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Not in This Lifetime... Tour
World tour by Guns N' Roses
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The front of the band's tour program featuring the classic bullet style logo.
Location North America, South America, Asia, Oceania, Europe, Africa
Start date April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
End date November 29, 2018 (to date)
Legs 10
No. of shows 79 in North America
16 in South America
8 in Oceania
16 in Asia
38 in Europe
1 in Africa
158 total
Box office $480.9 million (125 shows)[1][2]
Guns N' Roses concert chronology

The Not in This Lifetime... Tour is an ongoing concert tour by hard rock band Guns N' Roses. It features classic lineup members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, marking the first time since the Use Your Illusion Tour in 1993 that the three performed together.

After the previous tour in 2014, guitarists DJ Ashba & Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, bassist Tommy Stinson and keyboardist Chris Pitman left Guns N' Roses, leaving the band with several open spots. Former members Slash and McKagan rejoined the band and Melissa Reese joined as keyboardist. The group embarked on the world tour that spanned several continents, with 157 shows performed or scheduled so far. The group welcomed former drummer Steven Adler to the stage for several shows as a guest spot, the first time he had played with the group since 1990. The tour has been a financial success, grossing over $480.9 million to date, making it the fourth-highest-grossing concert tour of all time. The tour was 2016's highest-earning per-city global concert tour as well as the fourth-highest-grossing overall that year. In 2017 the tour ranked as the second highest grossing worldwide tour.[2]

The tour was honored at the Billboard Touring Awards in November 2017, winning Top Tour/Top Draw and being nominated for Top Boxscore.

Overview[edit]

Background[edit]

After their last tour ended in 2014, there was uncertainty surrounding the band, especially the guitarist situation. Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal had hinted during the last part of the tour that these would be his last shows with Guns N' Roses.[3] However, after the tour ended, no official word on the situation was given from Guns N' Roses nor Thal himself. During several South American shows on the tour, Duff McKagan had filled in for bassist Tommy Stinson, who fulfilled previous commitments with his other band The Replacements.[4]

A lot of the tension [with Axl] that you were talking about has dissipated. We don't have all those issues anymore.

Slash, on his relationship with Axl Rose, CBS This Morning, May 7, 2015

Almost a year after the tour ended, on May 7, 2015 Slash revealed in an interview on CBS This Morning that much of the tension that had existed between Axl and himself was gone, saying: "Well, we haven't really talked in a long time. But a lot of the tension that you were talking about has dissipated. We don't have all those issues anymore." When asked specifically about the chances of Guns N' Roses reuniting, he said: "I gotta be careful what I say there. I mean, if everybody wanted to do it and do it for the right reasons, you know, I think the fans would love it. I think it might be fun at some point to try and do that, but it just starts to get into a whole complex thing. But anyway, it's really between the guys in the band."[5] This sparked the start of what would prove to be a long period of speculation on a reunion by both the fans and the media.[6] Slash later revealed that he and Axl spoke via telephone in March 2015.[7]

Suddenly, on July 27, 2015 the news broke that Guns N' Roses' co-lead guitarist, DJ Ashba, was leaving the band.[8] He wrote a letter explaining that he was going to focus his work on his other group, Sixx:A.M., which he had formed with bassist Nikki Sixx and vocalist James Michael in 2007. At the same time he thanked Rose for the opportunity he was given by playing with Guns N' Roses and it seemed like they had left things on good terms. While this news story was picking up, it was at the same time confirmed by a representative of Guns N' Roses that Thal was officially out of the band.[9][10] The leaving of both Ashba and Thal, combined with Slash's comments on a reunion only a couple months before, further fueled both media and fan speculation about a reunion being in the works.[9][11]

Furthermore, on August 22, 2015, Slash stated to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that Axl and he had spoken recently. This was considered a big news story because it was common knowledge that the two of them had not spoken since he left the band in 1996. When asked about the re-connection with Rose, Slash commented "it was probably way overdue".[12] Rumors of a reunited Guns N' Roses started to pick up more and more during the fall of 2015.[13][14] More reports came in claiming to have a confirmation that a reunion would happen, but no official statement was made during this period. One of the questions on people's minds was if this was going to be a full reunion of the "classic line-up" or if it would be just one or two people from that line-up returning to the band. Steven Adler (the drummer from Guns N' Roses' "classic line-up") admitted during a radio interview with Eddie Trunk that he had not heard anything from Guns N' Roses about a reunion.[15] Classic-era member Izzy Stradlin later confirmed to Rolling Stone that he will have no involvement with the new lineup.[16] Former drummer Matt Sorum stated he was not asked to be part of the reunion,[17] while departed guitarist Ashba claimed he was asked by Rose to be a part of the lineup but had turned it down, citing his commitment to Sixx:A.M.[18] Stradlin explained his absence on the tour stating "they didn't want to split the loot equally".[19] Ultimately, Chinese Democracy-era members Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer remained with the band to fill the rhythm guitarist and drummer slots respectively.[20]

Announcement[edit]

Vocalist Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan performed together for the first time in 23 years as part of the tour.

