Bookies name Guns N’ Roses favourites for Reading and Leeds as Nikki Sixx adds to reunion rumours

Bookmakers Betfair list odds of 6/5 for band's classic line-up to play next year's festival

Guns N’ Roses have been named as favourites to headline Reading and Leeds festivals next year, according to one bookmaker.

Rumours have circulated online that the band’s classic line-up are set to reunite shortly, with Slash recently burying the hatchet with frontman Axl Rose after nearly 20 years of bad blood between the pair. He recently declined to comment on the possibility of a reunion, having always ruled it out in the past.

Slash’s former Velvet Revolver bandmate Scott Weiland also claimed that the original line-up of the band will reunite for gigs in 2016, while Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe yesterday (November 12) became the latest person close to the band to suggest they will reform.

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Responding to a fan’s question about the rumours on Twitter, Sixx wrote “everybody knows” the reunion will happen.

Now, bookmakers Betfair has listed odds of 6/5 for Guns N’ Roses headlining the twin festivals in 2016, with a press representative citing the fact that they have headlined the festival in the past (Axl’s new-look Guns N’ Roses last headlined in 2010).

Slash last commented on the ongoing speculation that he will rejoin Guns N’ Roses in May 2014, telling CBS that he would “never say never”. This was seen as progress by fans, as he had always remained adamant that he was not interested in the band.

“I’ve got to be careful what I say there,” Slash added in the CBS interview. “I mean, if everybody wanted to do it and do it for the right reasons, I think the fans would love it. I think it might be fun at some point to try and do that.”

Drummer Matt Sorum also recently refused to comment on rumours that the band’s classic line-up will reform. Both he and former drummer Steven Adler have said they wouldn’t like to be involved without each other.