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SLASH Announces Dublin O2 Show

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , on May 27, 2014 by Tickets There

slashThe slickest guitar God since Hendrix has announced this morning that he’ll be kicking off his 2014 European tour in Dublin this November. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will be hitting the road to support their third studio album, World On Fire. This will be Slash’s largest headlining solo show on Irish soil and is sure to see a great selection of Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and of course, solo material.

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will plat Dublin’s O2 Arena on November 10th, 2014. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 30th priced €39.05.

Press Release from MCD.ie Below.

SLASH feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators have announced that they will open their European at The O2, Dublin on November 10th. Tickets from €39.05 inclusive of booking fee are on sale this Friday at 10am from Ticketmaster outlets and online at http://www.ticketmaster.ie

SLASH and his bandmates Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will release their new album WORLD ON FIRE on September 15 via SLASH’s own label Dik Hayd International distributed through Roadrunner Records (outside USA). The group revealed the cover artwork for WORLD ON FIRE designed by American contemporary artist Ron English today. Featuring the blazing title track as the first single the disc marks SLASH’s third solo album and second one with his band featuring MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS (bass).

For WORLD ON FIRE, SLASH and his band tapped Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to produce. Among the 17 songs is an instrumental–a powerful new turn for the band. WORLD ON FIRE is the follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed Apocalyptic Love which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned SLASH two No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits–his first-ever solo–with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track of his first album including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy among others.

Review: Guns N’ Roses – Live @ The O2, Dublin (May 17th, 2012)

Posted in Gig Review, Music with tags , , , , , , , on May 22, 2012 by Tickets There

“Axl’s not coming, he fell off a table in Russia and isn’t allowed to fly at the moment”. Just leaving the central bar on O’Connell Street to catch the Luas down to the O2 and one waiter talks himself out of ever getting my custom again with that little comment. But then again, what’s a Guns N’ Roses gig without a little drama?

Entering the O2 tonight brings back some of those worries and dreads from 2010 (the elephant in the room), but these are dashed instantly as a completely different crowd and atmosphere await. There’s no-one falling over the place, spilling their blue WKD’s and roaring insults at everything in sight. There’s no booing, complaining or bickering. Instead there’s an excitement in the air and the sight of Thin Lizzy taking the stage only heightens that.

Anyone that’s caught the Irish legends over the past few years will attest that they are the strongest line-up of the band since their glory days with Philo. Brian Downey and Scott Gorham are still there, looking and sounding great but the show stealer is frontman, Ricky Warwick. He avoids the cliché of adopting Phil’s moves and style to the letter, choosing instead to inject his own road tested brand of rock n’ roll energy and deep vocals which boost the songs energy and the band’s performance. Tonight they magnetically blaze through classics such as ‘Emerald’, ‘Jailbreak’, ’Don’t Believe A Word’, ‘Cowboy Song’, ‘Whiskey In The Jar’ and ‘The Boys are Back in Town’ before finishing off with ‘Black Rose’, noted favourite of Guns singer Axl Rose. The announcement of a headlining show later in the year doubtfully went un-noted by tonight’s attendees. Now, on to the main event!

Lizzy leave the stage around 9:30 and it’s time to let the anticipation begin. Unlike Guns’s previous show in Dublin, the crowd tonight seem more than happy to wait things out as the bar queues extend, the smoking area expands and everyone kicks back and relaxes with good tunes coming from the PA. Before we know it, the house lights go dark and it’s time to rock n roll.

Under their massive video backdrop, guitarist DJ Ashba climbs on high to deliver the show’s signature opening of ‘Chinese Democracy’ before their legendary frontman explodes to life amidst a massive pyro display. The crowd give a rapturous welcome to the band as they commandeer every inch of the stage, taking no prisoners in their mission to give their fans the greatest show possible. Guitarists Ron Thal, Richard Fortus and especially DJ Asba barely stand still for a moment as they rocket from side to side, lapping up the crowds cheers and delivering note perfect performances while Axl’s razor sharp vocals and on stage magnetism conquers all. Despite persistent rumours that he’s gained hundreds of pounds in weight, lost his voice and is apparently stuck in Russia, he is on stage, looking incredible, sounding better than ever and 100% guaranteed – is not a hologram. Even with his very recent and very serious looking leg injury, Axl still dances and moves across the stage likes there’s no tomorrow, even climbing up to the podiums on either side to greet everyone.

Set classics such as ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, ‘It’s So Easy’, ‘Mr. Brownstone’ and ‘Rocket Queen’ electrify the crowd while Chinese Democracy heavyweights ‘Sorry’, ‘This I Love’, ‘Street of Dreams’ and ‘Better’ bellow through the audience with incredible energy and force.

The band appears in great spirits, obviously delighted with the change since their last performance. Axl interacts on several occasions with the crowd even quipping that despite his leg injury (I’m) “probably moving a lot more than the last time I was here” before grinning and carrying on. Solo’s from the band add refreshing breaks from the onslaught of heavyweight classics and Chinese Democracy juggernauts and give each of the guys a chance to show the fans why they’re members of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band of all time. Tommy Stinson performs ‘Motivation’, a song from his previous band The replacements. DJ Ashba moves in with his own ‘Mi Amor’ solo. Dizzy Reed gives us a little ‘Baba O’Riley’ from The Who and Ron Thal knocks out his take on the Pink Panther theme before slipping in a little ‘Danny Boy’ for the crowd.

You Could Be Mine’, ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’, ‘November Rain’ (preceded by Axl Rose’s piano solo) and ‘Don’t Cry’ deliver hit after hit before the band kick back with a cover of AC/DC’sWhole Lotta Rosie’ – doing the DC proud! The mighty and rarely heard ‘Estranged’ adds a wave of euphoria to those in attendance who swear it’s the bands greatest recorded moment before the epic ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ and assaulting ‘Nightrain’ bring the main set to a close. Just when you think they’ve nothing left in them, the band return for a quick jam before launching into ‘There Was A Time’, one of the most accomplished songs in their arsenal before delivering ‘Civil War’ and one final blowout performance of ‘Paradise City’. With red confetti flying in the air, thousands of fans screaming and cheering the band on, Axl and co bow before their final signoff – three hours after walking on stage, “Thanks for coming out, thanks for putting up with my lame ass and thanks for not throwing shit”. Anytime Mr. Rose because good things come to those who wait – come back soon!