In late December 2015, the Guns N' Roses website was updated, scrapping much of the content and displaying the classic Guns N' Roses bullet-logo.[21] The logo had not been used in official promotion since the Use Your Illusion days.[22] Then, on Christmas Day, a teaser trailer debuted before the new Star Wars movie.[23] The 15-second video showed black and white shots of a concert audience with the opening words of "Welcome to the Jungle" played.[24] No additional narration or text accompanied the trailer.[24]

On December 29, 2015, Billboard reported that Slash was set to rejoin the band and a "reunited" lineup would headline Coachella 2016.[25][26] Rose was set to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the following week to talk about the future of the band, but his appearance was cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances".[27][28] Guns N' Roses were officially announced as the headliner of Coachella on January 4, 2016, with the press reporting Slash and Duff McKagan were rejoining the band.[29][30][31] The Coachella festival then confirmed via press release that McKagan and Slash were rejoining.[32] April concerts in Las Vegas and Mexico City were announced subsequently.[33][34]

The full tour announcement came on April 1, 2016, when the band announced 20 cities as part of a North American leg of the tour dubbed "Not in This Lifetime...".[35] The tour's name is a reference to a 2012 interview in which Rose, when asked about when a potential reunion would happen, responded "not in this lifetime."[35] The reunion was billed as a "regrouping" by the band instead of a full reunion, since Slash and McKagan were filling empty spots in the existing band lineup.[36] Additional dates in Chicago, New England, New York, and Los Angeles were announced on April 25 due to shows selling out.[37] On May 18, Alice In Chains and Lenny Kravitz were announced as openers for select shows of the tour.[38][39][40] Two weeks before the tour began, The Cult, Chris Stapleton, Billy Talent, and Skrillex were announced as additional openers for select shows.[41] On June 30, Wolfmother and Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown were announced for several shows.[42] Zakk Wylde was added as an additional opener to the band's show of August 15 in Glendale, Arizona.[43]

Additional legs of the tour were announced throughout the year, including Latin American, Asian, and Oceanian legs.[44][45] Babymetal was announced as openers for the Japanese shows in 2017.[46] In late November, commercials started airing in the United States with footage from the tour with the tagline "They're back for more in 2017", teasing a return to North America.[47] On December 5, the band announced 35 North American and European dates for 2017, including a return to St. Louis for the first time since the 1991 Riverport Riot.[48]

On March 7, 2017 the band was announced as part of the 2017 edition of Rock in Rio, playing on September 23.[49][50] A YouTube video was released promoting this announcement, revealing that the band would co-headline their day with The Who.[51] This marks the fourth appearance by Guns N' Roses with the festival in Rio de Janeiro, with the second edition in 1991 being their first time there.[49]

Notable events[edit]

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young jammed with Guns N' Roses during several shows, while former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach joined the band on April 9, 2016 in Las Vegas. Former drummer Steven Adler joined the band for two songs at 5 shows of the tour, and Rose Tattoo vocalist Angry Anderson appeared on the show of February 11, 2017.

While originally slated to commence in Las Vegas on April 8, 2016, a previously unannounced warmup gig at the Troubadour in Los Angeles took place on April 1, 2016.[52] Rumors of the secret show had started the night before,[53] and fans were starting to gather outside the old Tower Records building at Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. Rumblings that a ticket sale for the show would take place there started a line of people that grew during the night and into the early morning of April 1.[54] Then, during the morning, the announcement came that the rumors were true and tickets for the club show would go on sale at 12 pm at the Tower Records building. They charged a $10 "retro" ticket price for the show.[55] Later in the evening, as the band took the stage at the Troubadour, it was revealed that Melissa Reese, who has previously worked with former drummer Bryan "Brain" Mantia on several projects, had replaced longtime second keyboardist Chris Pitman for the tour.[56] During the show at the Troubadour, Rose fell and broke his foot.[57] For the following concerts, Rose was given Dave Grohl's customized throne that Grohl used to perform when he broke his leg at a concert.[58]

The band's first scheduled concerts with Slash and McKagan took place at the newly opened T-Mobile Arena on April 8 and 9, 2016.[59][60] Alice in Chains were the opening act for the Las Vegas shows,[61] while The Cult opened the first two shows outside the United States in Mexico City on April 19 and 20.[62]

Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach joined the band on stage during the second of the two Las Vegas shows in April 2016, sharing the lead vocals with Rose on the song "My Michelle". Bach has guested on the same song in a similar fashion on many previous Guns N' Roses tours, but this was the first time performing it alongside the returned Slash and McKagan.[63] Rose Tattoo singer Angry Anderson joined the band onstage to help them cover the Rose Tattoo song "Nice Boys" at their concert in Australia in February 2017.[64][65] It was the first time that Anderson performed the song with Guns N' Roses since 2007.[66]

On April 16, 2016, just hours before their performance at the Coachella Festival's first weekend was scheduled to start, the news broke that Rose would be joining AC/DC to fill in as the lead vocalist for the remaining dates of their Rock or Bust tour.[67] Brian Johnson had to leave the group previously due to risk of hearing loss. During Guns N' Roses' show that night, AC/DC guitarist Angus Young guested with the band for performances of the AC/DC classics "Whole Lotta Rosie" and "Riff Raff", giving the audience an early preview of how the guitarist's sound and Rose's voice sounded together.[68] Young joined the band for three more shows on the tour in early 2017, as well as a show in Germany in June and in The Netherlands in July.[69][70][71]

During the April 23 Coachella concert, McKagan had Prince's symbol featured on his bass guitar as a tribute honoring his death just days prior. Rose talked about them being fans of Prince, but did not have enough time to get together a song of his to perform in honor of him. Instead, they dedicated the whole concert to his memory.[72]

Steven Adler joined the band on stage for the first time in 26 years during the concert of July 6, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he performed "Out Ta Get Me" and "My Michelle".[73][74] The drummer's last performance with the band was at the Farm Aid concert on April 7, 1990 in Indianapolis, Indiana,[75] although he did perform alongside Slash, McKagan, Sorum and Gilby Clarke during Guns N' Roses' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, with Rose being absent from the ceremony.[76] Previously, Adler was rumored to take part in the surprise show of April 1, 2016 at the Troubadour before back surgery forced him to cancel.[77] Adler repeated his appearance at the concert of July 9, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Towards the end of the North American trek, once again the drummer sat behind the drum set when performing the same two songs at the second of the two Dodger Stadium shows in Los Angeles, California.[78] During the Latin American leg, Adler joined the band for a song each of the two nights in Buenos Aires.[79][80]

Pink, Billy Gibbons, and Dave Grohl all performed with the band in 2017.

