Guns N’ Roses have sent out a new e-mail to fans announcing the release of new merchandise which features the band’s original lineup and classic logo. The new merchandise includes a skull blanket, a cross logo blanket, a skull head blanket, a bullet pillow, a cross logo ornament, a stocking, a scarf, pajamas, a hockey jersey, and more.
This is a major development, as there were legal battles in the past regarding Guns N’ Roses merchandise and logo rights. On April 21, 2006, Dik Hayd International, LLC (Slash’s company) tried to trademark all of the old GNR logos (Exhibit A, Exhibit B). Slash’s ex-wife Perla was the VP of Dik Hayd according to divorce filings. The trademarks were abandoned on March 27, 2007. All of the Guns N’ Roses trademarks are jointly owned by Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan. The Appetite logo is Axl’s tattoo done by Bill White Jr., and the skull art was drawn by R.K. Sloane.
GNRTruth admin MSL recently made posted about rumors of Guns N’ Roses playing at the Coachella Festival next year in Indio, CA. He posted, “I’ve seen Coachella mentioned in a few articles for this rumored GNR tour featuring the return of slash. Figured I’d poke around a bit today. Spoke to a friend at Goldenvoice who didn’t want to say too much, but said ‘clock is ticking’ and that the Coachella lineup is scheduled to be released January 5th.”
He later posted, “Promoters make offers all the time for Axl and Slash to get back together, so it’s difficult to say for sure what the end result will be and what stage things are at…but my buddy was under the impression that Coachella’s offer is/was for Axl/Slash/Duff and that if GNR can deliver those three, it doesn’t matter what the rest of the lineup is.”
Coachella’s 2016 festival will take place on April 15-17 and April 22-24. The festival is known for booking major reunions, getting Jane’s Addiction to reunite in 2001 and Rage Against The Machine to reunite in 2007.
Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx recently spilled the beans on a Guns N’ Roses reunion. Sixx is the second prominent musician to reveal the band is reuniting, after former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland told Alternative Nation last week. A fan asked Sixx on Twitter last night if Guns N’ Roses were reuniting, and Sixx had a definitive response: ‘THEY ARE. EVERYBODY KNOWS.’ Sixx plays with former Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba in Sixx:A.M., who he has a clear source in the Guns N’ Roses family.
Melodic Rock is reporting that the lineup will be Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer, and Dizzy Reed.
Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba discussed the rumored reunion of GNR’s original lineup on Facebook a few days ago. Ashba said, “Rumors, rumors, read all about it! Personally, I would love to see the original members of Guns N’ Roses reunite. Let’s hope it happens for the fans!!”
He also told a fan, “The fans deserve it. Never forget I am a fan myself.”