Tommy Stinson says reunion will be "healing" for the band
Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson has given his blessing to the band’s ‘classic’ line-up reuniting.
As reported, the band have reunited to headline Coachella 2016 on a bill that will also see LCD Soundsystem reform and Calvin Harris perform.
Stinson played bass for the band from 1998 until 2014, when he left to reunite with his own former band The Replacements. Speaking in a new interview, Stinson said that the upcoming dates at Coachella and beyond will be “healing” for Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.
“I think everyone kind of knows where I stand with it all. I left it in a good way. I mean, roughly, I actually had to just start turning down tours because I was unable to tour; I got into a position, personally, where my personal life was going to prevent me from doing, I don’t know — it must have been about five tours that they called me to do, and I just said I can’t do ’em. And at that point, they… I think Axl got to the position where he was, like, ‘Okay, so what am I going to do now? ‘Cause I don’t have a band. Blah blah blah.’ So I think it worked out,”Stinson said. Adding: “I think they’ll have fun. It will be a healing thing for ’em, if it works out good. It will be good for them.”
Earlier this week Guns N’ Roses announced their first arena gigs with their original line-up.
The band will make their live return in Las Vegas with two gigs at the T-Mobile arena on April 8 and 9. Both dates precede their appearance at Coachella the following weekend.
Original members Slash and Duff McKagan will step out on stage with frontman Axl Rose at the US festival in April. Further live dates, including rumours of UK festivals and a stadium tour, remain unconfirmed at present.
Coachella will mark the first time since 1993 that this line-up of the band have performed together. Who will play drums with the band remains unknown with both Matt Sorum and Izzy Stradlin expressing interest in the reunion and saying they were keen to share duties.
Slash buried the hatchet with frontman Axl Rose in 2015 after nearly 20 years of bad blood between the pair. He previously declined to comment on the possibility of a reunion, having always ruled it out in the past.