Like most of you, I was pretty surprised by that Radiohead concert announcement, but you know, this one might actually take the cake: Guns N' Roses is coming to Comerica Theatre on Tuesday, December 27.
G N' R fans might be soured by the current lineup (Axl backed by DJ Ashba on guitar, Dizzy Reed on keyboards, Tommy Stinson on bass, Richard Fortus on guitar, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal on guitar, Chris Pitman on keyboards and Frank Ferrer on drums), and I get it. The Axl Rose and Friends sting rings true, but still, the chance to hear "It's So Easy" live at Comerica?
Recent reviews like Maura Johnston's from our sister blog Sound of the City only make me feel more optimistic: "Perhaps even more important to the night's thrill and bombast than the personnel switches was the fact that [Rose] seemed if not happy at least more content than the character sketched out in the lyrics of ballads like "Estranged" and "Patience"; he still wailed the nihilistic rhymes of "It's So Easy" and "Mr. Brownstone" convincingly while the band ripped on behind him, but there was an easiness that bubbled to the surface periodically, whether in his brief snippets of stage banter or the impromptu kickline he formed with Ashba near the show's end."
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Even more surprising than the announcement is how soon the show is scheduled. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 5, at 10 a.m. at Livenation, and the show is scheduled for Tuesday, December 27.
I think I know what a lot of classic rock fans are getting for Christmas!