If there was anything less likely than Guns N' Roses' mythical album Chinese Democracy ever seeing light of day, it had to be the getting Axl out on the road in support of it. Once again confounding expectations, GnR is prepping a North American tour but in their contrarian fashion have announced only 13 dates… all in Canada.
Press releases announcing this initial run of dates claim these are part of a planned world tour, with rumored dates in Asia in December already circulating. So far the only confirmed dates are these in Canada, with Live Nation and Ticketmaster both having listings for some of the shows. Of course long-suffering fans know Axl has planned tours before and "changed his mind" somewhere in the middle, so even these 13 dates are only as certain as the commitment of Axl Rose.
Ticket prices range from $49.50 to $89.50 Canadian before service charges, with the first tickets going on sale October 21.
There hasn't been an announcement of who will be joining Rose as Guns N' Roses. There are phonebooks with fewer names than the credited musicians and producers in the liner notes of Chinese Democracy, but there are published reports the band will soon begin rehearsals for the tour.
Jan. 13 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
Jan. 16 – Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
Jan. 17 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
Jan. 19 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
Jan. 20 – Regina, SK @ Brandt Centre
Jan. 24 – Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum
Jan. 25 – London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
Jan. 27 – Montreal, PQ @ Bell Centre
Jan. 28 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Jan. 31 – Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place
Feb. 1 – Quebec City, PQ @ Colisee Pepsi
Feb. 3 – Moncton, NB @ Moncton Coliseum
Feb. 4 – Halifax, NS @ Metro Centre