Dubbed “Motor City’s biggest rock event so far this year,” by the Detroit Free Press, the original line-up 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 video animation created by TAIT, the band brought the ‘80s and ‘90s rock experience to the 2010s.
For the Not in this Lifetime Tour, Guns N’ Roses brought on Production Manager Dale ‘Opie’ Skjerset, known for his previous work with the band’s original line-up, Set Designer Phil Ealy and Tour Manager Bernie Gilhuly. With TAIT’s long standing relationship with Skjerset, 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,” said Matt Hales, Project Manager at TAIT. The American company built a 71ft 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 80ft 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 and also automated Screenworks’ video screens into variations of three to six columns.
Spanning their entire music catalogue, the reunited Guns N’ Roses played an electric, vigorous show, picking up right where the band left off.