Buyer's Guide: Guns N' Roses solo and beyond
The original members will always be defined by the music they made with GN’R, but they’ve fired some other good shots too.
n April 8, three-fifths of the classic, original line-up of Guns N’ Roses will appear on stage together for the first time in nearly 23 years. Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan will be reuniting for the first of two GN’R shows at the Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena, as a precursor to a high-profile appearance at the Coachella Festival. Even though the absence of Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler means that anticipation has been diluted by a shot of cynicism, it’s still the rock’n’roll event of the year – not least for the band, who are reportedly set to rake in $7 million for each Coachella show.
Fittingly, details of the show are shrouded in mystery. Has Axl turned up to rehearsals yet? Will the others show up for a guest appearance? And will Slash have to play songs from Chinese Democracy?
Whatever happens, the music Slash and Axl created together all those years ago is what defines them even now. The same is true of the three other original members of Guns N’ Roses that recorded the epochal, 30-million-selling debut album Appetite For Destruction in 1987. Likewise, Matt Sorum, who replaced the drug-addicted Adler for 1991’s twin Use Your Illusion double albums, and Stradlin’s successor Gilby Clarke, who was in GN’R during the marathon two-and-half-year Illusion tour.