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Guns N' Roses To Club It Up

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 30, 2012 6:15PM

The one time we saw Guns N' Roses was the opening night in Alpine Valley of their Use Your Illusion world tour. It was a huge, bombastic show; one of those hugely over the top rock concert spectacles. The band was at the height of their powers. Man, a lot can change in 21 years, huh? The current touring version of the band is missing almost all the original members of the band but the replacements are all seasoned pros and are more than capable of helping W. Axl Rose maintain the stadium spectacle. Despite the incredibly disappointing Chinese Democracy the band has continued to successfully tour and have a huge back catalog that immediately triggers the smell of hairspray and sweaty leather. Despite the passage of years the band's fan-base still allows them to fill stadiums.

Which is why we were so surprised to hear the band is doing a brief tour of small clubs with a stop at The House of Blues in Chicago on February 19! There's no new album in the offing and no real "anniversary" to celebrate so all we can figure is that Rose is doing this because he simply wants to. We imagine it must get lonely up onstage when you're always playing to massive crowds, right?

Whatever the reasoning behind the tour we're certain of two things; it's going to be awesome to have a chance to see this band in a room the size of The House of Blues, it's going to be a nightmare to see this band in a room the size of The House of Blues and tickets to this show will sell out faster than you can say "November Rain."

The ticket presale for Chicago is February 1 at 9 a.m., with public on-sale Friday, February 3 through the band's website.