The long-rumored Guns N’ Roses reunion tour features three original members: lead vocalist Axl Rose, guitarist Slash, and bassist Duff McKagan, marking the first time the musicians have performed together since the Use Your Illusion Tour in 1993. Also part of the current line-up are longtime member Dizzy Reed (keyboards, piano, percussion), Richard Fortus (rhythm and lead guitar, vocals), Frank Ferrer (drums) and Melissa Reese (synthesizers, keyboards, programming)
Earlier this month in Cincinnati, the current GNR lineup became one step closer to mirroring the band’s “classic lineup” — the one that recorded their 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction — when drummer Steven Adler performed with them for the first time in 26 years. Adler sat in “Out Ta Get Me” and “My Michelle.” He joined them again in Nashville and is expected to make further guest appearances on the Not in This Lifetime Tour. So far, the only holdout from the classic era has been rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, despite rumored involvement.
Appetite for Destruction, Guns N’ Roses debut studio album, was released on July 21, 1987 via Geffen Records. It became the best-selling U.S. debut ever, moving more than 30 million copies globally, thanks to hits like “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Nightrain,” “Mr. Brownstone,” “Paradise City,” and “Sweet Child o’ Mine.”
Canadian alt-rock outfit Billy Talent will open the Toronto show. The band - Benjamin Kowalewicz (vocals), Ian D’Sa (guitar), Jon Gallant (bass), Aaron Solowoniuk (drums) - is set to release fifth studio album, Afraid of Heights, on July 29. Included on the album are two singles: “Afraid Of Heights” and “Louder Than The DJ.” Billy Talent is best known for the hits “Try Honestly,” “Devil in a Midnight Mass," “Fallen Leaves,” and “Surrender.” Sitting in for Aaron Solowoniuk, who is taking a hiatus from the band due to an MS relapse, will be drummer Jordan Hastings (Alexisonfire).
Tickets ($49.50 CA - $450.00 CA) are available here. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for the 8:30 p.m. show. For more information, visit gunsnroses.com and rogerscentre.com. Rogers Cetnre is located at 1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto.