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The last time Guns N’ Roses – at least, the Guns N’ Roses we remember – set foot onstage in Japan, they were in the middle of their famed Use Your Illusion tour and coming apart at the seams. That was 24 years ago; this weekend the good people of Osaka, Japan were reintroduced to a better, faster, and happier Guns N’ Roses, complete with a frontman finally ready for the weight of his job and ready to rock. Guns N’ Roses kicked off the Pacific leg of their Not In This Lifetime… tour this weekend with an explosive evening in Japan, the first of five scheduled and if there’s anything Axl and company do well it’s make one hell of an entrance after 24 years away!
Fun Fact: The Not in This Lifetime... tour sold more than three million tickets in 2016, making it the most successful rock tour of the year.
Sure, the January 21st lineup looks a lot different than the last time Guns N’ Roses rocked Japan; the spry 20-somethings are now men in their fifties, their days of rock and roll excess in the rearview mirror and for the first time ever they’ve got a woman in the band as Melissa Reese splits keyboard and backing vocal duties with Dizzy Reed – but while that much has changed, Guns N’ Roses’ ability to deliver an absolutely stellar, high energy performance to the fans who knew this day would come has not.