GNR To NZ, TLC Debuts

After expanding the Not In This Lifetime Tour to Japan and Australia last week, Guns N’ Roses announced Aug. 22 it will play two shows in New Zealand.  

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They are at the 34,500-seat Westpac Stadium, Wellington (Feb. 2), and the 50,000-capacity Western Springs stadium, Auckland (Feb 4). The New Zealand and Australian shows are the first under the newly merged TEG Dainty company, in which veteran promoter Paul Dainty serves as CEO / president.

It is the first time the Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan lineup will play New Zealand since 1993’s Use Your Illusion Tour when they sold out the 30,000-seat Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.

Frontier Touring announced that TLC will make its New Zealand debut later this year as part of a farewell run that also takes in Australia.

TLC, accompanied by Montell Jordan, starts off with two NZ shows, at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington (Nov. 10) and ASB Bay Park Arena, Tauranga (Nov. 12). The acts then head to Australia for three shows – Sydney Enmore Theatre (Nov. 16), Thebarton Theatre (Nov. 22) and Melbourne Palais Theatre (Nov. 23) before returning to New Zealand for a Vector Arena stop in Auckland (Nov. 26).