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The Guns N' Roses "Not In This Lifetime" reunion tour is now believed to be the second-highest-grossing tour of all time, having generated an estimated $562 million since it began two and a half years ago. Pollstar reports that the trek raked in more than $82 million during 2018 alone over the course of 24 shows.

At least four other tours have topped $500 million in sales: U2's "360" trek earned $735 million, the Rolling Stones' "A Bigger Bang" cycle topped $558 million, Ed Sheeran's "Divide" road trip has grossed $555 million and Coldplay's "A Head Full Of Dreams" tour took in $523 million. With 45 headlining stadium dates still on his calendar in 2019, Sheeran may end up with the highest-grossing tour of all time.

Guns kicked off its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion tour in April 2016 with a club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California's Coachella festival. The tour went on to top the $475 million mark in gross sales by the end of the following year.

Although the group's future plans are not known at the moment, guitarist Richard Fortus told St. Louis radio station KSHE that a new album or song might arrive "faster than you think." He remarked, "We are going to try to do another record and get it out soon . . . the band’s so great right now." The last LP released under the Guns N' Roses banner, Chinese Democracy, came out in November 2008.



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The Raconteurs, the rock quartet led by Jack White, will share two brand new songs on Wednesday (December 19th), titled "Sunday Driver" and "Now That You're Gone." The news was revealed in a tweet from White's label, Third Man Records, which also announced back in October that the Raconteurs will issue their first album in more than a decade in 2019.

The last full Raconteurs LP was 2008’s Consolers Of The Lonely, which will be getting a 10th anniversary reissue from Third Man as well. The reissue will contain a bonus seven-inch single that will include two new songs from the band's latest recording sessions.

The Raconteurs formed in 2005 and released two albums, Broken Boy Soldiers and Consolers Of The Lonely. The latter was a surprise arrival, announced just a day or two before it was issued on March 25th, 2008. The quartet went on hiatus in 2010, while White began to focus on another band, The Dead Weather, as well as his solo career. The Raconteurs were the first outside musical project White worked on while still a member of the White Stripes, the duo he and ex-wife Meg White created in 1997.


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The Strokes are returning to action in 2019. The long-running New York City garage rock act has announced a headlining appearance at the 2019 Bilbao BBK Live Festival in Bilbao, Spain, alongside the likes of Thom Yorke, Weezer, Vince Staples and other stars.

The Bilbao event will take place on July 11th, 12th and 13th and will be the Strokes' first performance since their 2017 tour. It also marks the beginning of what is being called their "global comeback," which will include future international dates.

The Strokes have not released a full-length studio album since 2013’s Comedown Machine. Their most recent release, a three-song called Future Present Past, came out in June 2016.

Singer Julian Casablancas has recorded and toured behind two albums with his side act, The Voidz, while guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. put out his fourth solo album, Francis Trouble.



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