Update 04/02/2016: In recent years when talking about a possible Guns N’ Roses reunion, fans, critics and Axl Rose himself would say, “Not in this lifetime.” Well, it must be a different lifetime, because the music world is right around the corner from witnessing the reunion that fans, critics and Rose said would never take place.
Produced by Live Nation, the tour is appropriately named the Not In This Lifetime Tour and will hit 20 football stadiums from coast to coast this summer. A week ago, GNR posted a 15-second video clip announcing the cities the tour will visit.
Fans will be welcomed into the jungle on June 23 at Ford Field in Detroit, with the Night Train making its last stop on Aug. 22 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. GNR fans in New York can catch the reunion on Saturday, July 23, at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. April 8.
GNR Not In This Lifetime Tour dates:
06-23 – Ford Field – Detroit, MI
06-26 – Fedex Field – Washington, DC
06-29 – Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO
07-01 – Soldier Field – Chicago, IL
07-06 – Paul Brown Stadium – Cincinnati, OH
07-09 – Nissan Stadium – Nashville, TN
07-12 – Heinz Field – Pittsburgh, PA
07-14 – Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA
07-16 – Rogers Centre – Toronto, ON
07-19 – Gilette Stadium – Foxboro, MA
07-23 – MetLife Stadium – East Ruterford, NJ
07-27 – Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA
07-29 – Orlando Citrus Bowl – Orlando, FL
07-31 – Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, LA
08-03 – AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX
08-05 – NRG Stadium – Houston, TX
08-09 – AT&T Park – San Francisco, CA
08-12 – CenturyLink Field – Seattle, WA
08-15 – University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ
08-22 – Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego, CA
Update 03/25/2016: With their first run of reunion shows right around the corner at brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Foro Sol in Mexico City, and the Coachella music festival in California, it was only a matter of time that Guns N’ Roses would announce a highly anticipated reunion tour.
GNR posted a 15-second video clip on social media, listing 21 cities across North America that have been chosen to see the core three members of Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, reunite.
The video shows the GNR logo with the word “patience” appearing over it, as Axl’s signature whistling on the intro to the band’s smash hit “Patience” plays during the clip. Next, the video shows the words, “Coming Summer 2016,” with the blood splattered #GNF’NR logo underneath, followed by the list of cities the tour will visit. With 21 cities in all, fans can catch the reunion tour in New York, Atlanta, Boston, Toronto, Detroit, Seattle and Washington D.C. for starters.
Venues and dates still TBA.
A photo posted on Sureshan Pather’s social media page of a drumhead signed by Guns N’ Roses seems to have unintentionally leaked the lineup for GNR’s upcoming reunion dates.
The drumhead is set to be auctioned off at an upcoming benefit.
Fans who were wishing for the original 1986 lineup will have to keep throwing pennies in the well as original drummer Steven Adler nor his replacement Matt Sorum made the cut. It appears lead vocalist Axl Rose will keep current Guns N’ Roses drummer Frank Ferrer.
When reunion rumors started, fans debated on if Adler or Sorum should get the honor of being behind the drum kit. Sorum not making the cut is a little surprising, as he also played drums in supergroup Velvet Revolver with guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan after their GNR days.
Fans who were hoping for original guitarist Izzy Stradlin will be disappointed as the band will also stick with current GNR guitarist Richard Fortus. Stradlin’s 1991 replacement Gilby Clarke also didn’t make the cut.
Throw in Use Your Illusion-era keyboardist Dizzy Reed to round things out.
Rumors of a reunion caught fire when Slash stated that he and Axl Rose have buried that hatchet after decades of silence. To add to the rumors, McKagan’s wife Susan blurted out in a video that “Guns N’ Roses are back, motherfuckers” while hanging out with Housewives reality star Brandy Glanville.
Rumors then got quiet for a few weeks until Guns N’ Roses changed their website to the original GNR logo. A mysterious video then aired during the opening movie trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, further fueling the comeback rumors.
Guns N’ Roses formed in 1985. The band has released six studio albums in their career including Appetite for Destruction (1987), G N’ R Lies (1988), Use Your Illusion I & II (1991), The Spaghetti Incident? (1993) and Chinese Democracy (2008).
The band’s debut album, Appetite for Destruction, has sold 18 million copies, making it the biggest-selling debut album in U.S. history. The album spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and launched the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, GNR has sold 44.5 million albums in the U.S. alone.
Guns N’ Roses has won numerous awards throughout their career including American Music Awards in 1990 and 1992 for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist and MTV’s Video Vangaurd Award in 1992.
The original 1986 Guns N’ Roses lineup is made up of Axl Rose (vocals), Slash (lead guitar), Duff McKagan (bass), Izzy Stradlin (rhythm guitar) and Steven Adler (drums).