Rock group Guns N’ Roses recently wrapped up their Not in This Lifetime Tour and posted impressive numbers. Launched in April 2016, the tour was three and a half years long and included 158 concerts played on six continents. According to Billboard, the band sold over 5.3 million tickets—for a total revenue of $584.2 million. That makes it the third highest grossing music tour in history, trailing only Ed Sheeran’s Divide Tour ($775 million) and U2’s 360 Tour ($736.4 million).
The tour’s massive success can be ascribed to the fact that it was essentially a reunion tour, with original members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan performing together for the first time since 1993’s Use Your Illusion Tour. Billboard summed up the latest tour’s structure:
“From 2016 to 2019, GNR maintained a busy schedule, maximizing their global potential with trips around the world. The tour was rooted in North America, with 87 of 158 shows (55%) taking place in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. But there were also multiple visits to Europe (31 shows), Asia (16) and South America (15), plus eight dates in Australia and one in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“With more time in North America, the band was able to play a more even mix of stadiums and arenas, as opposed to quicker runs of only stadiums internationally. Their home-continent touring amounted to $258.5 million and 2.3 million tickets sold, still far ahead of Europe’s $166.1 million.”
Consequence of Sound reports that Guns N’ Roses are now headed to the studio to work on a new album, with Slash telling the publication that he and the other band members would be “focusing on getting a new record done” after the tour was completed. Their last album was Chinese Democracy, from 2008. The last to feature Axl, Slash and Duff—Use Your Illusion—was released back in 1991.