Guns N’ Roses are reuniting in April, and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler took some credit for convincing frontman Axl Rose to bring back guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan. Now, Guns N’ Roses is setting the record straight.
One day after Tyler’s comments, GnR took to Twitter, posting an incredibly tongue-in-cheek statement concerning the matter.
“Guns N’ Roses would like to respectfully thank the many people taking credit for our upcoming shows and everything in between,” the statement reads. “Especially those whom we haven’t spoken to in numerous years who, through the power of media, have somehow served a pivotal, even if non-existent role. We, and the fans thank you!”
“I’m sure I’m not solely [responsible for them getting back together], but I did meet Axl in a couple of clubs a year ago and two years ago and three years ago,” Tyler told Stern. “I said, ‘You need to get f—ing back together again soon, because we all miss you.’ Same thing someone said to me when [Aerosmith guitarist] Joe [Perry] and I were fighting: ‘You’ve gotta get back together. What are you, crazy?'”
“So I’d say to Axl,” Tyler continued, “‘You’ve gotta get together. There’s a place and time where if you don’t, you’re gonna miss it.’ And in another four or five years, no one’s gonna even know who they were or care if they’re on tour, and that’s Steven Tyler’s opinion.”
Listen to Tyler’s interview segment with Stern below.
Before co-headlining Coachella, Guns N’ Roses will perform in Las Vegas on April 8 and 9.