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September 25th, 2002
Guns N' Roses Announce First U.S. Tour In A Decade
Had they scheduled it to start a week earlier, Guns N' Roses could have called their U.S. comeback tour November Reign.

The first of four announced dates will be November 18 in Rosemont, Illinois, at the Allstate Arena. About two weeks later, the band will play three shows in rapid succession — December 2 in Boston at the FleetCenter, December 5 in New York's Madison Square Garden and December 6 in Philadelphia at the First Union Center.

Tickets for the four shows will go on sale Saturday. The full tour itinerary will be announced in the coming days.

Guns N' Roses, who have been out of the U.S. spotlight for the past decade, performed on television for the first time in 10 years August 29 at the conclusion of the MTV Video Music Awards. The band played a spirited medley of its hits "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Paradise City" along with the new ballad "Madagascar" from its upcoming album, Chinese Democracy.

While the VMAs marked their return to the U.S., Guns N' Roses played six shows in Hong Kong, Japan, Belgium and England this past summer.

The only band member from the original lineup is frontman Axl Rose. Keyboardist Dizzy Reed has been with the group since 1990's sessions for the Use Your Illusion albums, and the rest of the Gunners are recent additions: keyboardist Chris Pitman, guitarists Robin Finck (ex-Nine Inch Nails), Buckethead and Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson (ex-Replacements) and drummer Brain (ex-Primus).

Fans have been awaiting Chinese Democracy for many years now, but the new tour will not coincide with the album's release, which still seems to be some time off, Rose announced after the VMAs .

—Jon Wiederhorn

Source(s): http://www.mtv.com  
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