is really excited to do it.

It’s about the kids. Of all the different types of things we do, charity stuff is the most fulfilling.


Despite Axl having a streptococcus infection which made it harder for him to sing, especially noticeably at the first show, the shows would be fondly remembered by the band and management:

Yes, Axl *did* perform with strep throat, not easy to do. And there are 2 months of shows coming up to consider, you can't push and risk damage for the rest of the touring. Kudos for him pulling it off Smile

Rather than judging, let's remember the whole point of this, which is to support those kids. It was about the smiles on their faces, and they had fun Smile In my world this was the most meaningful and successful show we've done. Anyone who wants to join me in that world is welcome to, room for all Smile
www.gunsnroses.com, October 21, 2010

One of my favorite moments on stage was playing an acoustic show for Neil Young's annual Bridge School benefit concert, and having dinner at Neil's house in northern California, and getting to know his family.
The Telegraph Calcutta, June 5, 2013

What an amazing show yesterday, even with strep throat, Axl killed it. So awesome to watch Eddie Vedder perform! Great how it went down, as we were walking to stage, Neil's people asked to see if Eddie could perform a few songs; Axl's like, "For sure!"... what a great show, hats off to one of the best weekends I have had.
Unknown source, October 21, 2012

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Twitter, October 22, 2012


Axl would a few days later refer to having been sick:

Oh, I'm doing better now. I was a little sick the last couple of days.




Rockin' In The Free World, end of second show



After the shows, Axl would jokingly refer to Chris as "Neil Pitman" after his exuberant performance next to Neil Young:

Well, Neil Pitman, that's what we're calling him now after the Neil Young shows.


And Axl would talk about doing the shows and meeting Young:

It went great, it was great to meet him.... [...] and he's such a... And then he came out and did a song with us. Because I've always liked the song of his, Don't Let It Bring You Down. And he agreed to sing it with us. And then when he came out singing, he's just a power house. It was... [...] I mean he's so the real deal and so strong, and everything.


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OCTOBER 24, 2012
AXL IS A GUEST AT JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!


On October 24, 2012, Axl would be a guest at Jimmy Kimmel's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, presumably to promote the upcoming Las Vegas residency.



Axl and Jimmy Kimmel
October 24, 2012



Being asked why he is doing the interview:

I was asked to, and you wanted me to come here and... And I was asked so...


At the end of the segment, Axl would deliver out free tickets to the upcoming Las Vegas residency to two lucky audience members as well as free burgers to everyone:

I think we got, some tickets under the peoples' seats. There might be, there should be like two sets of tickets under.. Reach under your seats... And also I have another surprise. [...] I wanted to bring you something, and then I thought I should bring like the audience and the crew something. So I brought a Tommy's burger truck. [...] So there's gift certificates and there's a burger truck outside. So everybody can have something to eat. Just thought it would be something fun!


Perla Hudson, Slash's wife, would take the opportunity to take stabs at Axl for the performance at the talkshow:

I was waiting for something enlightening and all I got was promotion for a show and his evident affinity for a chili burger. Where is the love Axl? And I stayed up for this? Sex, drugs and chili dogs. Long live Axl Rose. And a Halloween tree.

He's had a Slash, a Buckethead and a Bumblefoot and evidently way too many Tommy's chili burgers! Hope there were some left for the audience!


Matt, though, would be gracious:

Really enjoyed watching Axl on Jimmy Kimmel made me happy to see him happy and having fun.
Twitter, October 25, 2012


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DJ'S RELATIONSHIP WITH FANS


Her name is Katie. And she is nine years old. She has made a sign for guitar player Dj Ashba because tonight is his birthday. It is hand-written with bright markers and a small cake has been drawn at the bottom. She holds up the sign to show me before Saturday night’s show with all the innocent excitement only a pure soul can emit. Her eyes are bright and her smile is wide. When I ask her if she likes Ashba a lot, she shakes her head no. “I super love him.” Five minutes later, a security guard tells Katie that she cannot bring in her sign because they are allowing no signs tonight. Katie’s face breaks into a million pieces and she starts to quietly cry. Everyone is heartbroken. But I have a secret that I whisper into Katie’s ear and a few minutes later I am headed backstage to meet with Ashba, sign in hand. When I sit down with him, I tell him about Katie and with no hesitation, no pre-thought-out-silent-agenda, Ashba asks that Katie be brought upstairs immediately.

