Guns N’Roses: reunion

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Dove eravamo rimasti? Personalmente allo Stadio delle Alpi di Torino, 27 giugno 1992. La degna conclusione di un quinquennio incendiario che mi aveva portato a collezionare 35 bootleg, 12 picture disc, la discografia ufficiale (vinile e CD), 15 singoli, 17 rarità (costose), merchandise vario, 4 libri, 7 VHS, pacchi di riviste dedicate e ritagli come un maniaco seriale. I Guns N’ Roses terminavano la loro storia dentro quel campo da calcio. Inutile il rantolante 1993, inutile il ventennio successivo. Dall’entrata nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2012) ad oggi nel mondo del dispotico/imbolsito uomo solo al comando Axl Rose qualcosa è cambiato. Appare allora lontanissima quell’esternazione datata 2010 che apostrofava Slash come “clueless, loud mouthed, arrogant c*nt” (lo stesso anno in cui Duff McKagan su un palco londinese raggiungeva la band per la prima volta dal 1993). Di acqua sotto i ponti ne è passata tantissima. Il più attivo collateralmente è senza dubbio rimasto proprio il 51enne McKagan, tirato chirurgicamente a lucido, come il 53enne Izzy Stradlin, integro nel portare avanti la sua onestissima carriera solista. Meno si può dire del problematico Steven Adler (50 anni compiuti), quasi irriconoscibile fisicamente, incapace (in quasi cinque lustri) di realizzare compiutamente un progetto artistico valido. Infine Slash. Le candeline anche per lui sono state cinquanta. Discograficamente il più costante senza però picchi qualitativi degni del glorioso passato “hollywoodiano”. La nuova timeline dedicata a quella che potrà essere una clamorosa (quanto telefonata) reunion da consumarsi nel 2016 inizia per voce di Mr. Saul Hudson.

8 maggio
Slash a CBS This Morning: “I gotta be careful what I say there. I mean, if everybody wanted to do it and do it for the right reasons, you know, I think the fans would love it. I think it might be fun at some point to try and do that, but… it just starts to get into a whole complex thing. But anyway, it’s really between the guys in the band”.

Luglio
Jay “DJ” Ashba e Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal lasciano i GNR.
Ashba lo annuncia così: “It is with a very heavy heart and yet great pride that I announce that I’ve decided to close this chapter of my life and encapsulate the wonderful times that I’ve shared with Guns N’ Roses into fond memories. I have reached a point in my life where I feel its time to dedicate myself to my band SIXX: A.M., my adoring wife and family, and to the many new adventures that the future holds for me”.

Bumblefoot (entrato nel 2006 al posto di Buckethead) – che avrebbe però lasciato la band già sul finire del 2014 – racconta alla stampa:  “That is the thing I am not to elaborate on. I think there’s enough clues out there for you to figure out what I’m up to now… I’m a real busy guy and really enjoying everything I’m doing, and I think that everything I’m doing has a future and a bigger plan the solo stuff, the other bands, the producing, the charity and educational things I’m doing. These are all the things I love that I’ve really missed, and I’m very happy to be putting my time back into that. It’s really what I should be doing”.

22 agosto
Ancora Slash questa volta alla TV svedese Aftonbladet.
“It was probably way overdue, you know. But it’s…. you know, it’s very cool at this point. You know, let some of that, sort of, negative… dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long… Oh, I couldn’t answer that one, though…”.

26 agosto
Dall’Australia parla James Young, proprietario di un club, che a Triple M Radio dichiara:
“I heard the most amazing rumor this week, from a very well-informed heavy hitter in the Australian music industry, giving me the name of the headline act for Soundwave next year… So what mega band could it be? Well I have ‘fantasized’ on Wednesday night that it will be: Steven Adler, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, Slash and Axl Rose, the reformation of the original 1987 ‘Appetite For Destruction’ GUNS N’ ROSES lineup”.

28 agosto
Il chitarrista Richard Fortus ad una radio di St. Louis rivela: “2016 will be a big year for the band”.

28 agosto
Dal sito Whiplash vengono sollevati dubbi nei confronti del giornalista svedese reo di aver “tagliato e incollato” a suo piacimento l”intervista galeotta a Slash. Frasse Levinsson però rigetta ogni accusa: “Which answer seems out of place? I only asked him six questions. I think that the only one left out is: How are you tonight? I’ve read your article via Google Translate. What happened was that I said ‘after all those year… after all those years,’ so they edited that away. I can e-mail you the sound file of the full interview if you would like that”.

