Okay, So This Guns ‘N Roses Reunion Is Already Starting to Disappoint

The Guns ‘N Roses reunion, the announcement for which is allegedly scheduled for Tuesday and will include word of a Coachella appearance, is already failing to live up to the hype–at least a little bit. Sure, it’ll be great to see Axl, Slash and Duff perform together again. But who else will be in the band? Is this really the “classic” lineup everyone is yearning to see?

Uh, no.

First of all, Izzy Stradlin will not participate. Why? Dunno.

Okay, so what about a drummer? They’ve got two to choose from: Steve Adler, who played on Appetite for Destruction, and Matt Sorum, who replaced Steve after he was fired from the band for being too much into drugs and booze. (Think about that for a second.) Surely one of them is part of this reunion.

Um, nope. Why? Dunno.

So who’s in this band? Axl, Slash and Duff, of course. Then there’s Dizzy Reed (who came on for the Use Your Illusion albums), Richard Fortus (ex-Psychedelic Furs who joined Axl’s version of GnR in 2001) and Frank Ferrer (the drummer for the post-Psych Furs band Love Spit Love who joined up with Axl in 2006).

Not exactly the “classic” lineup we were hoping for, innit?

(Via Music-News.com)

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9 thoughts on “Okay, So This Guns ‘N Roses Reunion Is Already Starting to Disappoint

  • December 31, 2015 at 9:48 am
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    these are weak sources though

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    • December 31, 2015 at 9:51 am
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      Maybe. We’ll find out for sure (maybe?) on Tuesday.

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  • December 31, 2015 at 10:14 am
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    I’ll take it. Elation far outdistances disappointment

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    • December 31, 2015 at 10:34 am
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      Axl is scheduled to appear on Jimmy Kimmel next week. That’s when we should get all the details.

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  • December 31, 2015 at 2:32 pm
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    Oh man, if Mat Sorum or Steven Adler isn’t behind the kit, that truly would suck. Hopefully they can get Izzy to join in as well. All this time I thought the hold up for a reunion was because of Slash and Axl? Is there that much bad blood with Izzy, Steve and Matt???

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    • December 31, 2015 at 2:42 pm
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      If they can patch up relations between Axl and Slash–a task only slightly less difficult that getting Israel and Palestine to get along–what’s the deal with Izzy, Matt and Steve? How hard can it be?

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  • December 31, 2015 at 11:12 pm
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    I’m the biggest GNR fan since I was 11 and bought AFD. their music had been a thing of beauty. I saw them in 93 in Hamilton. I was excited. But was left wanting more after Axl left the stage a few times. Only to not come back and the band left playing Communication Breakdown in which Duff’s vocals were less than desirable. (His solo album was much better. )
    Then the break up. Waited for new album for ever. Chinese democracy was lame. Saw new GNR in 2002 in London. Show was great. Played all the old songs. Buckethead learned all the songs.

    My point. A reunion is a let down for the fact that axls vocals are not where they were. Ever. The upside is the band and the music will be tight and sound most likely the originals did.

    Hopefully Axl can stay on the stage for the whole deal.

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