Guns N’ Roses Australian tour confirmed for February 2017

Guns N Roses Australian tour 2017 Not in This Lifetime Tour
Guns N Roses Australian tour 2017 Not in This Lifetime Tour

Yesterday a massive billboard went up on the busiest corner of Melbourne advertising a February 2017 Guns N’ Roses Australian tour. UPDATE: The five-date tour is now confirmed and tickets will go on presale on August 23 via Telstra.

The billboard on the corner of Flinders and Swanston promotes a February 14 show at the MCG, which is part of the Not in This Lifetime world tour. A TV advertisement also leaked although it has since been taken down.

Guns N’ Roses Australian tour announcement coming Wednesday morning

Triple M Sydney was reportedly due to announce the Guns N’ Roses Australian tour earlier today, but has since Tweeted that the announcement has been pushed back to Wednesday morning.

Australian fanpage Guns Over Oz cited a source that said there are likely dates for. Update: The confirmed dates are: Brisbane (Feb 7), Sydney (Feb 10), Adelaide (Feb 18) and Perth (Feb 21). New Zealand shows are also under consideration although this is less certain.

The shows will reportedly go on presale on August 23 for all Australian dates. The Perth show is expected to be sold through Ticketmaster while the others will be through Ticketek. The latter site does have a notification waitlist for Guns N’ Roses Australian tour dates although it doesn’t reveal any details.

Not in This Lifetime Tour first Australian trip for band in 25 years

Guns N Roses Australian tour 2017 Not in This Lifetime Tour Axl Rose Slash
Axl Rose and Slash onstage in the ’90s.

The dates will be the first Guns N’ Roses Australian tour since the band’s disastrous Calder Park show in 1993.

Surprisingly for such a famously unstable band, the reason why the show was such a debarkle had nothing to do with Guns N’ Roses. Instead it was the fact 150,000 people were crammed into a stinking hot, barren site. Organisers compounded the problem by refusing to allow people to enter with water and then charging them $2 for a cup.

By contrast the current Not in This Lifetime tour is going very well, Axl Rose’s broken foot notwithstanding. The line-up features Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan and Dizzy Reed. Reviewers have praised the reunited band’s fiery performances.

Guns N’ Roses wrapping up US and South American dates

Guns N’ Roses will complete three more US dates this month before hitting a run of South American shows in October and November.

The band have been performing the ’80s and ’90s classics on the tour, as well as a number of songs from the Rose-led album Chinese Democracy. Performing the latter album is a bit odd as I’m sure people haven’t waited 25 years to hear tunes off that one. The Gunners have also been playing six covers a night on a 25 song setlist. The covered artists include obvious choices like Bob Dylan, Misfits and Paul McCartney, as well as tunes from The Who, Pink Floyd and a Slash solo on the Godfather theme.

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