18 Reasons Why Axl Rose Is The Biggest Legend In Rock

Posted in General Tickets There Blog, Music, News with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2012 by Tickets There

Guns N’ Roses 2012 European Tour kicks off tomorrow night in Moscow and one week from today, they’ll take the stage at Dublin’s O2 Arena with Thin Lizzy and Vengeance & the Panther Queen as special guests. It’s been two long years since their last Irish shows and this writer for one is dying to welcome them back to the Emerald isle. Home of Paradise City, Guinness and a welcoming crowd.

Old Tickets There decided to celebrate and have a bit of fun with NME’s recent ’18 Reasons why Axl Rose is a….’ can’t actually remember what they were aiming at. Either way, let’s see why Axl Rose is as big a legend as he is.

18: His Attitude

Nuff said really – Axl’s attitude is second to none. He doesn’t let people push him around or tell him what to do, something the population of the Ireland (and indeed the world) could do with a little bit more if we’re ever to convince the courts to hang / castrate the remaining members of Finna Fail, the ‘bankers’ and Dana.

17: Tommy Hilfiger-gate

Axl Rose got into a fight with Tommy Hilfiger, do you care? It lasted all of two seconds in a pub. Imagine that, a small scuffle in a pub. Tisk, Tisk, Tisk!

16: He’s not a one-woman man

Axl Rose in proper rock star fashion sleeps with a lot of women. If you were single, had lots of money and were the front man of Guns N’ Roses, you’d do the same. If not, you’d still try your darndest!  Not NME though, they have a very strict Morrissey A-Sexual policy. Keep on keepin’  down the big fella lads, he’ll only land ye in trouble with mommy.

15: Bob Guccione Jr-gate

Axl Rose got into a fight with Bob Guccione Jr. Do you care? Yes you do because that fight got taken into the awesome ’Get In The Right’. Weighting in at 850 lbs, Guns N’ Roses’. How many of you have had fights turned in to savage songs?

14: Scared of seaweed? WTF?

Apparently Axl doesn’t like seaweed….do you care? Suppose, it’s horrible slimy sh*t. Some people like to bath in it, other people like to whip themselves in worship to God or the Gods of Berlin’s nightlife. Let the man have his pet-fear. Mine is rats, some people keep those as pets. Basic message, people like / hate random sh*t – except at NME where they favor A-sexual men and a confrontation free environment….except of course when they write hate blogs J

13: His non-existent sense of humor?

He told me this joke one time, you would have sh*t yourself. Prove me wrong!

12: He’s got no Patience

Miss-heading heading here, I believe it’s Slash’s fans that have no patience. Axl will distill his talent until it’s perfect.

11: Metallica-gate

Axl Rose and Metallica do not get along so well. Guess it just p*ssed off Metallica that they had to open for Guns way back in 1992. People think it’s because of Montreal, but Metallica’s ‘A Year and a Half In the Life of’ video will show otherwise.

10: He hates poodles

Cannot blame the man, what a waste of life. Silly looking dogs for Beverly Hill wannabes.

9: Not a fan of ‘fans’ …. getting this shit kicked out of them.

A few years back, Axl stopped a show to kick out three security guards after witnessing them getting extremely rough with fans in the front row. Axl stopped the show, pointed to the three men and demanded they be removed. Once they left, Guns carried on. Uncle Axl has your back! Watch the video below if you like (you won’t find this one on NME)

8: Velvet Revolver-gate

Band members fall out. One crowd starts a new band – they have a cyber-spat. Six trolls all doing their best.

Also, Scott Weiland did make that whole comment about being remorseful towards Axl once he learned firsthand what it was like to be in a band with certain old Guns…. Ahem (link – http://gnrdaily.com/news_detail.asp?id=1984  )

7: It’s hard enough remembering lyrics…

A lot of artists use monitors for lyrics. Legendary bands and those that can afford them of course. When you write songs and make a successful career out of that art it doesn’t suddenly mean you’re memory is gifted with the space of terabyte memory stick. When Axl sits in front of one with glasses on and reads them off, then we’ll worry.

6Nirvana-gate

Nirvana is a harsh word. Basically Axl Rose told Kurt Cobain to shut Courtney Love up. Now honestly, wouldn’t we all have loved if it had worked? Maybe Kurt wouldn’t … well, you know, and maybe Courtney Love would actually have shut the f**k up. If you’re listening love, do us all a favor and shut the f**k up you twisted, dried up *insert words commonly used aside ‘epidemic of the late 1980’s* *insert word often associated with degenerate scum who ((should resort to)) sell(ing) their body for sex and almost always follows the first expletive word*

5: White dreads

Axl is so cool he braved the media and put his head in dreads! Didn’t last long, but fair play for trying something new!

4: Terrible dress sense

Terrible, sorry that’s an NME typo. Awesome was the word we were going for there. Axl’s dress sense on tour has always been something that gave Guns some of their character. Mixing and matching everything from SWAT gear, to kilts, to union jack jackets and bandanas. Axl has been at the forefront of everything that was cool about the late 80’s and 90’s and now he’s doing it for the new millennium. The infamous yellow jacket was worn at a very wet show and doesn’t make regular appearances so don’t judge an Axl by an NME.

3: ‘Chinese Democracy’

First they released the (arguably) biggest rock album in history, follow that with a massively successful EP and then two massive double albums that spawned numerous successful singles and were chock full of fan favorites. Then there was the covers album, live album, greatest hits and eventually, the most anticipated album in music history. Impressive?

