As we recently learned, legendary ’80s hard rock group Guns N’ Roses are set to play Nashville this summer as part of their “classic lineup” reunion run. At the time, only cities were revealed, but now we know the date and venue: July 9 at Nissan Stadium (formerly LP Field). The size of the space indicates that the rockers expect this reunion to be gigantic, and if the positive reviews at their intimate LA kickoff over the weekend are any indication, this thing might really stay the course (the original members’ relationships have been infamously rocky for decades, so confidence is mixed).
While Guns N’ Roses never “broke up,” per se, the band’s classic lineup dissolved throughout the ’90s, leaving frontman Axl Rose to lead a revolving door of players, touring intermittently under the GnR banner, and producing only one album in the last 23 years, 2008’s poorly-received, infamous Chinese Democracy. That’s why, when earlier this year, news broke of a classic GnR reunion, which will next move on to a pair of shows in Vegas and a subsequent headlining spot at Coachella, fans lost their minds. Somewhat bittersweet, the reunion includes only guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan alongside Rose (rounded out by more recent GnR recruits), notably omitting guitarist Izzy Stradlin and drummer Steven Adler (long-running keyboard Dizzy Reed, who joined the band in 1990, is also still in the mix, though he’s generally not considered one of the classic five). Still, the sight of Slash and Axl on stage together for the first time in 23 years should be enough to delight die-hards, and this summer’s run is shaping up to be the rock event of the year.
Tickets are set to go on sale Friday, April 8 at 10 a.m. CDT right here, and various pre-sales are already underway!
June 23 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field
June 26 – Washington, DC – FedEx Field
June 29 – Kansas City, MO – Arrowhead Stadium
July 1 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
July 6 – Cincinnati, OH – Paul Brown Stadium
July 9 – Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium
July 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field
July 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
July 16 – Toronto, Ontario – Rogers Centre
July 19 – Foxboro, MA – Gillette Stadium
July 23 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
July 27 – Atlanta, GA – Georgia Dome
July 29 – Orlando, FL – Orlando Citrus Bowl
July 31 – New Orleans, LA – Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Aug. 3 – Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium
Aug. 5 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium
Aug. 9 – San Francisco, CA – AT&T Park
Aug. 12 – Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field
Aug. 15 – Glendale, AZ – University of Phoenix Stadium
Aug. 22 – San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium