Marking the first time Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan have played together since their July 17, 1993 performance in Buenos Aires, Guns N’ Roses put on a surprise show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on Friday night. They’ve also announced the Not in This Lifetime reunion tour, featuring Axl, Slash, Duff, and other returning band members including Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, and Frank Ferrer, plus Melissa Reese making her Guns N’ Roses debut. The tour will begin at Detroit’s Ford Field on June 23, 2016 and will span 20 cities in two months, concluding at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium.
First off, the concert. They tried to ban cameras and cell phones at the venue, but hey, you can’t get fans not to post! YouTube user rossthebassist posted a video featuring clips from the show, which proves that Axl still has the pipes that made him famous. Other fans posted pics on Instagram as well. The trio was joined by keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer and new keyboardist Melissa Reese.
Want to know what they played? Here’s the set list from the surprise show: 1. It’s So Easy 2. Mr. Brownstone 3. Chinese Democracy 4. Welcome to the Jungle 5. Double Talkin’ Jive 6. Live and Let Die (Wings cover) 7. Rocket Queen 8. You Could Be Mine 9. Speak Softly Love (Andy Williams cover) 10. Sweet Child O’ Mine 11. New Rose (The Damned cover) 12. Better 13. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door 14. My Michelle 15. Nightrain 16. The Seeker (The Who cover) 17. Paradise City
How amazing do they sound in that video clip? Why do venues even try to keep people from bringing in cell phones? It never works.
The tour dates and cities are below. Want to see Gun N’ Roses live? If you’re a Nighttrain fan club member, they went on sale April 2. A Facebook pre-sale will begin on April 7. General sale begins on April 8 at Ticketmaster. Check out the tour dates below. Did you ever think you’d see Axl and Slash on stage together again in this lifetime? (Get it? The tour name? Clever!) Tweet me/us @JennaBusch/@Nerdist and let us know if you’re going to try to get tickets!
Guns N’ Roses’ Not in This Lifetime Tour Dates
June 23 – Detroit, MI: Ford Field
June 26 – Washington, DC: FEDEXFIELD
June 29 – Kansas City, MO: Arrowhead Stadium
July 1 – 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, ON: Rogers Centre
July 19 – Foxboro, MA: Gillette Stadium
July 23 – East Rutherford, NJ: MetLife Stadium
July 27 – Atlanta, GA: Georgia Dome
July 29 – Orlando, FL: Citrus Bowl
July 31 – New Orleans, LA: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
August 3 – Arlington, TX: AT&T Stadium
August 5 – Houston, TX: NRG Stadium
August 9 – San Francisco, CA: AT&T Park
August 12 – Seattle, WA: CenturyLink Field
August 15 – Glendale, AZ: University of Phoenix Stadium
August 22 – San Diego, CA: Qualcomm Stadium