Guns N’ Roses rock the stage in the first major music show to be played at Mosaic Stadium Sunday night.
The tour buses started rolling in Friday afternoon and the stage set up is now complete.
Chad Guy, production manager with Regina’s RAWK Entertainment Group, and his team have been hired to build the GNR set.
As someone who tours the world building stages in all sorts of stadiums and arenas for acts like Paul McCartney, KISS and AC/DC, Guy said Mosaic Stadium is on par with the best.
“The facility’s first-rate. I think the sight lines are great, the stadium’s seats and everything’s just kind of built for a fan experience,” he said.
Being from Regina, Guy added that having Mosaic Stadium as a concert venue is an asset.
“I’m just really proud that we have a facility like this in our home town, and we’re attracting world-class talent,” he explained. “It’s nothing but good for the entire community, and it’s nice to be a part of.”
Another part of his team’s job is setting up backstage — including prepping the band’s dressing rooms, and so far, no fancy requests.
“The days of picking out a certain colour of M&M and the crazy concert riders don’t really happen anymore,” he laughed. “It’s a business and these are just real people.”
When it comes to the show itself, Guy said fans can expect an intimate performance, but with that larger-than-life, classic rock n’ roll flare.
“Think big arena, big stadium rock. You know, big video, lots of pyro, lots from the big PA system — just a loud rock show,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Ron Chamberlain, GNR’s production manager, has been touring with the band since May. He said fans can expect to get their money’s worth.
“Most bands nowadays, as we all know, do 90 minutes to 120 — (GNR do) three hours plus,” said Chamberlain.
Gates open at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Our Lady Peace opens the concert around 6:15 p.m., and GNR hits the stage about 7:30 p.m.