The gang is getting back together —; according to multiple sources in the music industry.
That’s right, the full Guns N’ Roses ensemble is reuniting to headline the infamous Coachella Festival, and possibly a stadium tour, in 2016. That includes lead singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin and drummer Matt Sorum (original drummer Steven Adler is battling addiction issues). The band hasn’t performed together on stage since the 1993 Use Your Illusion tour.
The band is said to be asking US$3 million per concert, charging upwards of $250 per ticket.
In spite of the infamous, long-running feud between Slash and Rose, a “music insider” said this to Dish Nation:
“Slash and Axl have verbally agreed to get things together again and reform the original band. The live shows [are] where they can show the world what they had and also make the greatest earnings.”
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Other versions of GNR have performed since the band’s breakup, but none have included the whole group due to the long-standing feud. The duo has famously clashed in multiple arguments over the past decade. Slash confirmed a few months ago that he and Rose have buried the hatchet, so to speak.
“It was probably way overdue,” he said to Entertainment Weekly. “But it’s very cool at this point. You know, let some of that…dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long.”
Former GNR keyboardist Dizzy Reed also recently hinted about a reunion tour, which, if it happens, will not-so-coincidentally align with the band’s 30th anniversary.
“With GNR, timelines don’t really apply,” Reed told Loudwire. “And that’s fine, things will come out when they’re ready and we’ll go on tour when we’re ready.”
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To date, GNR has sold roughly 100 million albums worldwide, and is largely considered one of the biggest rock bands of the late ’80s and early ’90s.
Representatives for the band, as well as reps for Coachella and United Talent Agency, have not commented on or confirmed any upcoming performances.
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