Will the Original Guns N’ Roses Lineup Reunite at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
The fissure between Axl Rose and his original Guns N’ Roses bandmates — Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagen, and Steven Adler — is a well-recorded one, fraught with the ego showdowns and cocaine blowouts only found in hair metal lore. But could it be healed in time for the band’s April 14 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? That’s what GNR keyboardist Dizzy Reed thinks, telling Billboard, "I know that all the original band is going to be there." Reed isn’t a founding member, but he’s played with the band since 1990 making him the longest tenured non-Axl player. "I don’t know exactly what’s going to go down," he added. "It’s one of those things I’m sure will all come together and be really cool. I’m just going to go in with a good attitude and a clear head and a grateful heart."
While the rhythm section was undoubtedly important to GNR’s success, it’s the Axl-Slash pairing that will interest casual fans: They haven’t played together since 1996, when Slash officially quit the band following creative disputes and Axl just being a giant dick in general. Since then, Axl has ambled about with a retooled lineup built from unglamorous career musicians, while Slash has had success with some of the other former GNR musicians in Velvet Revolver. While he gets set to release a new solo album on May 2, the new GNR is in the middle of a tour. But we’ll have to see if that April 14 ceremony makes everything right as rain, and if they’ll actually share the stage to perform some probably-rusty-but-still-awesome version of "Sweet Child O’ Mine."