|Seven years after their last live performance, Guns N' Roses are expected to debut songs from their perpetually in-progress new album at a Las Vegas New Year's Eve concert, according to organizers.
But the show - the first for the band's current lineup - will most likely focus on Guns N' Roses classics.
"I heard them in rehearsals. ... [The old material] sounds substantially more powerful," GN'R manager Doug Goldstein said Wednesday (December 6). "With two lead guitars, it just sounded so powerful."
The concert will be held at the Las Vegas House of Blues, and tickets - priced at $150 and $250 — went sale online at noon Pacific time Wednesday at ArtistDirect. Any remaining tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster and at the House of Blues box office beginning Friday at noon Pacific time.
The band is scheduled to play shortly after 1 a.m. on January 1, apparently following a previously scheduled set by the Goo Goo Dolls.
"We've been rehearsing and recording - we just wanted to blow some smoke," Goldstein said. "What better place to do that than New Year's Eve in Las Vegas?"
Singer Axl Rose is the only remaining original member of Guns N' Roses. According to Goldstein, the rest of the lineup consists of veteran GN'R keyboardist Dizzy Reed, former Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson, lead guitarists Robin Finck and Buckethead, rhythm guitarist Paul Tobias, and former Primus drummer Bryan "Brain" Mantia.
The band is also scheduled to play Brazil's massive Rock in Rio festival in January and plans to tour the United States in the summer.
Plans for the New Year's show came together as rumors swirled of the group's Rock in Rio appearance, according to Dennis Argenzia, director of marketing for HOB-Hewitt-Silva, the concert's promoter.
"We thought it would be good because it would be a small, exclusive thing. ... It came together really fast," Argenzia said. The band's management company said in October that producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper) will help the band with its long-awaited new album, Chinese Democracy.
-- Brian Hiatt