Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin gave fans a surprise when he walked out on stage on Sunday to join Axl Rose and his new lineup for five songs at the Gibson Amphitheatre near Hollywood.
Stradlin, who left the band in 1991 and went on to release five albums on his own or with his band the Ju Ju Hounds, was dressed in a dark suit, fedora hat and sunshades. He joined the band playing guitar and contributing harmonies on "Think About You," "Used to Love Her," "Patience" and "Nightrain." Stradlin then returned to the stage later to help Guns with "Paradise City."
Although it was a treat for the Los Angeles fans, Stradlin has popped up at a few Guns N’ Roses concerts since Axl hit the road with his new band. The guitarist made a surprise appearance in May during the band’s four sold-out concert shows in New York and at a couple of concerts during the band’s European tour during the summer.
Guns N’ Roses is expected to release the long awaited new studio album "Chinese Democracy" sometime in March, according to Rose’s latest statements on the band’s website.
Wednesday, 20 December 2006
More bad news and some rare good news for long-suffering fans of Guns N' Roses.
Four shows on the hard rock band's current tour have been cancelled and its first album of original music since 1991 will not come out this year.
But Chinese Democracy will tentatively see the light of day March 6, Rose said in an open letter to fans Thursday, the first time a release date has ever been given for the troubled project.
"We would like to assure the fans that though tentative everything in our power will be done to meet this date," Rose said. "Once it is finalized and official you will be notified. If we are delayed for unseen reasons you will also be notified as soon as possible in regard to a new date and the album will be released as shortly thereafter as is possible."
In order to focus on getting the album out, Guns N' Roses has scrapped dates that were set for Jan 10 in Sacramento, Jan 11 in Bakersfield, Jan 13 in Reno, and Jan 16 in San Diego. The tour will accordingly end next Wednesday, the final date of three at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.
Rose's uncharacteristically humble missive also took aim at his manager, Merck Mercuriadis, revealing that the two had parted ways. Rose said he was not amused by Mercuriadis' reported comment that Chinese Democracy could mysteriously appear in record stores at any time.
He believed the vague promise was unfairly designed to stoke interest in the tour among local promoters.
Rose said the making of Chinese Democracy had been a nightmarish experience for more than a decade. But, now that the album was essentially completed, it deserved proper promotion via his Interscope Records label before it hits the shelves.
"In the end it's just an album and one that I, the band, our record company and all involved believe and feel is a true Guns N' Roses album," he said.
"Ultimately the public will decide and regardless of the outcome our hearts, lives and our passion has been put into this project every step of the way."
Rose is the only member left from the classic lineup that burst through in 1987 with Appetite for Destruction, one of the biggest debut albums in rock 'n' roll history.
During the mid-1990s, as the band set about recording a follow-up to 1991's two-volume Use Your Illusion set, members either quit out of frustration with Roses's tyrannical ways, or were fired. Several waves of replacements also came and went.
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