According to People, 49 percent of those who participated in an online poll rated Axl Rose as the star in his 40s who “still rocks the hardest.” His closest competitor (Jon Bon Jovi) finished a safe 11 points behind him. This fall, Axl and his ol’ pal Dizzy, the only remaining familiar members of Guns n’ Roses, picked up some new guys and decided to hit North America for the first time in almost 10 years. And how little things change: When Axl declined to show for the kickoff date in Vancouver, fans rioted. But I still love Gn’R, and I’ve been waiting to see Axl sing “Don’t Cry,” “Patience,” “Welcome to the Jungle,” and “Paradise City” for most of my tender 22 years. I’m hoping that the band’ll be good—that is if, God willing, it shows up. Guns n’ Roses are scheduled to play with CKY at 7:30 p.m. at the MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $33-$68. (202) 432-7328. (Gulielma Fager)