The production manager for the current Guns N’ Roses reunion tour shed some light on the trek’s future and inner workings in a new interview with local Atlanta TV station WXIA. Speaking one day before the group’s Wednesday night (July 27th) concert there, Dale “Opie” Skjerseth said that the “Not In This Lifetime” tour has “no end date,” and that shows are already booked “far into next year.”
Skjerseth said that all members of the band are “getting along just fine” and shot down speculation that they have separate dressing rooms due to tension within the ranks, Skjerseth said, “Just because everybody’s older, they carry their families with them. They all have to have their space. Everybody meets before we go on stage. It’s a meeting point and that’s where the chemistry happens.”
- The tour features original members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan on stage together for the first time in more than 20 years.
- Asked if it was money or music that brought the core members back together, Skjerseth said: “I believe it starts with the love of the band . . . And then of course we all want money.”
- Regarding the future of the tour, Skjerseth said, “I’ve been told there’s no end date, 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.”
- Skjerseth also discussed how Axl Rose is managing to get onstage on time, as opposed to previous tours when he was notorious for starting shows sometimes hours behind schedule. Skjerseth said, “We’re all older and want to get to bed now . . . It’s his maturity and business and how it should be. Everybody feels good about it.”
SIDE NOTES: Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson, who played in the band from 1998 to 2014, told Salon that he had been to see the reunion tour once already and was going again, saying, “It was fantastic. It was great to see it on the other side and not having to be in it. And I mean that as no disrespect . . . I want to watch it as a show and hang out with the people and go, ‘F**k! This is g**damn fun.'” Stinson added that playing in Guns was a “great gig,” saying about the reunion, “It’s not all the band members, but people should love it. If you’re a fan, you’re going to love it.”
- If Guns is planning tour well into next year, you think they should put out some new music as well instead of playing only old stuff?
- Do you believe the tour manager when he says that everyone is getting along well?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?
Jason Krieger wrote: “Still think that with Steven reconciled, there will be some 30th anniversary AFD shows with izzy & Steven. Just makes sense.”
Aaron Rever wrote: “Cool, but I want a new album. I’d definitely go see them.”
Strik Nyne wrote: “Great. I’d love to see ’em live next summer again too. Love hearin Slash tearin those songs up again. All 20 of those scab guitarists can’t touch his s**t.”
David Ortiz wrote: “i love guns and went to both shows in new jersey but this is not a reunion. it was a fun show but disheartening to not have adler or izzy there.”