During its conception, announcement and eventual release, Chinese Democracy amassed more stories than the folklore of a small European country, provided music analysts with world breaking stats (most expensive album in history..yaday..etc) and countless comparison arguments (Beatles entire recording career was completed in half the time of the recording of Chinese Democracy… Remember that?). Ex-members, managers, session players, friends and family of the band were inundated for a decade+ about the album. It’s been toured since 2002 and finally saw release in late 2008. Upon the album’s release, there were rumors that the record company had simply snapped the mix from Axl’s hand and gone ahead with the release he did not endorse. In response, Axl snubbed all partnerships and release hysteria and basically dropped off the face of the planet for several weeks before finally re-emerging to answer fans questions…directly. No middle man, nio pushy agenda ridden media drone – Axl went online directly to Guns N’ Roses fan forums and spent several hours a night for over a week talking to fans, answering their questions and giving his version of events for the first time in roughly two decades.

The album could have been the biggest seller of 2008, but due to Axl’s refusal to acknowledge its release, it managed the number 3 on the US Billboard Top 200 and debuted in the top 5 position of 26 different sales charts. In the four years since it’s release, Chinese Democracy has started to win original naysayers over with some critics begin to voice the opinion that it stands the test of time extremely well and the more you distance yourselves from the line-up controversy, the album stands out as the gem it truly is.

2: Cornrows

After trying the dreads, Axl went for cornrows and they actually looks pretty savage.

1: Guns N Roses

Love him, hate him – Axl is the spirit of Guns N’ Roses. After Izzy, Slash and Duff all quit, Axl was left without the core lineup that helped write those magic songs and make them famous. Fortunately, he was able to replace them all with extremely talented, sh*t coll musicians including Tommy Stinson from The Replacements. DJ Ashba from Sixx:AM and Beautiful Creatures. Guitar virtuoso, song writer, producer and all round legend – Ron Thal. The incredible Richard Fortus who doubles as lead and rhythm in Guns three guitar attack lineup. Richard has played The Psychedelic Furs and Thin Lizzy as well as Guns. Live drummer Frank Ferrer has been with the band since 2006 when he had to jump in to fill the gap left by Brian Mantia who left the tour after he became a father. Frank has since become the backbone to their powerful live sound and has extensive touring / recording experience. Dizzy Reed (Rock N’ Roll inductee and twenty two year Guns N’ Roses veteran) is still there providing backing vocals and keyboards with a little help from Chris Pitman who plays keyboards, bass, 12 string guitar and mellotron (sher why not?). Chris has also been involved in writing some of the highest profile tracks on Chinese Democracy as well as playing on them all.

Together they make up a band of younger, aggressive musicians who aren’t afraid to explore new sounds and shake up the confines that some fans wish to banish Guns to. Life changes, if you don’t change with it you gain two things – moss and guided tours. Guns N’ Roses are still fresh, still fighting fit and sounding better than ever. The man who wrote / co-wrote 46 of Guns N’ Roses 64 studio tracks still stands tall as leader of this great band and one of rock n’ roll’s greatest legends.

GUNS N’ ROSES: LIVE @ THE O2 DUBLIN – MAY 17th. TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Guns N’ Roses Announce Thin Lizzy as Dublin support

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2012 by Tickets There

Can I get ‘ah hell yes’? Legendary rock band, Guns N’ Roses have just announced fellow legends Thin Lizzy as special guests for the latter’s Dublin O2 show on May 17th. The bands won’t be strangers on the night as Gun’s guitarist, Richard Fortus, toured with Lizzy last summer including the band’s support slot at Def Leppard and Alice Cooper’s O2 arena show last June.

The current Lizzy line-up includes old names Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Darren Wharton as well as new comers Rick Warwich (The Almighty), Damon Johnson (Alice Cooper / Sammy Hagar) and Marco Mendoza (the most awesome name in the band). Anyone that caught their show last year will pounce at the chance of catching them in May.

Tickets for the show are on sale now from €64.50 and available from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy two incredible bands on one stage this year.

GunsNRoses.com

MCD (GN’R @ MCD)

Guns N’ Roses: 2012 Tour Dates

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**Update – November 1st 2012 – Appetite for Democracy Begins & Las
Vegas Commissioner Calls Ad For GUNS N’ ROSES Concerts ‘Inappropriate’
!**

Last night saw Guns N’ Roses kick off their 12 date Las Vegas run at the Hard Rock Hotel. The show is part of their Appetite for Democracy residency that lasts until Nov. 24th and sees the band playing on an all new stage, covering hits from their entire back catalogue.  The first set-list was much the same as fans have seen them play on their recent tours but promises have been made to shake things up from show to show. The next gig takes place tomorrow.

In other news, Las Vegas county commissioner Mary Beth Scow has deemed the advertisement for the show (based on the original Appetite for Destruction cover) Inappropriate. Fans of the movie Casiono will know what county commissioners are like and will understand. Everyone else, you should really watch it – De Niro bitches!

“I hadn’t seen the advertising before the media event,” she told the Sun. “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.”

The advertisements have been plastered all over Las Vegas, appearing on taxi cabs, walls, buses, billboards…etc, etc. To see some samples – click here.

**Update – October 22nd 2012 – Neil Young performs with GN’R at Bridge School Benefit**

Neil Young joined GN’R on stage at last weekend’s Bridge School Benefit to perform Neil’s single, ‘Don’t let it bring you down’. Axl never lets it Neil 🙂

**Update – October 22nd 2012 – 2012 India Shows Announced**

Guns N’ Roses have added three Indian dates to their December tour! Over the weekend, the bands announced plans to bring their tour to Bengaluru, Mumbai and Gurgaon. Tickets are on sale now

GUNS N’ ROSES INDIA TOUR – BENGALURU   :: Friday, Dec 7, 2012
GUNS N’ ROSES INDIA TOUR – MUMBAI          :: Sunday, Dec 9, 2012
GUNS N’ ROSES INDIA TOUR – GURGAON       :: Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012

**Update – October 17th 2012 – 2012 Indonesia Show Announced **

Guns N’ Roses have announced a show in Jakarta, Indonesia for December 15th. This seems to be a stand alone date for the group and will be their first ever concert in the country. Tickets There is hoping further dates will be added – but seriously doubts Ireland will benefit much from it :(. Poster and all so it’s official (oh, and the band confirmed it on their Facebook page)

**Update – October 16th 2012 – 2012 VEGAS & NEIL YOUNG**

I am very sorry to report that Tickets There has failed you folks! Seven months without an update!!!! Well, we’ve been running stories on the main page, but we  neglected this running mate for far too long and apologies for that. So, for the last two months – let’s get back into the gunners ….n roses, not to be confused with any London football clubs.

