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North America 2002-2003:

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November 7th, 2002 - Vancouver, BC, Canada @ GM Place
Setlist: Welcome To The Jungle, It's So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Rhiad, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Sweet Child O' Mine, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Out Ta Get Me, Oh My God, Madagascar, Buckethead Solo, November Rain, Rocket Queen, Chinese Democracy, The Blues, Patience, Silkworms, My Michelle, Nightrain, Robin Finck Solo, Paradise City  
 
Notes: This setlist was planned for this show and it was printed in the Vancouver Province newspaper. (Thanks Bruce)

This show was cancelled at the last minute.

Opening acts: CKY and Mix Master Mike

 

November 8th, 2002 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
Setlist: Welcome To The Jungle, It's So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Robin Finck Solo, Sweet Child O' Mine, Out Ta Get Me, My Michelle, Robin Finck Solo, Chinese Democracy, Madagascar, November Rain, The Blues, Buckethead solo, Rocket Queen, Patience, Nightrain

Encore: Robin solo, Paradise City

 
 
Notes: First show of the North American tour.

Attendance: 6110 / 17083

Opening acts: CKY and Mix Master Mike

Reviews: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | MTV | CDNOW | LA Times | Rolling Stone

 

November 11th, 2002 - Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Arena
Setlist: Welcome To The Jungle, It's So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Madagascar, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Finck Solo, Sweet Child O' Mine, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Out Ta Get Me, November Rain, Rocket Queen, Buckethead Solo, My Michelle, The Blues, Chinese Democracy, Patience Nightrain

Encore: Robin Finck Solo, Paradise City

 
 
Notes: GN'R didn't come on until about 10:20pm. The crowd was getting a little restless, half of them chanting "Axl" and the other half chanting "Asshole."

Axl wore three different Jersey's during the performance. The first was a black Tim Brown (#81) Jersey, the second an Idaho Steelheads (#27 with "Rose" on the back) Jersey (the Steelheads are the local minor league hockey team), and the third a white Jerry Rice (#80) Jersey.

Attendance: 3919 / 6500

Opening acts: CKY and Mix Master Mike

Pics: Ticket (Thanks Robert)

Reviews: The Idaho Statesman

 

November 14th, 2002 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
Setlist: Welcome To The Jungle, It's So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Think About You, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, You Could Be Mine, Robin Finck Solo, Sweet Child O' Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Rocket Queen, Axl piano solo, November Rain, Madagascar, Buckethead performance and guitar solo, My Michelle, The Blues, Chinese Democracy, Band intros, Patience, Nightrain

Encore: Robin solo, Paradise City

 
 
Notes: GN'R came on at 10:38PM and played for about two hours. Axl mentioned that they're holding back more new songs for later.

Someone threw a cup of water at Axl during Out Ta Get Me. He yelled at the guy during the song and flipped the guy off, but joked afterwards about who would actually throw water.

Attendance: 10000?

Opening acts: CKY and Mix Master Mike

Reviews: Star Tribune | Pioneer Press

 

November 15th, 2002 - Fargo, ND @ Fargodome
Setlist: Welcome To The Jungle, It's So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Think About You, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, You Could Be Mine, Sweet Child O' Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Buckethead solo, November Rain, Rocket Queen, Madagascar, The Blues, Chinese Democracy, Patience, My Michelle, Nightrain

Encores: Robin solo, Paradise City

 
 
Notes: Axl only ranted once and that was at people that were throwing beer at the lighting people.

After The Blues, Axl mentioned that it was past some people's bedtimes.

Attendance: 6000?

Opening acts: CKY and Mix Master Mike

 

November 17th, 2002 - Moline, IL @ Mark Of The Quad Cities
Setlist: Welcome To The Jungle, It's So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Think About You, Robin Solo, Sweet Child O' Mine, You Could Be Mine, Buckethead solo, November Rain, My Michelle, Madagascar, Out Ta Get Me, Patience, The Blues, Chinese Democracy, Nightrain

Encores: Robin solo, Paradise City (Setlist To Be Confirmed)

 
 
Notes: Richard's birthday. Axl mentioned that he's 18.

Axl lost one of his rings during You Could Be Mine and had security go looking for it.

Rhiad And The Bedouins was on the setlist, but was not played.

