Rumours that Guns N’ Roses will reunite in 2016 have increased after the band began selling new merchandise that features the group’s original line-up.
As of today, fans can visit Guns N’ Roses’ website and buy gifts such as blankets and a hockey jersey emblazoned with the band’s ‘Appetite For Destruction’ album cover. Also available is a cross with catoon versions of the five original band members as skeletons.
Alternative Nation points out that Slash and Axl Rose have previously feuded over the trademarks of the band’s old logos in the past past, suggesting that the pair have come to an agreement of some sort to sell the new merhcandise.
Though nothing has been announced by the band, Guns N’ Roses have already been named as favourites to headline Reading And Leeds festivals next year by 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.
Bookmakers Betfair 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.