Guns N’ Roses members to share stage at Coachella
By David Sands
January 7, 2016
Guns N’ Roses. It’s the reunion many fans worried would never happen. But—cross your fingers—it now appears three members of the legendary rock group’s classic lineup, Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, will be rocking out together at this year’s Coachella festival.
Rumors have been swirling around for some time that Guns N’ Roses, fronted by Axl Rose, would be playing the California music fest this spring. The band eventually confirmed plans to headline two dates at the festival, April 16 and 23. What was unclear was whether former members of the group would be sharing the stage with Axl during those performances.
Slash’s public reconciliation with Rose this past summer and the departures of GnR members DJ Ashba and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal have had many observers speculating about a possible reunion. Earlier this week, those suspicions were realized when the band officially confirmed that their former lead guitarist Slash and bassist McKagan would indeed be joining them at Coachella.
“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,” the band said in a statement. “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).”
Slash and Axl, who for years maintained a bitter public feud, haven’t shared a stage for decades. Although McKagan has appeared with both of them on separate occasions, the three haven’t performed together since 1993.
It’s still not certain whether other former band members like rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, drummer Steven Adler or keyboardist Dizzy Reed will be part of the Coachella concerts. According to Billboard, the band is also interested in embarking on reunion tour of North American football stadiums this summer.
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