The rumors of a Guns N’ Roses reunion tour had people responding ‘yea right, Not in This Lifetime!’ but on Thursday June 23, 2016 those rumors were set to bed when Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan and the other members of Guns N’ Roses took to the stage to rock Detroit, opening their appropriately named “Not in This Lifetime” Tour!
This tour will be host to many different openers including Lenny Kravitz, Skrillex, Billy Talent, and Alice in Chains, depending on your city. Alice in Chains took to the stage in Detroit and welcomed the crowd to Ford Field with some of their best known hits including, Them Bones, Man In The Box, and Rooster. They engaged the crowd for a 40 minute, 9 song set which then led into one of the quickest most organized set changes. This change almost doubled the stage size, allowing the crowd to catch sight of the giant LED screens and riser wrapping from one side of the stage to the other engulfing the drummer and keyboardists.
As we were awaiting the start of the one of the most anticipated shows in 23 years, the suspense grew. Was this show actually going to happen? Were there going to be any incidents? The start time of Guns N’ Roses was said to be between 9:45 and 10:30. It was then, at 9:25p.m. the house lights went out and the crowd went wild. The back drop LED screens lit up with the infamous GnR symbol, complete with spinning guns that would fire after each rotation.
It was at that point, that the unimaginable happened, the stage lit up and members of the band appeared. Screams, hoots, and hollers from the crowd accompanying each entrance. Some of the loudest cheers of the night took place when Slash himself appeared at his known stage left position with guitar in tow. Then the real suspense took over. Would he show up? Was he even in the building? All of the other members were there but after what felt like hours, really only seconds, Axl Rose took to center stage.
Looking like he has never given up on the 90’s, sporting ripped denim jeans, plaid shirt and scarves around his waist and a T-shirt with Detroit written across his chest which would later be exchanged with more local shirts during one of his many wardrobe changes. No longer sporting the boot that has hindered his movement from his recent right foot injury, he could be seen running, dancing and rocking out every inch of the stage. Smiling and interacting with the crowd and each one of the other band members, including Slash, Axl seemed in great spirits while performing.
The band rocked Ford Field for an unexpected two and a half hours! This gave them time to play through their 25 song set list, which included hits like Sweet Child O Mine, Welcome To The Jungle and the most well know Paradise City. By mixing their most popular hits in throughout the show, it kept even the not so die-hard fans rocking into the next day… literally! The bright lights, intense pyrotechnics and large LED lights kept the crowd focused on the stage while Slash and Axl seemed to be the most comfortable in 20 years.
Being someone who wasn’t even a teenager when the original lineup broke up, seeing this reunion tour solidified Guns N’ Roses as group not to miss! Do yourself a favor and pickup tickets to see the show in your town. Then break out the ripped denim, slash replica hat or red bandana and hop aboard the “Nightrain” as it rolls through…
June 26: Washington, DC – FedEx Field
June 29: Kansas City, MO – Arrowhead Stadium
July 1: Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
July 3: Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
July 6: Cincinnati, OH – Paul Brown Stadium
July 9: Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium
July 12: Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field
July 14: Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
July 16: Toronto, Ontario – Rogers Centre
July 19: Foxboro, MA – Gillette Stadium
July 20: Foxboro, MA – Gillette Stadium
July 23: East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
July 24: East Rutherford, NJ – MetLIfe Stadium
July 27: Atlanta, GA – Georgia Dome
July 29: Orlando, FL – Orlando Citrus Bowl
July 31: New Orleans, LA – Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Aug. 3: Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium
Aug. 5: Houston, TX – NRG Stadium
Aug. 9: San Francisco, CA – AT&T Park
Aug. 12: Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field
Aug. 15: Glendale, AZ – University of Phoenix Stadium
Aug. 18: Los Angeles, CA – Dodger Stadium