The Axl Rose and Slash reunion as Guns N Roses seems to be imminent, according to multiple sources. Billboard reports that the band will headline the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California, set for April 15-17 and April 22-24, 2016.
The article states that multiple sources confirm that the band is also negotiating a deal with promoters for a 25 date North American football stadium tour set for the summer. The band is said to be one of the first acts to headline the new Las Vegas Arena that is still under construction.
The reunited Guns N’ Roses is said to be asking as much as $3 million per show, with tickets topping out in the $250-$275 range, but some sources claim the band could receive up to $8 million per show.
Original bassist Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, who replaced original drummer Steven Adler, are also reportedly in the rumored lineup. Original rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin and Adler’s involvement are unknown at this time.
The band, its representatives and Coachella execs have yet to confirm the news. The Coachella lineup is set to be revealed on or around January 5th, so an official announcement is imminent.
Rumors of a classic Guns N Roses lineup have been surfacing since Slash confirmed that he and Rose were back on speaking terms last summer after more than 20 years. The band has been teasing fans as of late by revamping its website to include a classic GNR logo as well as classic merchandising in its store. The band also updated its social media pages with crowd photos but no text. A brief trailer featuring “Welcome To The Jungle” playing over black and white crowd footage has appeared before Star Wars: The Force Awakens, further sparking speculation that some sort of classic reunion is prominent.
The last show Rose and Slash played together was on July 17, 1993 at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires.
Further details will be revealed as they become available.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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