The set-up: Guns ‘n Roses—which for the last several years has been Axl Rose and a bunch of random no-names—has announced a handful of club dates, including Feb. 19 at House of Blues (tickets on sale 10 a.m. Feb. 3).
The debate: Is that an awesome opportunity to see a huge band in a small place, or a lame effort for a has-been to attract concertgoers to a space that’s easier to fill (with fewer potential boos when Rose inevitably goes on hours late)?
Guns N' Roses might not be the rock behemoth they once were, but the unpredictable band led by enigmatic frontman Axl Rose is still larger-than-life. It's been years since the band rocked club-sized venues, so the show at House of Blues should be on your "must-see" list. Besides hearing classics like "Welcome to the Jungle," "November Rain" and "Civil War," you never know what's going to happen at a GNR show--a riot, a headline-grabbing Rose meltdown or one of the most badass shows you've ever seen. – Brian Moore
Wow, $125 is chump change for the chance to get up close and personal with a guitar god like Slash. Oh, right, Slash and Axl haven’t been BFF (or performed together) for years, and Rose’s legend comes with an asterisk of his reputation for performances that disrespect audiences in any number of ways. Many would love to hear those first few moments of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” or “Paradise City,” close their eyes and imagine the legit Guns ‘N Roses in front of them. And imagine is exactly what concertgoers will have to do, since the pricey House of Blues show is more like Axl and the Axles than a stage full of rock icons. – Matt Pais