Guns N’ Roses confirm reunion and worst kept secret
The iconic and legendary sleaze rock veterans, Guns N’ Roses, have confirmed what has to be one of the worst kept secrets in that Axl Rose will be reuniting with guitarist Slash and Duff McKagan at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in April 2016.
Rose and McKagan have already reunited on stage and played together starting at the O2 Arena in London, England back on October 14, 2010 when McKagan joined the Rose led Guns N’ Roses line-up to play four songs: “You Could Be Mine”, “Nice Boys”, “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and “Patience.” Rose has not played live with Slash since back in 1993.
The big question remains who will join the trio for this version of the Guns N’ Roses reunion. It appears unlikely that founding band members Izzy Stradlin (guitar) and Steven Adler (drums) will join the trio for this reunion. Speculation is that there will be five other people joining Rose, McKagan and Slash in Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner, current Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus, current Guns N’ Roses drummer Frank Ferrer, long-time Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and multi-instrumentalist Chris Pitman.
Guns N’ Roses‘ Coachella line-up press release states:
“Upholding a three-decade tradition of breaking ground, creating trends, and forever changing the face of rock ‘n’ roll, Guns N’ Roses announce the most significant and anxiously awaited musical event of this century. Founder Axl Rose and former members Slash and Duff McKagan will regroup to headline the Coachella Music & Arts Festival (April 15-17 & April 22-24)—as announced last night!
For months, critics and audiences alike have generated immense excitement and speculation over the possible regrouping of the iconic line-up. The April performances will mark the first time since 1993 the Gunners will share the stage for what is certain to be an explosive event. For more information please visit www.gunsnroses.com.
Following the group’s 1985 formation, Guns N’ Roses injected unbridled, unrivaled, and unstoppable attitude into the burgeoning Los Angeles rock scene. The spirit went on to captivate the entire world with the release of their 1987 debut ‘Appetite for Destruction’ –the best-selling U.S. debut ever, moving 30 million copies globally. In 1991, the seven-time platinum ‘Use Your Illusion I’ and ‘Use Your Illusion II’ occupied the top two spots of the Billboard Top 200 upon release. Over the course of the past decade, Guns N’ Roses have performed sold out shows and headlined festivals worldwide following the critically acclaimed release of 2008’s RIAA platinum-certified ‘Chinese Democracy.’ Six studio albums later, Guns N’ Roses are one of the most important and influential acts in music history and continue to set the benchmark for live performances connecting with millions of fans across the globe.”