Nineteen years after his last performance in the Holy Land, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose is now back in Israel. Following his arrival at Ben Gurion airport this morning, Rose and the rest of Guns N’s Roses will perform in Tel Aviv on Tuesday night as part of the city’s Summer Rock 2012 music festival.
“I’m glad to be here again,” the 50 year old Rose told Mako, an Israeli news website. Rose’s last appearance in Israel was with Guns N’ Roses on their “Use Your Illusion Tour”, in May 1993. This time around, Guns N’ Roses’ Jewish guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal will be performing in place of Slash, the band’s former guitarist who left the group in 1996.
The members of Guns N’ Roses were escorted to the presidential suite in the hotel Dan Tel Aviv today, staying in the same suite that pop icon Madonna and her children stayed in earlier this year. According to Israeli media reports, Rose’s requests included a private gym to be built in his suite, nine rooms with scented soaps, the best masseuse and chiropractor in Israel, and a bouquet of six red roses and six white roses for every room.
The concert will take place tomorrow night in Ganey Yehoshua Yarkon Park. Guns N’ Roses will follow Ugly Kid Joe and the up and coming Israeli band Hayehudim.