Electronic billboards around the Twin Cities have further confirmed what local concert insiders already strongly suspected: The reunited lineup of Guns N’ Roses is due to town next year.
The billboards, which started popping up over the weekend, show the GNR logo along with “Welcome to the Jungle” and the Twitter hashtag “GnFnR2017.” Concurrently, the band posted a video on its social media sites that promised, “The machine is back at it in 2017." Other cities around the country and in Canada have seen the billboards in recent days, too, including another one featuring a more fitting song title, “Patience.”
Not seen together in Minnesota since a legendary pairing with Metallica at the Metrodome in 1992, singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan played their first batch of reunion shows last April around the Coachella Music Festival. Many industry watchers and even fans of the band didn't expect the reunion to last, given the long feud between the members and their infamously troubled initial run from 1987-1993.
Lo and behold, though, the dubiously titled Not in This Lifetime Tour has endured 46 dates and counting, with a final 2016 gig scheduled Thursday in Mexico City. Reviews of their shows have been consistently favorable, with Axl Rose singing strong and behaving himself. The tour has also been a success story at the box office, too, as Billboard reported a gross of over $112 million in ticket sales as of September.
The lineup for the tour besides those three original members includes "Use Your Illusion"-era keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer, all of whom toured with Axl on his Slash-less Guns N' Roses tours over the past decade. In addition to all this year’s GNR gigs, Rose also filled in for a sidelined Brian Johnson on some of AC/DC's tour dates in 2016.
The where and when of the Twin Cities concert has not been revealed yet. It’s a good bet one of the stadiums – TCF Bank, U.S. Bank or Target Field – will wind up with it over the summer. An announcement is likely coming early next week.
Fans may want to shorten their Christmas lists in light of the news: The average price for a ticket on their 2016 U.S. tour was $130, with cheap seats starting around $40 and the pricier ones nearing $300.