When the band and crew were traveling between Philadelphia and Toronto on July 15, 2016, they were stopped and detained at the Canadian border for having a gun on board their transportation. Rose revealed this while on stage in Toronto on July 16, saying "... so we weren’t exactly arrested, we were detained", and further remarked of the customs officers "They were very nice. They were very nice". He then jokingly added "They were very understanding. You know, it happens – you can forget you had a f—in' gun". A band representative later confirmed the story while adding that the gun did not belong to any member of the band.[81] During a show in Mexico on November 30, the band invited several fans onstage to smash a large Donald Trump piñata.[82][83] Rose had previously altered lyrics to "Civil War" during a concert to reference Trump.[84]

During the show of May 27 in Ireland, the band debuted their cover of "Black Hole Sun" in honor of Chris Cornell, who had died just over a week before, on May 18.[85] Cornell had previously worked with both McKagan (in Mad Season)[86] and Slash (appearing on the song "Promise" on Slash). In a 1989 interview, Rose had called Cornell the best rock vocalist at the time,[87][88] and during the Use Your Illusion tour in the early 90s, Soundgarden opened for Guns N' Roses in both the United States and Europe.[89]

Sometime in 2017 during a show in the midwest, former rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin participated in a sound check with the group, with the intention of guesting during the show. However, former manager Alan Niven claims Stradlin walked out and "didn’t want to have anything to do with it".[90] Stradlin had reportedly declined special guest appearances similar to the ones Adler had.[91]

On August 30, 2017, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – the band covered "Wichita Lineman", a song made famous by Glen Campbell.[92] That was the first live performance of the song by them, with Rose presenting it saying "We're going to play something we've never played before. It might not be your thing, but we're just trying to pay a tribute to someone. It's not what you think". After the song, he said "For Glen", honoring the country singer-guitarist who died August 8, 2017. Rolling Stone magazine described it as "their most unexpected cover of the tour".[93] During the same concert, the band also covered "I Got You (I Feel Good)" by James Brown for the first time since 2006.[94]

While playing "Patience" at their show of October 11, 2017 in New York, the band was joined onstage by Pink who sang guest vocals.[95] Additional guest musicians were featured throughout the tour; Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top joined the band for "Patience" on November 10, and Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters joined for "Paradise City" on November 14.[96][97]

On June 3, 2018 during a show in Germany, the band covered "Slither" by Velvet Revolver, a supergroup that Slash and McKagan (alongside Scott Weiland, Dave Kushner, and former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum) were a part of during their time away from Guns N' Roses.[98] On June 6, the band played "Shadow of Your Love" for the first time since the Appetite for Destruction Tour.[99]

Personnel[edit]

Keyboardist Dizzy Reed, drummer Frank Ferrer and guitarist Richard Fortus remain from the 2014 lineup, while keyboardist Melissa Reese joined the band in 2016, replacing Chris Pitman

Guns N' Roses[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Sebastian Bach (performed "My Michelle" during the concert of April 9, 2016.)
  • Angus Young (performed "Whole Lotta Rosie" and/or "Riff Raff" during the April 16, 2016, February 10, 11, 14, June 22 and concert of July 12, 2017s.)
  • Steven Adler (performed "Out Ta Get Me" and/or "My Michelle" during the July 6, 9, August 19, November 4 and concert of November 5, 2016s.)
  • Angry Anderson (performed "Nice Boys" during the concert of February 11, 2017.)
  • P!nk (performed "Patience" during the concert of October 11, 2017.)
  • Billy Gibbons (performed "Patience" during the concert of November 10, 2017.)
  • Dave Grohl (performed "Paradise City" during the concert of November 14, 2017.)

Concert broadcast and recordings[edit]

On April 8, 2016, before the first show at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Guns N' Roses posted a video in social media showing a recap of the event at the former Tower Records building and concert at the Troubadour in West Hollywood that took place a week earlier, on April 1. The three-minute video showed cuts from different songs played at the concert, as well as a time-lapse of the set-up of the Guns N' Roses museum that was temporarily placed inside the Tower Records building. Small snippets with comments from fans outside the museum was also featured in the clip.[100]

The Coachella Festival had a live internet broadcast via YouTube of select performances during the first weekend of the festival. The Guns N' Roses concert was not shown in its entirety, but rather two songs from the set, namely "Welcome to the Jungle" and "November Rain".[101] During the second weekend of the festival there was a 360° live feed from the festival, and again two songs from the Guns N' Roses set were selected for broadcast. This time they showed "November Rain" and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door".[102]

A concert held at the Apollo Theater in New York City on July 20, 2017 was broadcast live in its entirety on SiriusXM satellite radio.[103] The concert was an invite-only event where subscribers to the satellite radio service were eligible to win tickets.[104] Similarly, the final show of the North American leg in 2017 in Inglewood, CA on November 29 was also broadcast on SiriusXM.[105]

Box office and Reception[edit]

The first leg of the tour featured sold-out shows in West Hollywood, Las Vegas and Mexico City grossing a total of $15.5 million. In addition Guns N' Roses headlined one day each weekend of the Coachella Festival earning an unknown figure. On June 23, 2016 the second leg of the tour started, featuring stadiums in the United States as well as one show in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The box office numbers reported for the leg added up to $116.8 million, with twelve of the total 25 performances being sold-out shows. The Latin American leg[a] yielded up to a total gross of $56.5 million with more than 565,000 tickets sold.[106] They played 13 shows in 11 cities, selling out 8 of them.[107] By the end of 2016 the band had played for over 1.8 million people and grossed $192 million.[107] The 2017 European and North American legs of the tour sold one million tickets just 24 hours after going on sale in late 2016.[108] The tour was the highest earning per-city concert tour in 2016,[109] making $5.5 million per show,[110] as well as the fourth highest grossing tour of 2016.[111]

