Tyler appeared on The Howard Stern Show yesterday (January 27) and was asked by the host what he though of the reunion. While answering the question he began explaining what he felt was his own role in the band’s decision to get their original line-up back together.
“I’m sure I’m not solely [responsible], but I did meet Axl in a couple of clubs a year ago and two years ago and three years ago,” he said. “I bumped into him, and I had that talk…I said, ‘You need to get fucking back together again soon, because we all miss you.'”
Tyler then continued: “So I’d say to Axl, ‘You’ve gotta get together. There’s a place and time where if you don’t, you’re gonna miss it.’ And in another four or five years, no one’s gonna even know who they were or care if they’re on tour, and that’s Steven Tyler’s opinion. And also, I’m the lead singer of another great band, so I have a right to feel that way. I have such a huge ego about keeping the fire and the music together. Because if people come up to me and say, ‘Dude, I got laid to your music,’ or a woman comes up to me and says, ‘We got married to your songs.’ You had something to do with the fabric of people. Guns ‘N Roses had something to do with the fabric of humans on this planet, so I get fucking pissed.”
However, Guns N’ Roses appear to have taken against the idea that anyone but Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan decided they should reform for a series of festival dates and arena shows. A tweet sent from their official Twitter account shortly after the Howard Stern Show aired, made this clear.
— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) January 28, 2016
Guns N’ Roses 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 headline 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.
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.