Attendance: 5563 / 10448

Opening acts: CKY and Mix Master Mike

Reviews: Moline Dispatch

 

November 18th, 2002 - Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
Setlist: Welcome To The Jungle, It's So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Solo, Sweet Child O' Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Piano Intro, November Rain, Madagascar, Buckethead Solo, Rocket Queen, The Blues, My Michelle, Patience, Chinese Democracy, Nightrain

Encore: Robin Solo, Paradise City

 
 
Notes: Show started at around 10PM in a very full Allstate Arena.

During Nightrain there was something wrong with Axl's mic, he got pissed off and ran backstage for a second. When he returned, he said "This is a conversation we'll have later".

During Paradise City, Buckethead was dragging a lifesize stuffed farmer behind him.

Opening acts: CKY and Mix Master Mike

Reviews: Chicago Tribune | Billboard | Chicago Sun-Times | Daily Southtown | Illinois Entertainer

 

November 21st, 2002 - Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace Of Auburn Hills
Setlist: Welcome To The Jungle, It's So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, You Could Be Mine, Think About You, Out Ta Get Me, Sweet Child O' Mine, November Rain, Madagascar, The Blues, Rhiad And The Bedouins, Chinese Democracy, Rocket Queen, Patience  
 
Notes: First performenace of Rhiad on this leg of the tour.

The band screws up Patience for some reason and the set is finished without any encore.

Attendance: 8857 / 15064

Opening acts: CKY and Mix Master Mike

Pics: Ticket (thanks Andrew for the scan)

Reviews: Detroit Free Press |

 

November 22nd, 2002 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mellon Arena
Setlist: Welcome To The Jungle, It's So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Solo, Sweet Child O' Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Madagascar, Piano Solo, November Rain, Buckethead Solo, Rocket Queen, The Blues, Patience, Chinese Democracy, Nightrain

Encore: Robin Solo, Paradise City

 
 
Notes: The show starts at around 11 and Axl wears a #36 Jerome Bettis Steelers jersey which was later changed for a #66 Lemiuex Penguins shirt.

Axl asked the crowd if they were gamblers and if they really thought he'd show up. Axl also talked about the Internet.

Preview: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Reviews: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Opening acts: CKY and Mix Master Mike

 

November 24th, 2002 - Cleveland, OH @ Gund Arena
Setlist: Welcome To The Jungle, It's So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Solo, Sweet Child O' Mine, Madagascar, Out Ta Get Me, November Rain, Buckethead Solo, Rocket Queen, The Blues, My Michelle, Patience, Chinese Democracy, Nightrain

Encore: Robin Solo, Paradise City

 
 
Notes: Axl's in a very talkative mood tonight. He talks to a fan in the front row because he looked bummed out, turns out the fan was having a great time.

When introducing Richard, he told a story about Richard's first audition with the band. After it Richard flew back home and at the airport someone ran up to him and said "Hey Izzy, can I get your autograph?". Axl took that as a good omen and signed Richard.

Later on in the show Axl talked about singing in the church choir as a kid and how this was not quite what they expected him to end up doing.

Attendance: 9000?

Opening acts: CKY and Mix Master Mike

Reviews: The Plain Dealer

 

November 25th, 2002 - Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
Setlist: Welcome To The Jungle, It's So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Solo, Sweet Child O' Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Madagascar, Axl Piano Solo, November Rain, Band Intro/Drum Solo, Buckethead Solo, Rocket Queen, The Blues, Chinese Democracy, Patience, Nightrain

Encore: Robin Solo, Paradise City

 
 
Notes: After Think About You Axl talks about the OSU riots of last weekend. Obviously in a very good mood, he tells us that when he saw the reports of the riots on TV, he checked his watch and thought he was late for the show or something ("What, am I late already?").

After Patience Axl asks the Security Guard to hand his microphone to a guy screaming for Nightrain. The guy yells out Nightrain, Axl gets the mic back and the band launches into the song.

