Abu Dhabi concert confirmed


December 16th will be marked in history.  The Gunners will take their rock N, Roll extravaganza into Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates..  GREAT NEWS.  I am sure some other concerts will be confirmed very soon.  Stay tuned!

October 22nd, 2010 Zaragoza, Spain @ Pabellón Príncipe Felipe


After a great UK tour, Guns N’ Roses are in Spain tomorrow.  Be ready for some serious rock n’ roll tomorrow night brothers and sisters!

Príncipe Felipe Arena is an arena in Zaragoza, Spain. The arena holds 12,000 people.

The arena hosted the 1990 and 1995 FIBA Champions Cup Final Fours, as well as the 1999 Saporta cup final in which Benneton Treviso defeated Pamesa Valencia.

It is primarily used for basketball (as the home venue of CAI Zaragoza) and handball (home of CAI BM Aragón).

Artists that have performed at the arena include Bob Dylan & David Bowie, among others.

KISS were scheduled to perform during their Alive/Worldwide Tour on November 29, 1996, but the show was cancelled.

 

Zaragoza , also called Saragossa in English, is the capital city of the Zaragoza province and of the autonomous community of Aragon, Spain. It is situated on the river Ebro and its tributaries, the Huerva and Gállego, near the centre of the region, in a valley with a variety of landscapes, ranging from desert (Los Monegros) to thick forest, meadows and mountains.

The population of the city of Zaragoza in 1 September 2010 was 701,090,[1] ranking fifth in Spain. The population of the metropolitan area was estimated in 2006 at 783,763 inhabitants. The municipality is home to more than 50 percent of the Aragonese population. The city lies at an altitude of 199 metres above sea level, and constitutes a crossroads between Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao and Toulouse (France) — all of which are located about 300 kilometres (200 miles) from Zaragoza.

Zaragoza hosted Expo 2008 in the summer of 2008, a World’s Fair on water and sustainable development. It will host another fair in 2014, the upcoming “Flowers Expo”, and it is a candidate to be European Capital of Culture in 2016. Zaragoza wants to be a candidate city for the Winter Olympic Games 2022, the project is similar to Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010. Ice and snow sports in Zaragoza, are popular in the nearby Pyrenees, where many of Spain’s best ski resorts are located.

The city is famous for its folklore, a renowned local gastronomy, and its trilogy of landmarks (the Basílica del Pilar, La Seo Cathedral and the The Aljafería Palace). Together with La Seo and the Aljaferia, several other buildings form part of the Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Fiestas del Pilar are among the most celebrated festivals in Spain.

 

manchester, UK @ MEN arena set list, pics and videos


Last show of the UK tour.  Great tour again.  Tattoo time for me tonight.  Have a good one!

A BIG THANKS TO THE FILMERS AND PICTURES TAKERS!

Some more videos will probably come later tonight!


Chinese Democracy


Welcome To The Jungle


It’s So Easy


Mr. Brownstone


Sorry


Shackler’s Revenge
Richard solo
Live And Let Die


Band jam
This I Love


Better


Rocket Queen
Dizzy solo
Street of Dreams
You Could Be Mine
D.J. Ashba solo
Sweet Child O’ Mine


Band jam (Another Brick In The Wall)
Axl piano solo
November Rain


Ron solo
I.R.S
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Nightrain


ENCORE
Guitar intro
Don’t Cry


Band jam
Madagascar
Whole Lotta Rosie
Band jam
Paradise City

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October 18th, 2010 Manchester, UK @ MEN Arena


Like I said in the other post, having 2 gigs in 2 nights make the blogger mad.  I don’t have time to look around like I would want to.  Anyhow, the Gunners are playing in Manchester, home of the shittiest soccer team alive, Manchester United…hahahaha…I just wanna bug some friends I have who are getting seriously nuts over that team….So no hard feelings.

The Manchester Evening News Arena or M.E.N. Arena (commonly referred to as just The M.E.N. or simply Manchester Arena) is a large indoor arena in Manchester, England. It is currently sponsored by the Manchester Evening News and has a capacity of 3,000 to a maximum capacity of 23,000 depending on the event being staged, making it one of the largest indoor arenas in Europe. It was opened in 1995, and was initially sponsored by NYNEX CableComms (a British cable television provider, part of the NYNEX Corporation, a telephone service provider in the United States) as the NYNEX Arena. The Arena took its current name in 1998 after the NYNEX brand name had disappeared as a result of a merger with Cable & Wireless Communications in 1997.