Following our interview, he slides behind the door, as Katie and her father are led into the green room. Katie runs up to me crying. When I ask her why, she quietly says that she is so nervous and so happy. I ease her around and there stands Ashba, smiling down at her. And she grabs him with all the love a child can have in their heart. It is touching beyond words and I slip out quietly. If you only know Dj Ashba as a rock star with both Guns N Roses and Sixx: AM, then you are missing probably the most important part of this man.

His actions on Saturday night were above and beyond his duties as a public personality. It was his birthday, he had friends and family waiting in the next room to give him a crazy cool cake, he had a Meet & Greet to do within minutes, he had to warm-up. He didn’t have to do anything for Katie. Yet he did. And for ten minutes, she was the only thing that mattered.


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2012-
THE SAGA OF 'ADLER'


Steven's new band after 'Adler's Appetite' [see previous chapter] would simply be called 'Adler' and would be comprised of Lonny Paul (from Adler's Appetite) on guitar and Jacob Bunton (Lynam, Mars Electric) on vocals/guitar, in addition to Steven [Blabbermouth, March 16, 2012].

It might sound corny, but God brought them to me. That’s all I can say, is I was blessed again with another group of real guys, great musicians, just sweethearts. My new band, I’ve met a lot of groups in my day, and I thought my new band has the coolest guys, but the guys in Green Day are the coolest guys I’ve ever met in my life. Those guys play hard punk rock kind of stuff – these guys are the mellowest, sweetest, laid back hippies. They just love each other, they’re happy, they hang out with each other. In my band, me and my guitar player go out for breakfast every morning, and when my singer’s in town, we all three go out. Now with the new bass player, we all go out. We hang out and watch TV, listen to music, go over tunes. [...] It’s so great being part of a group, a group of guys. We’re all on the same page. We all want the same thing, we all have the same goals, and we all respect one another.

When I was doing the Adler's Appetite thing, Lonny Paul came down when I needed a guitar player. He's the only guy who ever played Izzy's parts right. I told him that this was the last time I was doing Adler's Appetite. After that tour, it was done, and I was ready to go to the next level in my career - and life.

I asked Lonny to write me some songs, and they were really great. I got so inspired when I heard them. Actually, I think they're more rock 'n' roll than metal. And then the other guys came in. But you know who brought them to me? God brought them to me [Laughs].

[Adler's Appetite is] no longer. That was just something… the whole G N’ R just happened and ended too soon for me, and I just had it in me to keep playing those songs. Those songs are very important to me, and they mean so much to me. I wanted to just play them out of my system, and plus, I got an opportunity to travel around the world. Believe it or not, I played every foreign village around the world. I figured that after ten years of doing that, if I wanted to still be a part of the whole rock ’n’ roll game then this is gonna prove it, and it has proved it. Lonny came into my life right when I was done doing this Adler’s Appetite thing. Lonny came into my life, and he was like Thomas Edison. He brought a spark back into my life, and it’s just been very exciting.

Plus, I don’t like talking about the whole drug thing anymore. It’s kind of old and everybody already knows. but once I took responsibility for my life and started making amends to people everything became very easy. Like I said, Lonny Paul came into my life, and Jacob and Jeff, and all of these wonderful people. Doing the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (on April 14th, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio) was the best way and the perfect way for me to end that chapter of my life. If anything with G N’ R would’ve happened again it would’ve happened that night, and it didn’t. Now I’m okay with that, and now I’m starting the second chapter of my life. It’s been very exciting. We finally did our first show on the Kiss II Kruise. People reading this can go on Adlerrocks.com, and videos and photos of that are there. Like I was saying, there couldn’t be a better way to start the second chapter of my life. I couldn’t be more thankful.

