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Guns N’ Roses Reunion Tour Already Booked “Far” Into 2017

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Against all odds, the Guns N’ Roses reunion is not only going smoothly, but is living up to expectations, both in terms of ticket sales and fan enjoyment. I saw the band play in New Jersey twice this past weekend, and they killed it both times. They went on promptly at 10 p.m. They played for close to three hours. They were visibly enjoying themselves. Okay, so Axl Rose still gets winded from time to time and Izzy Stradlin and Steve Adler are MIA, but it doesn’t really make of a difference; for the most part, Rose sounds pretty great, and Stradlin and Adler’s current replacement, Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer, both slay. Somehow, Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan have pulled this thing off.

So where do they go from here? Well, not home, apparently! Dale “Opie” Skjerseth, the reunion tour’s production manager, tells 11Alive.com:

“I’ve been told there’s no end date [for the reunion], 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.”

The band has already announced autumn dates in Latin America, and all signs point to them hitting Europe next summer. You have to figure that at some point they’ll get to Asia and Australia, too. And then, if they release a new album, they can do it all over again. Regardless, it seems like the band is gonna be back together for a good long while.

(Something else to consider: next July will mark the thirtieth anniversary of Appetite for Destruction‘s release. Maybe the band will go the whole “Play a Famous Record in its Entirety” route at some point?)

One more fun quote from the same interview: Skjerseth credits Rose’s “maturity” for the singer suddenly showing up on time, adding, “He’s here before the guys, the rest of them, some days.”

I don’t know if this is good news or another sign of the end times.

[via Team Rock]

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