By at 4:06 PM Monday, March 12th 2012


Will The Original Guns N’ Roses Lineup Reunite In Cleveland?

Guns N' Roses, Music


Speculation about Guns N’ Roses’ plans for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is running rampant after a series of tweets last week from the account of Paul Shaffer, music director for David Letterman’s CBS Orchestra, keyboardist for the original lineup of The Blues Brothers, and music director and producer of the Rock Hall’s induction ceremony since its first year in 1986.

Last Thursday, when asked about the length of the April 14 induction ceremony at Cleveland’s historic Public Hall, the Twitter account @PaulShaffer stated that Guns N’ Roses wouldn’t be performing:

After Blabbermouth ran an article about the Twitter exchange, Shaffer’s tweet was quickly taken down, and Michael Lichtstein, the Vice President of Programming at Envision Radio Networks, which for the past five years has been producing Paul Shaffer’s Day In Rock (a 60-second podcast featuring Shaffer), issued the following statement to Blabbermouth:

I am writing to set the record straight on a story Blabbermouth printed earlier this evening [Thursday, March 8]. The story quoted Paul Shaffer’s Twitter account as saying GUNS N’ ROSES would not be performing at this year’s induction ceremony. Please know this tweet did not come from Mr. Shaffer, as his Twitter account is in conjunction with his syndicated radio feature with our network, and all tweets are handled by one of our staff members. No one is exactly sure what will happen at the induction ceremony, and we apologize for the inadvertent tweet.

Needless to say, the web is now abuzz with talk of a potential reunion of the original GN’R lineup, featuring Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, and Steven Adler, as various media outlets have picked up on the Blabbermouth stories and started to question the band’s plans for the ceremony. GuitarWorld published a story, as did several radio stations and blogs.

Despite the screw-up behind the scenes of Shaffer’s Twitter account, there has been no indication that a reunion is imminent. In fact, just last week, McKagan told Rolling Stone that he doubts the original five will reunite and play in Cleveland:

I think it would be killer. Do I hope to? That’s a tricky question. It would be awesome. You have those day dreams like, “We’ll go up and play ‘Nightrain’ and ‘Brownstone’ and throw down the microphone and drop off! That’ll be killer!” But I doubt that’ll happen.

What we do know is that Axl, Slash, Izzy, Duff, and Steven will all be in attendance for the ceremony. Longtime band keyboardist Dizzy Reed told Billboard that much back in February.

Unfortunately, McKagan also told Rolling Stone that “[t]here’s been no communication about anyone playing” in Cleveland. With the ceremony only a month away, there has been no news of an Axl and Slash reconciliation, the last remaining hurdle to a reunion. It’s hard to imagine Axl giving Slash the apology he would like, so we here at Antiquiet aren’t getting our hopes up quite yet.


Meanwhile, On The Internet...

  1. Jenkins says:

    Duff says he doesn’t know if Izzy will be there, so how do YOU know that Izzy will be there?

    • Jason Shane says:

      Because Duff made it sound like he hadn’t discussed it with Izzy at all, while Dizzy Reed said he knew that all five would show up.

      • Jenkins says:

        Makes perfect sense. Dizzy Reed would totally be more of an authority on these matters than Duff would.


        • Jason Shane says:

          It’s not a matter of who is the greater authority historically, Jenkins. Yes, Duff is one of the original five, but his comment indicated he hadn’t discussed the matter at all with Izzy.

          On the other hand, Dizzy is a member of the current band, presumably has contact with the biggest hurdle to an onstage reunion (Axl), and played in the band with all of the original five. He stated that he knew all five would at least attend, but could only hope that a reunion onstage would happen.

          Of course, this is Guns N’ Roses, so who the hell knows what’s going to happen over the next 33 days. Axl always seems one offensive statement away from throwing a hissy fit and not appearing. And, as Duff said, Izzy isn’t one for awards ceremonies, so he could eventually change his mind and decline to attend, too. But, based on just Duff and Dizzy’s comments on this issue, I’d say that Dizzy has actually discussed the issue with members of the band, while Duff hasn’t (or at least is letting Izzy speak for himself).

          And based on the title of their article (“All Original Guns N’ Roses Members Will Be at Rock Hall Induction”), it appears Billboard agrees with my interpretation of both Duff and Dizzy’s comments. Several other media outlets have interpreted them the same way.

  2. Axl Rose says:

    Who cares?

    • Jason Shane says:

      Lots of people, Axl. In fact, millions of people who bought your albums in the late-80s and early-90′s. So please, apologize to Slash, and let us all enjoy what would be a great show, even of you’re bloated as fuck.

  3. Skwerl says:

    i just want to say i saw the new band last night at the wiltern and they fucking killed the shit out of it.

  4. chops says:

    Gotta be honest, don’t care about a full reunion. New lineup rips.

    Just rehire Duff and Robin and write another great record.

  5. Jason Shane says:

    Even if the current band is the second coming, it doesn’t matter. They’re not Guns N’ Roses. I like parts of Chinese Democracy, and I will probably grab tickets if and when they come through SF. But that doesn’t mean the the current G N’ R isn’t truly Axl’s solo project, mixing in some old school shit for live performances.

  6. Rizz says:

    It would be killer indeed if they show up all together, but like JS said; who the hell knows what’s going to happen…

  7. TheMikoras says:

    Who cares?

  8. zobi says:

    who cares? gnr sucks. sorry.

    • Jason Shane says:

      Nothing better than people who post “who cares?” when they’ve taken the time to click through to the article, read it, and post a comment.

      Folks, Guns N’ Roses stands as one of the most important bands of the late-80s and early 90s. They took mainstream 80s metal out of the gutter and righted the ship (with the help of a few other bands). Appetite, Lies, and the Use Your Illusions belong in all music collections.

      I understand stories of a reunion for G N’ R are a bit tired at this point, but with their Rock Hall induction in little more than a month, this poses the best opportunity to see the original band perform together for the first time since 1990. For the millions of people who lived through their first four albums, it would be incredible to see those five together again.

      • TheMikoras says:

        didn’t read the article. just wanted to express my feelings for the band. sure, they have a few good songs, but axl is a chump. so again, who cares?

  9. Rob says:

    Admittedly, I would like to see Adler on the drums for Rocket Queen. Thought Chinese Democracy was good. Axl tried to charge me $90 for a ticket in Philly a month ago, but sorry, I wasn’t forking out that much for them (although, if I had known they were playing 2.5 hours I would have considered it more).

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