Guns N’ Roses Reunion Tour: Everything You Need to Know

We thought it would never happen, but Guns N’ Roses is not only back together but they’re keeping busy taking the world by storm. That’s right: Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, and Slash are on speaking terms again and blowing minds of fans spanning the globe.

Guns n´Roses Palacio de los Deportes (Wikipedia)

UK fans can finally get a load of all the action at the band’s two shows in London Stadium this month. Here’s a bit of what you can expect from the aptly named Not In This Lifetime tour this year.

Not In This Lifetime: The Major Players
The dream team that formed the original Guns N’ Roses hadn’t played together on stage since the 1993 Use Your Illusion tour, and though there has been talk about reuniting it didn’t happen until 2016. The current reunion tour has been mega successful, generating over $188 million in revenue to date and bringing the house down at the Coachella Festival playing alongside bands like the Silversun Pickups and Foals.

So who’s involved this time around? The only members of the original line-up who’s not here to join the party is Appetite For Destruction drummer Steven Adler and rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin. But with Duff, Axl, and Slash on board, most fans will still be pleased.

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown performing at Boston Music Room on 6 June 2016 (Simon Reed | Musical Pictures)

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown  (Simon Reed)

The band’s attracted some incredible support acts for this tour, including Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown as well as moody rockers The Kills for their London sets. Alice in Chains helped open up the first leg of the tour, and other notable openers have included Lenny Kravitz and Billy Talent.

What Will You Hear?

So what can the lucky ticket holders expect to hear on the tour? The band’s treating fans to all the greatest hits to match the superstar line-up. Expect most of the hit singles from Appetite for Destruction and the Use Your Illusion albums. You’ll be able to bang your head in time to Welcome To The Jungle, Paradise City, and Sweet Child o’ Mine of course, and naturally November Rain remains an epic part of the set. There will also be a selection of tunes from the later Chinese Democracy album, which give a fresh update to the classic tunes.

Diehards have also been treated to some special features for this tour, including plenty of Slash solo riffs to rival his own shows. There’s been an instrumental cover of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here that’s brought a tear to the eye of even the most serious headbanger. Covers have been some of the real highlights of the tour so far. In addition to their sprawling version of Wings’ Live and Let Die, there’s also been covers of tunes originally recorded by Soundgarden, The Who and their own hit version of Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan

Guns & Roses guitarist, Slash, performs live in London with Miles Kennedy & The Conspirators (Photographer: Simon Jay Price)

Guns & Roses guitarist, Slash (Simon Jay Price)

Tour Highlights

The music comes first and foremost to any GNR fan, but you can also expect the band to pull out all the stops when it comes to laying on the drama. We all know Axl Rose knows how to put on a good show, with his bandana-clad preening on full display. The set features include everything from live fireworks to confetti cannons to excite fans. These days the band is a legitimate brand; you can even play a Guns N’ Roses slot machine on CasinoEuro so it’s fitting that images like top hats and skulls make it into digital animations for the show.

There’s been a bit of classic Guns n’ Roses controversy too, because it simply wouldn’t be a tour without it. The band was detained at Canadian customs for having a gun on board their tour bus, and got in a bit of trouble for smashing a Donald Trump piñata in Mexico. All pretty tame really for these legendary party rockers.

Looking Forward

The Not In This Lifetime tour is already smashing records, being the fourth-highest grossing tour last year. Playing to sold-out crowds worldwide in 2017, GNR is well on its way to being one of this year’s highest grossing acts yet again. After playing for two nights in London in June as part of the European leg of their massive tour, the band goes on to play some more shows in North America.

And who knows where they’ll go next! It’s clear that the crowd is eating it up, judging by the array of ages attending these gigs, from those who remember them the first time around to youths copping Axl’s style for the first time.

If one thing’s clear, it’s that the band is having a blast out there, and the fans are here for it. The reunion tour’s an unstoppable beast at this point, rolling on for the rest of the year with the potential for new dates and even a new album. That means if you’ve missed out on the tour this time around, you may get another chance to see them blowing the lid off of a stadium near you.