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Would Guns n' Roses Reunite?

With all the rumors swirling about reunions and special performances in advance of the 2008 Rocklahoma line-up announcement, I couldn't help but wonder about Guns n' Roses.

Now, I know as well as everyone else that the original Guns n' Roses won't be reuniting anytime soon, let alone for Rocklahoma. My question is this: if the Guns n' Roses we all know and love was still together, would the band headline the Glam festival?

I'm not sure Axl Rose would go for Rocklahoma. In the band's hey day, Guns n' Roses played festivals in South America in front of about a 100,000 people. The stage shows were big, and according to Slash, somewhat overdone.

Can you imagine if Axl Rose came out of hiding tomorrow and decided to reconcile with Slash, Izzy Stradlin, and Duff McKagan? So many years removed from the Use Your Illusion records, I still believe music reporters would go nuts.

You'll notice I didn't name a drummer in the previous paragraph. I think that would be another sticking point: who would play skins in the reunited Guns n' Roses? Steven Adler made himself a Rocklahoma fixture last year. He's also the most seemingly interested in a reunion. We all know Matt Sorum replaced Adler after drugs got in the way of the music. While Sorum played on the records after Lies (save one song during the Use Your Illusions sessions), I think many fans would prefer to see Adler behind the kit. Of course, Sorum is the drummer for Velvet Revolver which also features Slash and Duff McKagan. That relationship could possibly deter an "all original" line-up reunion.

Here's the other thing. What if Axl, Slash, Duff, Izzy, and Steven all reunited? Would they play Appetite for Destruction in its entirety, or would the band also dabble in songs from Lies and the Use Your Illusion records?

Of course, Axl's mood must always be considered. Would he run out on the Rocklahoma stage and act like he still has an album in the top spot of the Billboard charts, or would he somehow be humbled at the opportunity to perform again for the very fans who have sustained him - and his mansion - for all these years?

2008 could very well be the year of Chinese Democracy, but I don't think we'll ever see that album officially released. Most tracks have leaked on the Internet in one form or another. If Axl wanted the album out, we'd all have it on our iPods by now.

I think a reunion is also in Axl's court. Discuss.

Reader Comments (24)

Don't forget, Axl has already been playing shows with Izzy. The UK tour in 2006 saw Izzy join GNR on stage for a few tracks, and it was great to see him and Axl together again, they got a brilliant reaction.

Axl can still get the audiences when he goes on tour and in the staduiums too, in contrast with Velvet Revolver who I saw several years ago at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena, but who this year will be playing universities and venues like the Birmingham Academy holding 3000. That's assuming they're able to tour and Scott isn't in jail for DUI. VR were an hour late on stage when I saw them, by the way, which has made me rather sceptical of claims from Slash and Duff that it was always Axl delaying the start of performances.

Frankly, whatever you think of the guy, Axl doesn't need the others to sell tickets. Much as I love them, it's Slash, Duff and Matt who need him more - especially with the STP reunion coming up. Is Scott going to bail on VR and leave them without a singer again? Not that I rate Weiland as a front man in any case, he doesn't strike me as having the required charisma, and when I did see them live his 'Sid Vicious wannabe' act was a bit pathetic.
February 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCinnamon
There's a couple of videos floating about on youtube of Adler's Appetite with Slash and Izzy. That's a lineup I'd pay to see. Of course, there's a whole bunch of fanboys who'd refuse to accept anyone other than Axl on vocals.
February 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPat
I can't say that I agree. I saw GnR live, and while there was huge turnout, personally, I left halfway, and everyone I spoke to agreed, we went b/c it was the only way to see those songs live, but we were all disgusted, and I guarentee he'd sell a lot more seats if he had the real band. If you read the Slash book, he seemed to me to be saying there was no chance, but by the same token, he worked so hard to dodge offending Axl that I have to think he's keeping that door open.

Axl barely plays any Illusion songs now. Why he needs 2 drummers, 3 guitarists and keys to reproduce appetite for destruction is beyond me.

And the new songs were all incredibly boring.
February 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
Hey ya all!
I'd love to see the original Guns line-up... But I don't believe it would ever happen..
Anyway, I think even if they will reunite they wouldn't enjoy Rocklahoma... In '87 they've probably wouldn't too... Axl never liked calling him and the band Glam in any way.
Although Slash took part in Sam Kinison's Wild Thing video with other Glam artists....
February 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZB
i could just see GNR w Axl confirming a reunion tour, then canceling at the last minute. that would drive everyone krazy ...
February 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergerry gittelson
Unfortunately (since GnR is my ALL-TIME FAVORITE!) I doubt they'll ever reunite. Axl is just a little too wacked. Don't get me wrong, I love seeing him perform, but he is a little crazy. And I have to say, GnR just couldn't be GnR without Axl's voice. I've seen them 3 times in the last few years, including the first warmup show in NYC (in a very small venue) before the start of this last tour and although I'm not too impressed with the band it still sounds like GnR because of Axl. Still a great voice and stage presence. And as far as VR, although I haven't seen them, I just think they're a good "bar band" with a kick-ass guitarist. I think they would have been much better if they had gone with Baz instead of Weiland.
February 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEddieLongHair
Axl playing live with a bunch of hired hands is killing the Guns N Roses name. The demos that I have heard of the new songs are not very good. In fact, I hope the tunes I have heard are a decoy for the real material. If GNR releases Chinese Democracy, and has the same songs that I have heard, it will be a crushing blow to the band. After it is released, Axl will be forced to do a reunion as no one will care about the new material. Sure people will buy it because it is GNR, but expect the negative reviews to follow shortly thereafter.

