Roses have canceled their entire European tour, which was to kick
off June 1 at the Rock Im Park festival in Nurnberg,
Guitarist Buckethead has suffered hemorrhaging and
has missed rehearsals, according to Helter Skelter, the band's
European management agency. Doctors have been unable to determine
the hemorrhaging's cause, though the guitarist is going through
extensive testing in California.
With the deadline looming to
ship the band's equipment overseas, and given the rehearsal time
required for a band that's only performed together twice, the
situation was deemed unworkable, according to a source close to the
The revamped group — which in addition to singer Axl
Rose includes former Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson, veteran
GN'R keyboardist Dizzy Reed, former Primus drummer Brian "Brain"
Mantia and guitarists Robin Finck and Paul Tobias (a.k.a. Paul Huge)
— played its first show on New Year's Eve in Las Vegas.
tour was set to hit 14 cities and wrap at the end of June with an
appearance at Denmark's Roskilde Festival. The band is discussing
whether or not the tour will be rescheduled, according to Helter
During their January performance at Brazil's Rock in
Rio festival, Guns N' Roses played new material from the
long-awaited Chinese Democracy album, which the band's
management company announced late last year would come out in June.
But anyone who's followed the saga of this album, which Rose has
been working on for years, knows better than to hold his or her