NEW YORK (AFP) – Guns N Roses on Tuesday announced concerts in Japan and Australia, extending a long-awaited reunion tour into 2017.
The hard rock legends said they would play three shows in Japan in January — one in Osaka and two at Saitama Arena near Tokyo — followed by five Australian dates.
Guns N Roses, whose 1987 “Appetite for Destruction” remains the top-selling debut album ever, in April reunited with their classic lineup of singer Axl Rose and guitarist Slash for the first time since 1993.
The rockers — who had passed up years of lucrative reunion offers amid bad blood between Rose and Slash — are touring North America and afterward plan shows in Latin America.
The reunion has gone smoothly, with longtime fans of Guns N Roses startled that the notoriously hard-partying band is even starting sets on time.
The band is taking a break after the North American dates as Rose tours with Australian rock elders AC/DC, replacing singer Brian Johnson who risked hearing loss if he kept performing.
The Guns N Roses reunion is nonetheless without Izzy Stradlin, the rhythm guitarist and writer of some of the band s best-known songs, who has declined to participate.