Guns N’ Roses Have Tour Dates Lined Up ‘Far Into Next Year’
If you haven't been able to get out and see Guns N' Roses with Slash and Duff McKagan yet, don't worry — it sounds like you'll have plenty of opportunities before the band's current tour comes to an end.
Production manager Dale "Opie" Skjerseth spoke with Atlanta's WXIA prior to their stop at the Georgia Dome, and from his perspective, GNR's live obligations are open-ended at this point. "I’ve been told there’s no end date," he told the station. "I’ve seen plenty of dates going far into next year."
According to Skjerseth, band relations remain on an even keel. "Everybody’s working together to keep a common goal – keep the machine going," he noted, insisting that even though the group's road accommodations no longer entail being crammed into a van — or even really hanging out much between venues — they're still just as closely connected as they need to be.
"Everybody’s older," he added. "They carry their families with them. They all have to have their spaces. Everybody meets before we go onstage. It’s a meeting point – and that’s where the chemistry happens."
During the interview, which you can watch above, Skjerseth also touched on some of the ways frontman Axl Rose has mellowed and matured on this tour — particularly with regard to his infamous disregard for scheduling. "He’s here before the [other] guys some days," he insisted. "It’s his maturity, and how it should be."
Skjerseth's cheery assessment of GNR's 2016 dynamic was recently echoed by Lenny Kravitz, who had an opportunity to witness it firsthand while opening some shows for the band on the current tour. "I was around for the beginning with them, I was around for the heyday and for all the craziness," he told Seth Meyers. "It's really interesting to see them back together, everybody's really chill and they're going on on time. It's different. ... They took in a lot more than I did back then."
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