29 agosto
Interviene (pure) Fred Durst dei Limp Bizkit che a BBC Radio 1 Stage racconta: “I’d like you to know that we’re responsible for Axl and Slash being back together. We had a meeting and it went really well”.

1 settembre
AJ Maddah il promoter del Soundwave Festival regala maggiori indizi.
“It’s been nice for me personally to share this fantasy for a few days along with the fans, but it is not happening for [next year’s edition of Soundwave]. I sure hope those guys do get back together again, as there has never been, or, as far as I am concerned, ever will be such a potent force for rock ‘n’ roll than the original GNR in full flight. If [a reunion of the classic lineup of Guns N’ Roses] does happen, it is going to take longer than six months for the band to be ready to tour. I think it’ll take a hundred lawyers six months just to get the five of them into a rehearsal room together. But if, by a miracle, it does happen, then, of course, I’ll throw everything I can to be involved and it would be my last act as a promoter, as after that I’ll have nowhere to go!”.

4 settembre
Steven Adler sul ritorno di fiamma tra Axl e Slash:
“I think that’s great, ‘cause it’s been too long. The world has missed out on 25 years of great music, because those two weren’t together. I mean, Slash and Axl, it’s like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Imagine if those guys weren’t together. It’s a shame, and I’m just so glad that they’re talking and everything is in the past like it should be. ‘Cause I love those guys. Axl doesn’t realize that I’m the one who loves him more than anybody”.

E sulla possibile riunione:
“I don’t know if it’s gonna happen. I’m just glad that they are talking. It’s a shame that we haven’t played together. Just like when Kennedy got shot, when John Lennon got shot; that was a shame. Us not playing together, Axl and Slash by themselves not playing together is that kind of shame… And if it does happen, I guarantee I will be the last to know about it. If we played together, the whole arena would cry with joy. I go all around the world, I travel, and people always ask me, ‘When are you gonna do a reunion? When are you gonna do a reunion?’ And I want more than anything to be able to say, ‘Oh, we’re gonna do it on this day. Or this day.’ But I have nothing to do with it. I wish I did. If I did, it would happened a long time ago. God wasn’t ready for it”.

6 settembre

Dopo la reunion Axl Rose forse si ritirerà

9 settembre

Ash Hudson, fratello di Slash, attraverso Slash World dice la sua su Axl Rose… semplicemente un “fat bastard…”.

10 settembre

Passato, presente e futuro dei GNR nelle (video)parole di Dizzy Reed.

15 settembre

Intervistato dalla radio Current, Tommy Stinson dichiara: “I’ll be perfectly honest with you, man. I hope they do because when you go back to where you started from and just check that out, and feel that for a moment after you’ve gone on and done all these other things, you know, there’s a reward that comes with that, and I had that with the [Replacements]. It’s a good thing; it’s a good thing to do once in a while. And I hope it works out for ‘em, if it actually happens”.

19 settembre

John Murdy (boss del parco degli Universal Studios) al Daily Mirror dichiara: “I know that Slash and Axl talking again is a really good sign”. L’esperto di marketing Alex Villa aggiunge: “Demand for tickets and interest in the USA alone would earn the group tens of millions of dollars. A world tour, re-issued CDs and new material rockets that figure easily. Guns N’ Roses were a powerhouse in rock in the nineties and a reunion will be a huge deal. The band only need to do a year on the road and would never have to worry about money again in their lives”. Infine Melvin Benn, promoter del festival di Reading e Leeds, si dice interessato all’idea di avere in cartellone la line up originale della band.

ottobre

Nuove voci arrivano da Blitz che riporta come “One of Portugal’s top promoters reportedly went to London and said that a $1.5 million dollar deal is on the table for a 2 hour performance featuring the original GNR lineup. The concert would take place in Portugal in the first half of 2016”.

1 novembre

La moglie di Duff McKagan, Susan Holmes, posta via Instagram una foto d’epoca della band: “It’s November 1st after all..”.

5 novembre

Scott Weiland dichiara: “I remember a little bit about it. There was a little going back and forth between the two of us at the time, but I think that Guns N’ Roses are getting back together” e il suo bassista Tommy Black aggiunge: “We’ve heard rumors”.

13 novembre

Nikki Sixx risponde ad un fan via Twitter. I Guns N’ Roses si riuniranno? “THEY ARE. EVERYBODY KNOWS”.