The M.E.N. Arena is one of the world’s busiest indoor arenas and concert venue.The arena was built to coincide with Manchester’s two bids to host the Olympic games in 1996 and 2000 (which were won by Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000).

The M.E.N. Arena was one of the first indoor venues in Europe to be built following the traditionally American sports arena layout of 360 degree seating, and is the only arena in the UK to have this feature (London’s O2 Arena also has 360 degrees seating, but only on its lower tier, whereas the M.E.N. Arena features it on both tiers). Other European indoor venues built to the same concept include the Kölnarena in Cologne, Zagreb Arena in Zagreb, Spaladium Arena in Split, Belgrade Arena in Belgrade, O2 arena in Prague, Color Line Arena in Hamburg, and similarly The O2 arena in London.

The arena’s seating capacity is one of Europe’s most dynamic for an indoor venue. It is often chosen by touring acts because its design and layout makes the venue ideal for any type of performance. One day the arena could host an ice rink, the next day a concert, the next day a basketball match. The seating is split into an upper tier (bowl) and a lower tier, separated by 35 hospitality suites.

 

History

The Manchester Evening News Arena was constructed as part of Manchester’s unsuccessful bid for the 2000 Summer Olympics. It cost £52 million to build with £35.5M from government grants and £2.5M from the European Economic Development Fund. The structure was designed by DLA Ellerbe Beckett, Ove Group, and Austin-Smith:Lord. The arena was opened on 15 July 1995. On the opening night, 15,000 spectators watched Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean perform; the crowd was a record for an ice event.[3] Attendance records were set in 1997 when 17,425 people watched Manchester Storm play Sheffield Steelers, a record for an ice hockey match in Europe. When 14,151 people watched Manchester Giants play London Leopards, it set a new British record for attendance at a basketball match.

On July 15 2010, the M.E.N. Arena celebrated its 15th birthday with a multi-artist gig, presented by Real Radio (North West). An audience of nearly 10,000 was entertained by headline acts Scouting for Girls, Pixie Lott, The Script, Alexandra Burke, The Hoosiers, The Saturdays, Gabriella Cilmi, Taio Cruz, Craig David, Beverley Knight, Olly Murs, Amy McDonald, The Baseballs and Fyfe Dangerfield. Former M.E.N Arena steward Peter Kay was a surprise guest on the night which was hosted by Real Radio breakfast presenters Ditchy and Salty.

Arena success

The M.E.N. Arena has attracted a huge number of customers since opening its doors in 1995, as it is Europe’s largest concert venue. The opening event held there was a performance by Torvill and Dean, as part of their farewell tour. The venue attracts over a million customers each year for concerts and family shows alone, making the venue one of the world’s busiest indoor arenas, in regard to this the M.E.N. Arena was named “International Venue Of The Year” in 2002 by concert industry insiders in the ‘Pollstar’ awards, and was nominated in the same category in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. The M.E.N. Arena was also named “Busiest Arena Venue In The World”, based on ticket sales for concerts in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 beating competition from other indoor arena’s including New York’s Madison Square Garden and London’s Wembley Arena. (2007 figures) The Arena has also been named the ‘World’s Busiest Arena’ from 2001 until 2007 based solely on ticket sales for concerts, attracting five and a half million customers to concerts. The M.E.N. Arena was voted ‘Europe’s Favourite Arena’ at the TIP Awards for 2008 voted for by the numerous touring companies that bring the shows to the venue.

In 2007, the Arena was named ‘World’s Busiest Arena’ for concerts for a record fifth time, the top ten venues in 2007 were:

Venue 2007 Ticket sales for concerts/shows
Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, UK 1,245,196
Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA 1,230,433
O2 Arena, London, UK 1,209,376
Wembley Arena, London, UK 901,778
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 670,255
HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, USA 666,587
Bell Centre, Montréal, Québec, Canada 620,403
Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, USA 564,258
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, USA 539,030
Izod Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA 527,694

In 2008, the M.E.N. Arena was named world’s third busiest arena behind London’s O2 Arena and New York’s Madison Square Garden. In 2009, the MEN Arena was named world’s second busiest arena behind London’s O2 Arena and in front of Antwerp’s Sportpaleis in Belgium and New York’s Madison Square Garden. Although coming second place to London’s O2 Arena the M.E.N. Arena had its busiest year in its history with over 1,500,000 people attending concerts and family shows at the venue. The arena hosts over 250 events annually including comedy acts, live music and tours, sporting events, and occasionally musicals.

Today, it plays host to many worldwide performing artists, including some of the biggest stars in the world of music.

