In anticipation of the kickoff of the long-awaited Guns N’ Roses reunion “Not In This Lifetime…” tour, which begins in Detroit next Thursday, the legendary rock band has been announcing the accompanying opening acts for the 25-date sweep. Expectations have been high ever since classic rock icons “Alice in Chains and Lenny Kravitz were announced: as openers for select dates in June and July several weeks ago, but recent additions to the list have only gotten stranger and stranger, with Skrillex topping that confusing list when it was revealed that the EDM producer would open for Guns N’ Roses during their show in Houston on Aug. 5.
Skrillex is the latest disclosure, joining Chris Stapleton, The Cult and Billy Talent on the list of acts to open for GNR at some point during their summer stadium tour. The other three are admittedly strange choices, as well, but forgivable when you think about the monumental task of booking multiple acts befitting Guns N’ Roses’ musical legacy, and there’s at least a tenuous association between the bluegrass roots of Stapleton and punk-metal inclinations of The Cult with the group that brought us hard-rock hits like “Paradise City” and “Sweet Child O’Mine.”
But Skrillex? We’re just not seeing it.
Nevertheless, he’s only joining the illustrious rock band on stage for one night, and there are dates peppered throughout Guns N’ Roses’ schedule that still lack openers. Skrillex really wasn’t someone we saw in the cards, so there are precious few educated guesses we can make regarding who those other artists might eventually be. Drake? Madonna? Yo-Yo Ma? We’ll just have to stay tuned to find out.
Check out the full list of GNR tour dates below, and thank goodness you don’t live in Houston (unless, of course, you do, in which case we are very sorry).
Guns N’ Roses Tour Dates:
23 – Detroit, Mich. @ Ford Field (with Alice in Chains)
26 – Washington, D.C. @ FedEx Field (with Alice in Chains)
29 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Arrowhead Stadium (with Alice in Chains)
1 – Chicago, Ill. @ Soldier Field (with Alice in Chains)
3 – Chicago, Ill. @ Soldier Field (with Alice in Chains)
6 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Paul Brown Stadium
9 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Nissan Stadium (with Chris Stapleton)
12 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Heinz Field
14 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Lincoln Financial Field
16 – Toronto, Ontario @ Rogers Centre (with Billy Talent)
19 – Foxboro, Mass. @ Gillette Stadium (with Lenny Kravitz)
20 – Foxboro, Mass. @ Gillette Stadium (with Lenny Kravitz)
23 – East Rutherford, N.J. @ MetLife Stadium (with Lenny Kravitz)
24 – East Rutherford, N.J. @ MetLife Stadium (with Lenny Kravitz)
27 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Georgia Dome (with The Cult)
29 – Orlando, Fla. @ Orlando Citrus Bowl (with The Cult)
31 – New Orleans, La. @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome (with The Cult)
3 – Arlington, Texas @ AT&T Stadium (with The Cult)
5 – Houston, Texas @ NRG Stadium (with Skrillex)
9 – San Francisco, Calif. @ AT&T Park
12 – Seattle, Wash. @ CenturyLink Field
15 – Glendale, Ariz. @ University of Phoenix Stadium
18 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Dodger Stadium
19 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Dodger Stadium
22 – San Diego, Calif. @ Qualcomm Stadium