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 equipped with electrifying video animation 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” Skjerset, 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.
“Working on a tour that reunites the Guns N’ Roses originals after over two decades was an opportunity that we couldn’t miss.” – Matt Hales, Project Manager, TAIT.
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.
Spanning through their entire music catalog, the reunited GUNS N’ ROSES, played an electric, vigorous show opening their Not in this Lifetime Tour, on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 at the Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. For the reunion tour that the world deemed unimaginable, TAIT developed a full stage production taking rock fans on a journey back to the 80’s and 90’s where the original lineup of Guns N’ Roses picked up right where they left off.