Guns N' Roses have chosen Irish classic rockers Thin Lizzy to open eight dates this spring. The May and early June run of shows through the United Kingdom begins on May 19 in Nottingham.

To tour with a band the caliber of Guns N' Roses is an honor and a privilege," guitarist Scott Gorham says. "Being on the road with a great band who are also great friends is the perfect way to go."

The bands are well acquainted, with GNR guitarist Richard Fortus joining Thin Lizzy for a European tour last summer. Last month Thin Lizzy indicated they could begin working on new music, which would be the first studio album in almost 30 years. 'Thunder and Lightning' from 1983 was the group's 12th and final project together. Founder and frontman Phil Lynott died in 1986.

Guns N' Roses Tour Dates With Thin Lizzy:

5/19 -- Nottingham, Eng.
5/20 -- Liverpool, Eng.
5/23 -- Newcastle, Eng.
5/25 -- Glasgow, Scot.
5/26 -- Birmingham, Eng.
5/29 -- Manchester, Eng.
5/31- - London, Eng.
6/01 -- London, Eng.