Guns N' Roses reportedly reuniting for Coachella and stadium tour
Guns N’ Roses, with founding frontman Axl Rose and founding guitarist Slash, is reportedly heading to Indio, California in April to headline the annual Coachella Music & Arts Festival. It will be the first show to feature both rock juggernauts since July 17, 1993.
Billboard reported the news today, citing “multiple sources.” In addition to performing at Coachella, the reunited band is in negotiations to play a 25-stadium North American tour next summer, according to Billboard, with a stop at the new Las Vegas Arena. “Guns N’ Roses is said to be asking as much as $3 million per show, with tickets topping out in the $250-$275 range,” Billboard reports.
The most recent Guns N’ Roses tour featured Axl Rose as the only founding member. Rolling Stone reported in August that the singer and guitarist Slash were finally on speaking terms for the first time in nearly two decades. Slash quit the group in 1996 and it was widely assumed that his departure was the last time the two had spoken. When the Gunners were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, Rose declined the honor and did not appear at the ceremony. He penned an open letter, which ran in the Los Angeles Times, saying that no one had the right to speak for him, and that he had no interest in reuniting with his former bandmates.
Over the past two weeks, fans have been speculating that a reunion was on the horizon as the group’s website was updated with their original logo, and the pre-roll during screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens featured footage of a concert crowd, with Guns & Roses music streaming.
The hard rockers are one of the best selling music groups of all time, selling over 100 million records worldwide, 45 million in the U.S.
Coachella, which usually posts its lineup in January, featured legacy acts Steely Dan and AC/DC last year. The festival previously hosted the reunions of Rage Against the Machine, My Bloody Valentine, Pulp, and Outkast.
Coachella organizers and representatives for Guns N’ Roses did not immediately respond to EW’s requests for comment.