First Photo Of Axl Rose Training For Guns N’ Roses Reunion

Guns N’ Roses France has released the first photograph of Axl Rose in 2015. Rose is wearing a Nike sweatshirt and holding a Swell water bottle, looking like he’s in the midst of training for Guns N’ Roses’ 2016 tour. The photo was taken by Suzy Khoury last week.

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As we have been reporting for months, the reunited Guns N’ Roses will be headlining the Coachella festival in Indio, CA in April 2016. Billboard confirmed our reports earlier today, also reporting that the band will play the new Las Vegas Arena, which is set to open in April. Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan so far are the only confirmed members.

Alternative Nation has learned that Guns N’ Roses will announce additional United States stadium tour dates in late January 2016. We previously reported on December 1st that around 25 dates were planned, and this still appears to be the case. A show at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (where the New York Jets and New York Giants play) is reportedly in the works.

Consequence of Sound
is reporting that Matt Sorum will be the drummer, but there have been many contradictory reports, with Frank Ferrer even hinting at his own involvement, and Steven Adler publicly lobbying for his job back just a couple of months ago.

  • Corndog

    I was hoping for a Rocky montage…

  • yoda

    AXL GOAL: leather pants from 1987

    ok, axl needs to lose weight. THAT’S IT. axl has one of those faces that just shows extra weight first thing. like, gain 2 pounds, and it goes straight to the cheeks. not a good look, especially considering axl was known for his very pronounced cheekbones/hollow sculpted look.

    if he refrianed from food for a brief time, he would look like axl again.

    • AlisaC

      People’s faces fill as they age. At least he’s keeping it real and not getting plastic surgery. He’s like 50 now, if he gets skinny, he’ll look sick. Better to see him with a bit of meat and bulk than looking like a skinny drug addict.

      • yoda

        lol… did you just get a lobotomy dear? peoples faces fill as they age which is why they get fillers? actually, people’s faces UNfill as they age, they only “FILL” when they get fat.

        he would look sick?? axl was beautiful with his model-esque sculpted cheekbones/face. it also gave him a “hard ass/street livin'” kind of edge that was just perfect. with a bloated face he is unremarkable.

        to be frank, he looks like a fat leprechaun who just stuck his head in a beehive. or a woman with thyroid problems. or an alcoholic. he looks “sick” NOW.

        in fact, he is hardly even recognizable as axl rose. so what that he is in his 50s? duff and matt sorum are both his age, and look better than they did in their late 20s. why? debloated. axl could and should look like he did when he was 25, just older. and if he were back in his paradise city pants, he would. which is hard to believe, since he is so unrecognizable now, but he would. that is my only point.

        • AlisaC

          Okay, I get what your saying, however, why are you holding him to these expectations that most people do not achieve? Was he sexy back in the day? Of course. Did he age, gain some weight and his looks changed? Yes, as expected because he’s human. Why are his looks so important to you? I think it’s mean to judge a person on his appearance. He wouldn’t be famous without the voice. But, that changed too. A lot. Based on his recent concert.

          Anyway, he never followed the rules or did things just becuz others wanted him too. And he won’t lose weight just becuz fans like u think he’d look better.

          Peace.

  • Nikdik

    He looks like one of those third-wave feminazis.

  • Lucky Neko

    Good luck!

  • Hwang Sunghyeop

    Whatever. Axl you are the one of the great vocals.

  • Felonious Punk

    I thought it was the first picture.

    I’m like “Shit, he’s looking pretty good! This whole reunion thing might not be a complete joke after all…”

    And then I scrolled down and saw fat, haggard 2015 Axl and I’m like “Nevermind.”

    • AlisaC

      See reply to yoda

    • Todd McKenzie

      Are you going to look 25 when your 53? He’ll be on J. Kimmel Tuesday. It’s going to be interesting regardless. I actually can’t f-ing wait to hear how he and Slash buried the hatchet. For one, this could be months ago. Second, it’s a f-ing photo, he’s got heavy bulky clothes, etc. Why in the hell does it even matter what the man looks like? Ageist, f*ckin’ troll. You had a thing for young Axl? It’s o.k., you can admit it.