Additionally, the tour was the second highest grossing North American Tour (the highest grossing of any band) for 2016, grossing $130.8 million in North America.[112] The shows at MetLife Stadium on July 23 and 24 were ranked as the 9th highest grossing of the year by Pollstar, earning a combined $11.2 million.[113] In Australia and New Zealand, the sold-out shows amounted to over 350,000 tickets.[114] During the first half of 2017 dates have grossed a total of $151.5 million, while the single biggest concert gross of the year, so far, is Guns N' Roses' London Stadium shows which sold 139,000 tickets and grossed $17.3 million over two nights.[115] The tour has of now surpassed $480 million in gross revenue.[1][2]

The tour was honored at the Billboard Touring Awards in November 2017, winning Top Tour/Top Draw and being nominated for Top Boxscore.[116] The Tour was also nominated for Top Rock Tour at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, with the band being nominated for Top Touring Artist and Top Duo/Group as well.[117] In 2018, they were nominated for Top Touring artist and Top Rock Tour.[118]

Opening acts[edit]

Alice in Chains and The Cult

Alice in Chains was the first band announced as an opening act on the tour.[119] They played both of the Las Vegas shows in April 2016, while returning for select dates during the following summer leg of North America.[120] Duff McKagan has ties with the band as he toured with the them in 2006 and also expressing interest in writing a biography on them.[119] Another band with previous ties with Guns N' Roses was selected for the Mexican dates in April – The Cult.[121] As part of their Appetite for Destruction Tour, Guns N' Roses opened for The Cult for a whole North American leg in August and September 1987. A later drummer of The Cult, Matt Sorum,[122] would eventually join Guns N' Roses in 1990 and stay until 1997.[122][123] The Cult also returned to support the band during the summer of 2016.[124]

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown was selected for numerous dates both in North America and Singapore.[125] Before opening for Guns N' Roses they had been the opening band for AC/DC during the European leg of their Rock or Bust Tour in which Axl Rose served as the replacement singer. Chris Stapleton was a surprising selection as opener for the Nashville show,[124] as Guns N' Roses usually picks artists within the same music genre as themselves, though it proved a successful choice for the Tennessee audience.[126] Wolfmother opened their first show on the tour on July 12 in Pittsburgh,[125] and would continue to appear as a supporting act throughout the tour. The singer, Andrew Stockdale, has a past working relationship with Slash, appearing on the 2010 single "By The Sword" from Slash’s first solo album.[127]

Lenny Kravitz live.

Canadian punk rock band Billy Talent opened the only Canada date in Toronto during the summer North American leg of the tour.[124] For the two double shows in Foxborough and East Rutherford, long-time friend of the band Lenny Kravitz[128] was the supporting act.[120] Slash has recorded with Kravitz in the past, notably the first single from the album Mama Said, "Always On The Run". Kravitz has also appeared on stage with Guns N' Roses before, during the June 6, 1992 Use Your Illusion Tour stop in Paris, France, where they played the single live.[128] The guitarist/singer was also spotted in the audience of Guns N' Roses’ April 1 surprise show at the Troubadour, where he said that he had re-connected with the band.[128]

Another unusual choice as opening act was Skrillex, who performed in Houston, Texas on August 5.[124] British band The Struts was handpicked to open the show in San Francisco on August 9. Similarly to Guns N' Roses, the band lists Queen and The Rolling Stones as influences on their music.[129] At McKagan's homecoming show in Seattle on August 12, his daughter Grace's band The Pink Slips opened the event alongside Alice in Chains.[130] Zakk Wylde has ties to Guns N' Roses back to 1995 when he was in the studio with the band.[131] He was chosen as opener on the show of August 15.[125] Wylde had also previously played as a guest with Guns N' Roses on stage back in 2011,[132] where he also performed as an opening act with his band Black Label Society.[132]

Japanese metal idol band Babymetal opened for Guns N' Roses in Japan.

For the Latin American leg of the tour, openings acts were usually regionally-based bands, including Plebe Rude, Airbag, and Massacre, among others.[133][134] Marky Ramone and Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown also opened shows.[135] Leg 4 of the tour saw most shows opened up by Wolfmother and/or Rose Tattoo, and Man with a Mission and Babymetal also opened shows.[136][137][138]

Leg 5 saw support from Royal Blood, The Darkness, Mark Lanegan, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, The Kills, Virgin, Killing Joke, Biffy Clyro, and Backyard Babies.[139][140][141][142] Michael Monroe also supported, as well as Wolfmother and Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown.[143]

Leg 6 featured Deftones, Sturgill Simpson, Live, Our Lady Peace, ZZ Top, The Kills and Royal Blood opening for the band.[144][145][146][147] On Leg 7, The Who joined the band as co-headliners.[148]

The eighth leg of the tour did not feature any opening acts, allowing the band to play earlier.[149]

Stage design and show production[edit]

Working on a tour that reunites the Guns N’ Roses originals after over two decades was an opportunity that we couldn’t miss.

Matt Hales, Project Manager, TAIT, [150]

Planning and preparation for the tour started in January 2016.[151] TAIT Towers was brought in by long time client production manager Dale "Opie" Skjerseth to produce the stage and show itself. They have previously built and designed world tours with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, U2 and Madonna. The set was designed by Phil Ealy, previously the light designer on the Use Your Illusion tour.[152] They built a 71 ft. wide main stage including band risers, LED staircases made with P9 LED video tiles, LED fascia and amp stacks, and a self-climber piano lift used for Rose’s performance of "November Rain." Additionally, they developed an 80 ft. automated video track truss system installed with power transmission units to automate Screenworks background video screens. TAIT Navigator, a proprietary automation platform, operated and controlled the self-climber piano lift as well as automated Screenworks’ video screens into variations of three to six columns.[152]

The band playing in Seattle, WA in August 2016, showing the stage setup.

