When Guns N’ Roses came back at Coachella in 2016, there was no telling what it really meant for the group. One article called the reunion the last roar of a rock dinosaur, and it was fair to point out that GNR had something of a history of disappointing its fans. While some rock reunions feel like genuine celebrations in which disbanded groups patch up differences to play together again, this felt more like something that always could have happened, but just hadn’t yet. We didn’t know if it would be a one-off performance, the start of a tour, or a full-fledged revival for one of the later classic rock groups to make it big.
But we all should have seen the signs that GNR had more in mind than a one-off performance or a quick tour to follow Coachella. The truth of the matter was that the band had been laying breadcrumbs for us to follow for some time, all pointing toward a reemergence on the popular scene.
Some of those breadcrumbs were curious. The band famously teased its Coachella performance with a mysterious and ambiguous movie trailer. Guns N’ Roses also allowed its material to be licensed so that it could join a host of other subjects used as background themes for online casino games. Slot reels based on rock bands have recently become more popular, and can be used for various purposes, from paying tribute to marketing. In the case of GNR, the Guns N’ Roses slot seems to do both, promoting the group’s older material while putting them in front of newer audiences.
Given these steps, it made perfect sense that when GNR did take the stage again, it was armed with news about a full tour with most of the original members on board. That tour was called “Not In This Lifetime,” and it’s still going on today, having spanned the U.S. and parts of Europe. There have also been whispers of new material, but mostly on the concert circuit. Guns N’ Roses exploded in the spring of 2016 toward what has become a sustained hot streak.
Now, that hot streak has them barreling toward one of the bigger remaining festivals in 2017. Joining the likes of Alice Cooper and Lady Gaga, among others, Guns N’ Roses will be playing Rock In Rio in late September. The festival will be held in the Olympic Park built in Rio for the 2016 Olympics, and has a full lineup that includes an amazing mix of modern and classic artists. This incredible line-up includes Justin Timberlake, Bon Jovi, The Who, and 5 Seconds Of Summer.
This is truly a music festival for everyone. But the way Guns N’ Roses has come back in the mid-2010s, for old and new audiences alike, they should be one of the more popular groups at the shows. It’s just the latest in a series of surprising triumphs for the band.