COACHELLA 2016: Guns N' Roses delivers on impossible dream at festival
Seeing singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, together on stage again is something that a lot of fans never thought would happen.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has a track record for pulling off the impossible. Over the past 17 years, promoter Goldenvoice has managed to land a Beatle to dominate its largest stage, convince AC/DC to do a rare festival date and on Saturday, April 16, pulled off the greatest reunion in its history in the form of a Guns N' Roses headlining set.
Maybe even more impressive was that Goldenvoice got the band, notorious for its tardiness, on stage and playing a 2 1/2-hour-long set only seven minutes after its scheduled start time of 10:30 p.m.
Seeing three of the core members of the band, singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, together on stage again is something that a lot of fans never thought would happen after decades of bitterness among the members.
So when Coachella released its lineup with GNR on top, it pretty much confirmed every life choice most people ever made.
The opening guitar and drums of "It's So Easy" hit my like a freight train and set the tone for a night packed with the band's greatest songs and a special guest spot from AC/DC's Angus Young."
Earlier that day, AC/DC confirmed that Rose would replace Brian Johnson on the band's upcoming tour dates and drummer Frank Ferrer wore an AC/DC shirt as the band started playing, a nod to the big news.