Today, Billboard went ahead and announced what sources have been claiming since August: that Guns N' Roses — or, at least, Slash and Axl Rose — will reunite at Coachella 2016. Our sources confirmed this piece of news, as well, and an official statement is expected in the first week of January.
For now, there's no news on whether Duff McKagan or Steven Adler, who aren't speaking to media, will be a part of the reunion — though some outlets are saying McKagan is part of it. Sources have told L.A. Weekly for months that Izzy Stradlin, the man former GNR manager Alan Niven once described as the “heart and soul” of the band, will definitely not be a part of the reunion. Matt Sorum, who replaced Adler on drums in 1990, also has been dodging reporters but is rumored to be on board.
Billboard is reporting the band will play as many as 25 stadium shows on a tour with an asking price of $3 million per show (tickets could go as high as $275). Billboard's sources do not include members of the band or their attorneys, who have yet to provide an official statement, but our sources (including a former music industry executive) say the news will be confirmed next week. Stay tuned for more.