Dubbed “Motor City’s biggest rock event so far this year,” by the Detroit Free Press, the original lineup of Guns N’ Roses reunited on stage for the first time in over 20 years. Kicking off their Not in this Lifetime Tour at the Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, Guns N’ Roses performed a high-impact, hard rock show to a packed stadium. A lot has changed in the concert touring world over the past two decades, but Guns N’ Roses didn’t skip a beat. With a custom-built stage and scenic set created by TAIT, the band brought the 80’s and 90’s rock experience to the twenty-tens.
To produce a monumental return for one of the most important bands in rock history, a team full of rock and roll geniuses is required. For the Not in this Lifetime Tour, Guns N’ Roses brought on production manager, Dale “Opie” Skjerseth, known for his previous work with the original lineup, set designer, Phil Ealy, and tour manager, Bernie Gilhuly. With TAIT’s long-standing relationship with Opie, working together on tours such as AC/DC, Black Sabbath, and The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses brought TAIT on board for full stage production and automation.
For such a buzzed-about reunion, the set and stage needed to give fans the full Guns N’ Roses rock experience. TAIT built a 71 ft. wide main stage including band risers, LED staircases made with TAIT’s P9 LED video tiles, LED fascia and amp stacks, and a self-climber piano lift used for Axl Rose’s performance of “November Rain.” Additionally, TAIT developed an 80 ft. automated video track truss system installed with power transmission units to automate Screenworks background video screens. TAIT Navigator, a proprietary automation software, operated and controlled the self-climber piano lift as well as automated Screenworks’ video screens into variations of three to six columns.
To fill the array of LED surfaces worthy of the ‘most dangerous band in the world’ and working in close collaboration with Set Designer Philip Ealy to develop the screen content strategy, Creative Works London produced an immersive and highly conceptual live show solution. Taking initial direction from the band, Creative Works brought to life the brand and art associated with the band across the 30+ songs making up a typical Gn’R touring set list.
Spanning through their entire music catalog, the reunited Guns N’ Roses, played an electric, vigorous show. For the reunion tour that the world deemed unimaginable, TAIT developed a full stage production, taking rock fans on a musical journey back to the 80’s and 90’s.