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Why Are Guns N’ Roses Calling It the ‘Not in This Lifetime…’ Tour?

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Yesterday (April 1), Guns N’ Roses announced a two-month, 20-city tour that will see them play dates in stadiums across North America this summer. The dates, their first with both Slash and Duff McKagan in the band since 1993, has been dubbed the “Not in This Lifetime…” Tour.

Why did they choose that as the name? Not surprisingly, it comes from a much-publicized quote Axl Rose made about the chances of a reunion. Four years ago, he was walking out of the Chateau Marmont with Lana Del Rey. As you can see in the video above, TMZ caught up with him and asked if he was planning to do a “reunion tour with the whole lineup in the future.” Rose simply said, “Not in this lifetime,” before getting into the passenger seat, closing the door and being driven away.

The line conjures up memories of the Eagles‘ 1994 reunion tour and album, Hell Freezes Over, which was named around a similar concept. There actually is a connection between the two acts: Rose sung on “I Will Not Go Quietly,” from Don Henley‘s 1989 album, The End of the Innocence. The song reached No. 2 on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock chart. Earlier that year, Henley drummed for Guns N’ Roses when they performed “Patience” at the American Music Awards, a time when original drummer Steven Adler was in rehab. At the time, they shared a label, Geffen Records.

Of course, the reporter did imply the entire original lineup, which includes Adler and guitarist Izzy Stradlin, neither of whom are part of the upcoming tour. After months of speculation as to whether any other former members would be involved, the warm-up gig at the Troubadour in Los Angeles last night saw Rose, Slash and McKagan with longtime members Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Richard Fortus (guitar) and Frank Ferrer (drums). Another keyboardist, Melissa Reese, made her debut with the band.

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