It’s just a great team. Growing up and having Slash as a best friend, I couldn’t have been more blessed. But to meet someone when you’re forty-seven years old, like I did with Lonny Paul—to have another best friend when you’re forty-seven—is a double-blessing. I just love being part of a team. I love that camaraderie where we’re all on the same page, we’re all after the same goal…we’re like a Super Bowl team! We’re trying to get to the Super Bowl, which for us is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Steven would explain that he wanted to move away from his GN'R past and start something new:

It's my second chapter. Adler's Appetite was just something I wanted to do because I wasn't done playing those songs. They were a big part of my life and I was so proud of them. Such a crazy part of my life! With Guns, the success happened so fast. Duff [McKagan] will argue with me about this, but it was like 13 shows in and we were pretty big! At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, my dream of playing with all those guys together, any hopes of that, just went away. So you move on. And I have moved on with this amazing band.

I told the guys [=Adler's Appetite] I wanted to do something that was relevant. We played every village around the world. I’m not talking cities or towns. We played every village. It was time to move on.


Talking about the name:

I wanted to call it No Quarter, like, you know, 'take no prisoners,' but the rest of the guys were like, 'That's a Led Zeppelin song.' I said, 'So what? It's a great Led Zeppelin song.' But we went with Adler. Adler means 'eagle' in German. I would've loved to have called it Eagle, but you know, the Eagles have the Eagles. [...] Adler was the next-best-thing. It's kind of cool. It sounds like a band. And everyone in the world knows who I am, so it works. No one has to explain that I'm in the band. It's Steven Adler, and this is the band. It's right there.


In March 2012, the band was recording songs for their debut album, and Slash and John 5 would join them in the studio to add guitars to one of the songs [Blabbermouth, March 16, 2012; Classic Rock, March 2012].

Slash has been my favorite guitarist since I was twelve years old. We did a couple of singles with Adler’s Appetite and I wanted Slash to come down, but I wasn’t in the right state of mind and it wasn’t the right time. Now that I have been working with Lonny, Jacob and with our producer, Jeff Pilson, I have found that I’m in a better place in my life. Slash isn’t going to come down just for anybody or anything. He came down because I’ve earned his respect and I’ve paid my dues. I am making an effort with my life and my career. John 5 came down too. These guys are superstars. Slash is the guitar hero of the world and John 5 is like the Eric Clapton of the 21st Century. I had to earn there respect for them to come down and I did.

John 5 is a guitar hero, a phenomenal artist….period point blank and Slash is the Eric Clapton of our generation.  I am so honored that they played on our record because them doing that is really them giving us their blessing.  They didn’t HAVE to.  They don’t just play for anyone but they thought enough of what we’re doing with the new album and how far I’ve come personally, with my  progress with getting my shit together and also these new guys in our new band Adler.  Make no mistake about the name, this is a BAND in the truest sense of the word and to have guys like Slash and John 5 basically give their stamp of approval to what we are doing means the world to us.  They liked our music and were as excited about what they heard as we are.

Slash played and came down and John 5. And let me tell you—those two guys they just don’t go play with anybody. So having them come down made me feel great and I know it made the guys feel great. It made me feel really special because it made me feel like Slash is believing in me and respecting what I’m doing and respecting me. So that just felt great. ‘Cause for some godforsaken reason it matters so much to me what Slash thinks of me [laughs.] I don’t know why but I just love him so much that it means so much to and having him come down was wonderful.

It was wonderful [working with Slash again]. Just to have him be proud enough and believe in me enough again after all of the things that have happened. I have to prove myself every second of every day and it got to where I’ve proved myself enough for Slash to be happy and want to be a part of this record. It feels great that we have such a history together. I really care about what he thinks and feels about me.

It was the best way to start this new chapter of my life. [Slash] wouldn’t let me watch him record…once he got there, we said hi, and he said, “Get out!” (laughing) But I didn’t get out. I was hiding in the laundry room, right next to him. I was right next to his room! It was great. It made me feel good because he’s very particular about who he works with. He wouldn’t work with me in the past because of my addiction problems, and he just doesn’t want to be around it. So for me, to have got myself to a place in my life where he’s willing to come around me and wanting to be around me, I couldn’t be happier and more proud. Things have changed. I’ll tell you, the biggest change was when Dr. Drew got a hold of Slash and I got the opportunity to apologize to Slash for blaming him for everything that happened in my life. Once I took responsibility for my own actions and started making amends, everything in my life became so much easier. Of course, I still have issues but that’s to be expected; I did drugs for thirty-five years! It’s like going in the ring with Manny Pacquiao; it’s gonna take some time to heal after they kick you out of the ring. (laughing) It’s just nice that I got to the point of my healing where Slash is wanting to be a part of my life again, and to have him work with me is a plus.


