Just a few days into the New Year, Guns N’ Roses confirmed the rumor that had rock fans abuzz for months — that founding members Slash and Duff McKagan were returning to the band. The first dates announced for the partial reunion of GN’R’s original lineup were headlining performances at the 2016 Coachella Festival on April 16 and 23, but a handful of other shows soon were lined up before and between the Coachella appearances. Then, on April 1, Guns unveiled plans for a U.S. summer trek dubbed the Not in This Lifetime tour and also played a surprise intimate club show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, another big surprise was in store for Guns N’ Roses fans, this one involving AC/DC. The latter band hit a major speed bump on its Rock or Bust tour in March when longtime frontman Brian Johnson was forced to retire from the road immediately because of hearing-loss issues. Fortunately, another rock star singer soon volunteered to step in for Johnson to help AC/DC complete its 2016 trek: Axl Rose.
Fans got a preview of how the forthcoming Axl-fronted AC/DC would sound when AC/DC guitarist Angus Young joined Guns N’ Roses onstage at Coachella on April 16 to play a couple of his band’s tunes.
Axl’s first joined AC/DC for a European leg that took place in May and June. For the rest of the year, Rose alternated between performing with GN’R and AC/DC. The North American leg of Guns’ Not in This Lifetime tour ran from late June to late August. AC/DC played 10 makeup dates in the U.S. in late August and September that had been rescheduled because of Johnson’s hearing problems, then GN’R headed to Latin America for a series of concerts running from late September to late October.
Looking ahead to 2017, Guns N’ Roses already has scheduled new tour dates in Asia, Europe and North America mapped out all the way into September. There’s even been talk of new music from the group.
As for AC/DC, its future beyond 2016 is uncertain. Longtime bassist Cliff Williams retired at the end of the Rock or Bust tour, leaving Angus as the only member from the group’s classic Back in Black lineup still in the band. While Rose has said he’d like to keep singing with the band, his commitments to GN’R may make that difficult for a while. Young, meanwhile, appears determined to keep AC/DC going in some form.
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Source: Classic Rock News