Up Close and Personal Tour (Guns N' Roses)

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Up Close and Personal Tour
Tour by Guns N' Roses
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Location North America, Europe, Middle East
Associated album Chinese Democracy
Start date February 10, 2012
End date July 22, 2012
Legs 2
Number of shows 15 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.

Background[edit]

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 recent 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 will begin approximately one month after the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The circumstance regarding a new album is unknown, however lead guitarist DJ Ashba recently stated that the band have many demos recorded, and are 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, which reveals that the band will not go more with the tour this year, more should 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.", said.[4]

Line up[edit]

The band line-up has remained the same since the 2008 release of Chinese Democracy. Co-founder Axl Rose fronts the band, which also includes long-term keyboardist Dizzy Reed. DJ Ashba and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal remain lead guitarists, while the rhythm section consists of Richard Fortus on rhythm guitar, Tommy Stinson on bass and drummer Frank Ferrer. Chris Pitman completes the line-up accompanying Reed on keyboards and synth.[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 Chicago
February 21, 2012 Detroit The Fillmore Detroit
February 23, 2012 Silver Spring The Fillmore Silver Spring
February 24, 2012 Atlantic City House of Blues Atlantic City
February 27, 2012 Philadelphia Electric Factory
March 1, 2012 Atlanta The Tabernacle
March 3, 2012 Lake Buena Vista House of Blues Orlando
March 5, 2012 Miami Jackie Gleason Theatre
March 9, 2012 Los Angeles Hollywood Palladium
March 11, 2012 The Wiltern
March 12, 2012 House of Blues Los Angeles
Europe
May 11, 2012 Moscow Russia Stadium Live Club
May 12, 2012
May 17, 2012 Dublin Ireland The O2
May 19, 2012 Nottingham England Capital FM Arena
May 20, 2012 Liverpool Echo Arena Liverpool
May 23, 2012 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
May 25, 2012 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
May 26, 2012 Birmingham England 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 Le 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 Fiera Milano
June 24, 2012[C] Dessel Belgium Dessel Festival Grounds
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
Europe
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] Trenčín Slovakia Nové Mesto nad Váhom
July 15, 2012[I] Novi Sad Serbia Petrovaradin Fortress
July 17, 2012 Split Croatia Spaladium Arena
July 20, 2012[J] Benicàssim Spain Benicassim 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

Setlists[edit]

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]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jarmo Luukkonen. "Here Today... Gone To Hell! An unofficial Guns N' Roses site | Tour Dates, Setlists & Reviews". Heretodaygonetohell.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  2. ^ "Guns N' Roses locked and loaded at Fillmore show | The Detroit News". detroitnews.com. 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  3. ^ "DJ Ashba On GN'R Future: 'The Sky's The Limit' | News". Ultimate-guitar.com. 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Exclusive interwiew with Richard Fortus of Guns N' Roses and The Compulsions". Rock N' Live. 2012-06-23. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  5. ^ "New Guns N' Roses - NEWS". Newgnr.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  6. ^ "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Guns N' Roses Concert Setlist at Hiro Ballroom, New York on February 16, 2012". setlist.fm. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  8. ^ Sources for European Setlists: