After almost two decades of waiting, fans will surely be delighted to hear that their beloved rock band Guns N’ Roses will be reuniting for Coachella in April 2016.
It seems Axl Rose and Slash are ready to set aside any ill feelings they have for each other and move forward with the rest of the Guns N’ Roses gang in a get-together concert next year. The two have had a rocky relationship that prompted Rose to not show up during their band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Slash has opened up about Axl Rose pulling out of the Guns N’ Roses Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction http://t.co/4ZJjuBf8qf
— Digital Spy (@digitalspy) February 17, 2014
However, it looks like all is well now as rumors of the band coming together have been circulating around the web. According to various sources, the original band line up – Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan – are reuniting to headline Coachella 2016. Initial reports claimed Rose and Slash will team up for their first gig together after more than 20 years, but other sources also stated that bassist McKagan will be joining the reunion.
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The founding members will be performing on April 15-17 and April 22-24, claimed multiple sources.
Moreover, the band is reportedly planning to do as many as 25 North American stadium tours in the summer of 2016. The lineup is also set to perform at the new Las Vegas Arena, which is scheduled to open on April 6.
Guns N’ Roses founding members last performed together in July 1993 at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires. Rose is the only original member who remains in the group up to this day. The band’s most recent tour took place mostly in South America and The Joint in Las Vegas, which reportedly earned $15.2 million.
Reports allege that the rock band is being paid between $3 and $8 million dollars per show with ticket prices ranging from $250-$275.
Guns N’ Roses was formed in 1985 with original members Axl Rose on vocals, Slash on lead guitars, McKagan on bass, Izzy Stradlin on rhythm guitars, and Steven Adler on drums. They debuted in 1987 with Appetite for Destruction album, which carried their famous single “Sweet Child o’ Mine.” G N’ R Lies, and Use Your Illusion I and II are considered two of the most successful albums the group released in their entire career.
Guns N’ Roses Received a Platinum Honor for this 1987 Song
Appetite for Destruction was hailed as the biggest-selling debut with 18 million in U.S. sales. It remained at the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart for five weeks, according to Billboard. The rock band sold 44.5 million albums in the U.S. alone, declared the Recording Industry Association of America.
The Internet has been abuzz with reports of their forthcoming reunion after the band updated their official website recently. Their original logo was also featured on their website, which further ignited the get-together concert rumor.
Besides Guns N’ Roses, LCD Soundsystem will come together for Coachella 2016. Coachella has become a venue for reunions and band revivals in recent years. In 2007, it was able to get the Rage Against the Machine to reunite and perform together. Fans were also able to witness My Bloody Valentine to perform in 2009 and Outkast in 2014. Last year’s event attracted 198,000 people with a total revenue of $84.2 million, according to Boxscore.
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Meanwhile, representatives for Guns N’ Roses have yet to comment on the reports. Coachella producer, Paul Tollet, as well as agent Ken Fermaglich at United talent Agency have not released any official announcement with regard to the 2016 event. AEG Executives, which will be responsible for the operation of the new Las Vegas Arena, also has not aired their side yet.