Janet Jackson was scheduled to perform during her All for You Tour on December 5, 2001, but the show was cancelled, due to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Kylie Minogue did a special webcast of her KylieFever2002 tour back in 2002 on MSN for fans around the world to view.

The venue was used to record Westlife‘s Greatest Hits Tour DVD on 14 April 2003.

P!nk‘s performance, during her Try This Tour on 26 March 2004, was filmed & later released as a DVD, titled Pink: Live in Europe.

McFly recorded their Wonderland Tour here in 2005. The DVD was one of their 3 number one music DVD’s.

Rihanna‘s performance, during The Good Girl Gone Bad Tour on 6 December 2007, was filmed & later released as a DVD, titled Good Girl Gone Bad Live.

On 13-14 June 2008, Boyzone filmed their reunion tour, Back Again…No Matter What DVD here Tonight, 18-10-2010; the Guns & Roses will have 18k+ fans screaming for a Tiawan revolution for China.

Sports

The M.E.N. Arena has been the home of three sports teams: the Manchester Storm and Manchester Phoenix ice hockey teams, and the Manchester Giants basketball team. However, with limited success, as the arena is not currently the home of any sports teams the venue is often promoted as a ‘world class concert facility’, However the arena is regularly used for one-off sports events such as boxing and football masters.

Many popular boxers have had bouts in the arena, such as Amir Khan, Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe, Mike Tyson, and more recently David Haye. Hatton (a Manchester native) became a regular and favourite of the M.E.N. Arena.

World Wrestling Entertainment has hosted multiple events at the Arena over the years. It first hosted WWF Mayhem in Manchester in 1998 drawing over 19,600 people (a European record for an indoor WWF/WWE event). The arena also hosted WWF No Mercy in 1999. On 26 October 2002 it hosted the SmackDown! UK-only pay-per-view WWE Rebellion, as it did in 2001. Also on 11 October 2004, it hosted a RAW taping, and was followed the next day by a taping of WWE SmackDown!. RAW and SmackDown! returned to the M.E.N. Arena on 13 and 14 November 2006 and returned for live tapings of RAW and Smackdown on 10 and 11 November 2008 respectively. Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), made their first appearance at the arena in January 2009 and again in January 2010.

The M.E.N. Arena has also hosted mixed martial arts events. UFC 70 on 21 April 2007, and UFC 105 on 14 November 2009 for which set the European record for largest UFC event outside the USA with 16,000 people in attendance. The World Taekwondo Qualification Event for the Beijing Olympic Games was held at the Arena on 28–30 September 2007; at this event 103 countries competed for 24 places at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. Also in April 2008, the arena hosted the FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships, the first time it has been held in the UK. For this occasion, the arena was transformed into a 17,250-seat swimming event venue. Two 25 m swimming pools were constructed into the floor of the arena and the pools were completed within 18 days.[5]

The arena was also used by Manchester United when they won the Champions League Final in 1999. The arena was the final destination of their bus tour which saw United parading the trophy to around 750,000 fans across Manchester, including 19,500 fans in the arena itself. The 2008 UEFA Champions League Final was also shown in the arena on a big screen in front of 7000 spectators.

Monster truck racing events have also been staged at the arena in the past. To allow for the arena floor space to be extended for such events, the front section of seating in the lower tier (from around row H forward) can be removed.

Technical facts

  • Lower tier fixed seated capacity – 10,762
  • Upper tier fixed seated capacity – 8,870
  • Large theatre setup – 7,600
  • Small theatre setup – 3,500
  • Ice hockey and gymnastics – up to 17,643
  • FINA Swimming championships 2008 – 17,250
  • Basketball – up to 20,500
  • Professional Wrestling – 14,000 to 18,500 (depending on configeration)
  • Boxing – up to 21,000 (fully seated – although has been quoted by the media that up to 23,000 people attended an Amir Khan boxing fight in 2009)
  • Side stage – up to 11,150 (fully seated)
  • Conventional end-stage concerts – 13,500–15,800 (fully seated)
  • Conventional end-stage concerts – up to 19,350 (floor standing)[citation needed]
  • In the round concerts – up to 20,400 (fully seated)
  • In the round concerts – up to 21,000 (floor standing)
  • 30 hospitality business suites (seats up to 12 guests)
  • 8 top floor suites known as ‘The White house’ (each seats between 6 and 15 guests—located in the white sports commentators boxes when not in use)
  • 4 party suites (seats up to 25 guests)
  • The arena has its own 1,500 capacity car park
  • The arena is the European flagship venue of SMG
  • Like Madison Square Garden in New York City, Philips Arena in Atlanta, and TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, The M.E.N. Arena is situated beside/above a main railway station (Victoria Station). This means that people can get a train to the venue instead of driving.
  • The M.E.N. Arena did claim to have the world’s largest indoor video scoreboard when the venue opened in 1995. The videowall has since been removed and replaced with an LED Ribbonboard.