The stage had staircases on each side as well as in the middle, leading up to the drum-kit. There was a walkway extending all the way around the drummer and two keyboardists, with staircases implemented into the riser, allowing the band members to freely move up amongst the keyboardists and the drummer during the show. At the center of the stage, there was a catwalk extending 28 ft. into the audience pit area hosting the self-climber piano lift.[153] This catwalk was not assembled for the first seven shows as a result of Rose’s foot injury and he was subsequently forced to have a seat on the main stage instead. An extensive lighting rig was assembled in the center stage area which featured Atomic 3000 LED and MAC III AirFX fixtures by Martin. The band members wanted a stage show experience similar to their Use Your Illusion tour, with updated technology.[154] Each side of the stage had big LED video screens, primarily used to show close-ups of the band during the show.[153][155] Roughly 250 professional and local crew members (125 of each) were needed to set up the staging, speakers and video boards. The setup process took three days and more than 20 production trucks to transfer from each city.[156][153] Additionally there were three fleets of 16 steel trucks each, carrying the skeleton of the stage, making them able to set up the basis of the stage in three different venues at any time.[156]

Motion graphics agency Creative Works London were brought back to do the visuals package for the stage show after having worked on the 2014 tours of South America and the Las Vegas residency.[152] The new footage and graphics included familiar elements associated with many of the songs, like animations of old-school TV sets with the band members’ skull drawings made famous by the cover of the Appetite For Destruction album. The TV sets were a throwback to the "Welcome to the Jungle" music video. "You Could Be Mine" graphics consisted of the band stylized as a resemblance to Terminators, influenced by the song having been used as the soundtrack on the Terminator 2 movie and original music video.[157] Elements from the Chinese Democracy alternative art series were used in songs such as "Chinese Democracy" and "Catcher in the Rye". A set of changing backgrounds with rain and rose petals featured during "November Rain", whilst a black crow inspired from the official music video, was made to fly across the screens during "Don't Cry". Slash’s signature skull with a top-hat, smoking a cigarette, was displayed on the main screen during his solo performance of "The Godfather theme", with a similar skull graphic during Duff’s vocal performance. Pyrotechnics were used throughout the set, for a selection of songs.[158][153]

The intro to the show featured either the classic Guns N' Roses bullet-logo made to look like a neon sign, blinking on the big screen on center stage, or an animated bullet-logo with the revolvers firing shots. The "Merrie Melodies" intro tune played, and then the whole venue went dark[159] with the theme from The Equalizer playing over the PA system for a few minutes before the band then started the first song of the set. The show ended with a considerable amount of pyrotechnics on stage, and confetti was shot out over the crowd during the ending of "Paradise City". When they played outdoor venues, an extensive fireworks display was added.[160]

Show overview[edit]

Guns N' Roses playing at Arrowhead Stadium on June 29, 2016.

As this was a semi-reunion of the "classic line-up" of Guns N' Roses, many were curious about which songs they would play at the concerts.[161] Mainly if they would add songs from the Use Your Illusion albums to their setlist, and if they would continue to play songs from their latest release, the 2008 album Chinese Democracy – which Slash and McKagan were not a part of creating or recording.[162][163] McKagan had previously performed songs from Chinese Democracy with Guns N' Roses in 2014, when he stepped in as a substitute for Tommy Stinson while he was busy playing shows with The Replacements.[4] After the first show – the surprise performance at the Troubadour – some questions were answered. They did bring back "Double Talkin’ Jive" from Use Your Illusion I, while they also played tracks from Chinese Democracy, "Chinese Democracy" and "Better".[164] This development continued at the first arena-sized show at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas where they further extended the setlist with songs like "Coma" and "This I Love", where the former had not been performed by the band since 1993.[165] "The Godfather theme", which used to be a staple Slash solo number during past tours, was also brought back into the set. A few shows into the first leg, during the second show in Mexico City, they debuted "There Was a Time", another song from the Chinese Democracy album. "Sorry" and "Catcher in the Rye" were later debuted during shows in July.[166][167] It is also notable that Slash had altered some guitar parts of the songs from this album.[168][169]

Core set[edit]

The band continued, as they had done in past tours, to keep the core set which included their most well-known songs. The core set largely consisted of songs from their debut album Appetite For Destruction, namely "Welcome to the Jungle", "It’s So Easy", "Nightrain", "Mr. Brownstone", "Paradise City", "Sweet Child o' Mine" and "Rocket Queen".[164][169] The remaining core songs were tracks from the Use Your Illusion albums and Chinese Democracy. This included some of the aforementioned songs: the newly added "Double Talkin’ Jive", as well as "Chinese Democracy", "Better" and "This I Love". In addition, "Live and Let Die", "November Rain", "Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door", "Estranged", and "You Could Be Mine" were played at every concert (except "November Rain" and "Estranged", which were not played at the shorter club show at the Troubadour).[164]

Opening songs[edit]

In all tours from 2001 and on, Guns N' Roses had (with few exceptions) opened their show with either "Welcome to the Jungle" or "Chinese Democracy". For this tour, they changed things up and are now using the song "It’s So Easy" as the opening song. "Chinese Democracy" and "Welcome to the Jungle" took the number 3 and 4 spots in the set, with "Mr. Brownstone" being the second song played, as was common during their older tours.[164][169]

Solo spots[edit]

In past tours, an extensive number of solo spots were a usual part of the setlist. They cut this down to a minimum, keeping the set quite tight with the performance of regular songs as the main focus. Slash did have a solo spot with "The Godfather theme", a guitar instrumental piece with the rest of the band backing up and functioning as a lead-in to "Sweet Child o' Mine". As a second new addition, Fortus and Slash were doing a guitar instrumental version of the Pink Floyd song "Wish You Were Here", which worked as a prelude to "November Rain". McKagan took the lead vocals during a regular spot in the set, singing a song from the Guns N' Roses punk cover album "The Spaghetti Incident?". From show to show, he alternated between "New Rose" – the debut single of the British punk rock group The Damned, "Raw Power" – a song by Iggy Pop and the Stooges which he had previously performed at some of the Guns N' Roses shows in 2014, and "Attitude"[170] – a Misfits song he played regularly on the Use Your Illusion Tour and in 2014.[171]

Encore[edit]

The band ended their concerts with the song "Paradise City", but the total length of the encore set varied. The songs included in this set, with the exception of "Paradise City", were different ones from show to show, including "The Seeker", "Patience", "Don't Cry", "Yesterdays", "Used To Love Her", "Catcher In The Rye" and "Sorry" in various combinations.[170][172]

Guns N' Roses posing for a Curtain call after a concert in 2016.

