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With the World Tour Coming to an End, What’s Next for Guns N’ Roses?

 

With the World Tour Coming to an End, What’s Next for Guns N’ Roses?

In early 2016 the original Guns N’ Roses (minus rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin) finally reunited, stepping on stage together after many years for two weekend gigs at the famed Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Those two shows, evidently, were just a preview of the bigger act that would follow: a whirlwind multi-city tour across five continents aptly dubbed “Not in This Lifetime.”

The band’s tour has been a massive hit, with <a href=”http://www.latimes.com/sdhoy-bruce-springsteen-beyonce-post-top-grossing-tours-of-2016-20161229-story.html?barc=0“>LA Times journalist Randy Lewis reporting on the top-grossing tours of 2016</a> that the first three legs of the Not in This Lifetime tour—47 shows across various cities in North and Latin America April to November—generated $188.4 million (£141.22 million) in ticket sales. The tour then earned an additional $151.5 million (£113.56 million) at the halfway mark of 2017, <a href=”https://www.pollstar.com/article/2017-mid-year-special-features-132376“>according to data released by Pollstar</a> in its report on the top worldwide tours as of July. Pollstar also noted in the same report that GNR are the only band to sell more than a million tickets during the first half of the year.

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvTlKU0FcKI

But the curtain is about to fall on the wildly successful Not in This Lifetime tour, with an 18-show sure-to-be tour de force across Europe scheduled from June to July set to be the tour’s final act.

With the end of the world tour nearing, fans are starting to ask, “What’s next for GNR?”

Guns N’ Roses, of course, are as popular as ever thanks to their fiercely loyal fans who have had to endure a lot of turmoil and changing members since 1995. <a href=”http://www.vulture.com/2016/07/guns-n-roses-tour-c-v-r.html“>Venture claim that in over 20 years</a> the band didn’t add another hit to their repertoire (excluding Chinese Democracy), and argued that no rock band had fallen as far as GNR.

The only way fans could connect with original line up was through digital versions of the band. Guns N’ Roses featured in the <em>Guitar Hero</em> series where fans could play along to “Sweet Child o Mine” and “Welcome to the Jungle”. In typical GNR fashion this caused further friction between Rose and Slash. GNR did license out their name to online digital platforms. The <a href=”https://www.slingo.com/slots/guns-n-roses“>Slingo Guns N’ Roses video slot game</a> acted as a reminder of the band’s meteoric rise from the LA rock scene to the mainstream. The game used images that harkened back to the original line-up, such Slash’s double-headed guitar and Axl Rose’s whistle. There is even a well-placed reference to the band’s seminal <em>Appetite of Destruction</em> album, which featured their most iconic songs. Luckily for the fans, the digital versions of the original band became a forerunner for the GNR reforming.

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAJSE9vkHo8

With GNR re-establishing themselves as arguably the biggest rock act today, the logical next step is for them to make a new album once they finish the Not in This Lifetime tour next July. <a href=”http://www.thestageleftpodcast.com/“>Richard Fortus discussed a new GNR album on Episode 31 of The Stage Left Podcast</a> stating that the idea of making a new album is “too good not to happen.” He is quick to emphasise, though, that nothing is set in stone as of now, although the band has been “recording a lot of stuff” but not an actual album just yet.

The thought of an album to follow up the Not in This Lifetime tour is sure to get GNR fans all fired up. But that album, if it will indeed be made, will have to take a backseat for the next few months as the band will have to focus on finishing their wildly successful tour with a bang.

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