Appetite for Guns N’Roses still strong at Slane

Guns N’ Roses are set to storm Slane Castle 25 years after they first played the iconic venue in 1992, with a headline gig announced for May 2017.

The American rockers will bring their Not in This Lifetime tour to Meath’s Slane Castle on Saturday May 27, before continuing on to play in 18 more cities across Britain and Europe.

Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday at 9am, priced from €89.50 including booking fee.

The Not in This Lifetime tour has sold more than 2m tickets this year and grossed over $200m, making it 2016’s most successful rock tour, according to MCD.

Earlier this year, Guns N’Roses played 25 shows in 21 different cities across North America in less than two months.

The band completely sold out all 15 dates of their tour in South America, including 13 stadium shows.

Appetite for Destruction, the band’s 1987 debut album, was the best-selling US debut ever, selling 30m copies globally.

The band split acrimoniously in the mid-90s, not long after the two-year ‘Use Your Illusion’ tour, with singer Axl Rose going to to perform under the Guns N’ Roses name with a whole new line-up. It was with this line-up that the band were booed off the stage in the Point, Dublin, in 2010.

In late 2015, it was reported that Rose and lead guitarist Slash had put behind them a decade-long feud to reform the band with most of its original members. Guns N’Roses played American festival Coachella last summer before beginning its North American tour.

“We are really thrilled to have one of the most exciting rock n’ roll bands in the world coming back to Slane 25 years after they first played, the same month in 1992 which was critically considered to be one of the best Slane’s ever,” said Slane owner Henry Mountcharles.

His daughter, Tamara Conyngham, said she is thrilled by next year’s headliners.

“I’m just so excited that I will finally get the chance to see one of the greats,” she said. “I missed them the first time round so the fact I get a second chance is pretty incredible.”

Slane has hosted world-renowned acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, and Eminem since Thin Lizzy headlined the inaugural concert at the venue in the summer of 1981.

Meanwhile, Aiken Promotions revealed details of a new country music festival taking place at two different locations in August 2017.

Harvest 2017 will take place at Westport House, Co Mayo, and Enniskillen Airport, Co Fermanagh, across Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August.

Country superstars Miranda Lambert and Nathan Carter have been confirmed as headline artists, with more to be announced over the coming weeks. Harvest 2017 will also feature Irish artists such as Cliona Hagan, Pete Kennedy, and Hurricane Highway.

Tickets go on sale on December 12 from all usual outlets.


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