GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Slash explains whether he was surprised by the massive commercial success of ‘Not In This Lifetime’ tour:
“The last shows that we did was in ’94 in South America, so we were at that place where we were playing stadiums. So when this came back around, the first offers were to do stadium-type gigs. So I was, like, ‘Okay. That’s great.’
“I think, more than anything, I was just excited about the enthusiasm. Considering, for me personally, being out of it for so long, coming back into it and seeing these insane crowds…
“It was, in my opinion, better received this time around than it was in the last years of the ’90s that I was in it. It was really, really cool. And it’s one of those times you can appreciate playing in a stadium because you’re playing for anywhere from 30 to 80 thousand people that are so dialed into your shit that it’s like playing in a club – it’s got that kind of personal toe-to-toe feel to it. So it was really, really a blast.”
Slash also spoke highly of his new bandmates Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer, saying:
“All in all, it was just a great bunch of people who were really excited about doing what we’re doing, and going out there and playing in front of a bunch of people who are glad we’re doing it.”
As for the potential new album plans, Slash noted:
“It’s been talked about. I think everybody wants to do it, and we’ll just see what happens. We’ve been busy doing this running around the planet.