Dates with Rolling Stones set for Germany.
Interest is high in the upcoming Guns N’ Roses concerts, with four warm-up shows at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom selling out in less than three minutes on April 21, and tickets for European dates also moving quickly.
The May 12, 14, 15 and 17 New York performances, promoted by Live Nation, will serve as tune-up gigs for the European leg of the band's forthcoming tour, which starts on May 25 in Madrid at Juan Carlos Arena.
As part of the European tour, Guns N' Roses will also be reunited with the Rolling Stones for two special shows in Germany. Guns N' Roses will be the Stones' special guests on July 10 in Nurnburg and July 12 in Leipzig. They last played together in 1989 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Guns N’ Roses manager Merck Mercuriadis, CEO of the Sanctuary Group, tells Billboard.biz, “We have been away for a long time working on something that we believe is worth the wait. Being out of the marketplace for this extended period takes courage, belief and commitment to your work, but it leaves you needing to prove yourself all over again and show the marketplace that you are still special. This is step one in providing the proof, and it comes at the perfect time as music has never needed a band like Guns N’ Roses more than it does right now.”
GNR will play a mixture of headline Festival appearances in Europe, including Rock In Rio in Portugal, Download Festival in the UK at Donington Park, Rock Am Ring in Germany, Gods Of Metal in Italy, Novarock in Austria, Graspop in Belgium, Roskilde in Denmark, and A Heavy Day in the Park in Holland, as well as their own headlining indoor shows in Madrid, Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, Paris, Zurich, Stockholm, Oslo, and Helsinki, most of which have been instant sellouts. The band sold over 65,000 tickets in Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki in just a couple of hours.
Additional dates are expected to be announced soon.