Before recording, Steven would take drum lessons:

I actually took drum lessons again for a year before starting to work on this project. I want to be the best I can be in what I do. It’s not just a job for me. It’s my career and it’s my life. It’s who I am. I can’t help it. I enjoy me. I look in the mirror and see a few scars, but I like myself.




Adler and Slash in the studio together with their producer
Early 2012



Steven was excited:

I love the music that we're creating! I haven't been this excited about my band since the GN'R days. Jacob is exactly the singer I have been searching for. He has an amazing range and is a great writer and frontman. Lonny is an amazing guitarist and songwriter and the vibe is amazing! I'm so excited for everyone to hear this record!

Jacob and Lonny came into my life and it has been great. I got rid of the old circle that was in my life and once I did that everything came together. [...] The last Adler’s Appetite thing that we did with the old circle of friends and family was New Year’s Eve. On January 2nd, I started working with my new circle of friends and family, Lonny, Jacob and Jeff, and it has been ho, ho, ho, it’s been heavy.

We’ve got 13 songs but we are still writing constantly.  We’ll keep writing even after it’s released and we’re touring.  That’s what real bands do and that’s what we’re doing all the time.  No more wasting time and not being productive. [...] We’ve been having a really fun time in the studio and out of that has come a fun record.  Of course it is amazing that it’s come together and that we are going to be able to go out there as a real band and play these songs right alongside those songs and it finally all makes sense to me.  This is fun just like the beginning of Guns was fun.  That’s how music and rock and roll should be and this has been the most fun I’ve had in the studio and in general since Appetite For Destruction.  If you really stick to it, believe in what you’re doin and get through all of the shit and can manage to have fun again it’s possible to actually enjoy the music business even all these years later with all new guys.  I’m living proof.


Lonny Paul would explain the process behind deciding to make a record:

I joined Adler’s Appetite two weeks before the last tour that we did over the summer – that was my first, and last, experience with that project. We were pretty much just playing Guns N’ Roses songs. When we were on tour, during the downtime, I played Steven some of my songs from my past bands and he said they were great songs and that we should look into doing some of this when we got back home. Once we got back home, we started looking for a singer. We found Jacob and it was really obvious that he was the one.


Discussing the forthcoming album:

It is where Appetite for Destruction takes off. We did everything possible to not be like the bands that are out there now. Jacob writes songs for a lot of other musicians and singers. When we were in the studio Jeff would say to try this sound, or that sound, and we would. The engineer said he has seen a lot of bands record entire albums with the same guitars and the same amps all the way through. We liked experimenting with the sounds. The world needs a new rock and roll band and we’re just the guys to give it to them.

They can expect in-your-face rock’ n’ roll, something that the world needs. The world hasn’t had a great rock’ n’ roll band since what the Foo Fighters ’95. The world needs a good rock ‘n‘ roll band and we’re just the guys to give it to them. We are gonna crush souls and destroy dreams [Laughs].

I have the greatest new band, and it’s so great being part of a new band, being part of something that’s fun again and real. It’s real and it’s fun, and our new record we just finished, I recorded a whole record, I have 12 songs. In two weeks when Jeff Pilson gets back, he’s on tour with Foreigner, when he gets back, we’re going to do one more song. 13 songs. The new record will be done. I haven’t been finished with something in 22 years.


Adler's debut album, Back from Dead, was released on November 26, 2012.



Back from Dead
November 26, 2012



After a stint in rehab for alcoholism, Steven was back:

It's the new chapter that will be the best part of my life. I've got a new attitude, and the only thing that can stop me is me - and I won't let that happen anymore.


Talking about his goals for Adler:

Our goal here is the goal I had with G N’ R. What I wanted was to be together like The Rolling Stones or Aerosmith, for 40 to 50 years, and of course go into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. That didn’t happen with G N’ R. With this band though I just want to be together for the next 40 years, and 25 years from now be inducted in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame again. Like Ronnie Wood; he’s been in there twice (in 1989 and 2012, for being a member of The Rolling Stones and The Faces respectively). I wanna be in there again.



