Where do we go now? To the SoFi stadium in Inglewood, California to rock out with Guns N’ Roses. Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, and Steven Adler are welcoming everyone to the jungle in the first rock performance to be played in the new stadium slated to open in July.
Los Angeles’ homegrown hard rock band will be hitting the stage in a concert on August 8. The SoFi Stadium will debut with a couple of concerts from Taylor Swift.
Hardcore rock fans will be coming back for more on September 5 with Def Leppard, Motley Crüe, Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts set for a quadruple bill gig at the stadium. Performances will be held before the 2020 National Football League (NFL) season begins. SoFi Stadium will be the home to the city’s football teams, the Rams and Chargers. 2022’s Super Bowl event is also scheduled to be held at the 70,240-seater (expandable to 100,240) venue.
North America, our 2020 STADIUM TOUR is coming ⚡ Presales start tomorrow at 10am local. pic.twitter.com/Ef5YHvSOPT
— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) February 3, 2020
The colossal stadium is the focal point of a multibillion-dollar project to restore Hollywood Park.
Guns N’ Roses was formed in Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip club scene back in 1986. The year after, the band released their debut album Appetite for Destruction. It introduced fans to rock classics, “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” “Paradise City,” and “Welcome to the Jungle.” The album’s massive success placed it on the No. 1 spot in music charts for five consecutive weeks.
— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) February 4, 2020
In 1996, the rock band was dismantled after Slash quit the band that year. The next year, drummer Matt Sorum was fired and bassist Duff McKagan eventually quit the same year. Vocalist Axl Rose stepped down from the spotlight.
The band reunited in 2016 after nearly two decades apart and played their first show since breaking up at the Dodger Stadium.
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.