Thursday, April 28, 2011

Guns N’ Roses planning U.S. dates

The things you can pick up on the Black Carpet.

For example: news that Guns N’ Roses are planning U.S. dates in 2011.

Metal Injection hooked up with guitarist DJ Ashba on the Black Carpet at last week’s third annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards at Club Nokia in Los Angeles to get an update on things.

It’s been quiet in GNR-land the past few months, so Ashba was asked if fans can expect some more touring from the band.

"We just booked Rock In Rio [in Brazil] for October 2,” said Ashba, “but there's talk.... We're gonna be going out way sooner. And hopefully we're gonna be [doing some dates] here in the States this year. I'm hoping. That's the plan."

News of a GNR Stateside tour would be welcomed by Best Buy, who have placed “Chinese Democracy” in their bargain bin as a way of trying to unload more than 1 million copies of the album that have been collecting dust in their systems due to lack of public interest.

Best Buy is currently selling “Democracy” for just $1.99.

As the exclusive U.S. retailer for “Democracy,” Best Buy reportedly paid $14 million for 1.6 million copies of the album, according to Hits. To date, the album has sold just 614,000 copies in the U.S., based on Nielsen SoundScan reports.

Released in November of 2008, “Democracy” was officially certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on February 3, 2009 for shipments in the United States in excess of one million copies.

DJ Ashba – interview
Revolver Golden God Awards – Club Nokia – Los Angeles, CA – April 20, 2011

Guns Guns N' Roses

Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
Rock In Rio 3 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – January 14, 2001

See also:

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Guns N’ Roses: Axl Rose agrees to pay fine if late for Rock In Rio