TOURING


Being asked if they intend to tour:

That’s what it’s all about. That’s the whole idea of having a rock and roll band is playing it for the people.


The plan was to tour with Duff's Loaded in Japan in 2013:

We've been rehearsing six months straight - we are so tight and so ready to play now. We're a force to be reckoned with and we are anxious to get out and play. We're touring Japan next year with Duff's band. But we are very anxious to hit the road here at home.

Out of respect for the fans, we will probably do two Guns N’ Roses songs. We’ll probably do ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’ and ‘Mr. Brownstone.’ But beyond that it’s all about this band, though in certain countries we’re gonna have to play more than two. We’re going to do some dates with Duff McKagan’s band Loaded in South America, but I don’t think I’m supposed to talk about that yet.

Some musicians were built to just stay at home and record, and some of us were built to travel around the world and play live. That’s what we enjoy. I love meeting people, new, interesting people. The Kiss Kruise was great; we met people from all around the world on one boat. I hugged so many people, and it was so exciting. We’re addicted to cruising now.

[...]

Out of respect for the greatness of the songs, we’ll play one or two of them [songs from Appetite]. This is all about a new band though. This is new music. In certain countries we’ll go to promoters will probably want us to play a couple of more tunes than one or two G N’ R songs, so we’ll of course do that. Like I said, those songs mean so much to me in the first place. These new songs bring a new excitement though, and a new chapter in my life (laughs). A new chapter of rock ’n’ roll.

[...]

I’m waiting for the right moment, but I wanna see if Slash will come with us. We could have Slash’s band, Duff’s band, and Adler all perform on one show. We could go to Japan together, and call ourselves The Three Kamikazes (laughs). For now it’s just me and Duff though.


A complete tour with Loaded did not happen, but in early 2013 it was reported that Loaded would play two shows in Japan with Adler on March 7-8, 2013 [Blabbermouth, November 20, 2012].


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OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 21, 2012
THE FIRST SHOWS OF THE LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY



Appetite for Democracy


The first of 12 shows at the band's Las Vegas Residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino kicked off on Halloween, October 31.

Review in Loudwire:

Guns N’ Roses have kicked off their nearly monthlong residency in Las Vegas. Beginning on Halloween night, the band ripped through a set where singer Axl Rose gave a far greater performance than he has at recent shows.

After a highly criticized performance by Axl Rose at Neil Young’s annual Bridge School benefit show, which was widely distributed online at the expense of Rose, the singer proved that he can still deliver a quality vocal show at this first Vegas show. Additionally, the city of Las Vegas celebrated the Guns N’ Roses residency by temporarily renaming Paradise Road as Paradise City Road.

The band ripped through a 29-song set that included covers of Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick in the Wall Pt 2′ and Neil Young’s ‘Don’t Let It Bring You Down.’ The show also allowed band members Tommy Stinson and Bumblefoot to take lead vocals on their own original songs.
Loudwire, November 1, 2012


Bumblefoot would discuss his Halloween makeup:

A little bit of trivia for you, speaking of Gene Simmons before, Nick Simmons, his son, did my Halloween makeup on Halloween when at the last minute I was like, "God, should i do something for Halloween?" So someone in the hospitality room had some Halloween makeup, they had a face paint, crayon kind of face stuff makeup. So Nick Simmons volunteered, he's like, "Oh let me help you with that, let me.... I could do that for you." And he did up my face like a like a zombie. [...] it was like a straight up Alice Cooper-ish zombie kind of dude. Came out great.


The residency shows would feature dancers on stage during Rocket Queen and Axl's piano being hoisted down from the roof before November Rain.

Before the second show (November 1), Axl would tweet:

Unbelievable! 3 days in Vegas & still alive. The Bel-Air is on the Hard Rock floor and next month we go to India and Indonesia
Twitter, October 31, 2012


After the third show (November 3), Bumblefoot tweeted:

Thank you @TheJointLV @HardRockHotelLV and MOSTLY (lol) the @gunsnroses fans for a fantastic 1st week of shows Smile Great seeing you all! Very Happy
Twitter, November 5, 2012




Axl and gogo-dancers
The Joint, 2012


Axl
The Joint, 2012



Talking about what to expect from the shows:

I never have a clue because it’s all about that moment. Every night I want to reach that space where I am that conduit, that antennae, where I’m open and it’s bliss, absolute bliss. Like a two hour orgasm.


