GUNS N' ROSES - Appetite For Destruction Artwork Under Fire Again Leading Up To Las Vegas Residency

October 30, 2012, 2 years ago

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According to Tom Gorman from Las Vegas Sun News, a Clark County, Nevada commissioner said she regrets the commission’s decision to temporarily rename Paradise Road to Paradise City Road to promote GUNS N' ROSES concerts because an ad for the iconic group’s concerts depicts what appears to be a sexually assaulted woman beneath the Welcome To Las Vegas sign.
'Paradise City' is among the band’s best-selling songs. Guns N’ Roses will be resident artists at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. Paradise Road runs alongside the Hard Rock. The ad is a revised version of the group’s banned cover of its first album, Appetite For Destruction. The cartoon-like drawing depicts a robotic monster lurking over a skeletal robot, with a disheveled woman sprawled on a sidewalk, her underwear pulled down below her knees and her blouse opened, exposing a breast. The Welcome to Las Vegas sign, and another that reads Welcome to Paradise Sin City have been added to the drawing for the current concert promotion.
The artwork appears on the group’s website selling tickets to its shows at the Joint, and a somewhat sanitized version - no exposed breast and no underwear - is used in mainstream advertising including newspaper promotions and taxicab placards. Commissioner Mary Beth Scow, who represented the county at the ceremony commemorating the temporary name change, said she was unaware of the ad promoting the concert that the county was throwing its support behind. “I hadn’t seen the advertising before the media event,” she said Tuesday. “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.” Read more at Las Vegas Sun News.
Las Vegas will never be the same as the world’s most iconic rock band, Guns N’ Roses, takes over Sin City with their first-ever residency Appetite for Democracy at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The band will play 12 shows starting Wednesday, October 31 through Saturday, November 24. Each night, the band will perform an electrifying show featuring a set list created exclusively for The Joint. Appetite for Democracy will span the band’s biggest hits from their debut album Appetite for Destruction (1987) through their platinum-selling record Chinese Democracy (2008). Exact details about the show are being kept under wraps but fans can expect the raw and gritty heavy metal Guns N’ Roses is known for along with a few surprise elements. Produced exclusively by AEG Live, Appetite for Democracy is unlike any show the band has ever done before or will ever do again. Ticket prices start at $45 (plus applicable services fees). To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Hard Rock Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com, Thejointlasvegas.com or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000. Ticket and room packages are available at Hardrockhotel.com.

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