Few cases of public animosity are better known than the one shared by Slash and Axl Rose over the past two decades. After making Guns N’ Roses into the biggest band on the planet in the late 1980s, the two started to disagree over pretty much everything; as a result they haven’t worked together since 1996 and haven’t appeared onstage together since 1993. Ask any music fan to list some things they never expected to see in their lifetimes, and “Guns N’ Roses Reunion” will probably be pretty high on that list, right under “The Smiths Reunion” and “The Resurrection of Buddy Holly.”
Nevertheless, it seems to be happening. The Coachella musical festival unveiled its 2016 lineup last night, and Guns N’ Roses is indeed listed as the headliner for both Saturdays, after months of rumors that the original lineup would be there.
At first glance, this doesn’t necessarily mean a reunion, since Rose has been performing under the Guns N’ Roses name with a number of hired guns for years. And of course things could go south at any moment, as evidenced by Rose’s abrupt and unexplained cancellation of [tonight’s Kimmel appearance]http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-axl-rose-jimmy-kimmel-live-canceled-20160104-story.html.
Still, we can dream. Slash responded to the Coachella news with this:
So for the first time in years, he and Rose seem to finally be on the same page, and bassist Duff McKagan seems to be joining them. That makes three out of five members of the classic Appetite for Destruction lineup. Will Izzy and Steven Adler show up? We don’t know. Will this be nothing but classic-era songs, or will we hear some tracks from Rose’s long-gestating baby Chinese Democracy? We don’t know. Will the rumored stadium tour materialize after this gig? We don’t know. Will the band be able to make it through their set without Rose and Slash murdering each other? We don’t know.
But we do know you definitely don’t want to miss this gig.