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Guns N’ Roses are considered by many to be one of the greatest rock bands to have ever lived. The “World’s Most Dangerous Band” were in their prime in the late 80s and early 90s, but due to their appetite for destruction, their success was ultimately short-lived and the band tour itself apart from the inside. For years, it seemed that the legends would never play together again. But in 2016, to the amazement of fans, Axl Rose announced that he would once again be joined on stage by original members Slash and Duff McKagan. Now that the Not In This Lifetime tour has come to an end, though, what’s next for the ageing rockers?
The World’s Most Dangerous Band Splits Up
When Guns N’ Roses split up in 1993 soon after releasing The Spaghetti Incident?, it seemed that there would be absolutely no chance of the band getting back together. Rose had called Slash “cancer” in a Chinese Democracy interview after the curly-haired lead guitarist had moved on swiftly and painlessly from the band that made him. The Les Paul-wielding wizard went on to star in other projects including Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver and didn’t seem to have any interest whatsoever in hooking up with his former bandmates. But, against all odds, the two main musical influences of the American band did reunite, and the tour that they went on was a huge success. In fact, by April this year, the tour had raked in $230 million. That’s not a bad haul for a band that some thought had retired.
The question is, what should Guns N’ Roses do next? If they want to build on this success they may need to modernise in the same way as current pop stars, and get their brand across multiple platforms. Taylor Swift, for example, is about to release her own smartphone app.
GnR, The Slot Game
The Paradise City dwellers are slightly ahead of the game in this respect, though, as there is already a slot game based on them. It’s a sign of the times that when a band, movie or TV show is extremely successful and well-loved it gets immortalised in an online slot game. There are Batman slots, Game of Thrones slots, Jimi Hendrix slots, and now a Guns N’ Roses slot game. The Guns N’ Roses slot from NetEnt will certainly appeal to people who are seeking some nostalgia, as the online gambling machine plays some of the best songs from Appetite for Destruction, such as Welcome to the Jungle, while players spin the reels. And the author of this Guns N’ Roses slot review explains that the game epitomizes the rock giants by combining their classic tracks with big wins. The reels of the game feature artwork from some of the band’s best-loved albums, as well as a special feature that sees Axl, Slash, and Duff take centre stage while the reels spin in wins for the player. These are the Legend Spins, which are randomly triggered for lucky players. The 5-reel slot game has it all, which is why it’s one of the most popular games on the market right now.
While people like Taylor Swift thrive on modern outlets like Instagram and now The Swift Life app, it’s hard to imagine the old school Guns N’ Roses reaching out to fans in this way. The music legends are going to record another album, though, and if they can recapture the raw, dangerous sound that made them so popular three decades ago, they could end up bringing a whole new set of fans in without having to turn to 21st century technology.