Guns N’ Roses have confirmed the news that Slash and Duff McKagan have officially rejoined the band, reuniting the classic line-up of the group ahead of their headline set at Coachella.
As reported, the band will headline Coachella 2016 on a bill that will also see LCD Soundsystem reform.
Ending months of speculation, a press release sent out overnight confirms that Slash and 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.
The press release states: “Upholding a three-decade tradition of breaking ground, creating trends, and forever changing the face of rock ‘n’ roll, Guns N’ Roses announce the most significant and anxiously awaited musical event of this century. Founder Axl Rose and former members Slash and Duff McKagan will regroup to headline the Coachella Music & Arts Festival.”
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.
Axl Rose was supposed to appear on on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (January 5) with fans speculating that he would announce details of the band’s future during the interview. However, he pulled the appearance due to “unforseen circumstances”.
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.