Show setlists[edit]

Leg 1[edit]

North America (warm-up) – April 1, 2016 — April 23, 2016[173]

Leg 2[edit]

North America – June 23, 2016 — August 22, 2016[174]

Leg 3[edit]

Latin America – October 27, 2016 — November 30, 2016[175]

Leg 4[edit]

Asia / Oceania – January 21, 2017 — March 3, 2017[176]

Leg 5[edit]

Europe / Israel – May 27, 2017 — July 15, 2017[177]

Leg 6[edit]

North America – July 20, 2017 — September 8, 2017[178]

Leg 7[edit]

South America – September 23, 2017 – October 1, 2017

Leg 8[edit]

North America – October 8, 2017 – November 29, 2017

Leg 9[edit]

Europe – June 3, 2018 – July 24, 2018

Leg 10[edit]

Mexico / Asia / South Africa – November 3, 2018 – November 29, 2018

Tour dates[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, opening act, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Opening act Attendance Revenue
Leg 1 – North America (warm-up) [208][209][210]
April 1, 2016 West Hollywood United States The Troubadour N/A 500 / 500 $5,000
April 8, 2016 Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena Alice in Chains 28,849 / 28,849 $6,265,076
April 9, 2016
April 16, 2016 [b] Indio Empire Polo Club N/A N/A N/A
April 19, 2016 Mexico City Mexico Foro Sol The Cult 131,198 / 131,198 $9,328,859
April 20, 2016
April 23, 2016 [b] Indio United States Empire Polo Club N/A N/A N/A
Leg 2 – North America [211][212]
June 23, 2016 Detroit United States Ford Field Alice in Chains 44,439 / 44,439 $4,776,767
June 26, 2016 Landover FedExField 41,208 / 48,186 $4,107,027
June 29, 2016 Kansas City Arrowhead Stadium 40,387 / 49,385 $3,285,043
July 1, 2016 Chicago Soldier Field 82,172 / 96,088 $8,843,684
July 3, 2016
July 6, 2016 Cincinnati Paul Brown Stadium Tyler Bryant &
The Shakedown
32,516 / 33,845 $2,857,336
July 9, 2016 Nashville Nissan Stadium Chris Stapleton 42,824 / 42,824 $4,765,878
July 12, 2016 Pittsburgh Heinz Field Wolfmother 39,109 / 42,109 $3,810,026
July 14, 2016 Philadelphia Lincoln Financial Field 49,328 / 49,328 $4,883,474
July 16, 2016 Toronto Canada Rogers Centre Billy Talent 48,016 / 48,016 $5,370,460
July 19, 2016 Foxborough United States Gillette Stadium Lenny Kravitz 65,472 / 71,099 $8,302,575
July 20, 2016
July 23, 2016 East Rutherford MetLife Stadium 100,177 / 100,177 $11,687,391
July 24, 2016
July 27, 2016 Atlanta Georgia Dome The Cult 41,508 / 41,508 $4,544,620
July 29, 2016 Orlando Camping World Stadium 40,702 / 40,702 $5,852,060
July 31, 2016 New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome 32,894 / 40,215 $3,447,362
August 3, 2016 Arlington AT&T Stadium 39,015 / 43,449 $4,786,948
August 5, 2016 Houston NRG Stadium Skrillex 49,778 / 49,778 $6,166,657
August 9, 2016 San Francisco AT&T Park The Struts 38,173 / 38,173 $5,597,843
August 12, 2016 Seattle CenturyLink Field Alice in Chains
The Pink Slips
42,697 / 42,697 $5,237,966
August 15, 2016 Glendale University of Phoenix Stadium Zakk Wylde
Tyler Bryant &
The Shakedown
44,110 / 48,914 $4,257,189
August 18, 2016 Los Angeles Dodger Stadium The Cult 84,634 / 87,917 $8,917,758
August 19, 2016
August 22, 2016 San Diego Qualcomm Stadium 49,458 / 49,458 $5,337,634
Leg 3 – Latin America [213][214][215]
October 27, 2016 Lima Peru Estadio Monumental Area 7 44,228 / 44,228 $4,066,300
October 29, 2016 Santiago Chile Estadio Nacional Wild Parade 62,375 / 63,200 $6,540,250
November 1, 2016 Rosario Argentina Estadio Gigante de Arroyito Cielo Razzo
Massacre
22,735 / 26,505 $2,778,110
November 4, 2016 Buenos Aires River Plate Stadium Airbag 105,026 / 112,756 $11,042,300
November 5, 2016
November 8, 2016 Porto Alegre Brazil Estádio Beira-Rio Scalene 50,567 / 50,567 $4,192,340
November 11, 2016 São Paulo Allianz Parque Plebe Rude 93,600 / 93,600 $10,761,300
November 12, 2016
November 15, 2016 Rio de Janeiro Estádio Olímpico João Havelange 50,234 / 50,234 $3,581,510
November 17, 2016 Curitiba Pedreira Paulo Leminski 25,030 / 25,030 $2,638,780
November 20, 2016 Brasília Estádio Mané Garrincha 42,307 / 42,307 $2,981,050
November 23, 2016 Medellín Colombia Estadio Atanasio Girardot Marky Ramone 39,511 / 39,511 $5,443,000
November 26, 2016 San José Costa Rica Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica Gandhi 29,560 / 35,785 $2,520,280
November 29, 2016 Mexico City Mexico Palacio de los Deportes Tyler Bryant &
The Shakedown
32,935 / 40,530 $2,637,421
November 30, 2016
Leg 4 – Asia / Oceania [216][217][218]
January 21, 2017 Osaka Japan Kyocera Dome Babymetal 25,000 / 25,000 $2,900,000
January 22, 2017 Kobe World Memorial Hall 5,000 / 5,000 $615,000
January 25, 2017 Yokohama Yokohama Arena 8,000 / 8,000 $1,000,000
January 28, 2017 Saitama Saitama Super Arena Man with a Mission 55,000 / 55,000 $7,460,000
January 29, 2017 Babymetal
