Guns N' Roses to play here

(From far left) Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, singer Axl Rose and guitarist Slash have reunited for the tour.
(From far left) Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, singer Axl Rose and guitarist Slash have reunited for the tour.PHOTO: LAMC

Singapore fans' excitement over American rock giants Guns N' Roses' first Singapore gig, to be held on Feb 25 at the Changi Exhibition Centre, does not seem to be dampened by ticket prices that some say are a little high.

General tickets cost $199, $298 and $568 each, while VIP packages cost $1,038, $1,393 and $2,063.

According to concert organiser LAMC, the VIP prices include perks such as photos taken from the stage before the concert starts and backstage tours, but do not include meeting any of the band members.

Arts administrator Natalie Tan, 35, plans to buy the $298 ticket. In February, she paid $400 to see Madonna at the National Stadium, but was disappointed by the bad view from where she sat.

Tickets to Madonna's show could be said to be cheaper, since they were priced from $108 to $688 for general tickets and $1,288 for VIP tickets. But Ms Tan is optimistic that her experience at the Guns N' Roses show will be better.

  • BOOK IT / GUNS N' ROSES - NOT IN THIS LIFETIME TOUR SINGAPORE

  • WHERE: Changi Exhibition Centre, 9 Aviation Park Road

    WHEN: Feb 25, 8pm

    ADMISSION: $199, $298 and $568 (general tickets) and $1,038, $1,393 and $2,063 (VIP packages). Tickets for OCBC card members go on sale from Friday at 10am to Sunday at 11.59pm through Sistic (go to www.sistic.com.sg or call 6348-5555). Public sales start on Monday at 10am through Sistic

She says: "From the plan, you can see that it's all free-standing, and LAMC has done many shows, so I think it is smart enough not to mess around."

Changi Exhibition Centre last hosted a major rock concert in 2013, when American metal titans Metallica played there to a 40,000-strong crowd, one of the biggest rock shows in Singapore in recent times. It was also organised by LAMC.

The Straits Times understands that the company is expecting an even bigger crowd for Guns N' Roses.

The Metallica tickets were cheaper at $148 and $188, but fans such as Mr Noor Hisham Noor Rahim, 35, do not mind.

"I think the tickets are a bit pricey, but for hardcore fans who have been waiting for three decades, they're worth it," says the freelancer in the semiconductor industry, who is planning to get the $298 Pen A tickets that are closer to the stage than the $199 Pen B tickets.

But Mr Teo Chee Keong, 44, says there should be at least one category of tickets that costs less than $199.

"I understand that the VIP or premier stands that are the closest to the stage will command a premier price, but the organiser should consider the majority of fans who have waited so many years to catch the favourite band of their teenage years," says the director of a student enrichment school.

While Guns N' Roses have had several line-up changes since forming in 1985, the reunion tour features three members from their classic 1980s and early 1990s line-up - singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan.

According to LAMC, the band "will not be performing in nearby countries" and the only other Asian concerts on the tour announced so far are in Japan.

The Los Angeles rockers have sold more than 100 million records and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Their 1987 debut album, Appetite For Destruction, is a rock classic. Their sixth and most recent album, Chinese Democracy, was released in 2008.

SPH Radio's ONE FM 91.3 is the show's official radio partner and OCBC the official card.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 12, 2016, with the headline 'Guns N' Roses to play here'. Print Edition | Subscribe