The original bad boys of hard rock, Guns N’ Roses, are set to headline the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in April and possibly play a string of concerts in US stadiums in summer 2016.
The band, including founding members Axl Rose and Slash, is negotiating with promoters to play up to 25 stadium concerts in North America after headlining the Coachella festival during April 15-17 and April 22-24, Billboard magazine quoted multiple sources as saying.
Guns N’ Roses is believed to be asking $3 million per stadium show, with tickets thought to be in the range of $250 to $275, the report said. The band is also scheduled to be one of the first acts to play the new Las Vegas Arena, which is still being built and is set to open on April 6.
Guns N’Roses has continued to perform even after founding members such as Slash quit over highly publicised feuds with Axl Rose, and its most recent tour was last year but the lead singer was the only original band member involved. The last time Axl Rose and Slash played together was on July 17, 1993 in Buenos Aires.
Fans have often wished for a reunion of the original line-up but the public squabbling between band members, especially Slash and Axl Rose, had put paid to such hopes. After almost two decades of not talking to each other, Slash said in an interview in August that he and Axl Rose had opened a dialogue to “dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long”.
In recent days, fans of Guns N’Roses got two cryptic hints of a possible reunion – the band’s official website was updated with its original logo of two silver revolvers entwined with roses, while viewers at screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens were treated to a brief clip of a crowd at a concert set to music from GN’R.
There is still no word from the band but its official Facebook page was updated on December 25 with a black-and-white image of a crowd at a concert, leading many fans to conjecture that a reunion was in the works.
Besides Axl Rose and Slash, the band’s reunion line-up too isn’t clear but Guitar World magazine reported that Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, and not original GN’R drummer Steven Adler, will be on hand when the band hits the stage next year.
Guns N’Rose’s first album, Appetite For Destruction, is the biggest-selling debut in US history, with 18 million copies sold. The band have sold 44.5 million copies of their albums in the US alone but after the phenomenal success of the Use Your Illusion I and II albums in 1991, it self-destructed.
Fans then had to wait till 2008 for Chinese Democracy, the first album with new original GN’R material which featured Axl Rose playing with a long line of musicians.