Guns N’ Roses, one of the most iconic and well-known hard rock acts of the world has reunited. The legendary line-up that made hit songs like ‘November Rain,’ ‘Patience,’ and ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ humming in your head from a very early age; has reunited once more to give it their all on stage in 2016. This long-awaited reunion was on hold for almost 18 years, with a very reluctant Slash who reassured fans that such a reunion would never happen as far as he was concerned. It seems “never” turned out to be 18 years and it is now a reality which will be brought to you in Colombia, in the beautiful city of Medellín in late November.
Hard rock is part of our collective musical history, especially in Colombia for those born between 1980 and 2000. Why is that? Because it is played constantly, in any rock bar in the country you can hear the distinctive riffs from the golden era between the eighties and nineties. One band that never fails to be played at least three times in the same night is Guns N’ Roses. It has to do with the level of energy of some of the songs and the epic ballads to make you remember that feeling again. However, for most fans in Colombia, particularly the younger ones, their Guns N’ Roses’ experience was relegated to that of the bar, but no more.
The golden era of the Los Angeles musical act has been perpetuated through rock bars that show live concert videos as well as high-end production videos where you can see the dynamics which Slash, Axl Rose, and Duff McKagan had back in the nineties. Great energy and chemistry were displayed every time. But Slash, Duff McKagan, Gilby Clarke and Matt Sorum fell out between 1996 and 1997 it seemed that the glory days of Guns N’ Roses were over. Yes, Axl Rose kept on going and produced ‘Chinese Democracy,’ but we can all agree that the magic of the classic band got lost along the way.
Colombia had the chance to live the experience firsthand back in November 1992 when Guns N’ Roses played with the now referred to Classic line up. It was something different as this was the biggest showed ever played in Colombia during a very dark time in our history. It was so magical that, once they started to play ‘November Rain’ it actually started to rain, giving the audience the feeling that some sort of divine intervention was at play. However, that was also the era in which Axl Rose was more erratic, which resulted in a short concert because he got annoyed and decided to leave.
Now, after 24 years it is possible for those that were too young in 1992 and were big fans of the band back in the day to have this awesome experience. Guns N’ Roses will bring their best show ever, as it will involve everything Axl Rose represents in terms of image and spectacle, Slash and Duff McKagan, who worked together in Velvet Revolver, will bring their musical energy on stage. This reunion that took 19 years to take place, after all that was said and done, plays its own pun game in the name of the Tour; ‘Not In This Lifetime Tour’, a phrase I am sure both Axl Rose and Slash used in separate interviews regarding the mere possibility.
Gladly for us, differences were solved or overlooked for the sake of the music. The Not In This Lifetime Tour will give you the opportunity to witness the outstanding show Guns N’ Roses can put on the stage. Touring with 125 people plus local workforce and interactive video displays with three large screens to incorporate graphics into the presentation 106 speaker Cabinets, 300 lights, and an elaborated pyrotechnics display the show promises to be outstanding. The Guns N’ Roses concert in Colombia will take place November 23rd, 2016 at the Estadio Atanasio Girardot, with tickets ranging from $170.000 Colombian Pesos (roughly 52 US Dollars) to $825,000 Colombian Pesos (250 euros) at Tuboleta.