Welcome back to the jungle, Guns N’ Roses.
“OK, OK, it’s ‘confirmed!’ ” frontman Axl Rose tweeted early Tuesday, along with a whole lot of emojis. “Guns N’ Roses is headlining Coachella 2016!”
Yes, Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan are set to perform together for the first time since 1993 at this year’s Coachella on April 16 and 23.
Slash confirmed his involvement on Twitter with a link to a picture of the Guns N’ Roses logo superimposed over a picture of Coachella. McKagan tweeted the same picture.
It is not clear whether the band’s other original members, drummer Steven Adler and guitarist Izzy Stradlin, will be part of this lineup. Last year, McKagan and Stradlin began work on a new album after a collaboration for McKagan’s “How To Be a Man” EP.
It is also not clear how long the reunion will last. Billboard reports that the band is negotiating a possible tour of 25 stadiums this summer, asking for about $3 million a show, with top ticket prices in the $250-$275 range.
However, the band’s website only lists the Coachella dates as its upcoming events.
Passes for Coachella, which will also feature DJ Calvin Harris and a reunited LCD Soundsystem as headliners, go on sale at 2 p.m. Wednesday at coachella.com.
The mysteries won’t likely be cleared up soon, as Rose backed out of a scheduled appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday night. “Axl Rose was supposed to be here tomorrow, but he will not be here tomorrow, for reasons known only to Axl Rose,” Kimmel said on his show Monday night. “Or maybe he will be here and he’s just trying to keep us guessing. I don’t know.”