Guns N’ Roses will play Coachella – but what about Los Angeles?



Guns N’ Roses will play Los Angeles in mid-August

A date in Los Angeles for the much-anticipated Guns N’ Roses tour has finally been announced, and the group will perform with its “classic line-up” at Dodger Stadium on August 18.

Earlier this month we had predicted they’d announce their LA stop at the end of their string of performances at Coachella, and guessed they’d play open dates at the Rose Bowl, or the Forum. Well, at least we were partially right.

Based on performances thus far, Angelinos are in for something special when the band heads west.

Guns N’ Roses kicked off their tour featuring lead singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena on April 8, with Rose sporting a cast after breaking bones in his foot. Despite his injury, Rolling Stone praised the band’s performance, even adding that Rose’s immobility added to his intensity onstage.

Rose, Slash and McKagan haven’t played together since 1993, and they will be accompanied by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist and percussionist Dizzy Reed and keyboardist Melissa Reese.

While it seems easy to celebrate the reunion now, the Los Angeles Times points out that getting the main members back together was a Herculean effort on the part of Paul Tollett, who launched Coachella in 1999. He has a history as a promoter with the band, going back to their heyday in the 1980s.

Tollett told the Times he approached the band about playing together again two years ago, even going to the extent of sending them a vintage 1986 flyer from a show they did, right before becoming famous.

“I never pushed hard, but put it out there,” Tollett told the Times. “It just started picking up steam.”

The enthusiastic crowd at Coachella and, come August, fans in Los Angeles surely appreciate his painstaking efforts.

There’s been a lot of fanfare surrounding the reunion of legendary 1980s rock band Guns N’ Roses, who launched their long-awaited tour this month with a little bit of hard luck. Lead singer Axl Rose broke his foot during an impromptu warm-up gig at Los Angeles’ famous Troubadour on April 1.

But like a true professional, Rose insists the show must go on. Despite the cast on Rose’s left leg and requirements that he keep his weight off the fracture, the band is still set to play the Coachella music festival in Indio, California in coming weeks. According to a Rolling Stone review, if their opening Las Vegas show proved anything, it’s that limitations on his movement only increased Rose’s intensity onstage.

It may be the band’s first time in more than two decades touring with its so-called classic line-up across the country, but one stop is glaringly missing from their schedule – Los Angeles. This is likely due to Coachella’s “radius clause,” an agreement between artists and promoters that prohibits musicians from playing within a certain geographical distance in the weeks leading up to, during, and after an event.

In the case of Coachella, bands can’t play many Southern California venues until a month after the festival ends. Hence our theory that Guns N’ Roses will announce their Los Angeles tour dates on Monday, April 23, a day after their Coachella run ends.


This seems to make sense. So far, the last stop for the band is San Diego on August 22, at the Qualcomm Stadium. By that time, the band will be well within its rights to play in Los Angeles. And there are some open dates at large venues where they could conceivably play.

The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, for instance, has openings between the end of August and September, where Guns N’ Roses could be booked between Coldplay and football. The Forum, in Inglewood, also has openings after the band’s San Diego show, between Heart and 5 Seconds of Summer.

By that time, Rose’s foot should be healed and he’ll likely be stalking the stage again with his trademark frenzied, electric energy.

During their acclaimed appearance in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena on April 8, Rose got around his injury in true rock star royalty form, by coming onstage seated in a throne borrowed from the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, who broke his leg on tour last year. The mood was completed with special-effects lighting that created a halo around his head.

“This is what can happen when you do something you haven’t done in nearly over 23 years,” Rose gamely tweeted to his fans. Chances are, Rose will be using the prop to perform in Coachella.

He’s joined on tour by original band members, including lead guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan. These musicians, who haven’t played together since 1993, are accompanied by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist and percussionist Dizzy Reed and keyboardist Melissa Reese. And if the people of Los Angeles are lucky and our theory proves true, they may be back in town in August.


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