On the last weekend in May 2017, Axl Rose & Co will grace the famous stage at Slane Castle, Co.Meath for the second time. The legendary Los Angeles band will be embarking on the European leg of their record breaking ‘Not In This Lifetime’ tour and the gig at Lord Mountcharles’ famous home is sure to be jaw-dropping to say the least.
In January 2016, it was announced that the ‘Classic’ GnR lineup would be gearing up for another ride upon the ‘Nightrain’ with bassist Duff McKagan and iconic guitarist Slash re-joining the band after the latter infamously left in 1992. Rose and Slash engaged in a very public falling out in the early 90’s and had been believed to have been on icy terms since then. Disputes involving finances and the overall direction of the band led to the downfall of one of the greatest rock and roll groups of all time.
The band have been active but with only frontman Axl Rose remaining as the sole original member, and most recently visited Dublin in 2011 in a now notorious show. McKagan and Slash both had successful careers post Guns N’Roses, most notably forming super group Velvet Revolver with the now deceased Stone Temple Pilots’ frontman Scott Weiland.
Since reforming, the band have headlined gigs at Coachella and embarked on their own sold out tour across North & South America and also Asia. Noticeably absent from this reunion tour is guitarist Izzy Stradlin, who formed the band alongside Rose in 1985. Stradlin decided not to join the line-up, stating in September: “they didn’t want to split the loot equally, simple as that.” However, original drummer Steven Adler has joined the band on stage numerous times throughout the tour for surprise appearances. Adler was fired from the group for drug-related problems following the timeless ‘Appetite for Destruction’ album. Adler’s inclusion just goes to show that indeed anything is possible when discussing GnR.
The Slane concert is now sold out and promises to be an absolutely stellar show as the boys reel back the years to take fans to ‘Paradise City’ once again. The legacy that the American rockers have left behind them is evident in the level of fandom that still exists 30 years after their initial debut. Many of the punters that attended the show in ’92 will become repeat offenders this May, whilst there will most certainly be a new generation of fans being ‘Welcome[d] to The Jungle’. With over 1 million tickets sold in a single day for the European dates of the tour, some have accused the vintage rockers of cashing in on nostalgia. Regardless of this, it’s going to be an historic event.