Visitor transport information

The venue adjoins Victoria train station. This therefore provides good access to the arena from train lines calling here. A Metrolink tram stop is also located in the train station. This provides services to Bury in one direction and the city centre, onwards to Altrincham and Eccles, in the other. NB Those travelling from Eccles will have to change either at Cornbrook or St Peter’s Square.

Visitors travelling by train to Manchester Piccadilly can either walk to the arena or catch a Metrolink tram from Piccadilly to Victoria. A number of bus routes always run to the area of the arena.

The arena has its own large car park nearby but by its nature endures delays upon departure after the event, as everyone tries to exit at the same time. Other smaller car parks are located around the city centre. On-street parking can be found in the area and on the various streets around the main Deangate street area.

Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena Set list, Pictures & videos


2 gigs in 2 nights make the blogger mad…lol  So here is the set list from last night show in Birmingham.  Some songs have been put aside, but all in all a great concert like always.  See you later tonight for the set list and pics of tonight show in Manchester.  Actually, I shouldn’t post anything about that gig, cause Manchester United sucks ass….But that is for another blog….hahahahaha…

intro
01. Chinese Democracy


02. Welcome to the Jungle


03. It’s so easy
04. Mr.Brownstone
05. Sorry


06. Shacklers Revenge
07. Fortus solo / Live and let die
08. This i love
09. Rocket Queen


10. Dizzy Solo / Street of dreams
11. You could be mine


12. Dj Ashba solo / Sweet Child O mine


13. Axl Solo / November Rain


14. Ron solo / Knockin on heavens door


15. Nightrain

16. Madagascar
17. Whole Lotta Rosie


18. Paradise city


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October 17th, 2010 Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena


After 2 amazing sold out show in London, England at the O2 Arena, the Guns N’ Roses nightrain rolls into Birmingham tomorrow night.  If you didn’t see the footage from the 2 shows in London, the whole 1st show is on my blog, and a lot of footage from the 2nd one is on my last blog post.

Wasn’t it amazing to see Duff play with Axl again?  He said it couple of months back that he wouldn’t mind playing once in a while with ex members, but ONLY one at a time.  We got Izzy in 2006, now we have Duff in 2010.  But PLEASE, don’t start any reunion rumours.  A reunion with the ex-members will NEVER happen.  NEVER!  And of course, don’t wait for Slash any time soon on a stage with Axl…lol

 

History

The NEC was originally going to be built adjacent to the M1 junction 21 near Leicester but it was turned down by Leicestershire County Council with claims that “The big shows won’t move away from London”.

In November 1971, the Secretary of State for the Environment granted outline planning approval for the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. The NEC, originally comprising 89,000 m2 of exhibition space, was opened by the Queen on 2 February 1976. The building was designed by Edward Mills.

In 1989, the Queen opened three further halls, increasing the space to 125,000 m2. Four more halls were added in 1993, the total exhibition space increasing to 158,000 m2. Another four new halls, opened in September 1998 by Neil Kinnock, European Commissioner for Transport, took the total space to 190,000 m2 (2,045,142 square feet). These buildings were designed by Seymour Harris.

As of 2009, The NEC is nearing completion of a five-year, £40 million venue improvement programme which has seen improvements made to everything from the car parking to signage, seating and catering. The most obvious result of this development has been the redesign of the Piazza – the central space around Halls 1 to 5, which has received a contemporary update.

Shows

The NEC was home to the British International Motorshow from 1978 to 2004. In addition, it also hosted the Classic Motor Show.

Since 1991, the NEC has been the venue for the international dog show Crufts. Held over four days and using five halls and the LG Arena, Crufts attracts an estimated 160,000 visitors annually. The 1991 show was also Crufts centenary year and as part of the celebrations to mark the occasion, the Guinness Book of Records gave official recognition of the events status as the worlds largest dog show, with 22,973 dogs being exhibited that year.

 

LG Arena

LG Arena
The LG
Former names The NEC Arena
Location LG Arena
National Exhibition Centre
Birmingham
B40 1NT
Opened 1982
Renovated 2008-2009
Expanded October 2009
Owner The NEC Group
Construction cost £29,000,000 (Refurbishment)
Capacity 16,000 maximum
Field dimensions 94.8m x 51.4m

The LG Arena, host to large music concerts, is part of the complex. The 16,000 capacity LG Arena was the largest multi-purpose arena in the UK when opening in the mid-1980s as “The NEC Arena” and is still a major popular venue for touring acts. Together, the NEC and the LG Arena host over 3 million visitors each year.[citation needed]

This includes international acts such as Lady GaGa,Rihanna,The Black Eyed Peas,Whitney Houston and Mary J Blige. However it does host multiple local music events with the BRMB Live event being hosted at the venue on November 23.

From 1 September 2008, the NEC Arena was officially renamed as the LG Arena, following a naming-rights sponsorship deal with global electronics company LG. The arena is currently undergoing a £29 million overhaul of its facilities, paid for by loans from Birmingham City Council and regional development agency Advantage West Midlands.

Work on the LG Arena was finished mid October 2009 and the arena hosted its first concert with Tom Jones. Included in the installation were around 1,000 new seats, bringing the capacity to 16,000[2] to compete with venues such as London‘s O2 Arena and Manchester‘s MEN Arena which are amongst the busiest music venues in the world. Also constructed were new hospitality areas and a forum containing new bars, restaurants and other customer facilities. Prior to its first concert, the arena hosted the 2009 Horse of the Year show.

Being able to host large and intimate shows the LG Arena Birmingham does offer a wide range of comedian’s that are nationally and internationally known with acts such as Lenny Henry, John Bishop and Russell Howard bringing their shows to the Arena.

Major music events


Since the 1980s, The NEC has hosted performances by many international musicians and music groups, several of which have played at The NEC Arena on more than one occasion.

Car parks

An NEC shuttle bus outside atrium entrance 2

The NEC has 29,000 car parking spaces spread around the site, with a shuttle bus service operating to and from the car parks.

In 2008 the all-day parking fee for public exhibitions was £8.00, which supposedly contributes directly to the upkeep of the car parks, running of the shuttle bus service, maintenance of road surfaces and lighting, and manning of the areas with traffic stewards.

London England @ O2 arena (2 NIGHTS SOLD OUT) set list, pics and videos


Howdie,

after a long fucking week, I am back for some blog time.  Somebody close to me in my family died last saturday, and the funeral was this morning.  So I couldn’t post anything until now.  2 nights in London.  That is cool.  But tonight, a cool thing happened. Duff Mckagan joined the gunners for some songs.  The show is still on, but I will updates as soon as it is finished.  But first, here is the first set list of the 2 nights.  Thanks to LOU and reayj2003 for the pics.  And thanks to the filmers and uploaders!


Night 1 (SOLD OUT)

Chinese Democracy
Welcome To The Jungle


It’s So Easy


Mr. Brownstone


Sorry


Shackler’s Revenge


Richard Fortus Guitar Solo (James Bond Theme)
Live And Let Die


Instrumental Jam
This I Love


Better


Rocket Queen


Dizzy Reed Piano Solo (Ziggy Stardust)
Street Of Dreams


You Could Be Mine


DJ Ashba Guitar Solo (Ballad Of Death)
Sweet Child O’ Mine


Instrumental Jam (Another Brick In The Wall Part 2)
Axl Rose Piano Solo (Goodbye Yellow Brickroad/… more)
November Rain


Bumblefoot Guitar Solo (Pink Panther Theme)
I.R.S.


Nice Boys


Knockin’ On Heavens Door


Nightrain

Encore:
Bumblefoot Improv/Don’t Cry


Jam/Madagascar


Whole Lotta Rosie


Band Jam
Paradise City



Night 2  (SOLD OUT)



Chinese Democracy
Welcome To The Jungle


It’s So Easy
Mr. Brownstone
Sorry
Shackler’s Revenge
Richard solo
Live And Let Die


Band jam
This I Love
Better


Rocket Queen
Dizzy solo
Street of Dreams
You Could Be Mine (WITH DUFF ON BASS)


D.J. Ashba solo


Sweet Child O’ Mine


Band jam (Another Brick In The Wall)
Axl piano solo
November Rain
Ron solo


I.R.S
Nice Boys (FEAT. DUFF)


Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (FEAT. DUFF)


Nightrain


Rappel

Guitar intro
Don’t Cry


Madagascar
Patience (FEAT. DUFF ON TAMBOURIN)


Whole Lotta Rosie
Band jam
Paradise City


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