Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan played together for the first time in 23 years last night (April 1) at LA’s Troubadour.
The remainder of the line-up included three current members – guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and drummer Frank Ferrer – and new keyboardist Melissa Reese, who appears to have replaced Chris Pitman. Pitman recently tweeted “Please don’t mention those who are there the last 20 fucking years … oh god no!! … (a money grab) FU”, but has since apologised.
The secret gig was advertised as “Not in this lifetime” by the venue, quoting what Axl Rose said about a possible classic line-up reunion in 2012. This has since been announced as the name of their upcoming summer tour.
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Only 500 fans were let into the show, which came exactly one week ahead of the band’s two warm-up shows at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, on April 8 and 9, and two weeks ahead of their first weekend at Coachella.
Initially fans were sceptical that the gig might be an April Fools Day hoax. Tickets were only $10 (£7). The set included classic songs, two songs from the band’s 2008 album ‘Chinese Democracy’, and a cover of The Who.
Among the famous names in attendance were Bradley Cooper, Kate Hudson, Lenny Kravitz, Jim Carrey, Chris Brown, Nicholas Cage and Michelle Rodriguez.
See fan-shot clips of the show, photos, and a set-list below – despite the venue’s no-camera policy:
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Bradley Cooper, his mother, and Kate Hudson at Guns N Roses Troubadour show last night. The best. pic.twitter.com/W4rJzidcf7
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Guns N’ Roses also officially announced their summer tour yesterday (April 1).
At present, the band have lined up 20 dates, all in North America, beginning in Detroit on June 23 and concluding in San Diego on August 22. Tickets will go on sale this Friday (April 8) with pre-sale beginning the previous day (April 7).
The band have named the reunion run ‘The Not In This Lifetime Tour’, in reference to a now infamous line from Axl Rose. Asked about the possibility of reuniting Guns N’ Roses in 2012, the frontman replied: “Not in this lifetime.”
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The band’s Facebook post announcing the tour reads: “Following months of intense rumor, speculation and feverish excitement from rock music fans around the world, Guns N’ Roses confirmed today they will embark on a massive North American summer stadium tour as founder Axl Rose and former members, Slash and Duff McKagan regroup for what will be one of the century’s most anticipated musical events.”
Guns N’ Roses have already confirmed two shows at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on April 8 and 9 ahead of their headline slot at US festival Coachella (which takes place with broadly the same line-up across two weekends) later in the month.
Though Slash and Duff McKagan will be stepping out on stage with Axl Rose at the reunion dates, original guitarist Izzy Stradlin has said he will not be participating.
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.
Guns N’ Roses will play:
June 23 – Ford Field, Detroit, MI
June 26 – FEDEXFIELD, Washington, DC
June 29 – Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
July 1 – Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
July 6 – Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
July 9 – Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
July 12 – Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
July 14 – Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
July 16 – Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON
July 19 – Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
July 23 – MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
July 27 – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
July 29 – Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
July 31 – Mercedez-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
August 3 – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
August 5 – NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
August 9 – AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
August 12 – CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
August 15 – University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
August 22 – Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA