The rumours look set to be proved true: Guns N’ Roses are reuniting for a 2016 world tour, including a headline performance at Coachella Festival.
Billboard confirms the news from “various inside sources” that the “Sweet Child O’ Mine” rockers will be taking to the stage together once more as frontman Axl Rose and lead guitarist Slash put their long feud behind them.
Duff McKagan will pick up the bass guitar again with Matt Sorum stepping in for original drummer Steven Adler. Izzy Stradlin is not thought to be returning.
While an official announcement is yet to be made, one is reportedly due “imminently”. UK fans will be hoping to see the group play Glastonbury Festival next summer.
Speculation first began after Guns N’ Roses started selling merchandise featuring their iconic guns-wrapped-in-roses logo, with bandmates separately hinting that they would be keen to reform.
In the last few days, their Facebook page has been updated with a cover photo of a live crowd, their official website shows the logo and a video of “Welcome to the Jungle” playing over clips of dancing crowds has been showing before screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx seemingly confirmed the tour on Twitter last month when he replied to a fan question asking whether the band should reunite with: “They are. Everybody knows.”
Slash recently said that there is no longer any “animosity” between the former bandmates. “Over time we all just got sick and tired of the black cloud,” he told CBS News. “The biggest thing that happens when you have a break-up that is less than harmonious is you build up a bad energy because of the distance. The bad feelings get exaggerated.”
To date, Guns N’Roses have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.
Representatives for the band are yet to respond to our request for comment.
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