New Zealand and Australia to Play Host To Guns N’ Roses
We had previously covered that Guns N’ Roses have rescheduled their Australian and New Zealand tour dates for later this fall. Billboard magazine recently sat down with Jim Jones who is the promoter to discuss the band’s upcoming shows and how there have been strong ticket sales. He also discussed COVID precuations as well. check it out below!
Billboard: The Guns N’ Roses stadium tour sets the bar, globally. The rest of the world has noticed. Was that the plan when the announcement was made?
Geoff Jones: We wanted to try to provide impetus to the live industry, which had been frozen due to COVID restrictions. We see that Australia and New Zealand have a great opportunity to lead the world in bringing back live international music at scale, and what better band to lead that charge than the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll stadium act, Guns N’ Roses.
We have also put tours on sale from the likes of Keith Urban, Amy Shark, Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian and Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell (The Rock Musical) and we held the first arena shows since COVID before Christmas (Greatest Southern Nights) for the same reason, as a circuit breaker.
Strong sales for Guns N’ Roses and these other tours have proved to us, if we had any doubt, that fans have cabin fever and can’t wait to get out and share unbeatable live experiences in a safe environment.
Is it conceivable that the band and crew will go through a two-week quarantine when they hit these shores?
No. But we know that Australia and New Zealand are in a far better position health and safety-wise than almost every other developed economy. We also have a massive vaccine roll-out about to begin, a Trans-Tasman travel bubble and we will have a leaner touring entourage and shows with COVID marshals and all of the requisite safety measures.