More band members have been confirmed to perform in the Guns N’ Roses lineup at Coachella 2016. The gig will mark the reunion of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan for the first time in nearly 20 years.
Longtime keyboardist Dizzy Reed will be onboard. Reed’s wife, Lisa, posted a tweet to say she and her kids are happy dad will be playing, and performing on the same day as the kids’ favorite artist, Halsey.
Multi-instrumentalist Chris Pitman also confirmed his appearance with a tweet: “Gonna be a fun time 2016 #coachella #axlrose #GunsNRoses”
Finally, drummer Frank Ferrer—who has been confirmed to perform—retweeted a congratulatory note thanking him and guitarist Richard Fortus for being a part of the band.
There’s still no word yet on the participation of Dave Kushner, the Velvet Revolver guitarist, who is rumored to be in the lineup. Nor have we heard confirmation that original drummer Steven Adler will be getting behind the set. Adler is reportedly in negotiations with the band.
While rumors of the Guns N’ Roses reunion have been swirling for months, the members of Slash’s group, the Conspirators, have revealed that they knew some sort of GN’R reunion was happening “for a long time.”
Conspirators bassist Todd Kerns wrote on his official site, “For a long time now, we Conspirators have been personally made aware that the regrouping of one of the most important brotherhoods in music history was underway.
“With Myles [Kennedy, singer] returning to a new chapter of Alter Bridge, the door has opened for any number of circumstances and the semi-reunion of Guns N’ Roses is one of the most exciting byproducts thereof.”
He continues, “As Slash’s bro, I think this is a very exciting and important chapter for him to embark on. I support him wholeheartedly to dive into this experience, but as his friend, I would support him if he decided to walk away from music and live among Buddhist monks in Nepal.
“That’s what bros do. How it affects me really isn’t the point. This thing is bigger than all of us. I think it is a healthy thing for the individuals involved as well as the great gift they are giving to the world. I accept that gift thankfully.”