      • Jimmy Intense

        When I read closely, I can feel your boner for Axl from here. It’s OK, you can admit it.

        • Todd McKenzie

          You ain’t feeling my boner anywhere. Keep your hands to yourself.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Then keep it in your pants. No one asked to see your little indecent exposure puppet show for Axl.

          • Todd McKenzie

            lol

          • Felonious Punk

            “Hot boner for Axl” Todd here reminds of Dean Deleo in that STP/RS photo from last week..

          • Todd McKenzie

            Are silly 3rd grade dick jokes supposed to hurt my feelings? lol You sir, need to get a life. Trolls always hide their real name.

          • Felonious Punk

            Lolololol you actually use your real name on the internet?! Hahahahahahahahaha @ this guy. What a chump!

          • Todd McKenzie

            Do you know how many people have the name Todd McKenzie? Good luck with that. Do you think I’m scared of punk ass keyboard “trolls” warriors? I don’t post a picture, and I don’t have a Facebook or twitter account, and I use a VPN. You’re the coward prick who hides behind a retarded alias.

          • Felonious Punk

            So not using my real name makes me a coward then? And here I thought that was just the logical way to conduct one’s internet business.

            I’m sure you wouldn’t be too hard to pick out from all the other Todd McKenzies out there, standing around in your faded Axl Rose t-shirt and unable to sit down properly because of how buttsore you are over your favorite band being ridiculed on AltNation.

            Not sure what “Keyboard Trolls Warriors” is supposed to be either, but good job. You really have my feelings in shambles here.

          • Felonious Punk

            Boy, for someone who swore he wasn’t going to waste his time with me anymore, you sure are wasting a lot of time with me here..

          • Jimmy Intense

            Willing to bet our friend Todd would show Axl his ‘O’ face if they met…

          • Felonious Punk

            Yea Jimmy, hands off that boner. It’s all for Axl.

        • Felonious Punk

          Right? Somebody sure likes Axl Rose!

          *fans Todd McKenzie with a palm leaf*

      • Felonious Punk

        I’ll admit I was completely not serious and to laughing right now at you getting super upset about this.

        • Todd McKenzie

          I’m not upset about anything. I figured you were just trying to be funny. I just didn’t think it was. I get sick of hearing how Axl sucks because of his appearance. It’s more pathetic than funny, and it’s and old, stale joke. I see you commenting on almost every Guns article with Disqus, and it’s always the same troll shit. Good day. How come all the trolls that hide their name always spell out the persons name that tells them how it is, in their reply to said person? I know who I am, you don’t have to tell me. Troll!!

          • Felonious Punk

            LoL check out hard-on-for-Axl Todd here getting all puffy-chested on AltNation. What’s the matter, bud? Can’t stomach the fact that your hero Axl is a fat, washed-up blowhard who can’t sing his own songs anymore? These Gn’R reunion shows will be an absolute joke, you’ll see.

            If you even have the balls to stick around this place. A few days with me and the regulars and you’ll see just how much your precious hired Guns ‘n Roses amount to around here.

          • Todd McKenzie

            I really don’t care what a bunch of pussy ass alias using trolls think of Guns. This all you’ll hear from me, because this is the last second of my time I’ll waste on a worthless troll as yourself. You take your trolling very seriously, I guess. Lol

          • Felonious Punk

            Haha yea, take your ball and go home, you pansy. I guess we’ll see you in the front row at the Hired Guns shows.

            Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

        • Todd McKenzie

          I called you out on your ageist shit, and now you try to take it back. Truth hurts I guess.

          • Felonious Punk

            I’m not walking anything back. You’re the one getting all butthurt over your man-crush for Fatso Rose and fighting with all the AltNation regulars.

