The last time Axl Rose set foot in Las Vegas, his foot was broken. When the reunited Guns N’ Roses played two shows at then-brand-new T-Mobile Arena last spring, the notorious frontman was confined to a fancy rock ’n’ roll throne on loan from the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl. But singing while seated proved to be a powerful method of delivery for Rose and the band, as the vocals took the worked-up crowd back to the days of Appetite for Destruction and Use Your Illusion.
GNR is back on the Strip Friday night with the Not in This Lifetime tour. Just like last year, classic-lineup members Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan are together again, bolstered on this tour by longtime keyboard contributor Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer and keys player Melissa Reese. Pink and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top have popped up onstage during recent dates, both to guest on the 1988 ballad “Patience.”
The tour, which kicked off in 2016 and has already moved through the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Chile and Argentina, is set to swing through Europe next summer. After so many years in rock limbo, it seems Axl, Slash and company are doing everything they can to put Guns N’ Roses where fans have always believed it belongs—on the short list of the greatest rock bands of all time. Guns N’ Roses at T-Mobile Arena, November 17.