Fans are speculating that Guns N’ Roses might be preparing to announce a reunion after a flurry of activity on the band’s website and social channels.
Over the past few days, the rock band’s site has been given a facelift and emblazoned with their original guns-wrapped-in-roses logo. Their official Facebook page has also been updated with a new profile picture and cover photo of a crowd, which fans have claimed is a hint that the LA rockers are planning to embark on a world tour.
Reaction to the news has been mixed. “As a life-long Guns N' Roses fan this makes me ECSTATIC,” wrote one commentor on Reddit.
Others were less enthused by the possibility of the band returning, pointing out their live performances in recent years have been underwhelming.
“They came on something like 90 mins late, then played so far past the curfew that festival management ended up pulling the plug on them mid-set to avoid receiving a hefty fine for noise violations,” wrote one Redditor of their headline set at Reading Festival in 2010.
They added: “Axl & co wouldn't have it, and came back on stage to give an embarrassing acoustic performance of Paradise City (literally acoustic, there were no electronics turned on, all you could hear was the drums) with Axl singing through a megaphone. Total embarassment.”
Rumours of a comeback have been swirling since September. Frontman Axl Rose and guitarist Slash have reportedly buried the hatchet and, according to a music insider at Dish Nation, “verbally agreed to get things together again and reform the original band.”
“The live shows is where they can show the world what they had and also make the greatest earnings,” added the source.
The last time the original line-up of the band performed together was in Argentina on 17 July 1993.