’80s Acts Keep Shredding in 2017
There are some bands that just continue to rip no matter how old they get. Two of those bands are ’80s hard rock legends, and they still slay just as hard today as they did 30 years ago. Both Guns N’ Roses and Metallica continue to breed new legions of fans thanks to their iconic catalogues, and their most recent tours prove that, despite their age, they haven’t lost a step.
For their part, Metallica surprised a lot of people when they released their first new album in eight years in 2016. Hard Wired…to Self-Destruct was a blistering return to form for the band that was praised by fans and critics alike. Even the lukewarm reviews had plenty of positive things to say, with one mentioning that the record contained some of the band’s best songs since the ’80s. The thrash-metal gods clearly still have it, and the band has been nominated for a number of Billboard Music Awards alongside 1980s contemporaries and tourmates, Guns N’ Roses.
GNR’s “Not In This Lifetime” tour has been massively successful for the band and the group has now brought on some impressive opening acts to further sweeten the deal for its next round of shows in the UK and Ireland. The legendary rockers will bring Royal Blood to their Ireland show and will then play with The Kills in London. The Kills are also celebrating their 15th anniversary as a band so this is sure to be a terrific concert.
Guns N’ Roses are one of those bands that seem to make a comeback every time you’re about to count them out. And it’s been more than just reunion tours that have helped to keep the band in the mainstream. One way GNR has continued to find new fans while entertaining old ones has been through a number of online games featuring Axl and Slash. GNR has had its own games developed where fans can enjoy the band’s music while playing some of their favourite classic casino games. The act is one of many that have licensed their works out for online slot reels at prominent casino sites where they can continue to thrill fans that were there for the band back in the early days. Similar moves have been made by other artists, such as Jimi Hendrix and Motörhead, in an effort to continue to appeal to new fans in the digital age.
Between the success of the latest tour and their increased digital ventures, it doesn’t look like GNR is about to go anywhere anytime soon. The Billboard nominations are just the latest confirmation that GNR is still one of the hottest bands in the world, and is likely to stick around for a long time to come. The concert series was the highest grossing world tour of 2016 and is still one of the hottest tickets around. The “Not In This Lifetime” tour will come through Ireland in May before hitting London in June. The band will hit the rest of Europe during the summer and move on to Canada and the United States in August and September.
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