Guns N’ Roses Announce Las Vegas Residency

Guns N’ Roses have announced a 12 date residency at The Joint in Las Vegas for OCT/NOV. The Joint is the Hard Rock cafe’s venue and will host the band over 12 nights in a residency that’s been named ‘Appetite for Democracy’. The band are promosing this will be a very special event with a massive show and changes every night. What changes? We’re not sure, but it’ll be fricking sweet! Dates are listed below

  • Oct 31st  The Joint @ The Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas, NV
  • Nov 2nd The Joint @ The Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas, NV
  • Nov 3rd The Joint @ The Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas, NV
  • Nov 7th  The Joint @ The Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas, NV
  • Nov 9th The Joint @ The Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas, NV
  • Nov 10th The Joint @ The Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas, NV
  • Nov 14th The Joint @ The Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas, NV
  • Nov 17th The Joint @ The Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas, NV
  • Nov 18th The Joint @ The Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas, NV
  • Nov 21st The Joint @ The Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas, NV
  • Nov 23rd The Joint @ The Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas, NV
  • Nov 24th The Joint @ The Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas, NV

More information about these shows can be found out www.gunsnroses.com

Guns N’ Roses to perform acoustic set for Neil Young Benefit

On October 20th, Guns N’ Roses will take part in Neil Young’s 26th annual Bridge School benefit at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Neil Young and Crazy Horse will headline the event that includes the following artists – Jack White, THE FLAMING LIPS, Sarah McLachlan, FOSTER THE PEOPLE, Lucinda Williams, Steve Martin and the STEEP CANYON RANGERS, K.D. Lang and SISS BOOM BANG, and Gary Clark Jr as well as GN’R. Also, the whole thing will be streamed live for a donation of $10+. Click here for more details.

**Update – March 3rd 2012 – 2012 UK Tour Poster Added**

I’ve been hoping for something like this in A4 size in a newspaper for Ireland, but nothing yet. Ah well, U.K. fans – Enjoy! (Click to make it bigger – …that’s what she said….couldn’t resist)

**Update – March 2nd 2012 – Guns N’ Roses Confirm EURO2012 Shows and there’s way more than we thought!**

This morning, GunsNroseS.com has updated the bands full list if European shows for their summer tour. In total there’s 29 dates with more expected to be added in the coming weeks. Full list is below,

05/17 – Dublin, Ireland @ The O2
05/19 – Nottingham @ Capital FM Arena
05/20 – Liverpool @ Echo Arena
05/23 – Newcastle Upon Tyne @ Metro Radio Arena
05/25 – Glasgow, Scotland @ SECC Arena
05/26 – Birmingham @ LG Arena
05/29 – Manchester @ MEN Arena
05/31 – London @ The O2

06/01 – London @ The O2
06/04 – Rotterdam, Holland @ Ahoy Stadium
06/05 – Paris @ Palais Omnisports De Paris Bercy
06/08 – Mönchengladbach, Germany @ Warsteiner Hockeypark,
06/10 – Lyon FR @ Halle Tony Garnier
06/11 – Strasbourg FR @ Zenith
06/14 – Toulouse FR @ Zenith
06/16 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest
06/18 – Montoellier FR @ Parks & Suites Arena
06/19 – Toulon FR @ Zenith
06/22 – Milan, Italy @ Arena Fiera (Gods of Metal)
06/24 – Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting
06/27 – Basel, Switzerland @ St. Jakobshalle,
06/29 – Graz, Austria @ See-Rock Festiaval 2012

07/06 – Istanbul @ Vasil Levski National Stadium
07/08 – Sofia, Blugaria @ Sofia Rocks
07/11 – Rybnik, Poland @ Mosir Stadium
07/13 – Piešťany, Slovakia @ Letisko (Airport) (Topfest PLUS)
07/15 – Serbia @ The Exit Festival
07/17 – Split HR – Spaladium Arena
07/21 – Benicassim, Spain @ Costa De Fuego Festival

**Update – March 1st 2012 – Guns N’ Roses Announce LA Takeover & New EURO2012 Shows**

 Last night, Guns N’ Roses announced they’re bringing their critically acclaimed Up Close and Personal tour to their motherland, LA! That’s right, Guns will be getting right in your face this month as they prepare to take over several of LA’s hottest venues. So far, the Hollywood Palladium, The Wiltern and the House of Blues have been earmarked as venues but like the East coast tour, you can most likely expect a few surprise additions in the coming days.

Everything kicks off on March 9th at the Hollywood Palladium. Full list of remaining UCAP dates below, we’ll update once more shows are announced.

March 1 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
March 3 House of Blues Orlando, FL
March 5 Fillmore Miami Beach Miami, FL
March 9 Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, CA
March 11 The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
March 12 House of Blues Sunset Strip Los Angeles, CA

To top that, Guns have been confirmed for a dates in Slovakia and Serbia. Details below,

07/13 – Piešťany, Slovakia @ Letisko (Airport) (Topfest PLUS)
07/15 – Serbia @ The Exit Festival

That brings their total European count to 20 shows with still more to come! Full list below,

5/17 – Dublin, Ireland @ The O2
05/19 – Nottingham @ Capital FM Arena
05/20 – Liverpool @ Echo Arena
05/23 – Newcastle Upon Tyne @ Metro Radio Arena
05/25 – Glasgow, Scotland @ SECC Arena
05/26 – Birmingham @ LG Arena
05/29 – Manchester @ MEN Arena
05/31 – London @ The O2

06/04 – Rotterdam, Holland @ Ahoy Stadium
06/08 – Mönchengladbach, Germany @ Warsteiner Hockeypark,
06/16 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest
06/22 – Milan, Italy @ Arena Fiera (Gods of Metal)
06/24 – Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting
06/27 – Basel, Switzerland @ St. Jakobshalle,
06/29 – Graz, Austria @ See-Rock Festiaval 2012

07/08 – Sofia, Blugaria @ Sofia Rocks
07/11 – Rybnik, Poland @ Stadion Miejsk
07/13 – Piešťany, Slovakia @ Letisko (Airport) (Topfest PLUS)
07/15 – Serbia @ The Exit Festival
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7/21 – Benicassim, Spain @ Costa De Fuego Festival

**Update – February 27th 2012 – Dublin Show Flyers Now Out**  

I don’t know about my fellow countrymen, but the moment Tickets There has been waiting for is finally here. Official Guns N Roses @ The O2, Dublin May 17th flyers! (how sad are we?) TT spent the entire week between the gig being announced and then going on sale checking every single Irish paper going for adds for this show and finally there’s some out. They’re using that cool skull….that you can see right there, right there to the side and up above. Apologies for wasting your time.

