Guns N’ Roses are back on the road with an appetite for destruction as they prepare to make their way across the United States on their latest tour. It’s a busy year for frontman Axl Rose as the vocalist will also be doing time as the lead singer for AC/DC as the Australian hard-rockers finish up their 2016 tour with a stint in Europe after kicking former vocalist Brian Johnson to the curb.
As soon as Axl finishes up with AC/DC he’ll be back on the road with the rest of the newly reunited GNR for more than 20 shows that will lead the band throughout the entire country. While we definitely won’t complain about more opportunities to see the legendary rockers live, we do have to wonder if the band, and particularly Axl, is healthy enough for this breakneck pace. Rose notably broke his foot earlier this year, leading him to perform in a massive onstage throne originally designed for Dave Grohl.
The “Not in This Lifetime” tour is the band’s first time on the road since the “Appetite for Democracy” tour that stretched from 2012 to 2014. Guns ‘N Roses are back in business with Axl and Slash both back in the saddle. Longtime bassist Duff McKagan is also along for the ride in addition to Chinese Democracy guitarist Richard Fortus with Frank Ferrer on drums. It’s the first time Slash and Duff have played together in more than 20 years. And the tour has already been filled with some big surprises, including guest appearances from hard rock royalty such as AC/DC guitarist Angus Young and Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach at the Coachella music festival and the band’s Las Vegas showcase respectively.
While a far cry from its heyday during the ’80s and ’90s the band still enjoys a huge degree of popularity. Albums like Appetite for Destruction and Use Your Illusion I and II have gone on to become timeless classics of the genre that are standards in sports stadiums and rock radio. GNR still have enough fans to warrant their own band-themed slot reel for browsers and mobile devices that features some of the band’s most well-known hits such as “November Rain,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” and of course, “Welcome to the Jungle.” Actually, the video game might be the best interactive experience you’ll be able to find if you don’t jump on top of a ticket for when the band is coming to your town.
Speaking of which, the tour is already one of the hottest tickets of the summer with even the cheapest seats likely to run you at least $100. And now, they’re likely to be in even more demand with the newly announced openers for the tour. Grunge icons Alice in Chains will be opening from June 23 to July 3 while Lenny Kravitz will take over for the the dates on July 19 and 20, as well as July 23 and 24.
Fans looking to catch the band live might want to make the most of the opportunity. All of the members are well into their 50s now and are in varying states of health, so there’s no telling when (or even if) the band will ever embark on another tour. With quality opening acts to sweeten the deal it’s arguably the best time to see the band since the ’90s and they definitely still have what it takes to lay it all out on the stage.