ATLANTA – Fans can expect to see a more mature -- but still loud -- Guns N’ Roses at the Georgia Dome Wednesday, the band’s production manager said.
The show is part of the first tour in more than 20 years of the lineup of the group that includes Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.
Before their reunion earlier this year, lead singer Rose and Slash hadn’t played together since a falling out in the 1990s. Rose continued the group with a revolving cast of band members after Slash and McKagen’s departure.
Production manager Dale "Opie" Skjerseth said Tuesday that band members are “getting along just fine.”
Skjerseth said it was “love of the band” that brought the band back together. The money -- estimated by some to be several million dollars per show -- probably didn’t hurt.
After the reunion was announced, the band’s three core members all had a hand in the design of the stage, Skejerseth said.
"We met in January, we all talked about it,” he said.
In the end, the band agreed to massive -- but somewhat simple -- stage.
"The basic bottom line is: people want to see Guns N’ Roses," he said. "They don’t need flying pianos, they don’t flying lifts…they just needed a heavy rock n’ roll stage.”
While band members travel separately and have their own dressing rooms, Skjerseth said that’s common among groups of GNR’s stature and age.
“Everybody’s older, they carry their families with them,” he said. “They all have to have their space.”
Another things fans can expect Wednesday: an on-time Axl Rose. Before this tour, the singer had a reputation of taking the stage hours after the band was scheduled to perform.
“We’re all older and want to get to bed now,” Skjerseth said.
The production manager, who has known the band since 1990, chalked up previous reports of bad behavior to youth.
“We were all young,” Skjerseth said. “Even I was young. It’s his maturity and business and how it should be. Everybody feels good about it. He’s here before the guys, the rest of them, some days. He comes in, he shows up, gets out of the car, goes on stage. Sometimes he stays on site.”
The band is midway through its reunion tour, but Skjerseth said he expects the group to continue.
“I’ve been told there’s no end date, and I’ve seen plenty of dates going into next year, far into next year,” he said.
“Everybody’s working together to keep a common goal and common direction: keep the machine going.”
Crews have been at the Georgia Dome prepping for the show since Sunday, Skjerseth said. A 125-person crew travels with the band on six tour buses and 20 trucks.
Skjerseth promised that everyone at the Georgia Dome would get a good view of the show – even those in the nosebleed seats.
“We wanted big video, big sound, big lights, big pyro and an exciting show for the fans of rock n’ roll music,” he said.
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IF YOU’RE GOING:
Doors open at 6:30PM.
Opening band, The Cult, takes the stage at 8PM. They’ll play a 50-minute set. It usually takes 20 to 30 minutes for the crew to change the stage. After that, Guns N’ Roses will perform.
The band is expected to play for more than 2.5 hours.
Tickets are still available at ticketmaster.com or at the Georgia Dome box office. They range in price from $35 to $375.
There is NO RE-ENTRY. If you leave the stadium you will not be allowed to re-enter on the same ticket.
WHAT TO BRING:
The Georgia Dome will be enforcing the Clear Bag Policy for all fans attending the Not In this Lifetime Tour
1. Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12."
2. One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
3. Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, but no larger than 4.5" x 6.5", with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium.
HOW TO GET THERE:
As with any major event at the Georgia Dome, parking is at a premium on event days. All fans are strongly encouraged to take MARTA or purchase their parking in advance. Pre-paid parking can be purchased here.
Georgia Dome spokesman Jason Kirksey said concert goers should expect heavy traffic as the show is being held on a weekday. Those planning to attend will have to contend with regular weekday rush hour traffic.
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