February 2, 2017 Wellington New Zealand Westpac Stadium Wolfmother 32,448 / 32,448 $3,617,500
February 4, 2017 Auckland Western Springs Stadium 48,118 / 48,118 $5,545,210
February 7, 2017 Brisbane Australia Queensland Sport and
Athletics Centre
Rose Tattoo 39,459 / 39,459 $4,441,060
February 10, 2017 Sydney ANZ Stadium 84,277 / 84,277 $9,245,210
February 11, 2017 Wolfmother
Rose Tattoo
February 14, 2017 Melbourne Melbourne Cricket Ground Wolfmother 73,114 / 73,114 $8,816,760
February 18, 2017 Adelaide Adelaide Oval 33,713 / 33,713 $3,541,050
February 21, 2017 Perth Domain Stadium 30,382 / 30,382 $3,084,270
February 25, 2017 Singapore Changi Exhibition Centre Tyler Bryant &
The Shakedown
Wolfmother
50,088 / 50,088 $8,520,020
February 28, 2017 Bangkok Thailand SCG Stadium N/A 17,400 / 17,400 $2,830,000
March 3, 2017 Dubai United Arab Emirates Autism Rocks Arena Point of View 26,502 / 26,502 $3,643,960
Leg 5 – Europe / Israel [219][220][221][222]
May 27, 2017 Slane Ireland Slane Castle Royal Blood
Mark Lanegan
Otherkin
79,258 / 79,258 $8,304,358
May 30, 2017 Bilbao Spain San Mamés Stadium Mark Lanegan
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
27,955 / 31,000 $2,826,445
June 2, 2017 Lisbon Portugal Passeio Marítimo de Algés 58,919 / 58,919 $4,796,915
June 4, 2017 Madrid Spain Vicente Calderón Stadium 50,101 / 50,101 $4,799,188
June 7, 2017 Zürich Switzerland Letzigrund The Darkness
Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons
42,425 / 42,425 $5,607,649
June 10, 2017 Imola Italy Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari 78,438 / 78,438 $6,743,838
June 13, 2017 Munich Germany Olympiastadion The Kills
Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons
66,795 / 66,795 $7,669,807
June 16, 2017 London England London Stadium The Kills
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
139,267 / 139,267 $17,171,304
June 17, 2017
June 20, 2017 Gdańsk Poland Stadion Energa Gdańsk Killing Joke
Virgin
42,571 / 42,571 $3,385,282
June 22, 2017 Hanover Germany Hanover Fairground Killing Joke
Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons
70,015 / 70,015 $6,723,340
June 24, 2017 [c] Werchter Belgium Werchter Festival Park N/A 58,011 / 58,011 $5,928,398
June 27, 2017 Copenhagen Denmark Telia Parken Biffy Clyro
Backyard Babies
48,094 / 48,094 $5,000,715
June 29, 2017 Stockholm Sweden Friends Arena The Darkness
Backyard Babies
53,654 / 53,654 $4,460,555
July 1, 2017 Hämeenlinna Finland Kantola Event Park The Darkness
Michael Monroe
55,033 / 55,033 $5,567,242
July 4, 2017 Prague Czech Republic Letňany Biffy Clyro 49,756 / 50,000 $4,375,544
July 7, 2017 Paris France Stade de France Biffy Clyro
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
60,438 / 60,438 $5,439,491
July 10, 2017 Vienna Austria Ernst-Happel-Stadion Wolfmother
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
54,847 / 54,847 $6,172,541
July 12, 2017 Nijmegen Netherlands Goffertpark Biffy Clyro
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
65,101 / 65,101 $6,566,559
July 15, 2017 Tel Aviv Israel Yarkon Park Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown 57,204 / 57,300 $6,761,681
Leg 6 – North America [220][223][224][225]
July 20, 2017 New York City United States Apollo Theater The Kills N/A N/A
July 27, 2017 St. Louis The Dome at America's Center Deftones 36,382 / 41,158 $3,533,972
July 30, 2017 Minneapolis U.S. Bank Stadium 48,740 / 48,740 $5,567,052
August 2, 2017 Denver Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sturgill Simpson 41,445 / 44,806 $3,846,068
August 5, 2017 Little Rock War Memorial Stadium 26,400 / 33,102 $1,896,770
August 8, 2017 Miami Marlins Park 37,834 / 37,834 $4,102,883
August 11, 2017 Winston-Salem BB&T Field Live 32,847 / 34,139 $3,447,947
August 13, 2017 Hershey Hersheypark Stadium 31,087 / 31,087 $3,500,876
August 16, 2017 Orchard Park New Era Field 32,245 / 35,630 $2,626,070
August 19, 2017 Montreal Canada Parc Jean Drapeau Our Lady Peace 23,117 / 27,685 $2,539,510
August 21, 2017 Ottawa TD Place Stadium 21,204 / 25,714 $2,144,550
August 24, 2017 Winnipeg Investors Group Field 30,741 / 30,741 $3,008,250
August 27, 2017 Regina Mosaic Stadium 34,434 / 34,434 $3,463,640
August 30, 2017 Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium 44,393 / 46,656 $4,780,270
September 1, 2017 Vancouver BC Place Royal Blood 39,385 / 39,385 $4,039,950
September 3, 2017 George United States The Gorge Amphitheatre 15,781 / 22,000 $1,653,890
September 6, 2017 El Paso Sun Bowl ZZ Top 39,780 / 43,123 $3,087,980
September 8, 2017 San Antonio Alamodome 38,490 / 41,387 $3,859,017
Leg 7 – South America [226][227][228][229]
September 23, 2017 [d] Rio de Janeiro Brazil Barra Olympic Park N/A N/A N/A
September 26, 2017 [e] São Paulo Allianz Parque
