In exactly one week, the dreams of Guns N’ Roses fans in Wellington will come true with an epic night of rock at Westpac Stadium. Two days later, Auckland fans have their chance to see history being made at the iconic Western Springs Stadium on Waitangi Weekend.
US concert reviews are proving that after more than two decades apart, the reformed classic Guns N’ Roses line-up of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan are tighter than ever.
Chicago’s Consequence of Sound review makes clear that this tour “is a spectacle…a big-budgeted blockbuster” with “dazzling state-of-the-art” video screens, pyrotechnics, even a grand piano and acknowledge that “rock fans have been starving for a rollercoaster like this…”
For Rolling Stone, the Detroit show was ‘deeply steeped in electric energy”, going on to state that “This was the real thing, the thing we'd all been waiting for: the triumphant return of one of the most important bands to cross rock music history. And it happened in our lifetime.”
The tour will mark the first time that Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan have played together for New Zealand fans since their infamous 1993 Use Your Illusion tour.
Following the group’s 1985 formation, Guns N’ Roses injected unbridled, unrivalled, and unstoppable attitude into the burgeoning Los Angeles rock scene. Their spirit went on to captivate the entire world with the release of their 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction – the best-selling U.S. debut ever, moving 30 million copies globally. In 1991, the seven-time platinum Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II occupied the top two spots of the Billboard Top 200 upon release.
Over the course of the past decade, Guns N’ Roses have performed sold out shows and headlined festivals worldwide following the critically acclaimed release of 2008’s RIAA platinum-certified Chinese Democracy. Six studio albums later, Guns N’ Roses are one of the most important and influential acts in music history and continue to set the benchmark for live performances connecting with millions of fans across the globe.
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Thursday February 2nd: Westpac Stadium, Wellington - Tickets via Ticketek
Saturday Februrary 4th: Western Stadium, Auckland - Tickets via Ticketmaster
Ministry, the American Industrial Metal Juggernaut led by Al Jourgensen take over New Zealand for two shows this September.
By Mark Derricutt
Date / Venue: Thursday May 18th, 2017 - The Powerstation, Auckland
By Gray Vickers
Released Friday May 19th, 2017 - Sony Music
Metallica have announced ‘Now That We’re Live,’ a live rehearsal special from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore that will stream exclusively on Facebook Live on Wednesday May 10th at 1PM NZ time (Tuesday May 9th at 9:00 PM EST)
One of Australia's most exciting and innovative instrumentalists James Norbert Ivanyi will release his eagerly anticipated 4th EP Denalavis on June 1st.
Drum wizard Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs, Flying Colors) brings the Shattered Fortress to Australia and New Zealand this November!
Danzig will releae the new album ‘Black Laden Crown’ on May 26th. It will be the 1st Danzig album of all new material in 7 years, since 2010's critically acclaimed 'Deth Red Sabaoth'.
By Mark Derricutt
Date / Venue: Monday April 24th, 2017 - Whammy Bar, Auckland
Three years after they successfully pulverized the nation, Kreator are back to thrash and grind Australian audiences into sheer bloodlusting ecstasy.
It was March 1977 when Alice Cooper, the architect of shock-rock, undertook his first ever concert tour of New Zealand – and broke attendance records.
By Mark Derricutt
Over the last week there have been lots of discussion surrounding the unfortunate events at last weekend's Windhand/Cough show at Auckland's 'Kings Arms Tavern', and if there's one one thing to take away from it - it's that you should always be prepared for the worst, and have some form of plan for dealing with it.
Two powerhouses of American doom metal, Windhand and Cough, are playing this Saturday night (April 1st) at the Kings Arms Tavern in Auckland.