Guns N' Roses to reunite for Coachella, possible stadium tour: Sources

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A Reunion May Be in the Works for the Long-Separated Guns 'N Roses'


Guns N' Roses, with founding members Axl Rose and Slash, will headline the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., set for April 15-17 and April 22-24, according to multiple sources. The band is also tapped to be one of the first acts to play the new Las Vegas Arena, which is set to open April 6 with The Killers and Wayne Newton. Additionally, the reunited band is negotiating with promoters to play as many as 25 football stadiums in North America in the summer of 2016. The band is said to be asking as much as $3 million per show, with tickets topping out in the $250-$275 range.

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Representatives for the band, as well as Coachella producer Paul Tollett and agent Ken Fermaglich at United Talent Agency, could not be reached for comment. Executives at AEG, which will operate the new Vegas arena, also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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OCTOBER 1985: (L-R) Slash, Duff McKagan, Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler of the rock group 'Guns n' Roses' pose for a portrait in October 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jack Lue/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 28: (L-R) Axl Rose and Slash of the rock group 'Guns n' Roses' pose for a portrait at the Stardust Ballroom on June 28, 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jack Lue/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 28: (L-R) Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Slash, Steven Adler and Duff McKagan of the rock group 'Guns n' Roses' pose for a portrait at the Stardust Ballroom on June 28, 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jack Lue/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 21: (L-R) Axl Rose and Slash of the rock band 'Guns n' Roses' perform onstage at a UCLA frat party where they played 'Welcome To The Jungle' for the second time for 30 bucks and some beer on July 21, 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Marc S Canter/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 28: (L-R) Duff McKagan, Axl Rose and Slash of the rock group 'Guns n' Roses' perform at the LA Street Scene on September 28, 1985 in Los Angeles, California. Slash uses a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar for the first time onstage with the band. (Photo by Marc S Canter/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, CA - MARCH 21: (L-R) Duff McKagan, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Axl Rose and Steven Adler of the rock group 'Guns n' Roses' pose for a portrait backstage on a night when they opened up for Johnny Thunders on March 21, 1986 at Fenders Ballroom 5 days before they get signed to Geffen Records in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Marc S Canter/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Axl Rose and Slash of Guns N Roses perform live at Rock In Rio II on January 15, 1991 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
Slash and Axl Rose (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
Duff McKagan, Slash and Axl Rose of Guns 'n' Roses perform in concert at the Ritz on February 2, 1988 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 16: (L-R) Steve Darrow, Axl Rose and Slash of the rock group 'Hollywood Rose' perform at Madame Wong's on June 16, 1984 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Marc S Canter/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Members of the rock group Guns n' Roses (L-R) Slash, Duff McKagan, Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin. (Photo by DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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Billboard's confirmation comes on the heels of two rumor-inducing hints dropped over the past week, the first a cryptic update to the Guns N' Roses website and the second during, of all things, screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where footage of a concert crowd was shown with GN'R music overdubbed. Though longtime fans may be understandably wary after the decade-plus wait for Chinese Democracy, which became a totem of sorts to frontman Axl Rose's sometimes unpredictable behavior, the reunion appears to be fully in gear.

Coachella has a pedigree for coaxing much-loved acts out of retirement, or being the linchpin to plans that had already been simmering. The fest has previously hosted the reunions of Rage Against The Machine in 2007, My Bloody Valentine in 2009, Pulp in 2012 and Outkast in 2014 -- not to mention Tupac's posthumous return to the stage in 2012. Guns N' Roses will arrive a year after two other legendary acts, AC/DC and Steely Dan, closed the 2015 edition.

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