Guns N Roses perform a secret show at The Troubadour on April Fools Day

After speculations for almost an entire week about a secret Guns N Roses show on April Fools day word got out tickets were going to go on sale Friday April 1st at noon for a intimate show at The Troubadour scheduled for sometime after 11 that evening. Fans began lining up the night before at Tower Records waiting for the chance to get a ticket with a wristband for this heavily anticipated show. Hundreds of fans lined up stretching the block and around the corner. Only 250 fans in line were able to purchase the coveted ticket and wristband for the throwback price of $10. Inside Tower Records old building there was an exhibit dedicated to Guns N Roses history with photographs and instruments. Many of the fans went directly over to the Troubadour and stood in line even more hours so they could get a spot up front close to the stage. There were some who were posting their tickets with the wrist band on Craigslist for cost up to $2,000. The idea behind issuing a ticket with a wrist band was to prevent scalping and extra people from getting in. That did not stop people with bootleg wristbands wrangling their way in and bringing the venue to over capacity and in risk of being shut down by The Fire Marshall. I was among the many disappointed fans who could not get a wrist band to get in. That did not stop me from checking out the Circus near The Troubadour. The Island in the middle of Santa Monica Blvd had hoards of people standing there straining to hear the performance. Another large group of people were on Nemo the street behind The Troubadour. The alley was blocked off so you could not go behind the club. I attempted to walk by the front with other fans outside West Hollywood Sheriff’s and CSC Event security staff kept asking people to leave even on Doheny Blvd people were being made to leave. When I had first arrived outside the club a large group of people were being thrown out for fake wristbands. There were quite a few paparazzi outside and I even seen a guy climbing on the roof of a building to get closer to the venue. Not being able to hear and get close to the venue I went back up to the strip with my friend who flew in from the UK. Guns N Roses was good for business on the strip that night. The Rainbow bar and Grill was packed with fans who could not get into the show. And a Guns N Roses Tribute band Hollywood Roses were performing at The Whiskey A Go Go where many also went. After Guns N Roses ended there set at The Troubadour they had food delivered to them from The Rainbow Bar and Grill. A good choice for food in my opinion.  Hopefully I have better luck next week in Las Vegas and get Guns N Roses tickets outside their arena shows April 8th and 9th at the brand new T Mobile Arena. I’ve seen the members of Guns N Roses all perform on their own before. In 2010 I had press passes for when Slash was honored at The Sunset Strip Music Festival. In 2014 I seen Axl Roses Guns N Roses up close and personal second row with VIP passes. The original line up together will be killer to see. Although there is no LA tour dates scheduled yet I anticipate LA shows will be booked.

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