Friday February 1, 2013
Guns N' Roses to rock Malaysian F1 Grand Prix 2013
The Axl Rose-led Guns N’ Roses to rock Malaysian F1 Grand Prix 2013’s post-race concert.
IF there is one party to set your motor running, it is the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix 2013 post-race concert on March 24 in Sepang, Kuala Lumpur featuring legendary rock band Guns N’ Roses.
Formed in Los Angeles in 1985, Guns N’ Roses, once regarded as the world’s most dangerous rock ‘n’ roll band, will topline the post-race party at the circuit and make it a rocking 15th anniversary celebration for the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix.
“This is the legendary band’s first live show in Malaysia and fans can expect a bumper performance,” said Datuk Razlan Razali, CEO of Sepang International Circuit (SIC).
Back in 2009, British pop star Jamiroquai attracted 20,000 fans at the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix post-race concert.
That attendance record, according to the (SIC) organisers, is set to be broken with Guns N’ Roses.
“Guns N’ Roses is still a huge draw and we expect the masses to come to the race and stay on for the concert,” he added.
“The good news is the band will be playing a three-hour career-spanning set.”
The Grammy award-winning Guns N’ Roses, which has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, is best known for fiery rock classics and epic ballads like Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Paradise City, Patience, Don’t Cry, Estranged and November Rain. Unfortunately, a bitter band break-up has left its original members estranged.
Guns N’ Roses, now led by frontman Axl Rose (who turns 51 next Wednesday) has kept its major hits on the current tour playlist as well as ‘newer’ songs such as Chinese Democracy, Better and This I Love. Guns N’ Roses last studio album was the delay-plagued Chinese Democracy in 2008.
As the only original member left in the band, Axl Rose is backed up by guitarists Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, DJ Ashba and Richard Fortus, bassist/backing vocalist Tommy Stinson, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardists/backing vocalists Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman.
The current line-up is reportedly working on a new album in Los Angeles while the bitter feud between Axl Rose and former bandmate Slash persists.
While Guns N’ Roses of 1987 look nothing like Guns N’ Roses of 2013, save for Axl Rose as the frontman, the band’s legacy is undeniable.
“I’m surviving this war, not the one who created this war,” said Axl Rose in a Rolling Stone interview last October.
In August 2010, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash (and his band) played to 8,000 fans at Surf Beach @ Sunway Lagoon, Petaling Jaya in Selangor.
Guns N’ Roses was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April, which Axl Rose declined to attend.
The band has included the Malaysian stop on as a regional concert exclusive after its Australian tour in March.
Ticket details at sepangcircuit.com and oneticket.com.my. With the One Ticket Unlimited, all the grandstand ticket holders will have access to the F1 post-race concert featuring Guns N’ Roses on March 24.
Meanwhile, those with the hillstand tickets will have to add minimum RM120 to catch the legendary rock performance.