UK fans are happy as Larry today as they come to terms with the fact that Guns are playing seven dates across great Britain starting in Nottingham and working their way through Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Ye Olde London! TT may even have to break our long held ‘Don’t Travel for Guns#’ rule and visit MAD:Chester for the larf!

**Update – February 27th 2012 – 2012 UK Tour Announced**

Ticketmaster.co.uk has been updated with dates for Guns N’ Roses 2012 UK Tour. Cities includes are London, Nottingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester. Tickets are on sale now priced between £45 – £56 depending on seats / city. I’m afraid there’s still been no official word from the Guns camp about this tour, but what else is new! In 2010 it was the same so don’t panic!

Full list of date below,

05/19 – Nottingham @ Capital FM Arena 0
5/20 – Liverpool @ Echo Arena
05/23 – Newcastle Upon Tyne @ Metro Radio Arena
05/25 – Glasgow, Scotland @ SECC Arena
05/26 – Birmingham @ LG Arena
05/29 – Manchester @ MEN Arena
05/31 – London @ The O2

Oh yeah!

**Update – February 24th 2012 – Changes to UCAP Tour**

New date in Atlanta and the Miami sate has been pushed from Feb 29th to March 5th. All trains a running!

2/24 — Atlantic City, N.J., House of Blues
2/27: Philly @ Electric Factory,
3/01 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle (New Date!)
3/03: Lake Buena Vista @ House of Blues Orlando
3/05: Miami Beach @ Fillmore, (previously scheduled for Feb 29th)

**Update – February 21st 2012 – Guns N’ Roses Announce First Ever Slovakia show**


That’s right dear Slovakians, uncle Axl is a coming.
 Yesterday GN’R announced they will take part in the 2012 Topfest Plus festival on July 13th. A venue is still TBC but tickets go on sale Feb 27th. This will be Guns N’ Roses first ever show in Slovakia and they’ll love it!

**Update – February 20th 2012 – Guns N’ Roses Announce Manchester MEN Arena Show**

1, Guns N’ Roses have just confirmed a show at Manchester’s MEN Arena for May 29th. Tickets on sale March 2nd priced £45.80 – £51.50 plus £5.80 booking fees from ticketmaster.co.uk.

2. Ohhh, 3 new U.S. Club shows announced by Here Today, Gone to Hell. This brings the total remaining dates of the UCAP tour to six (aha, aha, ha). Cities now included are Philadelphia, Miami and Lake Buena Vista (FL).

2/21 – Detroit, MI., The Filmore (Detroit)
2/23 — Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
2/24 — Atlantic City, N.J., House of Blues
2/27: Philly @ Electric Factory,
2/29: Miami Beach @ Fillmore,
3/03: Lake Buena Vista @ House of Blues Orlando

Busy day in the Guns camp!

**Update – February 17th 2012 – Guns N’ Roses play Hiro Ballroom In New York and Announce Israel Show!**

Last night, the GN’R boyos played an exclusive, invite only (la-de-da) stripped back show at the Hiro Ballroom at the Maritime Hotel in New York (previously unannounced – show #4 of the UCAP special). They played a full set in the small room with the band appearing as they are, no stage shows, gimmicks, nothing. Aside from some gobshite who through a glass a Ron Thal, the show seems to have gone off exactly with another packed set that still includes – ‘I used to Love Her’ but no ‘Shacklers Revenge’ for Tickets There (sad face).

Oh, and did we mention Guns N’ Roses will play Israel at Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv on July 3rd?. Be there or …. be at temple I suppose. Either way have a good excuse! This is the 12th show of their 2012 summer tour with many more still to come (we hope!)

A big thank you to www.chinesedemocracy.com for the pictures.

**Update – February 16th2012 – Another European Date (Spain), Return to ‘ The Ritz’ and website action!**

Another EURO-EURO date confirmed today, Guns N’ Roses are heading to Spain on July 21st to headline the Costa De Fuego Festival in Benicassim. This is the 11th confirmed date of their 2012 European tour bringing them over this side of the pond for a minimum 3 months with a promise of many more dates to follow. Who promised? Tictets There did. Latest confirmed list of dates can be found below this next bit of text from yours truly.

Last night the band played their last New York UCAP show at Webster Hall (renamed ‘The Ritz’ to celebrate the return). In an incredible move, Guns played a shocking 37 song set featuring hits from Chinese Democracy, Appetite and UYI. Among the unexpected inclusions and highlights were Schacklers Revenge, Estranged, You’re Crazy, Street of Dreams, Used To Love Her, Civil War, My Michelleand many more. The band now has dates left in Chicago, Detroit, Silver Spring and Atlantic City before preparing for the Rock N’ Roll hall of Fame induction in April and their 2012 European Tour. Busy lads! Oh, and their official website, www.gunsnroses.com went live today and you can become a fan club member! Oh yeah!

Guns N’ Roses 2012 US/European Tour (Confirmed Dates – Feb 16th 2012)

2/19 — Chicago, Ill., House of Blues
2/21 – Detroit, MI., The Filmore (Detroit)
2/23 — Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
2/24 — Atlantic City, N.J., House of Blues

5/17 – Dublin, Ireland @ The O2

6/04 – Rotterdam, Holland @ Ahoy Stadium
6/08 – Mönchengladbach, Germany @ Warsteiner Hockeypark,
6/16 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest
6/22 – Milan, Italy @ Arena Fiera (Gods of Metal)
6/24 – Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting
6/27 – Basel, Switzerland @ St. Jakobshalle,
6/29 – Graz, Austria @ See-Rock Festiaval 2012

7/08 – Sofia, Blugaria @ Sofia Rocks
7/11 – Rybnik, Poland @ Stadion Miejsk
7/21 – Benicassim, Spain @ Costa De Fuego Festival

**Update – February 13th2012 – Sofia Rocks Poster – How cool is that!**

Just adding this awesome poster for the Sofia Rocks festival and the full list of Guns N’ Roses 2012 dates as it stands now.

