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September 28, 2011  | by: Adrienne Wenner

The Original GNR Line-up

The self-destructive and only original member of Guns N’ Roses left in the band, Axl Rose, recently announced an American tour.  Although there are only a few dates — Orlando, Miami and Kansas City — more are expected to be revealed soon.

Guns N’ Roses have done many concerts abroad but hasn’t toured their own country since 2006.  It begs the question: why not? As of now, they have more dates scheduled in South America and Mexico for next month than in America.  What about New York?  Los Angeles?

The first reason is pretty obvious. Chinese Democracy totally tanked.  After it was pushed off for more than a decade, anticipation for the album was at a fever pitch.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t even a decent hit off of it.  Chinese Democracy was a cruel joke for fans who were waiting for something brilliant to emerge.

Second, Rose is the problem.  He is known for letting his moods dictate whether or not he wants to play an encore or even the show altogether.  Rose tends to treat the audience not so well.  Someone needs to remind him who is keeping him in this business.

And of course, Guns N’ Roses is nothing without Slash. Slash is iconic, unlike the dozens of guitarists Rose has gone through.  Buckethead?  Bumblefoot?  Where do they find these guys?

“In a nutshell, personally I consider him cancer and better removed,” Axl said in 2009 in reference to Slash.  “The less anyone heard of him or his supporters, the better.”

Even though Rose never wants to reunite with Slash again, he may have to.  Guns N’ Roses will be eligible to enter the Rock and Roll of Fame next year.  If they get on the ballot, it would mean a performance by the original lineup — Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, and Steven Adler.  If they get on the ballot next year, maybe this will be the wake-up Rose needs.  He’ll realize he’s been the problem, and fans will finally get their reunion.  Let’s be realistic.  Rose probably will throw a diva fit and refuse to perform.

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