By Jack Rico
03.9.2016 | By Jack Rico |
When the news broke that legendary rock band Guns N’ Roses were to reform and tour in 2016, the internet stood still for a while until the dust settled.
To give fair weather music fans a little backstory on the 13th biggest selling band of all time, the reason why there is so much commotion surrounding this story is the band haven’t played together since 1993. Mainly due to founding members Axl Rose and Slash’s hate for each other, which resulted in several court cases.
They played their last show together in Buenos Aires, Argentina in front of 60,000+ people at River Plate’s home ground. There were already rumours of friction between the band, with many believing it was the money that had kept the band together for years, not the passion of playing music together.
Upon the announcement that Axl Rose, Slash and some of the original members of the band will be reforming, it wasn’t long before they unveiled 5 live dates.
April 8 – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
April 9 – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
April 16 – Coachella Music Festival
April 19 – Foro Sol, Mexico
April 23 – Coachella Music Festival
Although these aren’t standalone dates – the band plans to announce further dates across the United States and Canada in the coming weeks. Additionally, they will be expected to fulfill a world tour at some point in 2016 or 2017. The dates in North America are reportedly going to be held at football stadiums, and the band has been quoted as demanding $3 million per show.
They also recently announced plans to record a new album. Guns N’ Roses last album was ‘Chinese Democracy’, however only Axl Rose from the original line-up featured on that album.
Since the announcement that the band were reforming, they have been selling thousands of t-shirts, posters and other memorabilia online as well as a new documentary in time for their Coachella appearance. The hype train doesn’t end there either; even online games are being devised to tap into the popularity of the band. With the band’s popularity still intact after all these years, the upcoming tours, merchandise sales, festival appearances and album sales could earn the band well over eight figures when the years is out.