Guns N’ Roses Will Be Back in Brazil for Rock in Rio 2017
In September, one of the grandest festivals in the music industry will take place once again. Rock in Rio, Brazil’s mammoth music festival which was first held in 1985, is all set for the big stars that will fire up the stage this year.
Best Classic Bands highlighted several rock titans which are scheduled to be part of the event, and Guns N’ Roses is among the biggest names in the lineup. The rock act is currently on their Not in This Lifetime… Tour. In a previous Rara’s Farm article, we mentioned that GNR is set to take over this year, and their inclusion at Rock in Rio 2017 added another epic gig for the band.
Guns N’ Roses have received renewed interest due to the reunion – bringing Axl Rose and Slash back together for the first time in 24-years. The hyperbole surrounding the reunion intensified when GNR entered projects outside of music too.
The Guns N’ Roses documentary It’s So Easy and Other Lies, co-written by Duff McKagan, featured ‘never before seen’ footage of the band and was released through XLrator Media. Additionally, a licensed slots title was created bearing the Guns N’ Roses trademark and released through the digital platform Slingo which ports themed variations of classic games such as Roulette and Blackjack. These ventures allowed the band to reach a wider audience, many of whom turned into new fans.
As a result, the band enjoyed sold out shows in most of their ‘Not in This Lifetime… Tour’ performances as both loyal fans and new followers joined together to watch them live. The Tour will last until September, and shortly after GNR will grace the stage at Rio de Janeiro.
Guns N’ Roses was one of headliners at the second edition of Rock in Rio in 1991 as the first festival. GNR has performed at the event multiple times, but this is the first time that several original members will play together at the festival.
Rock in Rio returns to its homeland
This year, Rock in Rio will return to Brazil after numerous incarnations in other countries such as Portugal, Spain and the US. Rock City – the venue which was specifically tailored for the event, has also been revamped. Among the notable additions is a boulevard similar to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame which commemorates artists who have played at the festival in the past. There are also two artificial lakes created.
Rock in Rio begins on September 15, and will go on until the 17th. The second part will be from September 21 to 24.
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