American rock legends Guns N’ Roses have just been announced as the latest act to perform at the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 after-race concerts.
The band will return to the region to play the prestigious race-day show, on November 25 at du Arena on Yas Island. They last performed in Dubai in March 2017.
The legendary rock-metal band has been on the road and making music since 1985, and the group’s make-up of has changed over the decades, the current line-up consisting of frontman Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan and Richard Fortus on guitars, Frank Ferrer on drums, and Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese on keyboards.
Promoters Flash Entertainment made the announcement yesterday after dropping hints about the band over the past few days on social media. One of the postings on their Twitter account said:
Of course, one of the biggest songs from Guns N' Roses is their power ballad November Rain.
According to head of Flash Entertainment John Lickrish, it was Guns and Roses that approached the company for a possibly Abu Dhabi show.
"They actually heard about how great the race was from drive Kimi Raikkonen and he wanted to get involved," he said. “Front man Axle Rose is a big formula one fan and big gear head.”
Guns N' Roses are currently on their Not In This Lifetime tour:
Their inclusion in the 2018 line-up marks another year of high-profile Abu Dhabi F1 after-race concerts. Last month the news hit that Canadian R‘n’B star The Weeknd will take to the stage for the second concert of the series, on Friday, November 23.
The remaining two shows on November 22 and 24 are yet to be announced.
To attend the four Yasalam After-Race Concert performances it is necessary to purchase a ticket for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Tickets are available online at www.yasmarinacircuit.com, through the Yas Marina Circuit Call Centre (800 927) or +971 (0) 2 659 9800, as well as through all Etihad Shops and Virgin Megastores, Yas Central Express stand at Yas Mall, and through the YasHUB smartphone app and its Facebook shop: facebook.com/yasmarinacircuit