LOS ANGELES: The long-awaited Guns N’ Roses reunion will get off to a surprise early start Friday, with the band announcing a show in one of the small Los Angeles clubs where the rock legends were first noticed.
The band confirmed that it will play a late-night gig at the Troubadour in West Hollywood — the first show in more than two decades bringing together singer Axl Rose and guitarist Slash.
Guns N’ Roses were earlier announced as headliners of this month’s Coachella festival and the band has planned an arena tour, but had suspiciously left off any date in their native Los Angeles.
Fans online initially voiced caution about the news of the concert as it falls on April Fools’ Day but Guns N’ Roses issued a statement confirming the show and saying that tickets would be available — only in person and one each — at a “retro” price of $10.
A long crowd of fans, some wearing Guns N’ Roses T-shirts, quickly converged for a chance to buy tickets near the Troubadour at the designated sale site in the building of defunct Tower Records, now a store of guitar maker Gibson.
“From the boys who will bring you the most chaotic tour of 2016,” the band wrote in a flier, saying that the show will start “sometime after 11 p.m.”
The Troubadour’s calendar had previously listed, cryptically, “Girl Rock (school) — showcase,” as its attraction for Friday, with a sketch of a student playing a guitar.
The surprise show so far appeared to elude scalpers — whose inflated prices infuriate many artists — with resale sites not immediately listing tickets.
The Troubadour, with a capacity of 500, is legendary in music history as it helped launch the careers of artists ranging from Elton John to James Taylor, with members of The Eagles meeting for the first time at its bar.
The club became known for heavy metal during the genre’s heyday in the 1980s, withGuns N’ Roses landing a contract with Geffen Records after a show at the Troubadour.
The result of that deal, 1987’s “Appetite for Destruction,” remains the best-selling debut album ever, with fans drawn to Rose’s soaring range and raw anger coupled with Slash’s intricate guitar playing.
But Guns N’ Roses, notorious for their antics on the road and the tension between Rose and Slash, last played together in 1993 in Buenos Aires.
Rose later continued Guns N’ Roses with other lineups, all the while receiving lucrative offers to reunite.
The band on Friday announced details of the North American tour, which will all be in stadiums — a far cry from the intimate Troubadour.
The main leg of the tour will begin on June 23 at Ford Field in Detroit, home to the National Football League’s Detroit Lions, and run until August 22 in San Diego.
Guns N’ Roses have only announced three shows outside the United States — April 19 and 20 in Mexico City and July 16 in Toronto.
In its heyday, Guns N’ Roses played to raucous welcomes around much of the world including Europe and Japan. AFP