And Axl would tweet about having a good time:

Good times in Vega$$!
Twitter, November 9, 2012




Axl, Tommy and DJ
The Joint, 2012


Bumblefoot
The Joint, 2012



The show on November 21 was shot in 3D for a later release.


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NOVEMBER 24 AND 24, 2012
THE LAST SHOWS OF THE LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY; IZZY JOINS


For the two last shows at the Las Vegas residency, November 23 and 24, Izzy joined for selected songs.

It’s a crazy day, because Izzy (Stradlin) is going to join us. [...] So, around 6:30, we’re going to do a sound check and go through it. We’re just going to brush up on “14 Years” with him because we usually play that.




Izzy
November 23, 2012



Review of the residency in Examiner.com:

Axl Roses and G n’ R 2.0 wrapped up a wild month-long residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this past weekend in Las Vegas, joined by original guitarist Izzy Stradlin, and the New York Hard Rock Examiner went on the road to ride the nightrain one more time.

No other band in the history of rock and roll has had as a tumultuous, drama-filled rise, explosive fall, and eventual second life like the five original members of Guns n’ Roses. In 2012, Slash is touring successfully behind his second solo record, Duff is equal parts business adviser and punk star, Steven Adler is sober and building his newest band, and until Friday night, no one knew where Izzy was, as per usual.

Axl Rose, however, has built himself a new Guns n’ Roses full of rock and roll veterans and guitar virtuosos whom he toured with heavily in 2011 and earlier this year (read about the explosive Izod Arena show here, as well as his intimate Roseland Ballroom and Terminal 5 shows in New York City). So the band’s twelve date, month-long residency at the Hard Rock came as little surprise, and Las Vegas may prove to be the band’s final stand before they head back into the studio for their second 21st century record.

Once settled into the glitz and glam of the Vegas strip, it didn't seem out of the ordinary when this Examiner bumped into guitarists DJ Ashba and Bumblefoot just wandering the grounds of the Hard Rock casino. Gn’R might have started as a Sunset Strip band, but their extravagant setlists and larger-than-life stageshows are pure Sin City. The members of the band happily posed for pictures with fans, and even Axl himself was spotted arm-around-the-shoulder of a beaming casino guest.

The Hard Rock’s music venue is a 2,000 seater called The Joint, but it’s worth noting that two rooms over played a local tribute band called Smashing Alice. Knocking out 90’s covers from Alice in Chains to Bush to Seven Mary Three, the group ended up serving as a quasi opening act for those wandering the casino floor before Guns n’ Roses’ midnight arrival on Friday night.

And what an arrival it was! Like the national tours, the band opened up with Chinese Democracy and Welcome To The Jungle, jamming out on an explosive energy that wouldn't subside for nearly three hours as fans sang along to the timeless lyrics of Jungle and played air guitar to its ferocious solo.

Axl remains in top form, dancing and shimmying as he howled through high notes and low rumbles. The band powered through Appetite For Destruction hits like It’s So Easy and Nightrain before shifting to Chinese Democracy cuts like Better and the heartwrenching This I Love, never missing a note as the focus and spotlights bounced around the eight man band, each masters of their chosen instrument. Power ballad Estranged generated roars of approval from every section of the theater, and the song easily knocked the energy up a few more levels with its crushing choruses.

A few hundred lucky fans, this Examiner included, crowded into the general admission pit right in front of the stage, rocking out just a few feet away from one of rock music’s most notorious frontmen. Axl was in a good mood for all of Friday night’s show, joking with the crowd and band and smiling broadly as he did what he does best. Especially impressive was the band’s cover of Live and Let Die, which saw Axl hold wailing screams for over 10 seconds while blasts of pyro erupted from all corners of the stage.

But the night’s biggest treat was still in store. “We have an old friend here tonight,” Axl said, as fans in the crowd chattered knowingly, tipped off by Twitter posts hours before. “Mr. Izzy Stradlin’!”

