Guns N' Roses is finally ready to take fans back to "Paradise City," it seems.
A grand-scale 2016 reunion, featuring a headlining engagement at Coachella and a multi-city tour, will reportedly bring founding members Axl Rose and Slash back to perform together once more. The two haven't shared the stage since 1993, though Rose has continued to serve as the GnR frontman in semi-frequent performances since 2009.
This is still firmly in the realm of rumor for now, but multiple sources tell Billboard that the reunion will kick off at Coachella, with a summer tour to follow that will bring the band "to as many as 25 football stadiums in North America." The band reportedly wants as much as $3 million per show, with tickets going for as much as $250-275 apiece.
It's never a good idea to get your hopes too high when it comes to rumors like this, but there's been plenty of evidence in recent months to support the seemingly imminent reunion. Something seems to be afoot with Guns N' Roses, at least. The band's website was recently updated to feature the iconic logo associated with the original lineup.
Even more tellingly, a bizarre trailer has been running in front of some Star Wars: The Force Awakens showings featuring snippets of a live "Welcome to the Jungle" performance. They don't provide any actual information, though a Dec. 25 update to the Guns N' Roses Facebook page changed the cover art to a screencap from the trailer.
A Slash/Axl reunion would be unexpected, given Rose's adamant denial in the past that such a thing would ever happen. As he told Billboard in a 2009 interview, "What's clear is that one of the two of us will die before a reunion and however sad, ugly or unfortunate anyone views it, it is how it is."
More recently, Slash suggested that he'd be open to the possibility of performing again with his former bandmate. "I gotta be careful what I say there. I mean, if everybody wanted to do it and do it for the right reasons, you know, I think the fans would love it. I think it might be fun at some point to try and do that, but... it just starts to get into a whole complex thing. But anyway, it's really between the guys in the band," he said in a May 2015 appearance on CBS This Morning.
Slash also noted that the perception of a long-standing rift between himself and Rose is largely an illusion. "We don't have all those old issues anymore," he said. "There's not a lot of controversy. It's something that's more perpetuated by the media than anything."
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