Rob Rockitt
Hard Rock Hideout
Rob - that is precisely why it will never release, so it never has to be reviewed or regarded against the legacy.
February 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
im a huge guns n roses fan them and motley crue got me into rock......guns were raw untamed and that would not be the case......that spark that flame its gone. at least we have the old cds but a reunion in my eyes would be terrible. Velvet revolver has caught that fire again and i much perefer watching them instead of a forced reunion.
February 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdirty angel
G-n-R will not reunite as it seems that Axl has fallen out of touch with the planet Earth.

And, I think Velvet Revolver is boring. I excitedly bought their CD's and only listened to them a few times. They are now collecting dust. I agree that VR should have picked Baz to front the band. Slash writes in his book that he is surprised that Baz has been dissing him lately.
February 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfletch
I am one who actually thinks a reunion could happen. I think VR might be done for, and sooner or later (as Rob alluded to) the novelty of seeing how far Axl can sink with no name backups as GNR will wear off, and fans will either want them to reunite or simply stop hearing about them. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say there is a 50% of them reuniting.
February 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBig Robbo
You wanna watch Guns n Roses then go and see Velvet Revolver who is in a way more GNR than GNR when you really look at it.
February 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBillyKiss
Two summers ago Axl did the European festival circuit playing to audiences of 50,000 to 100,000 per night. That is to say, whether or not Matt or Steven is behind the kit doesn't really matter when the guy can do so well when it's just him.

That having been said, I don't see them inviting Steven back in. It'd be Matt. Steven's had too many problems in the past few years and throughout his life and is just too unreliable. Plus he wouldn't want to play UYI material, which the rest of the guys surely would.

Lastly, I don't see them agreeing to do this or any future iteration of Rocklahoma. The band members of GNR really hated the whole glam and hair scene and tried to rebel against it. They wouldn't want to be lumped into that even today. And why would they play Rocklahoma when they could draw that many folks on their own and get paid more money doing it?

February 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVince Neilstein
Thing is, If GNR reunited who would be brave enough to go buy tickets?..I would be paranoid Axl might get one of his hisy fits and cancel the show minutes before he goes on stage..Like he has done so many times before. I love GNR..But I would be cautious on purchasing tickets for sure.
February 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
I don't agree that VR is boring, but they're not as great as I think they could be. Contraband is better than Libertad and although it took me a few listens to really get into there are some really good tracks on that album. Libertad doesn't have the same spark to it, I don't know why.

If a reunion does happen I suspect it would be Matt on the drums as well Adler is still too unreliable and has all sorts of problems. The Adler's Appetite UK and European tour was cancelled last year on the day of the first gig when most of the band was in the UK and Steven was reportedly on a bender somewhere in LA. Until he can get himself completely straightened out I just can't see him being invited to take part in a reunion (assuming one ever happens).

The line up of everyone bar Steven was the first one I saw of GNR - back in 1993 when Gilby had broken his hand and they called on Izzy at the last minute to fill in. I've got a bootleg copy of the concert at Milton Keynes I went to and it was one of the best concert experiences of my life, even 15 years on (15 years? Eek!)
February 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCinnamon
I wouldn't bet on them reuniting, but you never know. There's been quite a few bands the last several years that you never would have thought would reunite, but they did. Bands like the Pixies, the Police, the Eagles, Van Halen with DLR, etc. Heck, even the original lineup of Trixter is reuniting.
February 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge
I don't think GNR would ever play a show like Rocklahoma, because if the core members had stayed together they would be too "big" for a show like that.

God Bless Rocklahoma, it's a great idea and I'd love to get out there someday, but it *is* mostly a nostalgia-fest and I don't see GNR having any interest to play with some many bands that are commercially past their prime and so closely associated with the 80s.

If the core members had stayed, GNR would've continued to evolve in terms of music (although more than likely not to the sound Axl has cultivated by himself) and wouldn't fit in with the sound of those bands anymore anyway.
February 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Misfit
Axl, like Taime, has alienated alot of fans by abandoning his sleazy glam roots to try and go industrial, or nu metal, or whatever you call that Marilyn Manson/NIN hybrid sound. I liked Matt in the CULT, but it ain't GUNS N ROSES without Adler, Izzy, Axl, all the ORIGINAL guys. I waited half my life for Van Halen to reunite, that was Dave, the VH bros., and MICHAEL ANTHONY! Axl's the one who got the cross tattooed on his forearm-he knows who those five skulls represent. Scott Weiland sucks. Go back to grunge, man. Quit fooking-up our beloved rocknroll.
February 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPEPSI SHEEN
i dont even know if i would want them to reform - I saw them in 88 on the appetite tour twice and they were amzing - since that time i just havent had the same excitement about the band - GnR was the original 5 members to me - since thay all parted it just isnt the same. VR i think are really good - i saw them live i got well into it. the new GnR on the other hand just seems sad.
February 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRed6ixx
Scott Weiland sucks. Real bad. He's so boring and it's guys like that who killed Rock N Roll in the first place. In terms of singing talent, Scott has very little. The truth is that Axl is GREATNESS. The guy had some, uh, issues, but at least that made him a legend. I also bought Libertad just for the pure enjoyment of taking a piss at it afterwards. I mean who writes those songs anyway? I love Slash and Duff (Hate Matt Sorum) but Velvet Revolver doesn't even slightly compare to GnR. And may I point out that Axl is alot older than he used to be. It's not really cool for a 46 year old to compete with young fresh talent.

I love Guns, personally I think they are the greatest band ever, but I don't think a re-union will ever happen. Any of you guys seen Steven lately? WOW. All those drugs fucked him up bad. He acts like a retard. He twitches and stuff. It's depressing to watch.

Completely irrelivant, but CrashDiet fuckin rock!
March 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommentermIkKi

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