Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus briefly discussed the reunion of the band’s original members Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan with a fan on Facebook yesterday. While Rose, Slash, and McKagan are confirmed to be part of GNR’s 2016 lineup, no other members have been confirmed yet. Many rumors have stated that Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, and Dizzy Reed will remain with the band, even with Slash and McKagan’s returns. Other rumors have stated that Matt Sorum will be the drummer, and others have said that the original lineup featuring Steven Adler and Izzy Stradlin will reunite.
Fortus reportedly reacted to the reunion news and rumors of him being involved yesterday by saying to a fan, “Really!? Man, I sure hope so! That’d be awesome.”
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.