September 30th, 2010 Antwerpen, Belgium @ Sportpaleis


Another super show coming up tomorrow night in Belgium!

Sportpaleis Antwerp (Sports Palace Antwerp) is an arena in Antwerp, Belgium. It is a multipurpose hall where various events such as concerts, sporting events, festivals and fairs are organized. The building is located in the district Merksem , next to the Antwerp ring road. The arena was originally built for sports, especially track cycling, but these sport events generally don’t take place there anymore, with the exception being the Diamond Games (indoor tennis tournament).

The Arena is now best known for performances by major Dutch-speaking artists like Clouseau, Marco Borsato and Milk Inc., but also for concerts by major international artists such as Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, Black Eyed Peas, et cetera (see the section ‘Trivia’). Other well-known events in the Sports Palace include the Diamond Games, Nekka Eight and ‘Pop Poll De Luxe’, an event organised by the magazine Humo. Formerly, the Sportpaleis also hosted the ECC tennis tournament , a tennis tournament for men. Today, each February, the Proximus Diamond Games are organised at the site, a tennis tournament for women.

Adjacent to the Sportpaleis is the Lotto Arena, an event hall that can accommodate about 5000 spectators. The hall is in use since March 2006 and complements the main building of the Sportpaleis. Among other things, it is used by basketball team Antwerp Giants, who play their home games there.

History

Around 1930, many people were dreaming of an indoor cycling track near the city of Antwerp. At that time, it would be the largest indoor arena in Europe. Building started on January 11, 1932. The construction lasted exactly 21 months: on September 11, 1933, the brand-new building was completed.

On September 29, 1956, road cycling World Champion Stan Ockers was mortally wounded after a crash on the slopes. This happened during his 116th performance at this track. He died a few days later.

On November 19, 1988, singer Roy Orbison gave his last performance before his death at the Sportpaleis, performing his single ‘You got it’ live for the first and only time.

The main building of the actual hall is 88 metres wide and 132 metres long and has an immense roof, spanning 11.600 m². Under the stands, there is a wooden cycling track of 250 meters long and 8 meters wide. When completed in 1933, the Sportpaleis was seen as a construction miracle.

The arena is built in an elliptical shape and has two floors. Both from the upper galleries and from the ground floor, there is a good visibility for the public. Various room configurations are possible, ensuring a perfect solution can be offered for the various needs of users.

In April 2010, works have begun to change the popular green color into blue.

Trivia

Artists who have performed at the arena include AC/DC, Christina Aguilera, Anastacia, Beyoncé, The Black Eyed Peas, Marco Borsato, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Michael Bublé, Mariah Carey, Cher, Coldplay, The Cure, Deep Purple, Destiny’s Child, Neil Diamond, Céline Dion, En Vogue, Fiction Plane, Richard Fleeshman, Macy Gray, The Horrors, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Jonas Brothers, Grace Jones, K’s Choice, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Lemar, Demi Lovato, Massive Attack, Paul McCartney, Metallica, George Michael, Mika, Milk Inc., Kylie Minogue, Muse, Pearl Jam, P!nk, Pink Floyd, Pitbull, The Police, Prince, Queen, Guns N’ Roses, Rammstein, Raygun, Razorlight, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rihanna, The Rolling Stones, Diana Ross, Shaggy, Shakira, Britney Spears, Spice Girls, Gwen Stefani, Donna Summer, Tiësto, Justin Timberlake, Toto, Tina Turner, Shania Twain, U2 and Roger Waters, among others.

Janet Jackson was scheduled to perform during her All for You Tour on November 29, 2001, but the show was cancelled, due to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Many of them performed during the Night of the Proms, which is also held at the venue.

In 2007, Sportpaleis was voted the 10th best venue, by Billboard Magazine.

Audience

According to the classification of the American music magazine Billboard, the Sportpaleis was the second most visited event hall in the world in the period between November 2007 and November 2008, with 1,239,436 visitors. Only Madison Square Garden in New York had more visitors during this period.

The arena opened in 1933 and holds up to 18,500 people. It consists of 13,500 seats in the stands and also has a capacity for 1780 square center (seats) and the capacity to house a standing audience of 5,000. It is the current venue for the Proximus Diamond Games women’s tennis tournament.

Accessibility

The sports stadium is located at an exit of the Antwerp ring road. There is insufficient parking capacity for all visitors during an event. This regularly causes parking problems in the vicinity and traffic jams on the Antwerp ring road.

However, the Sportpaleis does have its own subway station (premetro station ‘Sport’). Both lines 3 and 6 stop at this station. Above ground, the sports stadium can be reached by Tram 12.

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Prague, Czech Republic @ O2 Arena SET LIST, PICS & VIDEOS


WOW.  Last night show was fucking AMAZING!  WHAT A FREAKING SET LIST!

