Taking a Vegas residency for a rock band is like checking yourself in to a home. And as Axl Rose, the only original member of Guns N’ Roses left in the band, has been proving his elderly out of touch-ness for over a decade now, it seems about time to make it official.
The band will be beginning a residency at The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas, playing 12 shows on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between October 31 and November 24 this year. It’s a bit better that they’ll be playing the Hard Rock and not the Venetian, but still.
The residency, titled Appetite for Democracy (Appetite for Destruction (1987) + Chinese Democracy (2008). GET IT?), will feature songs from the band’s heyday and from their most recent album, Chinese Democracy, which cost $13 mil to produce (most expensive album ever, literally), and sold not so well. Their accompanying tour, which started in 2001 and went through 2011 because they could not seem to get their shit together, included 53 cancelled shows.
Despite all of this, Paul Davis, the VP of entertainment at Hard Rock, is still excited: “We are ecstatic to announce Guns N’ Roses as our newest residency at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This is what The Joint is all about, bringing fans up close and personal with one of the most iconic bands in the world. It will be a truly unique Guns N’ Roses experience!”
If they’re smart, ‘truly unique’ means the Hard Rock wrote something in to their contract expressly forbidding Axl from whining about water bottles being thrown on stage or prancing in an hour late. Rock and Roll!