Guns N’ Roses 2012 US/European Tour (Confirmed Dates)

2/15 — New York, N.Y., The Ritz (Webster Hall)
2/19 — Chicago, Ill., House of Blues
2/21 – Detroit, MI., The Filmore (Detroit)
2/23 — Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
2/24 — Atlantic City, N.J., House of Blues

5/17 – Dublin, Ireland @ The O2

6/04 – Rotterdam, Holland @ Ahoy Stadium
6/08 – Mönchengladbach, Germany @ Warsteiner Hockeypark,
6/16 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest
6/22 – Milan, Italy @ Arena Fiera (Gods of Metal)
6/24 – Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting
6/27 – Basel, Switzerland @ St. Jakobshalle,
6/29 – Graz, Austria @ See-Rock Festiaval 2012

7/08 – Sofia, Blugaria @ Sofia Rocks
7/11 – Rybnik, Poland @ Stadion Miejsk

**Update – February 13th2012 – Switzerland Show Announced
**

Just after we confirm there’s no new European updates, we get a f**king-nother one. Not that the good people of Switzerland are going to mind. Guns N’ Roses have confirmed a date at St. Jakobshalle, Basel for the 27th of June. The venue holds about 9,000 people and was made famous by inspiring Bob Dylan to begin his ‘Never ending tour’, which anyone that’s ever seen Bob Dylan will know is not necessarily a good thing. Give it up Bob, give it up. (excellent use of Wikipedia there TT! – Ed). Tickets are priced CHF 80.00 and go on sale…well, best we can tell is they’re on sale now – Click Here

**Update – February 13th2012 – Guns N’ Roses ‘Up Close and Personal’, 2 Dates In**

Guns N’ Roses are two dates into their ‘Up Close and Personal’ US tour. The band are playing seven American shows in much smaller venues than you’d normally see them in an effort to reconnect with fans and the band’s roots. So far the group have performed two of the three New York shows with the tour starting in Manhattan’s Roseland Ballroom before moving on to Terminal 5, which is located in Hell’s Kitchen. Both venues have an approx. capacity of 3,000. Next stop will be the show everyone’s been waiting for, a return to ‘The Ritz’ (1,500 capacity – awesome) where the band recorded their famous ‘Guns N’ Roses Live At The Ritz concert in 1988. The venue has since returned to its original name, Webster Hall but in honour of Gun’s return, they’re renaming it for one night.

So far the sets have been in the range of two hours and forty minutes with a selection of songs to please any fan (aside from ‘Chinese Democracy’ no longer appearing on the set – Boo urns!). With songs, solo’s and jams – the set features roughly 29 different moments. Standouts include ‘Estranged’, ‘Don’t Cry’, ‘Civil War’, ‘This I Love’, ‘Rocket Queen’ and ‘Better’.  Full dates for the remaining shows can be seen below and on Guns N’ Roses official website – www.gunsnroses.com

2/15 — New York, N.Y., The Ritz (Webster Hall)
2/19 — Chicago, Ill., House of Blues
2/21 – Detroit, MI., The Filmore (Detroit)
2/23 — Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
2/24 — Atlantic City, N.J., House of Blues

**Update – February 6th 2012 – Extra dates, update for the Polish show and more**

 Yup, new dates (Michigan!) and we’ve corrected the Polish date, it’s actually July 11th so the poster below was a fake. Just for clarity, please find the full list of dates below and I’m also including all those ones that were rumoured but haven’t been confirmed at the bottom. Shaping up very nicely!

Guns N’ Roses 2012 US/European Tour (Confirmed Dates)

2/10 — New York, N.Y., Roseland Ballroom
2/12 — New York, N.Y., Terminal 5
2/15 — New York, N.Y., The Ritz (Webster Hall)
2/19 — Chicago, Ill., House of Blues
2/21 – Detroit, MI., The Filmore (Detroit)
2/23 — Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
2/24 — Atlantic City, N.J., House of Blues

5/17 – Dublin, Ireland @ The O2

6/04 – Rotterdam, Holland @ Ahoy Stadium
6/08 – Mönchengladbach, Germany @ Warsteiner Hockeypark,
6/16 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest
6/22 – Milan, Italy @ Arena Fiera (Gods of Metal)
6/24 – Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting,
6/29 – Graz, Austria @ See-Rock Festiaval 2012

 7/08 – Sofia, Blugaria @ Sofia Rocks
7/11 – Rybnik, Poland @ Stadion Miejsk

 Rumoured Dates

June 5th, 2012 – Paris, France @ Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
June 10th, 2012 – Lyon, France @ Halle Tony Garnier
June 11th, 2012 – Strasbourg, France @ Zenith Strasbourg
June 14th, 2012 – Toulouse, France @ Zenith de Toulouse
June 18th, 2012 – Montpellier, France @ Park&Suites Arena
June 19th, 2012 – Toulon, France @ Zénith Toulon

**Update – February 3rd 2012 – HELLFEST!!**
Back again. Now they’ve been announced as the headliners for France’s HELLFEST Metal Festival which takes place June 15th  – 17th (Guns playing the 16th). Oh yeah baby, Europe get ready! Still no UK dates confirmed which is odd but it seems the band are intent on staying this side of the ocean for several months so we assume there’s plenty more dates to come.

**Update – February 3rd 2012 – Germany and Belgium Get Ready!**

Two more European shows confirmed folks. Guns N’ Roses have announced they’ll be playing Mönchengladbach, Warsteiner Hockeypark, Germany  on June 8th and…. They’ve also been confirmed as one of the headliners for this year’s Graspop Metal Festival in Belgium on Sunday, June 24th (bet you didn’t figure that out from the poster).

As soon as a few more date have been announced, we’ll unleash the full list but for now all confirmed dates can be found below.

