Guns N’ Roses is setting up its own “Paradise City” for Wednesday’s show at Arrowhead Stadium. The 8 p.m. concert is part of the band’s Not in This Lifetime reunion tour, which kicked off in April.
“It’s a bigger spectacle event,” said production manager Dale “Opie” Skjerseth when asked about how this show will compare with Guns N’ Roses’ last Kansas City gig in 1992. “Things have developed over the years. Video has become part of the shows. There’s more things that have been created to use as we’ve evolved in the industry.”
Founder and lead singer Axl Rose filled in with AC/DC earlier this year despite a broken foot, but he’s back with Guns N’ Roses this summer. The tour also features his reunion with guitarist Slash. The two hadn’t performed together in more than 20 years.
The concert has been generating a lot of hype with its large-scale production. Pyrotechnics, firework displays and special guests are just a few things fans can look forward to. Alice in Chains will join in for the Kansas City concert. Skjerseth said the production team has taken extra efforts to ensure everyone attending feels involved and invested in the 2 1/2 hour show.
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“We definitely put the sound up into the seats. We use two large screens stage left and right and a big large center screen that projects the activity to give everyone a feel and to be part of the show.” A smaller catwalk, roughly 28 feet, also allows a closer proximity for the pit section.
Roughly 300 professional and local crew members helped set up the staging, speakers and video boards. The setup process takes three days and more than 20 semis to transfer from each city.