Guns N’ Roses has finally confirmed the rumor that founding members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan will regroup to play the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in April.
For months, critics and audiences alike have generated immense excitement and speculation over the possible regrouping of the iconic lineup. The April performances will mark the first time since 1993 the three have shared the stage.
The reunion announcement was supposed to be accompanied with an appearance by Axl Rose on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, but the singer canceled. Kimmel mocked Rose's famously mercurial ways on his show last night.
“Axl Rose was supposed to be here tomorrow, but he will not be here tomorrow for reasons known only to Axl Rose,” Kimmel said. “Or maybe he will be here, and he’s just trying to keep us guessing. I don’t know.”
While there hasn’t been an official statement from anyone on the inside as to whether the band will include Slash and McKagan, after the Coachella lineup was announced, the guitarist and bassist shared the same image — the Guns N’ Roses “bullet” logo superimposed on a desert scene that’s featured on the Coachella poster — on social media at roughly the same time.
Speculation on an extensive Guns N' Roses stadium tour following the two performances at Coachella remains to be confirmed.