It’s been a WILD few weeks for Guns N’ Roses fans, who have been kept guessing at the meaning behind the band’s cryptic website updates and mysterious ads during film screenings. A new album? A tour? What could it possibly be?
The wait and the mystery is now over: Guns N’ Roses are set to reunite with founding members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan to headline Coachella 2016, with a potential stadium tour in the works too. While original drummer Steve Adler will probably not be in attendance, their second drummer Matt Sorum is apparently going to be behind the kit.
Billboard also reveal that negotiations are underway to book a 25-date North America stadium tour, including one of the first ever shows to be played at the Las Vegas Arena after it opens on April 6.
As fellow hair-metal-rocker Steve Tyler once said, “You’d be surprised how expensive it costs to look this cheap,” so prepare yourselves for the hefty costs: with the band reportedly asking for up to US$3 million per show, concert tickets will set you back around US$250-275. Eeek.
Axl and Slash haven’t performed together since 1993. Although Guns N’ Roses have since performed and recorded in a number of incarnations, the only original member on their most recent tour was Axl Rose. Meanwhile, Slash has maintained a strong solo career, as well as success in rock supergroup Velvet Revolver.
Reunions and nostalgia are all the rage right now, sure, and everyone from Pulp to AC/DC to Tupac‘s hologram have graced the Coachella main stage. But surely some things are better left in the past.
Coachella will take place April 15-17 and April 22-24, 2016