Reformed Guns N’ Roses get the Wight stuff

Axl Rose and Slash bury the hatchet to headline Isle Of Wight Festival – but it’s some way off.

Welcome To The Jungle band Guns N' Roses are set for a reunion
Guns reloaded The classic Guns N' Roses line-up is reuniting - after a bit of a wait. Image Picture Paul Natkin/WireImage

The classic Guns N’ Roses line-up are set to blitz the festival circuit – but it won’t happen for another two years.

Speculation has been rife for months that Axl Rose and Slash have buried the hatchet, 22 years after their last concert together in 1993.

Now Loaded can reveal that megabucks offers are already in place for the band to play two British festivals at Isle Of Wight and Download as part of their comeback tour.

An insider told us that the tour won’t happen for another two years to allow Rose and Slash to complete all their existing commitments.

Rose is believed to want to play more gigs in 2016 to show some loyalty to his existing bandmates, who have toured under the Guns N’ Roses name ever since guitarist Slash and fellow original members Duff McKagan and Steven Adler left during the 1990s.

Our source said: “The simple truth is that Glastonbury doesn’t pay enough money to its headliners for GN’R to consider playing there. Also, Michael Eavis doesn’t have many hard rock acts at Glastonbury and everyone in the camp wants the comeback to be as hard and heavy as possible.”

Axl Rose, set to reunite with Slash for Guns N' Roses
Welcome to the bungle Recent Guns N' Roses shows have been hit by controversy. Image Picture Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Rose fell out with Reading And Leeds Festival organisers when the current Guns N’ Roses line-up headlined in 2010. The band were over an hour late on stage, which meant they had their show cut off when it overran the festival’s curfew by an hour. Fans booed them throughout and chanted “What a twat” at Rose after each song.

Rose is notorious for arriving late on stage, famously delaying a show in Newcastle in 2006 by an hour so that he could finish his roast lamb dinner. It’s those delays which mean a show Hyde Park isn’t under consideration, as the London venue’s 10:30pm finish time is earlier than many Guns N’ Roses concerts begin. It leaves Isle Of Wight and metal festival Download in the clear to secure one of the hottest hard rock reunions in history.

A string of shows at Wembley Stadium are also on the horizon as part of the reunion, when the band are likely to blast out classics including Welcome To The Jungle, November Rain and Paradise City from their albums Appetite For Destruction and Use Your Illusion I And II.

Since the split, Slash has released acclaimed metal albums with his band Slash’s Snakepit. Rose and his new band members have only released one album, the flop Chinese Democracy, in the decades since Slash’s departure.

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Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn

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