Production Manager: Guns N’ Roses Reunion Tour Will Continue ‘Far Into’ 2017
The reunion of Slash and Duff McKagan with Axl Rose in Guns N' Roses is one of the biggest rock stories of 2016. The band is in the midst of the 'Not in This Lifetime' stadium tour across the U.S. as fans lineup in droves to see this current lineup while it still lasts. However, production manager Dale “Opie” Skjerseth has given fans a big relief, indicating there's no sign of slowing down for GN'R.
“I’ve been told there’s no end date and I’ve seen plenty of dates going into next year, far into next year," Opie told Atlanta's NBC affiliate WXIA (video above) as the stage was being built for Guns N' Roses' show at the Georgia Dome tonight (July 27). "Everybody’s working together to keep a common goal and common direction: keep the machine going," he added.
Opie even gave a breakdown of the band's massive stage setup. Due to the incredible amount of time it takes to construct the steel portion of the stage, three sets are traveling to concert sites around the country. Guns N' Roses employs a 125 person crew divided between six tour buses and 20 trucks, with another 125 local workers tasked with aiding in the construction. It takes 36 hours to build the steel and another 12 to tear it back down after the show has ended.
Noting that relations between everyone in the band are fine, Opie also mentioned that each member is traveling with their family, which is the reason behind being assigned different dressing rooms.
The production manager, who also works with AC/DC, stated he acted as the intermediary between Angus Young and Axl Rose, and added that both bands get along well. Rose has taken the place of Brian Johnson, who was regretfully forced to resign from the group when it was revealed that he could have suffered total hearing loss if he remained on the road with AC/DC.
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