We’re getting information about the Guns N’ Roses reunion in bite sized chunks. After the bulk of last year was filled with conjecture and rumor, the band finally ramped things up by jazzing up their website and playing a brief trailer before Star Wars. Then when it was finally announced that Axl, Slash and Duff were playing Coachella, talk immediately turned to who would be playing drums and rhythm guitar. That’s not clear yet, and the band isn’t saying anything. However, according to Eddie Trunk, Steven Adler could be on drums for at least part of the Coachella tour, with Izzy Stradlin playing as well. In a post on his website, the That Metal Show host chimed in with what he knew:
My sources have told me current GnR drummer Frank Ferrer will be retained and play the bulk of the show, with perhaps a guest appearance from Steven Adler if a deal can be worked out. I would suspect the same with Richard Fortus staying, and maybe Izzy popping up. I would also expect Dizzy and Chris Pittman to stay. I have heard the Dave Kushner rumor but don’t know anything about that and don’t see the connection, but anything is possible. Axl always liked 3 guitars in the later era Guns so who knows? So what this really looks like now is the remaining current Guns lineup (except Stinson, can’t have two bass players I guess), with Duff and Slash being plugged in, and maybe guest spots from Izzy and Steven.
Will a semi-GN’R reunion be enough? And perhaps most importantly, will the wheels stay on with this reunion? One show certainly seems like an attainable goal, but would the notoriously unreliable band be able to pull it together for a whole tour? And would fans want to see hired Guns on rhythm guitar and drums? It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out.