Guns N' Roses seems about to announce the next leg of its “…Not In This Lifetime” tour -- most likely today (May 24).
The group has posted a series of new videos online, titled "The Beginning," "It Doesn't End Here" and "We're Just Getting Started," that indicate an announcement is coming for another round of dates to follow its late summer North American run.
The beginning... #GnFnR #NotInThisLifetime Tour https://t.co/R8emcxgCHw https://t.co/jHDUxUCBcT
The group is also playing Brazil's Rock In Rio on September 23 and in Argentina on October 1, both with The Who, leading to speculation that more South American dates will be included in the announcement.
...Meanwhile, Guns N' Roses is going ahead with its European tour that starts Saturday (May 27) at Ireland's Slane Caste, but the group is beefing up security in the wake of the terrorist attack at pop singer Ariana Grande's show on Monday (May 22) in Manchester, England.
A police spokesman for Ireland's An Garda Siochana police force issued a statement saying that more than 400 officers, "including specialist units," will be on duty at the sold-out show, along with "an additional 1,200 security/stewards provided by licensed security companies together with a full complement of doctors and medical teams, including an on-site hospital along with five first-aid posts."
The statement also asks fans to "Please co-operate fully with gardai and stewards and follow any loudspeaker announcements as this will help ensure the safety and enjoyment for all concerned."
Police have also increased the list of prohibited items to include backpacks, waistpacks and airhorns, among other items.
Iron Maiden has also said that "any extra means to ensure fan safety are being examined with the relevant authorities" in advance of its upcoming U.K. tour.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.