The upcoming concert of American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, to be held at MMRDA Ground, Bandra-Kurla Complex on Sunday, will have the largest number of retail ticket centres for any live event in India.
According to Neetu Bhatia, co-founder and CEO of ticketing website KyaZoonga.com, there are 89 retail outlets across the country selling tickets for the concert, which is 29 more than they had when Canadian rock musician Bryan Adams toured India in early 2011. “Ticket sales have been unprecedented.”
The organisers of the concert, Mooz Entertainment, say that of the three cities that the band will be touring — Bangalore on December 7, Mumbai on December 9 and Gurgaon on December 12 — fans in Mumbai have shown the most interest.
“We expect a crowd of 25,000 to 28,000 people at this concert,” said Karamjeet Singh, senior vice-president, Mooz. “Given that about 65% of tickets have been sold in Mumbai, it’s likely the ven-ue will be packed to capacity.”
Guns N’ Roses, known for songs such as such as ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, ‘Welcome To the Jungle’ and ‘November Rain’, has been around since 1985. However, over the past two decades, the line-up has changed considerably, with the exit of popular band members such as rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin in 1991 and lead guitarist Slash in 1996.
Today, lead vocalist W Axl Rose, known for his energetic stage presence and wide vocal range, is the only remaining original member. The rest of the line-up includes keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman; lead guitarists DJ Ashba and Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal; lead and rhythm guitarist Richard Fortus; bassist Tommy Stinson and drummer Frank Ferrer.