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Guns N’ Roses Join Lineup for 2019 Louder Than Life Festival

Hard rock band will continue partial reunion of classic-era line-up with Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan

US singers of Guns N´Roses Axl Rose and Slash perform on the stage during a concert at Vicente Calderon stadium, Madrid, Spain, 04 June 2017.Guns N'Roses in concert in Madrid, Spain - 04 Jun 2017

Guns N' Roses will continue the long-running, partial reunion of their classic-era line-up at the 2019 Louder Than Life festival.

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UPDATE: The Louder Than Life festival announced its full 2019 lineup, including Slipknot, Ice Cube, Marilyn Manson, Stone Temple Pilots, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Melvins, Andrew W.K., the Crystal Method, GWAR, Die Antwoord, A Day to Remember, Godsmack, Dropkick Murphys, Suicidal Tendencies, Anti-Flag, Redd Kross, Chevelle, Breaking Benjamin, Halestorm, Three Days Grace, Sum 41 and the first public performance in five years from a reunited Staind, among other acts. 

Guns N’ Roses will continue the long-running, partial reunion of their classic-era line-up — singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan — at the 2019 Louder Than Life festival. The hard rock band are the first act announced for the event, which runs between September 27th and 29th at the Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Tickets are currently on sale at the fest site.

Louder Than Life will be Guns N’ Roses’ first concert since their December performance in Hawaii benefitting the Andy Irons Foundation. Rose, Slash and McKagan first reunited for the “Not in This Lifetime… Tour,” marking their first live shows since their 1993 Use Your Illusion dates; running from April 2016 through December 2018, it became one of the highest-grossing treks in history.

“There are only a handful of bands through the years whose music not only resonates with fans, but changes the entire face of rock ‘n’ roll. Guns N’ Roses is one of those true icons,” Louder Than Life producer Danny Wimmer said in a statement. “Every year we want to come back bigger and better, and we can’t wait to welcome Axl, Slash, Duff and the rest of GN’R to the Louder Than Life stage.”

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McKagan recently promised that Guns N’ Roses are (slowly) also working on a new album, the band’s follow-up to 2008’s Chinese Democracy and their first since 1993’s The Spaghetti Incident? to feature both McKagan and Slash.

“It’s never been that band that there’s a direct schedule of how we do things,” the bassist said in a February interview with Trunk Nation. “I’ve heard some magnificent stuff that Axl has, really cool stuff he’s been working on. So I’m excited about the possibilities with that, of course. I don’t mean to get anybody rabid. Our day will happen when it happens, that’s for sure.”

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