Guns N' Roses Has Made An Insane Amount Of Money On Its Reunion Tour

By on September 16, 2016 in ArticlesMusic News

Despite not releasing a record for eight years – and prior to 2008's Chinese Democracy, a GnR album hadn't come out since 1993 – the band still has the popularity to draw big crowds.

Just look at its "Not In This Lifetime…Tour." Playing 25 shows in 21 cities from June 23 to August 22, Guns N' Roses made $116.8 million. That's an average of about $4.68 million PER SHOW.

Add in a couple of April shows earlier this year, plus appearances at Coachella Music Festival and two shows at the Foro Sol in Mexico, and GnR has made more than $132 million this year. They're also scheduled to play 11 shows in Latin America this fall, and have Asian and Australian dates lined up for early next year. When all is said and done, this tour could bring in more than $200 million.

This is the first time Guns N' Roses members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan have appeared onstage together since 1993. To see hits like "Sweet Child O' Mine," "Paradise City," and "Welcome to the Jungle," fans shelled out as much as $280 per ticket.

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Granted, not all that money goes directly to the band's members. There are obviously crew members to pay, but the production costs alone have been rumored to cost around half a million dollars per show. However, these numbers above account for ticket sales only; the amount of merchandise sold at each venue likely takes care of the production costs, and then some.

One band member who will not be getting any of that money is former guitarist and co-founder Izzy Stradlin. He elected not to participate in the reunion, tweeting that the band "didn't want to split the loot equally." While it's unconfirmed how much per show Guns N' Roses offered Stradlin, hopefully he's not regretting his decision after seeing these earnings.

The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. The classic lineup – Rose, Slash, McKagan, Stradlin and Steven Adler – as well as newer members Dizzy Adler and Matt Sorum are forever immortalized in the Hall, with the message, "Mainstream hard rock wasn't the same after the members of Guns N' Roses sank their teeth into it."

ThePRP has laid out the numbers from each show – just take a look at the cities that hosted more than one performance to get an idea of some of the ridiculous draws the band had:

Artist: Guns N' Roses & Lenny Kravitz

Venue: East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium

Date: Jul. 22nd-23rd, 2016

Gross Sales: $11,687,391

Attendance/Capacity: 100,177 / 100,177

Ticket Prices: $280, $45.50

Artist: Guns N' Roses & The Cult

Venue: Los Angeles, CA – Dodger Stadium

Date: Aug. 18th-19th, 2016

Gross Sales: $8,917,758

Attendance/Capacity: 84,634 / 87,917

Ticket Prices: $275, $45.50

Artist: Guns N' Roses & Alice In Chains

Venue: Chicago, IL – Soldier Field

Date: Jul. 01st, 03rd, 2016

Gross Sales: $8,843,684

Attendance/Capacity: 82,172 / 96,088

Ticket Prices: $250, $44.50

Artist: Guns N' Roses & Lenny Kravitz

Venue: Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium

Date: Jul. 19th-20th, 2016

Gross Sales: $8,302,575

Attendance/Capacity: 65,472 / 71,099

Ticket Prices: $280, $50.50

Articles Written by Joey Held
If there's a story anywhere in the world of music, sports, or entertainment, Joey wants to tell it. He's been freelancing since 2010, and prior to that, he attended the University of Miami, where he double majored in broadcast journalism and sport administration. A Chicago native, Joey currently resides in Austin, TX. Follow him on Twitter and Google+ and always feel free to suggest a song for his next karaoke performance.
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