Attendance: 6000

Opening acts: CKY and Mix Master Mike

Previews: The Columbus Dispatch

Reviews: The Columbus Dispatch

 

November 27th, 2002 - Albany, NY @ Pepsi Arena
Setlist: Welcome To The Jungle, It's So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Think About You, Live And Let Die, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Sweet Child O' Mine, You Could Be Mine, November Rain, Madagascar, The Blues, Rocket Queen, Out Ta Get Me, Patience, Chinese Democracy, My Michelle, Nightrain

Encore: Robin Solo, Paradise City [songs might be out of order]

 
 
Notes: Axl was first wearing a New York Rangers jersey. That was later changed to a NY Yankees one and for the last part of the show, a Giants one

He addressed the people who say that there wouldn't be a November Rain or Estranged if there wasn't Slash. To that Axl said something like, "These people don't realize though how hard it was for me to get him to play those songs."

Before Patience Axl mentioned how Duff and Slash didn't want to work on certain songs and the song was introduced as "here is one of them".

Attendance: 10000

Opening acts: CKY and Mix Master Mike

Reviews: Albany NY Times Union

 

November 29th, 2002 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada @ AirCanada Centre
Setlist: Welcome To The Jungle, It's So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Solo, Sweet Child O' Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Axl Piano Solo, November Rain, Band Intro, Buckethead Solo, Rocket Queen, Madagascar, The Blues, My Michelle, Chinese Democracy, Patience, Nightrain

Encore: Robin Solo, Paradise City

 
 
Notes: Axl was wearing Leafs jerseys as well as a Raptors, a Blue Jays and a Toronto Rock jersey at the AirCanada Centre.

He mentions how hard it must be playing hockey in this arena with all these girls walking around. "Are you going to be focussing on a stick and a puck..."

Later he talked about the press and how "they make a living off discussing what people do".

There was also a little Montreal mention. "How many of you were at this infamous show in Montreal in 92? (pause; audience cheering) What's wrong with you people in Canada? A couple of weeks ago in Vancouver they were rioting and I wasn't even there? And then they rioted in Columbus and I thought 'Oh no I must be late'."

Axl's answer to why some girls get backstage passes while others don't was that they get David Lee Roth to go through the crowd and pick out the hot girls, because he has good taste and he has nothing else to do.

When introducing the band, Axl referred to them as the "magnificant seven," and then whistled the theme song to the movie.

Attendance: 16000?

Opening acts: CKY and Mix Master Mike

Pics: Ticket (thanks Andrew for the scan)

Reviews: Toronto Sun | Canada.com | CTV.ca | The Globe And Mail | The Toronto Star | Chartattack

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November 30th, 2002 - London, Ontario, Canada @ John Labatt Centre
Setlist: Welcome To The Jungle, It's So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Solo, Sweet Child O' Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Madagascar, Axl Piano Solo, November Rain, Band Introductions, Buckethead Solo, Rocket Queen, Chinese Democracy, The Blues, My Michelle, Patience, Nightrain

Encore: Robin Solo, Paradise City

 
 
Notes: Axl talked directly to the police, trying to get them to smile after It's So Easy.

Later in the show he talked a bit about China and how he can watch CNN in his hotel, but the citizens of China are not allowed American programing. He also mentioned how he visited the glass casket of Chairman Mao in Beijing.

The jerseys worn tonight were Team Canada Hockey Jersey (away-red), a home Maple Leafs jersey, a London Knight's away jersey (local hockey team) and a away Maple Leafs jersey.

Attendance: 9000

Opening acts: CKY and Mix Master Mike

Pics: Ticket (thanks Andrew for the scan)

Reviews: The London Free Press

 

December 2nd, 2002 - Boston, MA @ FleetCenter
Setlist: Welcome To The Jungle, It's so Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Finck Solo, Sweet Child O Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Madagascar, Axl Piano Solo, November Rain, Band Intro, Buckethead Solo, Rocket Queen, The Blues, Chinese Democracy, Patience, My Michelle, Nightrain

Encore: Robin Solo, Paradise City

 
 
Notes: Axl talked about Vanvouver, the old material and, after Patience, Izzy. He said that Izzy used to complain about not being able to hear himself onstage. Axl said that was because Izzy was so "fucked up", they'd turn his amp off because he'd usually be playing a different song, or a different key or something. Then, when Izzy would turn around to check if his amp was on, the roadies would turn it up loud so he could hear it. And when he turned back to face the crowd, they'd turn it back off.

