This Guns N’ Roses article was written by Al Hall, a GIGsoup contributor
The worst kept secret in music has now been confirmed, Guns N’ Roses will be reuniting to headline Coachella festival in the US.
After months of speculation and rumours, both the band and the festival organisers have confirmed Guns N’ Roses’ appearance for two headline slots at the festival in April.
Adding to the excitement, it appears that founding members Slash and Duff McKagan will join singer Axl Rose on stage for the first time in twenty years. Both Slash and Duff have tweeted and posted on Facebook images of the original GNR bullet logo rising over a desert scene, the same image posted on the official band website.
There is no official confirmation of the band line-up, but it appears that co-founders Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler will not be appearing alongside their bandmates for the Coachella dates. Although some sources suggest the two may appear as guests on the tour that is rumoured to be taking place following the festival appearance.
As it stands fans could expect to see a hybrid band at Coachella, consisting of original members Axl, Slash and Duff alongside Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer, who are longstanding members of the newer incarnation of Guns N’ Roses. Dizzy Reed, who has played keyboard for the band since the Use Your Illusion albums is also expected to appear.
Axl Rose was scheduled to be appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel show tonight (5th Jan) to discuss the rumours, but has withdrawn due to “unforeseen circumstances”.