According to Billboard, GUNS N’ ROSES‘ “Not In This Lifetime” now ranks as the fourth-highest grossing tour of all time, based on Billboard‘s Boxscore archives. The trek, which launched in April 2016, topped the $475 million mark in gross sales with the final show of the band’s 2017 touring schedule on November 29 in Los Angeles.
“Not In This Lifetime” has surpassed Roger Waters‘s “The Wall Live” tour that earned $459 million from 2010 through 2013. U2 tops up the all-time list with $736 million from its “360°” stadium tour (2009-2011) followed by THE ROLLING STONES‘ “A Bigger Bang” at $558 million (2005-2007). COLDPLAY is third with its recently completed “A Head Full Of Dreams” trek that grossed $523 million (2016-2017).
About seventy people travel with the “Not In This Lifetime” show in addition to the truck drivers; that number goes upwards of five hundred, including the local workers, by show date once catering, security, etc. are factored in, according to the GN’R tour’s production manager, Dale “Opie” Skjerseth.
GUNS kicked off its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion tour in April 2016 with a club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California’s Coachella festival.
The “Not In This Lifetime” tour features classic lineup members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Axl Rose (vocals) backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Fank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese.
GUNS N’ ROSES will return in June for a seven-week European jaunt, but the band’s plans until then, and beyond that, remain unknown for now. The three core members have not given a single interview together.