Less than a day after Las Vegas officials renamed a street in honor of Guns N’ Roses’ first-ever residency, “Appetite For Democracy,” at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, a local commissioner says she regrets the decision.
The Las Vegas Sun reports Clark County commissioner Mary Beth Scow, who represented the county at the ceremony, said she regrets the commission’s move to temporarily rename Paradise Road to Paradise City Road to promote Guns N’ Roses concerts because an ad for the iconic group’s concerts depicts what appears to be a sexually assaulted woman beneath the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.
The ad is a revised version of the group’s banned cover of its first album, “Appetite for Destruction.” The cartoon-like drawing depicts a robotic monster lurking over a skeletal robot, with a disheveled woman sprawled on a sidewalk, her underwear pulled down below her knees and her blouse opened, exposing a breast. The “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, and another that reads “Welcome to Paradise Sin City” have been added to the drawing for the current concert promotion.
The artwork appears on the group’s website selling tickets to its shows at the Joint, and a somewhat sanitized version — no exposed breast and no underwear — is used in mainstream advertising including newspaper promotions and taxicab placards.
Scow said she was unaware of the ad promoting the concert that the county was throwing its support behind.
“I hadn’t seen the advertising before the media event,” she said Tuesday. “It’s clearly inappropriate. Maybe it’s the risk of doing business with a rock band, but I guess we’ll have some remorse over this decision. It’s a lesson learned.”
A spokeswoman for Safe Nest, a woman's shelter, said the county should rescind the street name change and that the Joint and the rock band should apologize and stop using the image because it promotes acceptance of violence against women.
Read more at the Las Vegas Sun here.
Guns N’ Roses will play 12 concerts between October 31 and November 24, and the shows will span the band’s biggest hits from their debut album “Appetite For Destruction” (1987) through to 2008’s “Chinese Democracy.”
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