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Guns N' Roses reunion tour to extend into 2017

The hard rock legends reunited in April for their first shows bringing together singer Axl Rose and guitarist Slash in more than two decades. Photograph: (Getty)

AFP New York, US Jul 28, 2016, 03.38 AM (IST)
The long-awaited and lucrative reunion tour by Guns N' Roses will extend into 2017, the band's production manager said in remarks aired on Wednesday.

The hard rock legends reunited in April for their first shows bringing together singer Axl Rose and guitarist Slash in more than two decades.

The band is touring North America and recently announced a leg in Latin America that will last through November 26.

But Dale Skjerseth, the production manager for the tour, said: "I've been told there's no end date."

"I've seen plenty of dates going into next year, far into next year," he told reporters in Atlanta ahead of the band's show in the city Wednesday, according to footage on local television station WXIA.

"Everybody's working together to keep a common goal and common direction, keep the machine going," he said.

While Skjerseth did not specify locations for further concerts, the reunited Guns N' Roses have not yet toured Europe, Asia or Australia, and New Zealand.

Guns N' Roses stormed onto the music scene with the raw energy of 1987's 'Appetite for Destruction', which remains the top-selling debut album ever.

But friction between Rose and Slash was rarely far from the surface and for years they passed up lucrative offers to reunite.

The band was once notorious for its hard living but the latest tour has been largely smooth, with the rockers even taking the stage on time.

However, police arrested 47 people at the band's two shows last weekend in New Jersey, including a woman who allegedly assaulted two officers, according to local newspaper The Record.

The reunion is nonetheless without Izzy Stradlin, the rhythm guitarist, and writer of some of the band's best-known songs, who has declined to participate.

(AFP)
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