Ticketmaster‘s inaugural Touring Milestone Award has been awarded to Guns N’ Roses‘ “Not In This Lifetime” tour. The act is among 17 concert tours that ended in 2018 that have been recognized as the top global tours. The stats are measured by the total number of tickets sold and fans reached. To qualify, a tour must have wrapped during the year with total global sales in excess 500,000 tickets.
Ticketmaster’s statement read, “When you look at the tours that wrapped this past year, it’s incredible to see the caliber of artists that were on the road. These artists are unmatched in their ability to transport an audience to another place through their music, performance and production. This Touring Milestone Award is intended to recognize their commitment to their fans, to their art, and to the live experience.”
“Not In This Lifetime” began in April 2016, and after 159 shows in 41 countries, it played its last date at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 8, 2018. It is now believed to be the second-highest-grossing tour of all time, having generated more than $500 million since it began three years ago. According to the touring publication Pollstar, “Not In This Lifetime” topped $82 million in sales during 2018 alone, having grossed an average of $3.7 million per show over the course of the 24-date run.
The “Not In This Lifetime” tour brought back the band’s classic-lineup members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Axl Rose (vocals). The band was backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese.