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Bookmakers Bet On More Guns N' Roses Shows

Guns N' Roses has made it even more official, confirming that Slash and Duff McKagan will indeed be rejoining the band for its upcoming performances at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival on April 16 and 23 in Indio, Calif.

They'll reunite with co-founder Axl Rose, but the group has not yet announced the rest of the lineup for those shows -- though recent speculation has indicated that neither guitarist Izzy Stradlin nor drummers Steven Adler and Matt Sorum will take part. Longtime keyboardist Dizzy Reed is likely, however.

GNR's announcement calls the shows "the most significant and anxiously awaited musical event of this century...what is certain to be an explosive event" but, not surprisingly, did not address rumors of a stadium tour later this year.

The Coachella shows will mark the first time Rose, Slash and McKagan have performed as GNR since 1993.

Meanwhile, in England, bookmakers have established 2/1 odds that the reunited GNR will perform at the country's Reading and Leeds festivals this summer, where the group headlined in 2010.

Appearances at the Download and Glastonbury festivals have been given 4/1 odds, while the Isle of Wight and T In the Park festivals are at 6/1.

Another bookmaker is offering 3/1 odds that GNR will play at London's Wembley Stadium before the end of 2017, and 1/2 odds that GNR will release a new album this year.

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.