Guns N' Roses coming to Letňany for July 4

American rock band announced Not In This Lifetime tour dates

The current lineup of hard rock band Guns N' Roses announced European dates for their Not In This Lifetime tour. They will be at Prague's Letňany Airport (Letiště Praha Letňany) on July 4. Tickets go on sale Dec. 9 to the general public, and to Live Nation club members Dec. 7.

This is the first time since 1993's Use Your Illusion Tour that classic lineup members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan will be on tour together. Axl Rose will be no stranger to Letňany Airport. He was there fronting AC/DC on May 22, and is now a member of both bands. Slash was also in Prague at the end of 2015 with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators.

“The resurgent Guns N' Roses and their massively successful Not In This Lifetime Tour continue to show no signs of slowing down as they storm into 2017 with more than 30 stadium shows lined up across Europe and North America,” a band press release states.

“Starting on May 27, 2017, at Dublin’s Slane Castle, the just announced tour will hit 18 more cities across the UK and Europe including shows scheduled in London, Paris, Madrid, Vienna, Copenhagen and more. Following the European leg of the tour, GN'R will return to North America for even more stadium dates starting on July 27 at the Dome At America’s Center in St. Louis, MO and then move along to 15 more cities across the US and Canada including Denver, Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal, Minneapolis, Miami and more,” the announcement concluded. The tour began in North America in April 2016.

Rumors that Slash might rejoin the group began in 2015 when he told a TV show that a lot of the tensions between him and Axl Rose no longer existed. Slash left the band in 1996, and Duff McKagan left in 1997. At the same time Slash was floating the idea of a reunion, the band's guitarist DJ Ashba announced he was going to concentrate on his other band Sixx A.M. with Nikki Sixx.

Bassist Duff McKagan began filling in with Guns N' Roses at the end of the previous tour in 2014. Several other members of the classic lineup either declined to join or weren't asked to get involved in the reunion tour.

Aside from the three classic-era members mentioned, the tour lineup includes Dizzy Reed on keyboards, piano, backing vocals and percussion; Richard Fortus on rhythm guitar, lead guitar and backing vocals; Frank Ferrer on drums and percussion; and Melissa Reese on keyboards, synthesizers and backing vocals.

The tour has been opening with “It's So Easy” from the 1987 debut album Appetite for Destruction. The main set usually goes on to include the band's big hits such as “Chinese Democracy,” “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Sweet Child O' Mine” plus covers of “Live and Let Die,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Knockin' on Heaven's Door” and “Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From The Godfather).”

The encore includes “Sorry,” “Paradise City” and a cover of the Who's “The Seeker.”

The band has not released a studio album since Chinese Democracy in 2008, but Rose said recently the band would likely release new material again. Worldwide the band has sold more that 100 million albums. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. The band has earned four MTV Music Awards, four American Music Awards and two World Music Awards, but oddly no Grammies.

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