Cherry Bar owner James Young last week got long-time Guns N’ Roses fans worked up about a possible reunion at Soundwave Festival in Australia. He claimed he got the news from a, “very well informed heavy hitter in the Australian music industry,” and many speculated that since Axl and Slash are friends again, that it must mean that GNR will reunite for SoundWave 2016.
But SoundWave promoter AJ Maddah has quelled those rumors in a recent interview with Music Feeds:
“It’s been nice for me personally to share this fantasy for a few days along with the fans but it is not happening for SW16. I sure hope those guys do get back together again as there has never been, or as far as I am concerned ever will be such a potent force for rock’n roll than the original GNR in full flight.
If it does happen it is going to take longer than 6 months for the band to be ready to tour. I think it’ll take a hundred lawyers 6 months just to get the 5 of them into a rehearsal room together.
But if by a miracle it does happen, then of course, I’ll throw everything I can to be involved and it would be my last act as a promoter as after that I’ll have nowhere to go!”
Both DJ Ashba and Bumblefoot left Guns N’ Roses in July, leaving the current version of the band with just Richard Fortus on guitar. Though Slash and Izzy Stradlin would be able to get right back to it, Maddah is probably right in that it will take six months (at least) to get that whole band back in the same room again, let alone a rehearsal studio.
(via Metal Hammer)