**Update – February 2nd 2012 – See-Rock Festival Poster Added**
In our frustration waiting for a Dublin poster, we decided to share this one for the See Rock 2012 Festival we mentioned a couple of days ago. Guns N’ Roses and the Cult….I believe I’ll stick to Dublin and hopefully The Gods of Metal! Black Sabbath of course still not 100% but Guns, Sabbath and Motley Crue would be pretty frickin’ sweet. And where are KISS?? Them’s boys got an album a coming. More to come…

**Update – January 31sth 2012 – Guns N’ Roses Add Rotterdam Date**

According to Here Today…Gone to Hell, Guns N’ Roses will play Ahoy stadium in Rotterdam on June 4th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 3rd! ANOTHER (17:51 GMT) Guns also confirmed for the See-Rock Festival in Graz, Austria according to ther Here Today lads. Can’t find anyhting official on this yet I’m afraid but will update when I do. and old Poland poster added, not 100% this is legit!

**Update – January 31sth 2012 – Guns N’ Roses Updated Website and Add East-Coast Invasion Poster**

Well it only took three years but as we say in the world of Guns, better late than never! Guns N’ Roses have finally started to update their website www.gunsnroses.com with tour dates, news and the promise of a full update to come soon. Fans in the US will be able to purchase VIP tickets for their up coming East Coast tour (dates below) and hopefully we’ll start to see those European dates added in the near future.

Also, they’ve added a nifty poster for the EC tour and you can see that there on the left there. Pretty sweet, iconic Guns style art work. Axl really is working his way back to the top in style. Hats off to you sir!

**Update – January 30th 2012 – Guns N’ Roses Announce Small East-Coast Tour and Additional European Date**

Guns N’ Roses (thank you chinesedemocracy.com) have announced a six-date East Coast tour kicking off next month. The dates are below and tickets go on sale tomorrow. One point of interest with this tour, Guns will be returning to The Ritz in New York where they played their infamous 1988 show. The venue has since be renamed Webster Hall; but will be renamed The Ritz on the night to mark the occasion.

Guns N Roses: February 2012 East-Coast Tour:

2/10 — New York, N.Y., Roseland Ballroom 2/12 — New York, N.Y., Terminal 6 2/15 — New York, N.Y., The Ritz (Webster Hall) 2/19 — Chicago, Ill., House of Blues 2/23 — Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore 2/24 — Atlantic City, N.J., House of Blues

On top of that, two further European dates are out. We finally have Poland and an additional date in Bulgaria. Please find details below,

Saturday, 30 June 2012, Rybnik, Stadion Miejski w Rybniku, Poland
Saturday, 8 July 2012, Sofia Rocks, in Bulgaria

**Update – January 29th 2012 – More European Dates Announced**

Guns N’ Roses fan site Here Today….Gone To Hell has added a list of confirmed European tour dates to their news section. These dates include a surprising six dates in France as well as the previously confirmed shows in Dublin and Italy (Gods of Metal)

May 17th, 2012 – Dublin, Ireland @ The O2
June 5th, 2012 – Paris, France @ Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
June 10th, 2012 – Lyon, France @ Halle Tony Garnier
June 11th, 2012 – Strasbourg, France @ Zenith Strasbourg
June 14th, 2012 – Toulouse, France @ Zenith de Toulouse
June 18th, 2012 – Montpellier, France @ Park&Suites Arena
June 19th, 2012 – Toulon, France @ Zénith Toulon
June 22nd, 2012 – Milan, Italy @ Arena Fiera Milano (Gods Of Metal)

More to come folks, more to come! Oh, and the band have also begun to update their official website (www.gunsnroses.com) for the first time since 2009. It’s all go up in here!

**Update – January 29th 2012 – Guns N’ Roses Announced as headliners for Gods of Metal**

It Begins! Guns N’ Roses have been confirmed to play the Gods of Metal festival in Italy this June. They’ll be joining other confirmed head-liners Manowar, Motley Crue and Black Sabbath. And that’s not all, there’s going to be an announcement soon about further shows in Germany, France and Poland. Stay tuned!

Denis Desmond, head of Irish concert promoter recently spoke to The Irish Times and confirmed Guns singe, Axl Rose had personally requested a date in Dublin’s O2 arena as he feels there is unfinished business with the band’s Irish fans. You know what that’s in reference to. Tickets There managed to wreck several folks heads in the pub last night with our cheers of joy over this announcement and we plan on doing the same for all of our readers over the next four months.

ORIGINAL STORY – January 27th 2011

This is becoming a tradition at this stage, but 2012 is easily kicking off with the brightest start yet. According to an announcement from Irish concert promoters MCD, Guns N’ Roses are coming to Ireland this May (17th, O2 Arena). The rumour is this is part of a large European tour that’ll carry into June at the very least.

Tickets for the Dublin show go on sale next Friday, February 3rd @ 09:00 AM GMT from ticketmaster.ie priced €64.50 plus booking fee. Tickets There is extremely excited about this and looking forward to another year of GN’R fun, dates, annoyance and mania! Join us, forever and ever and ever…..

GUNS N’ ROSES Announce 2012 Dublin Show

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , on January 27, 2012 by Tickets There

I know right! WTF is going on in the world? As ZombieDee phrased it, has hell actually frozen over and do they need additional heaters to stop their water tanks from collapsing through their celling’s? Dear hell, if you are in need of assistance please do not be too proud to ask. We Irish have been through it enough.

Seriously though, seriously! Guns N’ Roses, the greatest hard rock band in the world have (seriously) announced a show at Dublin’s Point Theatre (O2 Arena) for the 17th of May. Ahem, you may remember their infamous 2010 show at the same venue….need I try to carry on with half assed witty comments?? I think not.

Guns N’ Roses are coming back, tickets go on sale next Friday, February 3rd @ 09:00 priced €65.45 plus booking fee from ticketmaster.ie. This will be just a few weeks after their inducted into the rock ‘n’ roll hall of fame which is expected to see the original line-up reform for one night in celebration of the event. There’s also talk the new Guns will be touring Europe all summer so expect a few more dates soon.