Axl wore a Red Sox Jersey, changed to a Celtics jersey before Sweet Child O' Mine, then white Bruins jersey and lastly back to a Red Sox jersey for Paradise City

Attendance: 12700

Opening acts: CKY and Mix Master Mike

Preview: The Boston Herald

Reviews: The Boston Herald | The Boston Globe

 

December 3rd, 2002 - Hartford, CT @ Civic Center
Setlist: Welcome To The Jungle, It's So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Solo, Sweet Child O' Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Madagascar, Axl Piano Solo, November Rain, Band Introductions, Buckethead Solo, Rocket Queen. The Blues, Chinese Democracy, Patience, Nightrain

Encore: Robin Solo, Paradise City

 
 
Notes: Show starts at about 10:40. Axl's wearing a Hartford Wolfpack, New England Patriots (he mentions that he is the ambassador of goodwill because it's hard for him to wear it after last year's Raiders playoff game) and University of Connecticut Huskies jerseys

Opening acts: CKY and Mix Master Mike

Reviews: The Hartford Courant

 

December 5th, 2002 - New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Setlist: Welcome To The Jungle, It's So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Live And Let Die, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Think About You, You Could Be Mine, Robin Solo, Sweet Child O' Mine, Out Ta Get Me, Axl Piano Solo, November Rain, Chinese Democracy, Madagascar, Buckethead Solo, Rocket Queen, The Blues, My Michelle, Patience, Nightrain

Encore: Robin Solo, Paradise City

 
 
Notes: GN'R went on before 10pm tonight.

Knockin' On Heaven's Door was dedicated to Sept. 11th and Axl called New York the strongest city in the world.

He also mentioned the fact that the critics are calling the material "dated".

He brought out a box of Krispy Kreme donuts and said that it was specially for Conan O'Brien Then he handed the donuts out to the crowd.

Axl ended the show with "See You Next Summer!"

Axl was wearing jerseys from the Rangers, the Yankees, the Knicks, the Jets and the Giants.

Opening acts: CKY and Mix Master Mike

Preview: NY Post

Reviews: NY Daily News | The Star-Ledger | Launch | NY Post

 

December 6th, 2002 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Union Center
 
 
Notes: This sold out show was cancelled for "health reasons"

The opening acts played tonight. Mix Master Mike finished his set at about 9:50 and people began getting restless at that point. About 40 minutes later, people were booing. After 11 some people started throwing chairs. At around 11:10 the official announcement that the show had been postponed due to health reasons came out over the PA

Security at the venue had told some fans that at 10:30 the whole band was still in New York.

Opening acts: CKY and Mix Master Mike

 

December 8th, 2002 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Union Spectrum [cancelled]
 
 
Notes: Guns n Roses Cancellations/Refunds

Sunday night's Guns n Roses concert at First Union Spectrum has been cancelled. Ticket refunds will be available at the original point of purchase beginning on Monday, December 9 at 10 a.m.

Saturday, December 07, 2002

 

December 9th, 2002 - Washington, DC @ MCI Center [cancelled]
 
 
Notes: CANCELLED  

December 11th, 2002 - Greenville, SC @ Bi-Lo Center
 
 
Notes: CANCELLED  

December 13th, 2002 - Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum (aka Ice Palace)
 
 
Notes: CANCELLED  

December 14th, 2002 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
 
 
Notes: CANCELLED  

December 16th, 2002 - Biloxi, MS @ Mississippi Coast Coliseum
 
 
Notes: CANCELLED  

December 17th, 2002 - Houston, TX @ Compaq Center
 
 
Notes: CANCELLED  

December 19th, 2002 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Arena
 
 
Notes: CANCELLED  

December 21st, 2002 - Albuquerque, N.M @ Tingley Coliseum
 
 
Notes: CANCELLED  

December 22nd, 2002 - Phoenix, AZ @ America West Arena
 
 
Notes: CANCELLED  

December 27th, 2002 - San Diego, CA @ San Diego Sports Arena
 
 
Notes: CANCELLED  

December 28th, 2002 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
 
 
Notes: CANCELLED  

December 30th, 2002 - Sacramento, CA @ Arco Arena
 
 
Notes: CANCELLED  

December 31st, 2002 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
 
 
Notes: CANCELLED  

January 3rd, 2003 - Inglewood, CA @ Great Western Forum
 
 
Notes: CANCELLED  

 
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