The crowd applauded wildly as Guns’ original rhythm guitarist came out in a three piece suit and sang lead on 14 Years, with Axl joining in on the choruses. Words can’t truly do justice to seeing the magic of Guns’ original songwriters together once again, but fans can easily find video on Youtube and elsewhere. Izzy stayed on stage for You Could Be Mine, which Axl introduced as a song about angry sex and featured Vegas pole dancers grinding, bumping, and prowling the stage like a strip club runway.

While most of the setlist echoed that of last year’s national tour, November Rain held some true Vegas-style surprises. Axl and his grand piano floated out over the crowd on a levitating platform, where he performed the whole song just inches above the heads of the crowd. On either side of the stage twirled another pair of showgirls, wrapped in flowing curtains some 30 feet above the stage and twirling gracefully in midair. Showers of sparks lit up the stage for the song’s grand guitar finale, a spectacle worthy of any casino show on the entire Strip.

After a pair of Use Your Illusion favorites in Don’t Cry and Civil War, Izzy rejoined the band for a slow-paced Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door and hard partying Nightrain. It’s hard to argue that the band needed a fourth guitarist, but Axl and Izzy radiated a true sense of chemistry, sharing a knowing smile as they sang 14 Year’s “just like a hooker” line. Judging from that brief electric moment, no doubt there’s a story behind that lyric.

As the encores started, Izzy also stayed on stage for Used To Love Her, the tongue-in-cheek ode to killing your girlfriend. Despite Vegas’s “up all night” attitude, the crowd was noticeably thinning by the 2 A.M. mark but the band’s energy never wavered for a second. The mood stayed mellow with Patience, Axl whistling into his red microphone while his guitarists strummed their acoustic axes.

Paradise City served as the night’s final track, and a shower of confetti blanketed the crowd as DJ Ashba, Bumblefoot, and guitarist Richard Fortus shrieked through breakneck solos. While mosh pits were forbidden at The Joint, fans in the pit jumped, stomped and danced to the party anthem until the final, crushing chords finally faded out.

Those on the floor scrambled to catch guitar picks and Axl’s microphone, which he flung directly into the crowd. Fans filtered out onto the main casino floor, still singing Paradise City as they returned directly to the slot machines and poker tables, or headed outside to catch a cab to the next club. For Vegas, the night was still young and there was still a few hours until the desert dawn.

Despite all the rumors, despite all the controversy, despite all the bad press and lineup changes, when you’re five feet away from Axl howling through the high notes of Sweet Child O’ Mine, you’re seeing Guns n’ Roses at its very core, and there’s nothing in the world that can match that raw experience. This rock fan has seen hundreds of bands and concerts in dozens of cities, but it’s hard to imagine that anything will ever top spending Thanksgiving weekend partying with Guns n’ Roses in Sin City.


In December, Bumblefoot would tell an anecdote about having jammed with Izzy before one Guns N' Roses show which could have been during the residency but also possible earlier:

Well, you know what I did? Actually right before one of the GN'R shows, me and Izzy jammed in the back room to the entire Unleashed in the East album. I walk into the room and he's going [playing a riff], so i just had to join him and, you know, and just ended up doing the whole album from there. We did [playing a riff], like we're both singing and trying to do like our best Halford. And what did we do? We did Tyrant, we didn't do Genocide, but we did Victim of Changes. I did Ripper-[...] We did a bunch. Yeah, we pretty much covered the whole lot [?], yeah, we did Tyrant.


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LOOKING BACK AT THE 2012 LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY


After the residency, Bumblefoot would talk about all the benefits of doing multiple shows in the same spot:

[...] the fans love the fact that if they want to see three shows, they don't have to buy three sets of plane tickets and spend all that money reveling in and working out their whole crazy itinerary. They can camp out just the same way we are, see as many shows as they want and they're loving that. So it's a good thing. Turned out to be good for everybody and that's not even something I thought about until they mentioned it, like, "You know, you know, I wasn't sure which show... you know, usually if you're gonna play Vegas you're doing one show and I just have to hope that I could get off and but now it's like you are here for a whole month, and I was like, 'All right I'll go with the third week,' or 'Maybe I'll go the second week and I'll see three shows or however many'" It's good. [...] And usually a lot of those fans would be traveling from place to place very often and now they were able to just kind of in one spot and it was easier for them. It was much better for them and also, you know, we all get to hang out a bit more. It's not so rushed, you know, see other on days off. So it's good. [...] The big wear down is the traveling, you known. The show's, yeah, we're playing three hours, not finishing at three in the morning, that's not... that's fine, that's no problem. It's having to go to the airport and deal with all that crap, that's the part that kicks your ass. And not having to do that... we have so much more energy...Well, I am speaking for myself, I had a hell of a lot more energy. I felt a lot better. It was good, yeah. I wouldn't.... for me, I would be completely happy if the future of touring was doing one month somewhere and then one month somewhere else and one month somewhere else, just picking different spots on the globe.

