After months of speculation, Guns N’ Roses have officially announced that the band will reunite in 2016. Singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash, and bassist Duff McKagan are all confirmed in the lineup, which is set to headline the Coachella Music Festival on April 16th and 23rd at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The rest of the band’s personnel is still unclear.
The appearance will be the first time all three members shared the stage together since the 1993 Use Your Illusion tour. McKagan helped to fuel the debate about the possible reunion in late December on Twitter with a photo of his his arm holding his bass with the text “LAMF.” The bassist displayed the four letter acronym on bass amp during the “Illusion” tour as well as the music video for “Yesterdays”.
“Following the group’s 1985 formation, Guns N’ Roses injected unbridled, unrivaled, and unstoppable attitude into the burgeoning Los Angeles rock scene,” a press release stated. “The spirit went on to captivate the entire world with the release of their 1987 debut ‘Appetite for Destruction’ – the best-selling U.S. debut ever, moving 30 million copies globally. In 1991, the seven-time platinum ‘Use Your Illusion I’ and ‘Use Your Illusion II’ occupied the top two spots of the Billboard Top 200 upon release. Over the course of the past decade, Guns N’ Roses have performed sold out shows and headlined festivals worldwide following the critically acclaimed release of 2008’s RIAA platinum-certified ‘Chinese Democracy.’ Six studio albums later, Guns N’ Roses are one of the most important and influential acts in music history and continue to set the benchmark for live performances connecting with millions of fans across the globe.”
No further performances are on the schedule, though it’s been rumored the Guns N’ Roses will be embarking on a stadium tour to flesh out the year.