This Guns ‘N’ Roses article was written by Al Hall, a GIGsoup contributor
In what could go down as one of the greatest, and most unlikely, reunions in rock history, it has been revealed today that members of the original Guns ‘N’ Roses line-up are in talks regarding a potential reunion tour.
It was revealed in late August that Axl Rose and Slash were on friendly terms again after almost two decades where the sole contact between them had been the occasional exchange of insults via social media. Speaking at a Marshall promotion event in Sweden, Slash claimed that the situation was very cool at this point, and that he and Axl had managed to dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long. Six months ago it would have been laughable to suggest that the two estranged bandmates would put their differences behind them, but the good news does not end here, as the timing of their reconciliation could not have been more fortuitous.
The modern incarnation of Guns ‘N’ Roses (of which Rose is the sole survivor from the glory days of the late 80s and early 90s) has been in limbo since finishing its residency at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in June 2014. Since then, both DJ Ashba and Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal have left the band, leaving a vacancy for the key position of lead guitarist. Other members of the original group, (guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler) have all joined Axl on stage in recent years, with the major sticking point preventing a full-band reunion being the animosity between Axl and Slash.
With this relationship mended, early speculation suggests that a reunion tour could take place as early as 2016, a fitting year as it would mark 20 years from Slash and Duff’s exit from the group. Sentimentality aside, it is estimated that such a tour could make upwards of 65 million pounds, with a US tour alone likely to bring in tens of millions of dollars.
Past experience would preach caution regarding a Guns ‘N’ Roses reunion, so at this point we can only live in hope that the five men behind rock anthems such as Sweet Child O’Mine, Paradise City and Welcome To The Jungle can reach an agreement and bring about the reunion that would send shockwaves through world of rock.