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And the First Show by the Reunited Guns ‘N Roses Will Be Held…NOT at Coachella

When the rumours of a Guns ‘N Roses reunion really started swirling last summer, someone said to me, “You know that the first show is going to be in Las Vegas, right?”

“Las Vegas? Why?” This was interesting. We were in Vegas for a Rush show. This guy seemed to be plugged in.

“New arena. It’s the brand new T-Mobile Arena on the Strip. Having them play their first show at the new venue is a big part of the negotiations.”

Huh. But when the Coachella announcement came, I completely forgot about the Vegas rumour. But it turns out it wasn’t a rumour at all. That guy I met in Vegas was spot-on. Here’s the press release:

GunsNRoses Las Vegas announcement

So it’s Vegas a week before Coachella. This should be a zoo. Tickets start at $80 US and go up from there, including “exclusive VIP Experiences and Packages,” which will include reserved seats (good ones, of course), autographed swag, preshow VIP parties, backstage tours, exclusive merch and more. How much? Hey, if you have to ask…

Still, I’m underwhelmed at this Gunners reunion. Just Axl, Slash and Duff? No Izzy?  No Matt or Steve? Doesn’t feel right.


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One thought on “And the First Show by the Reunited Guns ‘N Roses Will Be Held…NOT at Coachella

  • I saw Axl N Roses at Metropolis in Montreal a couple years ago. While there were times that he sounded like the Axl of old, for the most part his vocals were hard on the ears. That’s my major issue with this “reunion”. Sure the core guys are back, but Axl still can’t sing anymore. His style was always going to be hard on the vocal chords, and it’s taken its toll.

    But I also agree that it should be at least an Illusion tour era lineup. I’m sure Matt and Gilby would be on board.

    Unfortunately, just having Axl, Slash & Duff will be enough of a reunion for most.


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