4. Nearly every band eventually reunites.
How many times did the Stone Roses, the Police and Van Halen say they’d never do it? It’s simply the fate of nearly every band to re-form, especially when all the members are living. There are just simply too many forces pulling them together and nothing keeping them apart other than stubbornness and bitterness.
5. Nobody has truly denied it.
The Slash “probably way overdue” interview was in August. Since then, he hasn’t stepped forward to dispute anything. The guy isn’t exactly media-shy, but he’s been suspiciously off-the-grid these past three months.
There’s more than enough evidence to think that something is happening in the world of Guns N’ Roses. Any tour will involve a small army of lawyers, managers, promoters, more lawyers, publicists and even more lawyers. It might take a year-plus to hammer everything together, but this is going to happen.
Why It’s Not Going To Happen
1. Axl hates Slash more than he loves money.
Nobody quite understands why Axl feels such venom towards his former guitarist, but it’s undeniable that he does. Guns N’ Roses played a ton of concerts during the past decade, and they put a ton of money into Axl’s pockets. He might very well feel he’s got enough cash to live comfortably for the rest of his life.
2. There’s not a single credible report out there.
Despite the countless articles written about this over the past few months, nobody has produced anything concrete. That explanation could be pretty simple: There is nothing concrete about this. It’s just rumor, irresponsible journalism and the fevered wishes of hardcore fans.
3. A legit reunion is no easy task.
The band is more than just Axl, Slash and Duff. That lineup would be enough to fill arenas, but the fans want the whole Appetite for Destruction lineup. Rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin is just about the least reliable man on the planet. He hasn’t gone on a real tour in well over 20 years. Something like this might be enough to make it happen, but we have our doubts. Then there’s the drummer situation. Anyone with access to VH1 knows the Steven Adler story. He could certainly play the Appetite songs, but he’s never done the Use Your Illusion material in concert and we can’t imagine Axl letting him try. The obvious move would be to use Illusion drummer Matt Sorum, but Axl (for reasons that remain unclear) seems to hate him more than Slash. It makes all of this very complicated.
4. Axl has said he’ll never, ever do this, and we should take him at his word.
Led Zeppelin never reunited for a tour. Joe Strummer went to his grave without a Clash reunion. Morrissey will certainly never re-form the Smiths. Sometimes we need to believe these guys when they say, “Never, ever, ever, ever.”