Guns N’ Roses to Play L.A. Club Gig? Full Tour?

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Gn’R in the day (l to r): Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler, Axl Rose, Duff McKagan & Slash

The already rumor-filled realm of the Guns N’ Roses reunion just got livelier and it seems one step closer to a full original band regrouping. Former Gn’R drummer Steven Adler’s April 1 gig at the Whisky A Go Go was canceled in a Twitter announcement that also said: “Stay tuned for a big announcement! #GunsNRoses.” Is a gig at the 500-seat West Hollywood club with Adler in the offing?

The score so far (read our previous coverage here): band founders Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan are slated to play six shows next month: two in Las Vegas (April 8th and 9th), two weekends of Coachella (April 16th and 23rd) and two dates in Mexico City (April 19th and 20th). It’s the first time the three have shared a stage since 1983. The group is rumored to be fleshed out by current Guns players Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman on keyboards, guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer. The rumor mill also says they’re getting paid a whopping $26 million for the Vegas and Coachella concerts.

Earlier this week, Rose was buttonholed by a fan in Atlanta last week who congratulated Axl on the six shows. “Thanks man, but we’re gonna do a whole tour,” the singer told him.

What role Adler might play beyond a guest spot is unclear. He was fired in 1980 for his substance abuse issues (from a band where substance use was common to begin with). “I love those guys, and I always will, but Duff, he doesn’t think I’m cool. And Slash, he doesn’t believe that I have [two years] sober,” Adler told VH1. “He doesn’t believe it. I don’t know why, but they forget that at one time in their life, they were doing drugs and drinking and they were fucking up. They forget that they were like that too.”

As he notes, “When we’re together, we play it really great. Let’s just do it. What’s the problem?” However, at this point original guitarist Izzy Stradlin’s denials of being involved in what would make a full band reunion seem to remain firm.

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