Note to Fans: Get over it! If you don’t want to go then don’t. The band will arrive late, Slash will not be there so don’t buy a ticket if all you’re going to do is bitch about the new line-up, Axl, the tardiness..etc, etc. Go see another band if you want punctuality. If you go see Guns N’ Roses prepare for a taxi home (cause there’ll be no trains), a long wait and one of the best live shows you’ll ever see with three hours of incredible music. You have four months to save for the taxi and a few extra pints so no bitch slap rapping!

Review: Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy – Live @ The O2, Dublin (June 8th, 2011)

Posted in Gig Review, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2011 by Tickets There

Back by popular demand, Def Leppard are in Ireland after a two year absence; once again warming up for another headlining  slot at the Download Festival. Two years ago they arrived with Journey and the jaw dropping Whitesnake in tow. Tonight’s line-up is even more astonishing with the legendary Thin Lizzy and Mr. shock-rock / Mr. Rock N’ Roll Hall of famer, the one, the only Alice Cooper, around to beef things up. The crowd in the O2 may not be as impressive as 2009’s show, but that just means a few thousand less Journey fans and I think we can all agree that’s never a bad thing.

Kicking of the proceedings tonight are Thin Lizzy and it has to be said, WOW. Anyone who was at their recent shows around the country can surely agree that the current line up are incredible. Ricky Warwick is definitely a worthy successor to the coveted space left by Phil Lynott. At no point tonight do you feel they’re anything less than the real deal, with original members Scott Gorham (original-ish) and Brian Downey rockin’ as hard as they did forty years ago. New guitarist Richard Fortus; whose last appearance in the O2 ended in near riot last September when he rolled into town with his day band, Guns N’ Roses; is more than capable of replacing John Sykes as he tears away at those rolling dual lead guitar solos with Scott. The only thought about the new line-up is that Scott and Brian will never be afforded the chance to be their age. With Phil in the band, Lizzy would be able to grow older and fans would go with it. Unfortunately, the band need to tear every song to pieces and ram it forcefully down your throat In order to walk away with a satisfied crowd to see them off. Maybe that’s the genius of Lizzy, they were never meant to slow down and this ensures it’ll never happen. Either way, Thin Lizzy have too many incredible songs to just leave idle. They need to be played and this line-up are more than up to the task.

Lizzy finish up their set with a pounding performance of ‘Black Rose’ before the mega Cooper stage show is pieced together. As the giant curtain rises up, fans pack around the stage in eager anticipation for one of rocks finest showmen to begin. The Vincent Price intro booms over the PA as the houselights go black building the spook master’s arrival. As the curtain drops, Alice stands atop a towering pulpit, decked out with spider arms around his waist as the band launches into ‘The Black Widow’; from his most recent album, Along Came A Spider. Discarding the jacket, Alice follows through with ‘Brutal Planet‘ before appeasing the greatest hits fans in attendance with his classic, I’m Eighteen. As canes get flung into the crowd amidst sword waving and exploding gloves, the band carry on with the classic ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ (which of course includes the traditional sharing of the Cooper insignia dollars), ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’ and the incredible, living snake accompanied ‘Is It My Body’. ‘I’ll Bite Your Face Off’ follows with the crowd being informed the title and the fact that’s it’s a new song via Alice’s jacket and blood soaked shirt.

‘Feed My Frankenstein’ swiftly follows suit and easily stands out as one of the night’s highlights, especially when you factor in the 12 foot Frankenstein donning the Cooper make-up that’s brought to life to sing the last chorus… while walking around the stage Oh God yes, it is that good!. ‘Poison’ and ‘Wicked Young Man’ cause mass hysterics,  followed by the classic ‘Killer’, which ends in the traditional guillotine gorge of death. Alice, wrestled into a headlock by sadistic ghouls meets his end by violent execution. With his decapitated head being displayed by the ghouls, fans are united for a sing along to ‘I Love The Dead’ before the master returns with shiny top hat, coat; with his sword and balloons to boot for a blow out version of ‘Schools Out’, appropriate given the week that’s in it (although any JC/LC students may not agree). With a little break, the band return for one last blaze of glory; ‘Elected’, which Alice dedicates to Dublin while waving the tri-colour and dressed in the Irish jersey. Amazing show from start to finish, time to head ho…oh wait (cheeky)

With the crowd gleaming up to the nines from Cooper’s performance, it’s time for the Mighty Leppard to take the stage and show all the naysayers out there why they can headline above any other act in the world. With a striking new stage setup, Leppard emerge triumphantly to rapturous cheering from the now packed O2 arena. Starting with ‘Undefeated’, one of the three news songs that’ll be on their forthcoming live album, Mirrorball, the band are on fire. Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Rick Savage, Vivian Campbell and thunder God himself, Mr.Rick Allen are all at the top of their game, adorned by glittering gloves, mike stands, headphones – the works. ‘Action’ and ‘Let’s Get Rocked’ follow, sending the crowd into a sing-along frenzy before older fans are treated to the incredible ‘Foolin’. ‘Make Love Like A Man’ and the iconic ‘Love Bites’ drive the point home that Leppard can damn well do anything they please  because this is a band with more hits per album than most others can achieve over a whole career. Sav’s now standard bass solo/intro for the bands cover of David Essex’sRock On’ has to be noted as a highlight.

A duelling guitar solo between Vivian and Phil follows; before the pace is slowed down for acoustic renditions of ‘Two Steps Behind’ and ‘Bringing on the Heartbreak’. Steve Clark’s incendiary ‘Switch 625′ launches the band back into hard rock mode before and extended performance of ‘Rocket’ is unleashed in all it’s pounding drum glory. ‘Hysteria’, ‘Armageddon It’ and ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ nail the set down before Leppard brings things near close with the almighty ‘Rock of Ages’. Of course they do return for an obligatory encore, performing one of their biggest Irish hits, ‘When Love and Hate Collide’ which goes down a treat before stunning die-hard fans with a final, hell-raising crack at ‘Wasted’ from On Through The Night.

Easily one of the best shows Ireland will see this year. Three amazing bands in one place, every one of them playing a blinder and not a hint of ‘Don’t Stop Believing’. Value for money in anyone’s books.