Friday, December 21, 2018

Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 7: GUNS N’ ROSES

As part of the 2018 hennemusic Rock News Awards, the daily news site is counting down the Top 10 Rock News Artists of the past year.

Finalists for the 9th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards are chosen by readers: the Rock News Story Of The Year is determined by page views, while the Rock News Artist Of The Year is based on the combined total page views of the top 50 hennemusic rock news stories of the past twelve months.

The 2018 hennemusic Rock News Awards winners will be announced on Thursday, December 27.

2018 Rock News Artist Of The Year – Top 10


Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 7 – GUNS N ROSES

Guns N’ Roses wrapped up 2017 by extending the Not In This Lifetime reunion tour into a third year with news of summer 2018 dates across Europe that would begin in early June.

The series was confirmed in January as being amongst the top five biggest-selling concert tours in music history; with $475 million in revenue at the end of 2017, the trek was sitting in fourth place on the all-time list behind U2, The Rolling Stones and Coldplay.

With downtime from the road, Slash began work on his third album with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators in March, while Duff McKagan also entered the studio for a new solo record.

The reunion tour earned Guns N’ Roses a pair of nominations for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards as finalists in the “Top Rock Tour” and “Top Touring Artist” categories, both of which they lost to U2 at the May event.

The launch of a new GNR website alongside a cryptic message in April led to an official announcement days later that the group would release multiple expanded reissues of their 1987 album debut, “Appetite For Destruction”, on June 29.

The project’s lead single – an unreleased track called “Shadow Of Your Love” – saw the band return to the US rock charts in May for the first time in almost a decade while simultaneously placing Guns N’ Roses’ 2004 “Greatest Hits” package back on the US charts, as well.

The group made headlines by delivering the live debut of the 2004 Velvet Revolver classic, “Slither”, during the opening night of their European tour in Berlin, Germany on June 3; performing “Shadow Of Your Love” for the first time in 31 years during a June 6 show in Odense, Denmark; and, a June 14 guest appearance by Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan for a performance of "It’s So Easy" during a Foo Fighters’ headlining set at the Firenze Rocks Festival in Florence, Italy.

While on tour in July, the band’s clip for 1991’s “November Rain” reached a new milestone online when it became the first music video from the pre-YouTube era (the site launched in 2005) to surpass the 1 billion views mark.

With European dates completed in late July, Slash moved forward to focus on the September release of “Living The Dream” and a brief US tour before Guns N’ Roses resumed the 2018 live schedule in Mexico in the first week of November.

The 5-week fall concert series hit countries in the Far East, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa before closing out with the group’s first-ever show in the state of Hawaii on December 8.

The 4CD/7LP “Appetite For Destruction: Locked N' Loaded” expanded box set reissue of Guns N’ Roses’ 1987 debut picked up a nomination for the 61st edition of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles next February, where the team of art directors who put together the project named as finalists in the Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package category for the 2019 event.

As 2018 winds down, guitarist Richard Fortus made headlines recently by suggesting that new music from the band could surface within the next year.

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