Some surprises, like the return of SCRAPED!  I love that song. Shackler’s revenge, IRS and SCRAPED….Just FUCKING AMAZING!

next stop, Belgium!


01. Chinese Democracy


02. Welcome To The Jungle


03. It’s So Easy
04. Mr Brownstone
05. Sorry


06. Better


07. Richard Fortus Solo
08. Live And Let Die
09. This I Love


10. Rocket Queen


11. Scraped


12. Dizzy Reed Solo (Ziggy Stardust)


13. Street Of Dreams (partial)
14. You Could Be Mine


15. Street Of Dreams


16. DJ Ashba Solo
17. Sweet Child O’ Mine


18. Jam (Another Brick In The Wall)


19. Axl Rose Solo
20. November Rain


21. Bumblefoot Solo


22. IRS
23. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door


24. Shackler’s Revenge


25. Nightrain
Encore
26. Madagascar
27. Patience


28. Whole Lotta Rosie
29. Paradise City

If you wanna see a lot of pics from the show, click on this link.  Thanks a lot to the photographer!  AMAZING pics!

http://plivus.rajce.idnes.cz/GUNS_N_ROSES_Live_in_Prague/

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September 27th, 2010 Prague, Czech Republic @ O2 Arena


After an amazing night in Zagreb, Croatia, the trin rolls into Prague tomorrow night.

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Former names Sazka Arena (2004-March 2008)
Location Ocelářská 460/2 190 00 Prague 9 – Libeň, Czech Republic
Broke ground September 2002
Built 2004
Opened 27 March 2004[1]
Operator BESTSPORT akciová společnost
Construction cost 8 billion CZK
347 Million
Architect ATIP, a.s. – Vladimír Vokatý, Martin Vokatý, Jiří Vít
Capacity Concerts: 18,000
Ice hockey:17,360
basketball:16,805

O2 arena, formerly Sazka Arena, is a multi-purpose arena, in Prague, Czech Republic.

It was built in time for the 2004 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships.

The O2 arena is easily accessible by public transport, there is a metro line B “Českomoravská” station, tram stops and bus stops; a train station “Praha Libeň” is close to the O2 arena as well.

The O2 arena is the home of Czech Extraliga team HC Slavia Praha.

It hosted the Final Four, of the Euroleague, in 2006.

The O2 Arena has hosted concerts by AC/DC, Bryan Adams, Aerosmith, Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé, The Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Phil Collins, Depeche Mode, Celine Dion, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Evermore, Genesis, Karel Gott, Guns N’ Roses, Jean Michel Jarre, Tom Jones, KISS, Lenny Kravitz, Linkin Park, Madonna, Vanessa Mae, Kylie Minogue, Mötley Crüe, Nine Inch Nails, Ozzy Osbourne, Luciano Pavarotti, Pearl Jam, P!nk, Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation, Queen, Queen + Paul Rodgers, Eros Ramazzotti, Rammstein, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shakira, Slade, Gwen Stefani, Tiesto, Tokio Hotel, Tina Turner and Roger Waters, among others.

Recent events

In October 2008, the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning opened the 2008–09 NHL season at the O2 Arena with two games.

In November 2008, the French electronia pioneer Jean Michel Jarre performed his Oxygène album live at the arena, as part of the second leg of the Oxygène 30th anniversary tour.

In December 2008, the arena played host to the playoff matches of the 2008 Men’s World Floorball Championships, including the 7:6 Finnish upset over Sweden.

History

The idea of building a new arena in Prague came on the heels of the “golden era” of Czech ice hockey: winning 3 gold medals in a row. The arena was proposed to be built in time to host the 2003 World Championship tournament in ice hockey, but due to unforeseen complications with the investors, the ice hockey governing body had to switch that tournament to Finland. The arena’s main backer then became Sazka a.s., a Czech betting company.

The construction of the arena (which began in September 2002) was not without problems, but it finally finished in time to host the 2004 tournament.

In March 2008, the building was renamed O2 Arena.

Technical facts

  • Number of floors: 6
  • Floor space: 35,000 m²
  • Capacity: up to 18,000 spectators (depends on action)
  • Club and Luxury seats: 2,460
  • Skyboxes: 66
  • Party Boxes: 4
  • Places in bars,restaurants and cafés: 2,900
  • Parking: 280 places
  • Population of its catchment area: 1.5 to 1.8 million people

Happy birthday Mr. Bumblefoot!!!!!


On this day couple of years back, Mr. Ron Thal was born.  Let me take this opportunity to wish him a great birthday, and let’s hope for the best!  You are a great musicians, a great artist and most importantly a great human being.

So happy birthday Mr. Bumblefoot!  And we are ALL glad you are part of this crazy ride that is GUNS N’ FUCKING ROSES!!!!

LAURENT

Zagreb, Croatia @ Zagreb Arena Set list, pics & videos


Thanks to all the filmers, the uploaders, and of course Jarmo from HTGTH.com for the updates and the pictures like always. Special thanks to Del James for pictures too!