            Don’t try to save face now, pal. You just waltzed into a lion’s den, I’m afraid.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Me-ow!

    • dakotablue

      Haha, me too–wondered how he got back to the way he used to look!

  • Shaun Warren

    stadiums Really??? i will be surprised if they can sell out arenas nevermind stadiums…they should have done this 15 years ago….no thanks!!!

    • Go Hiomlán Mandelbrotmenge Imi

      Are you serious? The can sell out towns if the reunite…

      • Shaun Warren

        i doubt it…almost every gnr fan i have talked says they’re not interested…a washed up Axl…Really they only put out one great album…the use your illusion albums had 4 or 5 good songs between the 2…lies was ok….yes there are suckers that will buy into the hype…i wouldn’t go if it was free…

        • Todd McKenzie

          Why are you even reading about it then? Just to be an ass? So washed up that Guns grossed 15.2 million dollars in 2014. You have no idea how much they are going to make in 2016. If I could only be so washed up.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Why are you attacking everyone that comments? Looks like you’re the only washed up douche with a hard-on for Axl around here.

          • Todd McKenzie

            Two comments is hardly everyone, and you’re doing the same thing now. Hypocrite. Now that makes three, still, hardly everyone. I call them how I see them. If defending someone against ageist, “looks mean everything” clowns, is what you mean by hard-on, then sure.

          • Jimmy Intense

            I thought Shaun made a valid point shared by many GnR fans: UYI 1&2 are over-rated and only have a handful of good songs between them.

            Asking $250+ (or promoters $8 million according to some reports) for a half-assed attempt at a “reunion” is insulting.

          • Todd McKenzie

            You’re first point is completely opinion. It’s subjective. I think UYI 2 is pretty solid, and 1 is alright. It does have the original Don’t Cry version, and November Rain, Coma, Dead Horse, etc. They weren’t as good as Appetite as a whole, that album is perfect. Note for note, front to back. You’re second point is valid, to an extent. We don’t know how much tickets will be, exactly, but, yeah, they’ll be steep. Coachella makes a shit ton of cash, though, and they are the ones that made the offers. I can’t imagine something this big being 20 bucks at the door, in a small club venue.

          • Felonious Punk

            Disagree with the first part, but totally agree about the second part. I’d take both UYI albums over the entirety of AFD anyday. Insane, I know.

            I’m guessing this Todd McKenzie doofus is new here? He clearly doesn’t get how we operate on this site.

            But I hope he sticks around for the 2016 reunion and gets all fanboy in every Gn’R article. Will be a fun time indeed.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Haha yeah that will be priceless

          • Go Hiomlán Mandelbrotmenge Imi

            250 bucks is waay too much but I do not think that UYI is overrated. That’s just like your opinion as The Dude would say.

          • Shaun Warren

            if they grossed 15.2 million it sure wasn’t from the united states…they only played some small clubs here And they were not well received.And its not guns and roses anyway it was Axl Blose And friends…You wanna go see the fat bloated egomaniac sway his fat hips around god bless ya…I am going to see Bands that have stayed the test of time And Don’t Crap on there fans @disqus_FehrfkqbE7:disqus …AC/DC in April And Iron Maiden in March….Done!!!

          • Felonious Punk

            I didn’t know you could tag people directly on Disqus. This is going to make calling people out in 2016 even more ridiculous!

  • Ishmael

    Fatso Rose

  • Jimmy Intense

    The (Hired) Guns n Roses Tour: presented by Nike and Swell…

  • You Ain’t No Sanjaya

    Damn, nike, swell and taco bell. Axl is earning in the run up to this so called “reunion”

  • Mook

    These guys always kind of blew. It was exciting when Nirvana knocked them off their high horse back in the day. If they insist on going forward with this shit show they should at least let Adler have his old job back considering he’s the original mofo.

  • mike r

    some shallow comments on here, who gives a F what he looks like, how does his voice sound is the real question