Start as you mean to go on, eh Axl?
Andrew Trendell

10:53 5th January 2016

Well, the Guns N' Roses reunion has only been confirmed for a matter of hours and Axl Rose is already cancelling appearances. Fingers crossed that all goes smoothly for Coachella 2016. 

The 'November Rain', 'Paradise City' and 'Welcome To The Jungle' rock icons return, with Axl, Slash, and Duff McKagan reuniting for shows - being confirmed today to headline Coachella alongside Calvin Harris and the also reunited LCD Soundsystem

Frontman Axl Rose is infamous for often being hours late on stage and being rather unpredictable with his appearances and behaviour towards fans. It's not the best omen for things to come, but he's already pulled out of his first bit of publicity. 

He was due to appear on US chat show Jimmy Kimmel to discuss the reunion this evening. But as Blabbermouth reports, he has cancelled. He's also no longer listed as a guest on the show's website.  

Early rumours came about when it was reported that the band had been offered 'millions' for festivals in Europe, before fuel was added to the fire when Nikki Sixx said the band were 'definitely' reforming, and the band started selling merchandise featuring their classic logo

Also on the Coachella line-up are Ellie Goulding, Disclosure, The 1975, Foals, Wolf Alice and many more

  • Here are 11 interesting facts about Guns N' Roses

  • Before he joined Guns N' Roses, Axl Rose was so broke that he joined a UCLA medical study where he was paid $8 an hour to smoke cigarettes.

  • Slash played on Michael Jackson's albums Dangerous, Invincible, and HIStory. He also played at Jackson's New York City reunion shows in 2001.

  • The song 'Right Next Door to Hell' (which appears on I) was written about Rose's battles with old neighbour Garbriella Kantor, who claimed frontman Axl Rose hit her with "a really good bottle" of Chardonnay. Rose denied it before he was arrested. "Frankly," he told People magazine, "if I was going to hit her with a wine bottle, she wouldn't have gotten up." Charming.

  • 12 year bassist Duff McKagan's pancreas exploded in 1994 because of his out of control drinking habits. He's been sober ever since the incident and now sticks strictly to non-alcoholic beer.

  • Guns N' Roses have changed their original lineup a staggering 22 times since they formed in 1985.

  • Slash is an avid reptile collector and currently owns over 20 snakes, the sly creatures occupying various custom built cages throughout his home.

  • For a time, Axl Rose had a pretty persistent stalker. Her name was Karen Jane McNeil, and she claimed that she could communicate with Rose through telepathy. Spooky stuff.

  • Slash's mother was Saul Hudson, a prolific fashion designer who was reported to be dating David Bowie for a time.

  • In an interview with Rolling Stone, Axl Rose said,"For me, when I hear certain things on [Use Your Illusion], I can hear a band dying."

  • Before taking up the guitar when his Grandmother gave him his first one stringed acoustic, Slash was mainly interested in BMX riding and briefly competed at a professional level.

  • Their first gigs were in Seattle, but about 100 miles outside of Los Angeles their van broke down, the band hitch-hiking to Seattle to play 5 very sparsely attended shows.

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