Melodic Rock sostiene che la band però non sarà tutta “originale” ma composta così: Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan + Richard Fortus, Dizzy Reed e Frank Ferrer.

25 dicembre

Dopo un salto temporale di oltre un mese dove si sono rincorse altre voci e altre ipotesi, il sito ufficiale della band viene aggiornato con lo storico logo. Anche la pagina Facebook viene modificata con una nuova foto di copertina.

26 dicembre

In alcuni cinema prima della proiezione di “Star Wars” è comparso un “misterioso” teaser live sulle note di ‘Welcome To The Jungle’! Duff McKagan posta invece su Twitter la foto del suo basso con la scritta LAMF che aveva durante il tour di ‘Use Your Illusion’ e nel video di ‘Yesterdays’.

29 dicembre

Richard Fortus conferma che la reunion al momento riguarda solo gli originali Axl Rose, Slash e Duff McKagan. Mentre sembrerebbe ormai certa la presenza al prossimo Coachella Festival e l’annuncio (a gennaio) di un tour americano di 25 date. Altre fonti vogliono Matt Sorum come batterista della rivampa che batterebbe la “concorrenza” di Frank Ferrer e Steven Adler. Vedremo.

30 dicembre

Guns N’Roses France pubblica la “prima” foto di Axl Rose alle prese con l’allenamento da reunion. Il 53enne artista americano è al fianco di una “fortunata” fan. Axl Rose dovrebbe essere ospite il 5 gennaio dello show di Jimmy Kimmel.

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31 dicembre

L’ex-manager dei Poison, Howie Hubberman, attraverso il proprio canale social scrive riguardo un coinvolgimento di Steven Adler: “Negotiations are not finished. They are doing this the right way!! Right way would include Steven (in some way)”. Mentre Metal Sludge non esclude che Izzy Stradlin e lo stesso Adler possano essere chiamati come “guest” durante il tour. “It’s Axl, Slash & Duff. And whoever they decided to hire for the week, month or leg of a specific tour. If anyone so much as steps a foot to the left, they will be replaced faster than Summer’s replaces clip-in extentsions on tour. Anyone who thinks it’s just the 5 guys is higher than Scott Weiland was on Dec. 3rd. It’s the Big 3, Dizzy will be on keys, Frank on drums and Richard on rythym. And Izzy will saunter in a few nights and do 2-3 songs. Adler will get a chance to play a song or two, and my guess, might even be done 38 Special style. With both drummers. I’ve heard from sources Axl does not like Sorum, and he’s also said a few dumb things in recent years – so he’s not likely to be there unless he bought a ticket. Scatter in a guest here or there on guitar, or Bach singing a duet with the boss on a night or two. Maybe if Fortus breaks an arm or something, they might bring in Gilby for a run of shows. I’d also wager there will be another utitlity player or two on the trek playing keyboards, or maybe even some extra guitar. Mark my words on all of this”.

1 gennaio 2016

Axl Rose scrive su Twitter: The only thing I know “confirmed” is my LOVE of Taco Bell! Mmmmm…. Taco Bell!! Happy New Years!!

Dalla Germania, fonte Bild, scrivono che i GNR saranno a luglio al festival di Hockenheim.

A Las Vegas invece Slash e Myles Kennedy hanno tributato sia Scott Weiland che Lemmy.

2 gennaio

Il giornalista musicale e conduttore radiofonico Mitch Lafon scrive via Twitter che la line up della band sarà a 8 elementi: Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Dave Kushner, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer, Dizzy Reed e Chris Pitman.

5 gennaio

La conferma è ufficiale: Guns N’Roses headliner del secondo weekend del Coachella Festival. Sui social il logo e il poster del festival vengono condivisi dal profilo ufficiale della band come da Slash e Duff McKagan. Intanto Axl Rose annulla la prevista partecipazione da Jimmy Kimmel e su Twitter scrive: “Ok,ok… It’s confirmed! Guns N’ Roses is Headlining Coachella 2016!!  See Everyone There!!”.

7 gennaio

Attraverso i social arriva la conferma della line up. Ai tre “originali” asi aggiungono i già pronosticati Richard Fortus, Dizzy Reed e Chris Pitman.

25 marzo

La conferma del tour americano “Not in this Lifetime Tour”.

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1 aprile

Primo concerto al Troubadour di Los Angeles.

To be continued…

Emanuele Tamagnini

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