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Guns N’ Roses coming to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa

Could a Rolling Stones tour date be next?
Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose, left, and Slash perform on the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in 2019 in Austin, Texas. [JACK PLUNKETT | Invision/AP]

At this point, Guns N’ Roses’ Not In This Lifetime Tour was starting to feel like a personal insult to Tampa fans.

Since reuniting key members of their classic lineup in 2016, they’ve booked comeback shows in Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville, but not Tampa. What did Tampa ever do to Axl, Slash and Duff?

Finally, though, Tampa’s got a date with the Gunners. All we needed was just a little ... patience.

Guns N’ Roses will perform at Raymond James Stadium on Aug. 15, the band announced Monday. A pre-sale begins Tuesday, with tickets going on sale to the public at noon Friday. They’ll start at $56.50. Click here for details.

As big as the news is — Guns N’ Roses hasn’t played Tampa since 2006, and the Axl-Slash version of Guns N’ Roses hasn’t come to town since 1991 — there are rumors floating around the web that an even bigger concert could be coming to RayJay.

Last week, the Rolling Stones fan club site It’s Only Rock 'n' Roll posted a rumor that the Stones are about to announce summer North American dates for their No Filter Tour, and that Tampa is in the mix for a concert. The generally plugged-in site has even gotten specific about a couple of cities (Louisville and Austin), but that’s about it so far.

Tampa fans have learned not to let Mick and Keef get their hopes up, though. The last time the Stones announced a big tour, they teased Florida dates through billboards featuring the group’s famous tongue logo, several of which popped up around Tampa. The show ended up going to Orlando instead. They returned to Florida last year for concerts in Jacksonville and Miami. So Tampa is overdue.

If the Stones don’t come through, Guns N’ Roses is a pretty solid consolation prize. But if both bands book RayJay concerts this summer, you might as well not even leave the parking lot.

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