Guns N' Roses brings one of the biggest productions War Memorial has ever seen

Guns N' Roses concert behind the scenes look

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Saturday, Guns N' Roses will take the stage at War Memorial Stadium for the "Not in This LIfetime" tour.

While you may be excited for the show, you may not know exactly how much work it takes to put a show like that together. Check this out: 15 production trucks, 15 trucks of steel, 100 crew members travel with the band and another 100 other local crew members. That's just a glimpse at what it takes to bring Guns N' Roses to Little Rock.

 Controlled chaos is what THV11 saw Friday as some of the finishing touches were put on one of biggest stages War Memorial Stadium has ever seen.

"It’s just a great opportunity for the state of Arkansas, for Little Rock, and the entire state,” said Shea Lewis, with Arkansas Parks and Tourism Friday during sound check.

The equipment got here Thursday and will be taken down right after the show. That's 36 hours to put the massive stage up and another 18 to take it down.

“You're going to see an amazing show. You're going to see a band come on and play music that people have been wanting to hear these guys play together for years. Basically the show is about the sound, the lights, the video; mainly sound,” explained Guns N’ Roses Production Manager, Dale Skjerseth.

He added that the stage and production may be huge, but they're the same size as they were in the 90s when Guns N Roses last toured together. The vision, he said, was all theirs.

“The band put their view into it, and then we took it and ran with it and developed their show,” he said.

This isn't the first big show at War Memorial, a lot of big-name acts, like the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, and George Straight have also put on huge productions at the stadium. But it is the first big concert since N'Sync in 2001, which means big bucks for surrounding businesses.

“I have no doubt that the following guns n roses has will bring folks in from all of the adjourning states jus to enjoy the concert, which means they'll stay in hotels, enjoy our restaurants, and just see the hospitality that the state of Arkansas has to offer,” Lewis said of the possible impact.

Some things you need to know for the show: doors open at 5 p.m., Sturgill Simpson starts at 6:30 p.m., Guns N’ Roses will start around 7:30 p.m., and concessions and merchandise are cash only.

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