American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses have overtaken Belgium to become the 12th largest economy in the world – grossing an eye-watering $116.8 million during their long-awaited comeback this summer.
The 1980s rock icons, who are back on the road with vocalist Axl Rose, original guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan for the first time since 1993, have enjoyed a lucrative nine-week North American tour, playing to more than one million fans during 21 stadium shows.
And now the latest Boxscore figures reveal just how much the band has pocketed.
Ticket sales for the first two shows of the Not In This Lifetime tour – a double stint at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas – totalled $6.2m (£4.6m). But this paled compared to the top-earning tour date at The New York City market, making the band a cool $116.8m from two nights alone.
Even the lowest-grossing date, at the Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, secured $2.8m.
The news may make painful reading for ex-guitarist Izzy Stradlin, who claimed he turned down a place on the tour because the band “did not want to split the loot equally”. Fair share or not, this seems an awful lot of money to miss out on.
Former Guns N Roses drummer Steven Adler was back in the band this week.Adler was a surprise addition to the GnR line-up in Cincinnati joining his bandmates Slash, Duff McKagan, Dizzy Reed and Axl Rose for ‘Out Ta Get Me’ and ‘My Michelle’. Adler performed on the iconic ‘Appetite For Destruction’ but was only on ‘Civil War’ on the 1991 ‘Use Your Illusion II’. He was also the drummer for 1988’s ‘G N’ R Lies’.