Guns Tour Cancelled

Promoter pulls plug on troubled Democracy outing

December 12, 2002 12:00 AM ET

The remaining dates of Guns n' Roses Chinese Democracy tour, the band's first in nine years, have been cancelled. After a series of cancelled concerts, Clear Channel Entertainment, the tour's promoter, finally made the tour's complete cancellation official on December 11th, but offered no explanation. Refunds for the nixed dates will be available at point of purchase.

The tour was troubled from its first night, in Vancouver on November 7th, when the GM Place Arena performance was called off just hours before show time. An hour-long riot ensued in which police used pepper spray on disgruntled fans who tried to break down the venue's doors.

The tour resumed without incident until last week, when the December 6th date in Philadelphia was cancelled without explanation after fans had filed inside the First Union Center and openers CKY had already performed. The band then scrapped seven additional dates of the tour, before finally ending the whole outing yesterday.

Guns n' Roses -- Axl Rose (vocals), Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Chris Pitman (keyboards), Brian "Brain" Mantia (drums), Buckethead (guitar), Tommy Stinson (bass), Robin Finck (guitar) and Richard Fortus (guitar) -- were out on the road in anticipation of the release of their long-awaited album Chinese Democracy, which still has no release date.

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