I think that we were able to build the show a little bit more as it went on. Like we started off we... our production manager, Clay, made this phenomenal stage set up with the levitating piano thing, you have your unidentified flying Axl going out over the crowd, UFA, and had the big arms coming out over the crowd, standing on the... stuff like that, experimented with holograms, didn't go that great, but then dancers and aerialists... the aerialists were amazing, the stuff they did was beautiful. You just have to stop and watch and... So that's something that happened as the show went on, it sort of built and became more of a show and we started adding more show, more songs, different songs as it went on. So yeah, I don't think that would have happened if we were just constantly traveling and being a little worn down and didn't have the mental energy to take on all that stuff, to focus on all that stuff really. So yeah, it helped.

That was the most wonderful thing in the world. I wish the history from here on of touring would be residency after residency after residency. The crew, they don't have to break down and reset up between every show, you're not worn out from flying everywhere all the time, and the fans, most of all what was good about it, is that the fans if they want to see five shows in a row it's not like they have to buy five sets of plane tickets and find five hotels and deal with all the travel, they get one set, they get one hotel and they see as many shows as they want, so it's a fantastic thing for everybody.

That was awesome. It was fun, I survived it. Which I didn't count on initially [...]

It was a lot of fun. I was sort of dreading it, I was afraid of how I was gonna survive a month in Vegas, but that was great.


And Axl would talk about how the live shows had changed:

Musically it’s still our show with a few new songs, some different videos, changes in our staging, different light show, some new effects, a flying piano, some hologram imagery, dancers and aerialists. We’re all in a pretty good place about how it’s eventually come together and worked out. The public response has been great. And somehow we’re having more fun with the show. We’re enjoying it more. We liked it previously, but this has been a great experience for us. The band genuinely enjoys playing the material. The fans and shows push them to be at their best. We have a good time doing our job together and trying to make each show the most it can be.


Being asked if they would release a live DVD from the residency:

Don't know. I mean, we had a video that were recorded from London in the end of May or early June and that never came out. We filmed some good 3D footage. See if it comes out. Its out of my hands, you know, once it is in the hands of management and whatever else - that's it. I did my part, I played.


Bumblefoot would also talk about correcting smaller issues with the band's live shows and tours:

I've been to every meet and greet, in fact I did a lot of things to try and help. There were things that were not right that needed fixing, like the meet and greets were happening at the same time the doors were opening so what was happening is people that bought VIP tickets had to choose between, you know, their preferred seating or standing or rail hugging, wherever they wanted to be, or going to the meet and greet, coming back down and there's 20 rows of people in front of them and losing a good spot. So we... you know, I petitioned or just, well I asked that we can move the meet and greets a half hour early so that they can still do the meet and greet and then go... yeah. So just little things like that that we did to like fix little things. You know, nothing's perfect so you just gotta take things one at a time and fix them. Another issue we were having was the local security was taking fan signs and was telling them that if they hold up the signs, if they show the signs, that they're going to get thrown out, signs being confiscated and then be told that this was like the band wanted this, which isn't true of course. And finally it got ridiculous where there was like a nine-year-old girl who's like spent all day like making and coloring in this big beautiful sign, "Happy birthday, DJ!" on his birthday that she wanted a show to him and like one for me as well and then her dad sent me a tweet saying that they confiscated her signs. It's like, she's not a troublemaker, she's a nine-year-old girl. So we actually, me and DJ, we brought her upstairs and to hang out like before the show and everything and took pictures with her and then I took her signs and held them up on the stage for everyone to see and... So yeah, you gotta, you know, you gotta take care of your fans, you know, you gotta look out for them when there's a little hole and they're not being looked out for and they let you know, you gotta jump in and and fix it and take care.
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