Guns N’ Roses Top 8 Not In This Lifetime Tour Moments

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Guns N’ Roses’ long-awaited reunion tour brought American fans to their na-na-na-na-knees, knees in 2016.

The rock band’s classic lineup — including long-feuding singer Axl Rose and guitarist Slash, along with bassist Duff McKagan — is back together for the first time in 23 years, and wallets and purses opened to pave their tour route in gold. Over nine weeks and 25 shows this summer, the North American leg of GN’R’s Not in This Lifetime… Tour has earned an incredible $132 million (as of Sept. 8). And that’s just the beginning: The tour continues in South America this fall, before hitting Asia and Australia next year. In short: The band members will each need to hire a small army of accountants to tidy up next year’s tax returns.

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So far, more than 1 million fans have been welcomed back to GN’R’s jungle, and the band didn’t disappoint. From the bone-breaking kickoff to its cash-stacking closure, revisit the best moments of GN’R’s U.S. summer tour.

1. The Band Members Actually Like Each Other

First thing’s first: Since 1993, the members of GN’R — especially Axl and Slash — have trashed each other in the press. This feud is among the most venomous (and long-lasting) in music. These two straight up hated each other. Booze, cocaine, women and a tireless touring schedule soured many other inter-band relations. But onstage this spring and summer, the original members were all smiles: “Everybody’s getting along, everybody’s playing great,” Slash said on former Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer’s radio show. “It seems so surreal to me, but everybody’s really getting along great and I think everybody’s come a long way and it’s all cool… We were all pretty positive that that would never happen, so it’s still sort of blowing our minds.” Ours too!

2. They’re On Time!

Rose is renowned for several things: That high-pitched wail. The side-to-side, hands-out/palms-down, slither-shuffle dance. The bandanas (and, in the early-‘00s, the regrettable white dreadlocks). And, of course, being late to take the stage. After the band’s implosion, Rose continued with hired guns behind him, and the Legend of the Late Axl only grew. Sometimes, he’d arrive onstage two, three, even four hours late. Seriously. But not this time. The band has even been starting early. This is Guns N’ Roses adulting.

3. Dave Grohl’s Rock Throne

How does Rose kick off the most anticipated tour in rock music? By breaking his foot at the surprise warm-up gig in early April in Los Angeles. Luckily for Rose, Dave Grohl recently suffered a similar mishap mid-tour and had a Game of Thrones-style chair crafted — complete with “FF” lights and guitar necks aplenty — so he could rock in place. “I wanna thank Dave Grohl for this,” Rose said at the official tour opener days later in Las Vegas. “It was very nice of him.” A friend in need is a friend indeed.


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