According to The List, GUNS N’ ROSES is rumored to have been paid £5 million (approximately $6.69 million) for its headlining performance at this year’s Download festival, which took place last weekend at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. It’s believed to be the most amount of money promoter and festival organizer Andy Copping has ever handed out to a band to perform at the legendary metal festival.
A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “He paid GUNS £5 million for the set and that’s the most he’s ever done.”
GUNS N’ ROSES reportedly arrived a minute early for its set and left the site shortly after the performance in a helicopter.
According to Billboard, GUNS N’ ROSES‘ “Not In This Lifetime” tour ranks as the fourth-highest grossing tour of all time, based on Billboard‘s Boxscore archives. The trek, which launched in April 2016, topped the $475 million mark in gross sales with the final show of the band’s 2017 touring schedule on November 29 in Los Angeles.
About seventy people travel with the “Not In This Lifetime” show in addition to the truck drivers; that number goes upwards of five hundred, including the local workers, by show date once catering, security, etc. are factored in, according to the GN’R tour’s production manager, Dale “Opie” Skjerseth.
GUNS kicked off its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion tour in April 2016 with a club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California’s Coachella festival.
The “Not In This Lifetime” tour features classic lineup members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Axl Rose (vocals) backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese.
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