|12/04/02, 1 p.m. ET) - The revamped Guns N' Roses (GNR) is on the road with its first North American tour in nine years, playing material from the long-awaited new album, Chinese Democracy. The oft-delayed set is now expected in 2003, and GNR is playing several songs from it, including the title track, in its shows.
Keyboardist Dizzy Reed, who joined GNR in 1990, tells LAUNCH that he thinks fans will be pleased when they finally get to hear the results: "It's a pretty intense musical journey, really. Everyone that is in the band, or was in the band at some point--'cause there, you know, there's been a few guys who have come and gone even since the old band--has contributed, and because of that I think it really takes you to some interesting musical places. When you add Axl and guitars, of course, though, it kinda glues it all together. There's something for everybody, but I think if you're a Guns fan, if you're an Axl fan, you'll like it all. You'll love it all."
Bassist Tommy Stinson, meanwhile, adds that Chinese Democracy includes elements both familiar and new to the GNR sound: "Kind of a wide spectrum of things. It touches on a lot of different elements of, you know, old GNR in some ways, and in other ways it touches with more current-sounding music. There's rockers, there's ballads, there's midtempos--I mean, there's, like, a lot of stuff. And I think in some ways, where it differs from the old GNR is lyrically--it's a lot deeper."
GNR next performs Thursday (December 5) at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
--Gary Graff, Detroit