Up Close and Personal Tour (Guns N' Roses)

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Up Close and Personal Tour
Tour by Guns N' Roses
LocationNorth America, Europe, Middle East
Associated albumChinese Democracy
Start dateFebruary 10, 2012
End dateJuly 22, 2012
No. of shows15 in North America
33 in Europe
1 in the Middle East
49 in total
Guns N' Roses concert chronology

Up Close and Personal Tour was a 2012 North American and European concert tour by hard rock band Guns N' Roses.


On January 20, guitarist Bumblefoot talked about a possible theater tour taking place in February. Guns N' Roses later announced shows in United States.[1]

The shows themselves varied considerably in comparison to the Chinese Democracy Tour. All of the North American shows took place in smaller-scale clubs, rather than a large arena or stadium. All pyrotechnics were removed from the shows.[2]

The European leg of the tour began approximately one month after the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The circumstance regarding a new album were unknown, however lead guitarist DJ Ashba stated that the band had many demos recorded, and were planning on discussing 'how they are going to create the best album possible.' [3]

On June 24, guitarist Richard Fortus gave an interview to the French music site, Rock N' Live, in which he revealed that the band would not tour more that year, but would rather go into the studio to work on the next album by the end of the year. "Right now I'm very focused on Guns N' Roses. We are preparing ourselves to return to the studio, so that is why I want to stay focused. That's all that I think by the end of the year."[4]

Line up[edit]

The band line-up remained approximately the same since the 2008 release of Chinese Democracy. Co-founder Axl Rose fronted the band, which also included long-term keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman. Newcomer DJ Ashba and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal were lead guitarists, while the rhythm section consisted of Richard Fortus on rhythm guitar, Tommy Stinson on bass and drummer Frank Ferrer.[5]

Support acts[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
February 10, 2012 New York City United States Roseland Ballroom
February 12, 2012 Terminal 5
February 15, 2012 The Ritz Webster Hall
February 16, 2012 Hiro Ballroom
February 19, 2012 Chicago House of Blues
February 21, 2012 Detroit The Fillmore Detroit
February 23, 2012 Silver Spring The Fillmore Silver Spring
February 24, 2012 Atlantic City House of Blues
February 27, 2012 Philadelphia Electric Factory
March 1, 2012 Atlanta The Tabernacle
March 3, 2012 Orlando House of Blues
March 5, 2012 Miami Jackie Gleason Theater
March 9, 2012 Los Angeles Hollywood Palladium
March 11, 2012 The Wiltern
March 12, 2012 House of Blues Los Angeles
May 11, 2012 Moscow Russia Stadium Live Club
May 12, 2012
May 17, 2012 Dublin Ireland The O2
May 19, 2012 Nottingham United Kingdom Capital FM Arena
May 20, 2012 Liverpool Echo Arena Liverpool
May 23, 2012 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
May 25, 2012 Glasgow Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
May 26, 2012 Birmingham LG Arena
May 29, 2012 Manchester Manchester Arena
May 31, 2012 London The O2 Arena
June 1, 2012
June 4, 2012 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
June 5, 2012 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
June 8, 2012 Mönchengladbach Germany Warsteiner HockeyPark
June 10, 2012 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier
June 11, 2012 Strasbourg Zénith de Strasbourg
June 14, 2012 Toulouse Zénith de Toulouse
June 16, 2012[A] Clisson Val de Moine
June 18, 2012 Montpellier Park & Suites Arena
June 19, 2012 Toulon Zénith Oméga de Toulon
June 22, 2012[B] Milan Italy Fieramilano
June 24, 2012[C] Dessel Belgium Festivalpark Stenehei
June 27, 2012 Basel Switzerland St. Jakobshalle
June 29, 2012[D] Graz Austria Schwarzl Freizeitzentrum
July 1, 2012[E] Bucharest Romania Romexpo Arena
Middle East
July 3, 2012 Tel Aviv Israel Yarkon Park
July 6, 2012[F] Istanbul Turkey Parkorman
July 8, 2012[G] Sofia Bulgaria Vasil Levski National Stadium
July 11, 2012 Rybnik Poland Rybnik Municipal Stadium
July 13, 2012[H] Piešťany Slovakia Piešťany Airport
July 15, 2012[I] Novi Sad Serbia Petrovaradin Fortress
July 17, 2012 Split Croatia Spaladium Arena
July 20, 2012[J] Benicàssim Spain Benicàssim Festival Grounds
July 22, 2012 Palma Son Fusteret
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert was a part of "Hellfest"
B This concert was a part of "Gods of Metal"
C This concert was a part of "Graspop Metal Meeting"
D This concert was a part of "Seerock Festival"
E This concert was a part of "Tuborg GreenFest"
F This concert was a part of "Unirock Open Air Festival"
G This concert was a part of "Sofia Rocks"
H This concert was a part of "Topfest"
I This concert was a part of "Exit Festival"
J This concert was a part of "Festival Internacional de Benicàssim"

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets sold / available Gross revenue
The O2 London 18,901 / 27,817 (68%) $1,357,820[6]
Manchester Arena Manchester 5,877 / 7,205 (82%) $406,274


Guns N' Roses' set-list has also shown evidence of some change from those of Chinese Democracy concerts, although remaining fairly consistent. Major hits such as "Sweet Child O' Mine", "November Rain", "Estranged" and "Don't Cry" remain a staple, as well as newer songs such as "Chinese Democracy" itself, "Better" and "This I Love".

"Welcome To The Jungle" was played as set-opener for the first time since 2007, although this was just a one-off. Similarly, "You're Crazy" also kicked off one show, which in recent time only has occurred when the band has played 'surprise' acoustic shows like the Paris, France show at L'Arc. "Used To Love Her" also saw a return to the set.[7]

North American Setlists
European Setlists[8]



  1. ^ Jarmo Luukkonen. "Here Today... Gone To Hell! An unofficial Guns N' Roses site | Tour Dates, Setlists & Reviews". Heretodaygonetohell.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  2. ^ "Guns N' Roses locked and loaded at Fillmore show | The Detroit News". detroitnews.com. February 22, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  3. ^ "DJ Ashba On GN'R Future: 'The Sky's The Limit' | News". Ultimate-guitar.com. March 19, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  4. ^ "Exclusive interwiew with Richard Fortus of Guns N' Roses and The Compulsions". Rock N' Live. June 23, 2012. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  5. ^ "New Guns N' Roses – NEWS". Newgnr.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  6. ^ "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard. June 23, 2012. Archived from the original on June 24, 2012. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
  7. ^ "Guns N' Roses Concert Setlist at Hiro Ballroom, New York on February 16, 2012". setlist.fm. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  8. ^ Sources for European Setlists: