Late '80's rock gods Guns N' Roses, most of them anyway, are reuniting for a full tour this year, dubbed the Not In This Lifetime Tour, as they announced today. And it's not an April Fools' Day prank, as SFGate reports. We already knew they were one of two reunited acts headlining Coachella this year, the other being LCD Soundsystem, but we did not know where and when they were going to spread the love nationwide. And the band is playing LA's Troubadour tonight, the venue where they first go their start, to kick things off.
Axl, Slash, and bassist Duff McKagan are all back together, and Rolling Stone broke the news about the tour last week on Rolling Stone.com, saying they'd be hitting 21 American cities. And today we learn that the San Francisco date will be August 9 at AT&T Park. Tickets, which will be priced from $55 to $275, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 8 on LiveNation.
Apparently former rhythm guitarist and founding member Izzy Stradlin, despite some online rumors, will not be rejoining the band.
From the mid 1990s onward, Axl Rose was the only original member of the band still in the band, ultimately releasing the long-awaited album Chinese Democracy in 2008. Rose attributed the band's breakup to drug addictions and other factors, but said he continued using the Guns N' Roses rather than calling it a solo project because "It is something I lived by before these guys were in it. And there were other people in Guns n' Roses before them, you know."
The album, snippets of which Rose performed live and for reporters over the years between 2000 and 2008, is reportedly the most expensive album ever produced, with production costs topping $13 million.
Tonight's Troubadour show will be the first time Rose, Slash, and McKagan will have all shared a stage since 1993.