September 29, 2017 Santiago Chile Estadio Monumental The Who
October 1, 2017 La Plata Argentina Estadio Ciudad de La Plata
Leg 8 – North America [230][231][232]
October 8, 2017 Philadelphia United States Wells Fargo Center N/A
October 11, 2017 New York City Madison Square Garden [f] [f]
October 12, 2017 Newark Prudential Center
October 15, 2017 New York City Madison Square Garden [f] [f]
October 16, 2017
October 19, 2017 Washington, D.C. Capital One Arena
October 22, 2017 Boston TD Garden
October 23, 2017 Hartford XL Center
October 26, 2017 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena
October 29, 2017 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
October 30, 2017
November 2, 2017 Detroit United States Little Caesars Arena
November 3, 2017 Louisville KFC Yum! Center
November 6, 2017 Chicago United Center
November 7, 2017 Milwaukee BMO Harris Bradley Center 9,723 / 10,426 $1,403,070
November 10, 2017 Houston Toyota Center 10,523 / 10,523 $1,652,912
November 13, 2017 Nashville Bridgestone Arena 10,592 / 10,592 $1,523,956
November 14, 2017 Tulsa BOK Center 10,237 / 10,237 $1,349,098
November 17, 2017 Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena 14,250 / 14,250 $2,104,371
November 18, 2017 Sacramento Golden 1 Center 12,508 / 12,508 $1,691,893
November 21, 2017 Oakland Oracle Arena 13,520 / 13,520 $1,866,854
November 24, 2017 Los Angeles Staples Center 11,860 / 12,887 $1,806,668
November 25, 2017 Inglewood The Forum 22,215 / 25,322[g] $3,167,445[g]
November 28, 2017 San Diego Valley View Casino Center 6,886 / 7,969 $1,159,655
November 29, 2017 Inglewood The Forum [g] [g]
Leg 9 – Europe [233][234]
June 3, 2018 Berlin Germany Olympiastadion Manic Street Preachers
Greta Van Fleet
June 6, 2018 Odense Denmark Dyrskuepladsen
June 9, 2018 [h] Donington England Donington Park N/A N/A N/A
June 12, 2018 Gelsenkirchen Germany Veltins-Arena Manic Street Preachers
The Pink Slips
June 15, 2018 [i] Florence Italy Ippodromo del Visarno N/A N/A N/A
June 18, 2018 [j] Paris France Brétigny-sur-Orge Air Base
June 21, 2018 [k] Dessel Belgium Festivalpark Stenehei
June 24, 2018 Mannheim Germany Maimarktgelände Rival Sons
The Pink Slips
June 26, 2018 Bordeaux France Matmut Atlantique
June 29, 2018 [l] Madrid Spain Caja Mágica N/A N/A N/A
July 1, 2018 Barcelona Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys Volbeat
Nothing More
July 4, 2018 Nijmegen Netherlands Goffertpark Volbeat
Gojira
July 7, 2018 Leipzig Germany Leipziger Festwiese Rival Sons
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
July 9, 2018 Chorzow Poland Stadion Slaski Volbeat
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
July 13, 2018 Moscow Russia Otkritie Arena Other Noises
July 16, 2018 Tallinn Estonia Tallinn Song Festival Grounds Volbeat
The Dead Daisies
July 19, 2018 Oslo Norway Valle Hovin Ghost
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
July 21, 2018 Gothenburg Sweden Ullevi Stadium Graveyard
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
July 24, 2018 Reykjavik Iceland Laugardalsvöllur Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
Leg 10 – México / Asia / South Africa [235][236][237]
November 3, 2018 Monterrey Mexico Parque Fundidora N/A
November 8, 2018 Jakarta Indonesia Gelora Bung Karno Stadium
November 11, 2018 Santa Maria Philippines Philippine Arena
November 14, 2018 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Sunway Lagoon
November 17, 2018 Taoyuan Taiwan Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium
November 20, 2018 Hong Kong AsiaWorld–Expo
November 21, 2018
November 25, 2018 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates du Arena
November 29, 2018 Johannesburg South Africa FNB Stadium
Total[m] 4,189,774 / 4,328,230 (96.8%) $449,997,783

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Excluding the two Mexico dates.
  2. ^ a b Coachella Festival
  3. ^ TW Classic. Also appearing at the festival: The Pretenders, Wolfmother, Channel Zero and Fleddy Melcully
  4. ^ Rock in Rio. Also appearing at the festival: The Who, Incubus and Titãs
  5. ^ São Paulo Trip. Also appearing at the festival: Alice Cooper
  6. ^ a b c d The score data is combined from the shows held at the Madison Square Garden from October 11, 15 & 16, 2017 respectively.
  7. ^ a b c d The score data is combined from the shows held at The Forum from November 25 & 29, 2017 respectively.
  8. ^ Download Festival
  9. ^ Firenze Rocks Festival
  10. ^ Download Festival France
  11. ^ Graspop Metal Meeting
  12. ^ Download Festival Spain
  13. ^ The total amount of tickets sold/available and gross revenue up to November 29, 2017 (excluding the period of September 29 – November 6, 2017).

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