An Australian tour from the partially reunited classic line up of GUNS N’ ROSES will reportedly be announced on Wednesday, August 17.
As previously reported, the production manager for the current GUNS N’ ROSES tour shed some light on the trek’s future and inner workings in an interview with local Atlanta TV station WXIA. Speaking one day before the group’s July 27 concert there, Dale “Opie” Skjerseth said that the “Not In This Lifetime” tour has “no end date,” and that shows are already booked “far into next year.”
Skjerseth said that all members of the band are “getting along just fine” and shot down speculation that they have separate dressing rooms due to tension within the ranks, Skjerseth said, “Just because everybody’s older, they carry their families with them. They all have to have their space. Everybody meets before we go on stage. It’s a meeting point and that’s where the chemistry happens.”
The tour features classic lineup members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan on stage together for the first time in more than 20 years.
Asked if it was money or music that brought the core members back together, Skjerseth said: “I believe it starts with the love of the band. And then of course we all want money.”
Regarding the future of the tour, Skjerseth said, “I’ve been told there’s no end date, and I’ve seen plenty of dates going into next year, far into next year. Everybody’s working together to keep a common goal and common direction: keep the machine going.”
Skjerseth also discussed how Axl Rose is managing to get onstage on time, as opposed to previous tours when he was notorious for starting shows sometimes hours behind schedule. Skjerseth said, “We’re all older and want to get to bed now. It’s his maturity and business and how it should be. Everybody feels good about it.”
The “Not In This Lifetime” tour will play Glendale, Arizona on Monday, August 15.