Guns N’ Roses Makes A Cryptic Announcement For Reunion Tour

Guns N’ Roses is carrying through with their plans for the widely anticipated reunion tour and, while there seems to be a few kinks yet to be worked out, we at least know what cities will be honored with a stop on this tour. The Guns N’ Roses reunion tour isn’t quite as comprehensive as fans might have hoped, and there are some disappointments, such as Izzy Stradlin’s refusal to participate, but a limited reunion is better than no reunion at all. Perhaps even more important than the details of the tour is that Axl Rose and Slash have talked out their long-standing feud and made peace.

Guns N’ Roses Wants Fans To Have “Patience,” As Concert Tour Stops Are Announced

Guns N’ Roses have made an unusual, if cryptic, announcement regarding their reunion tour, and it seems the band’s play on the word patience as it relates to the Guns N’ Roses song of the same name is more apt than even hardcore fans may realize. The band released a video teaser, set to the song “Patience,” which first debuted on the Guns N’ Roses Lies CD, as orange-gold text against a black screen listed the cities in which Guns N’ Roses would stop on their reunion tour.

That original video announcement has since been taken down from the official Guns N’ Roses website, but it has been followed up by a written statement. The statement again reiterates the cities on Guns N’ Roses’ tour schedule, still lacking any dates, but with the #GnFnR hashtag.

The cities mentioned in the announcement are the following.

  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Dallas
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Kansas City
  • Nashville
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Toronto
  • Washington, D.C.

There are a few things about this announcement that strikes one as odd, not the least of which is the fact that Guns N’ Roses cites no dates and no venues for their tour. It seems a little late in the game to be scrounging around for open venues, considering Guns N’ Roses is scheduled to kick off their reunion tour with the Coachella Music Festival, which runs from April 15 through April 24.

Also unusual is the fact that, while Guns N’ Roses weren’t expected to make plans for a comprehensive worldwide tour, there are some cities conspicuously absent from this list. Topping off the missing cities is Los Angeles. Would a Guns N’ Roses reunion tour really just skip over that one city in which they formed? A Guns N’ Roses concert in Los Angeles has the potential to become an event of its own, yet it seems the band won’t be playing there at all.

Izzy Stradlin Won’t Grace The Stage With The Rest Of The Original Guns N’ Roses Line Up

One of the most mysterious facets of the Guns N’ Roses reunion has been Izzy’s participation, or lack thereof. Conflicting gossip doesn’t help matters, especially when some of those rumors are coming from the Guns N’ Roses camp, itself. In an effort to clarify the facts, Stradlin released a statement of his own.

“At this point in time, I will not be playing at any of the April 2016 GNR shows,” the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist said to Rolling Stone. “I’ve also not been in the studio recording or writing with any of the others recently. There is so much speculation, but so very little info, [that] I thought I should reach out.”

Izzy added in a tweet that he wants to keep things real for his fans, adding that so much of what they read is unfounded gossip.

It is unfortunate that Stradlin won’t be rejoining Guns N’ Roses for this tour, especially so because he helped to co-found the band with Axl Rose in 1987. Together, the duo helped Guns N’ Roses make their mark with their powerhouse Appetite for Destruction, following that up with Lies and the two Use Your Illusion albums in 1991. Stradlin left Guns N’ Roses that same year, but has reappeared in the Guns N’ Roses line-up from time to time. Izzy Stradlin last appeared live with Guns N’ Roses in 2014.

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