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Guns N’ Roses Concert San José, Costa Rica Estadio Nacional

Mané Garrincha Stadium Brasilia, Brazil

Not In This Lifetime Tour

Axl ROse
Duff Mckgan

In April 1990, the classic lineup of Guns N’ Roses played its final show. The occasion was the nationally televised Farm Aid concert, a disastrous set that included, among several bizarre highlights, , and Axl Rose ending the live broadcast with a climactic “.” It was the mark of a band breaking apart.

Why did Slash sneak a mountain lion into the Four Seasons?
Amazingly, though, the imploding GN’R were in the midst of an artistic surge. One of the songs played at Farm Aid (in a version hampered by Adler’s inability to learn it) was “Civil War,” a sweeping epic that would eventually open the second disc of the massive 30-song, two-and-a-half-hour opus they were hard at work on throughout 1990 and ’91. Slash would later liken Use Your Illusion I and II to the Beatles’ White Album (though “maybe not as good”), a titanic mix of gritty ragers, passionate rock-opera ballads and decadent screeds – from the failed-relationship triptych of “Don’t Cry,” “November Rain” and “Estranged” to the rock-critic indictment “Get in the Ring” to the misogynistic double-header of “Bad Obsession” and “Thirty-five of the most self-indulgent Guns N’ Roses songs,” Slash said. “For most bands, it would take four to six years to come up with this much stuff.” Like the White Album, it was brilliance created amid collapse.
The band began seriously considering a follow-up to Appetite for Destruction in the summer of 1989, during a fruitful writing session that took place in Chicago. Izzy Stradlin, who had recently sobered up and often traveled separately from his bandmates, was especially productive. “Izzy has brought in eight songs – at least,” Rose said in 1990. “Slash has brought in a whole album. I’ve brought in an album. Duff [McKagan] knows everybody’s material backwards. So we’ve got, like, 35 songs we like, and we want to put them all out, and we’re determined to do that.” Discussing his newfound sobriety, Stradlin reflected, “I just reached a point where I said, ‘I’m gonna kill myself. Why die for this shit?’ ”
The Chicago meeting spawned, among other songs, “Estranged” (about Rose’s divorce from Erin Everly, daughter of rock & roller Don Everly), the rocker “Bad Apples” and the bondage jaunt “Pretty Tied Up.” While there, they also fleshed out “Get in the Ring,” the frustration anthem “Dead Horse,” McKagan’s tribute to deceased New York Doll Johnny Thunders “So Fine” and the doomy, 10-minute headbanger “Coma,” notable for Rose’s most dramatic and literal lyric in the GN’R catalogue: “Pleeease understaaand me.”
GN’R began recording in earnest in January 1990, a little over a year after the release of Lies, with an attempt at capturing “Civil War,” a tune they’d sketched out in 1988 and later donated to a compilation
Guns N’ Roses 2017 Tour Dates:
01/21 – Osaka, JP @ Kyocera Dome *
01/22 – Kobe, JP @ World Arena *
01/25 – Yokohama, JP @ Yokohama Arena *
01/28 – Tokyo, JP @ Saitama Super Arena
01/29 – Tokyo, JP @ Saitama Super Arena *
02/02 – Wellington, NZ @ Westpac Stadium
02/04 – Auckland, NZ @ Western Springs Stadium
02/07 – Brisbane, AU @ QSAC Stadium
02/10 – Sydney, AU @ ANZ Stadium
02/11 – Sydney, AU @ ANZ Stadium
02/14 – Melbourne, AU @ Melbourne Cricket Ground
02/18 – Adelaide, AU @ Adelaide Oval
02/21 – Perth, AU @ Domain Stadium
02/25 – Singapore, SG @ Changi Exhibition Centre
02/28 – Bangkok, TH @ SCG Stadium
03/03 – Dubai, AE @ Autism Rocks Arena
05/27 – Dublin, IE @ Slane Castle
05/30 – Bilbao, ES @ San Mames Stadium
06/02 – Lisbon, PT @ Passeio Martimo De Alges
06/04 – Madrid, ES @ Vincente Calderon Stadium
06/07 – Zurich, CH @ Letzigrund
06/10 – Imola, IT @ Greenfield
06/13 – Munich, DE @ Olympiastadion
06/16 – London, UK @ London Stadium
06/20 – Gdansk, PL @ Stadion Energy Gdansk
06/22 – Hannover, DE @ Messe
06/24 – Werchter, BE @ Classic
06/27 – Copenhagen, DK @ Telia Parken
06/29 – Stockholm, SE @ Friends Arena
07/01 – Hämeenlinna, FI @ Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto
07/04 – Prague, CZ @ Letnany Airport
07/07 – Paris, FR @ Stade de France
07/10 – Vienna, AT @ Ernst Happel Stadion
07/12 – Nijmegen, NL @ Goffert Park
07/15 – Tel Aviv, IS @ Hayarkon Park
07/27 – St. Louis, MO @ The Dome At America’s Center
07/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ U.S. Bank Stadium
08/02 – Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field at Mile High
08/08 – Miami, FL @ Miami Marlins Stadium
08/11 – Winston-Salem, NC @ BB&T Field at Wake Forest University
08/13 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
08/16 – Buffalo, NY @ New Era Field
08/19 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean Drapeau
08/21 – Ottawa, ON @ TD Place Stadium
08/24 – Winnipeg, MB @ Investors Group Field
08/27 – Regina, SK @ New Mosaic Stadium at Evraz Place
08/30 – Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium
09/01 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place Stadium
09/03 – George, WA @ The Gorge
09/06 – El Paso, TX @ Sun Bowl Stadium
09/08 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome


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