SET LIST:

Intro / Chinese Democracy


Welcome To The Jungle


It’s So Easy
Mr. Brownstone


Sorry


Better


4tus Solo / Live And Let Die


This I Love


Rocket Queen


Dizzy Solo / Street of Dreams
You Could be Mine
Dj Ashba Solo / Sweet Child O’ mine


Jam (wall)/axl piano (goodbye/someone) / November Rain


Bbf solo / short happy birthday played by richard / Don’t Cry (Axl joins in)


IRS
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door


Nightrain


ENCORE:

Jam / Madagascar
Whole Lotta Rosie


Jam / Patience (patience features chris playing on a bottle of beer)


Jam / Paradise City



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September 24th, 2010 Zagreb, Croatia @ Zagreb Arena


Sorry not to have posted this yesterday.  Cause the show is gonna start soon.  But 2 shows in 2 days….Hard to follow.  lol

So tonight, Zagreb, Croatia!

Arena Zagreb is a multi-purpose sports hall located in the southwestern part of Zagreb, Croatia (in the Lanište neighborhood of Novi Zagreb). The site will also include a building complex, the Arena Complex (Arena Center), expected to be the largest shopping-entertainment center in the city.

The Croatian Government and the City Government of Zagreb held a public tender for the construction of a sports hall in order to host games in the 2009 World Men’s Handball Championship, and later for numerous other sporting, cultural and business events.

They selected the consortium composed of property developers TriGránit (from Hungary) and Ingra (from Croatia). The TriGránit/Ingra offer was initially approved on April 25, 2007, but the signing of the final contract was delayed because of Mayor Milan Bandić expressing discontent with the conditions. The Consortium engaged studio UPI-2M from Zagreb, specially for this project to create and produce a unique design for Arena Zagreb. The construction of the sports hall finally started on July 20, 2007, and was completed as planned, on December 15, 2008.

The Arena is used for hockey, futsal, handball, athletics, basketball, volleyball, numerous other sporting competitions and various concerts, exhibitions, fairs, conventions and congresses.

The shopping center and Arena Zagreb will share a series of services such as a joint parking lot, multiplex cinema, wellness center, numerous restaurants, cafes and stores.

Architecture

Resembling a giant rib cage around the building, 86 large pre-stressed, pre-fabricated concrete curved columns form the main façade, connected by a semi-translucent polycarbonate envelope that allows for various light effects. It’s one of the landmarks of Zagreb already, along with the cathedral.

Developing spatial and functional characteristics to enable maximum flexibility of the venue was vital during the schematic design stage. The telescopic system of 4,500 seats was a critical element in allowing different configurations and quick turnaround between events. The singular vision also led to provision of spacious facilities for athletes, other performers and event managers, a concept for simple and fluid visitor circulation, a mix of catering facilities and designing in smaller, mutually independent zones that could all be used at the same time. Getting the acoustics right was important too. The steel roof structure had sufficient bearing capacity to enable the suspension of additional stage equipment. The roof structure is close to the structure of a suspension bridge, which is an uncommon approach (in arena design) anywhere in the world. The roof ’s bearing structure is only 45 cm high, over a span of 110 m, because it is suspended from the upper side of the roof outside and can’t be seen from the interior. This solution was made feasible by contemporary cable production technology – the span is suspended on cables that have a diameter of just 66 mm. Each cable can carry 400 tons.

Arena Zagreb won the Structural Design of the Year award at the 2009 World Architecture Festival, and Grand spectacle award at Global BBR 2010

Belgrade, Serbia @ Beogradska Arena, set list, pics & videos


Here’s the set list from tonight show in Belgrade.  Another great set list.  Not a lot of changes from the other ones, but hey…..everybody deserve the same treatment…;)

SET LIST

01. Chinese Democracy


02. Welcome To The Jungle


03. It’s So Easy
04. Mr. Brownstone
05. Sorry
06. Better
07. Richard Fortus Solo (James Bond Theme)
08. Live And Let Die
09. This I Love


10. Rocket Queen


11. Dizzy Reed Solo (Ziggy Stardust)
12. Street Of Dreams
13. You Could Be Mine


14. DJ Ashba Solo (Ballad Of Death)
15. Sweet Child O’ Mine


16. Band Jam (Another Brick In The Wall: Pt. II)
17. Axl Rose Solo (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road / Someone Saved My Life Tonight)
18. November Rain


19. Bumblefoot Solo (Pink Panther Theme)


20. Don’t Cry (with Axl)


21. I.R.S.
22. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
23. Nightrain


Encore
24. Madagascar
25. Whole Lotta Rosie
26. Band Jam
27. Paradise City



Pictures and videos coming soon.  THANKS TO JARMO FROM HTGTH.COM FOR THE FIRST PICS OF THE VENUE

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