Guns N’ Roses massive popularity in New Zealand is highlighted by their unparalleled chart success. Since 1987 every one of their album releases has gone platinum. Use Your Illusion I (4x Platinum) and Use Your Illusion II (5x Platinum) simultaneously debuted at #1 and #2 on the RIANZ chart, and Appetite For Destruction achieved 3x Platinum. The band's 2004 9x Platinum Greatest Hits compilation topped the RIANZ chart, spent 5 weeks at #1 and remained on the chart for 50 weeks – making it one of New Zealand’s biggest selling albums of all time.
As the name of GNR’s 2017 tour suggests, many GNR fans once believed that they would only be able to experience founding members Axl, Slash and Duff sharing a stage again in their dreams. But then the band’s classic line-up regrouped for Coachella 2016 and the Not In This Lifetime tour was announced shortly afterwards, thrilling fans all over the world until November 2019. The Australasian leg of Guns N' Roses' Not In This Lifetime stadium tour marked the first time that New Zealand fans witnessed Axl, Slash and Duff reunited since 1993's Use Your Illusion tour and the band's onstage chemistry was undeniable.
Guns N’ Roses are one of the most important and influential acts in music history and continue to set the benchmark for live performances connecting with millions of fans across the globe. In New Zealand in 2017, close to 90,000 fans rocked-out in Wellington Stadium, and Auckland’s Western Springs to GNR's blistering Not In This Lifetime sets. “When it was time to bring it, Axl brought the house down…Slash of course, killed it.” (NZ Herald) and Stuff summed it up simply by the crowds’ verdict “It was f…awesome.”
GNR's 2021 Australasian tour is the light at the end of the bleak tunnel we’ve all negotiated this year. All aboard the Nightrain to Paradise City for what promises to be a heaving celebration of the unbreakable human spirit! STADIUM ROCK IS BACK, you don’t wanna miss this one!