Duff, Slash play first joint GNR UK gig in 24 years

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Guns N’ Roses take Not In This Lifetime Tour to London

By David Sands

June 20, 2017

Duff McKagan, Slash and Axl Rose recently rocked out their first Guns N’ Roses shows together on English soil in 24 years. The reunited classic GNR lineup has now taken their Not In This Lifetime to the U.K., playing at London’s Olympic Stadium on June 16 and 17.

They were joined in London by their special guests Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, a Nashville rock group, and The Kills, an indie rock duo consisting of U.S. singer Alison Mosshart and English guitarist Jamie Hince.

Guns N’ Roses old school lineup (notably minus guitarist Izzy Stradlin) reunited last year. At their London shows, they performed a bunch of classic hits like “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” and “November Rain” as well as a cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” a tribute to the recently departed Chris Cornell.

As if having Axl, Slash and Duff touring together again isn’t great enough news for GNR fans, there’s also buzz about them recording together again. Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus, who’s been with the band since 2002, recently told the StageLeft podcast that the group has been “assembling ideas” for new material, though they quite got to the point of stepping in the studio to record yet.

“It’s sort of too good not to happen at this point, that’s how I feel about it,” Fortus told the podcast. “This band is really a force right now, and I definitely hope that we do, and I think we’re all sort of counting on it, and we’re also planning on it.”

GNR is planning another round of U.S. shows this fall, starting with a performance at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 8.

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