|GUNS N' ROSES have played their first gigs in almost a year as part of their faltering comeback.
The rock legends performed at the Joint in Las Vegas' Hard Rock Cafe on Saturday (December 29) and Sunday (December 30).
The gigs, which followed the sudden cancellation of a European tour earlier this year, did not proceed without problems. Ex-guitarist Slash was reportedly refused entry to the December 30 show, with a security guard telling reporters that frontman Axl Rose had barred the former band member. Rose is now the only remaining member of the group's successful line-up of the early 90s.
Meanwhile, tickets for the 1,400-capacity shows did not sell out until the night of the gigs. The only celebrities in attendance were producer Rick Rubin and porn actor Ron Jeremy with some of his female co-stars. Guns N' Roses played for around two hours each night and there were no encores. The set list was a disappointment for fans wanting to hear the band debut new material, as it was largely the same as their set at last year's Rock In Rio festival and the initial comeback gig in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve in 2000.
Rose walked off stage on a number of occasions because of trouble with his mic and he also subjected the audience to a tirade about the problems the band had faced. The singer also revealed that he had no idea Guns N' Roses were supposed to play a European tour. According to fans, he told the audience: "One day I was sitting at home on the internet and I found out that the tour was cancelled and I had no idea that I had a tour."
Fans also said that a film crew was shooting at the shows, suggesting that it may be used for a future video/DVD release. An animated film at the start of each show also revealed a new logo for the band name.
The set list for the gigs was:
'Welcome To The Jungle'
'It's So Easy'
'Live And Let Die'
'Oh My God'
'Think About You'
'Sweet Child O' Mine'
'Knocking On Heaven's Door'
'Out To Get Me'
Rose is understood to be continuing work on the long delayed 'Chinese Democracy' album.