Guns N’ Roses’ latest tour announcement has fans once again speculating the return of original rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin and drummer Steven Adler.
The band yesterday (19 November) announced a string of eight shows in New Zealand and Australia in 2021. The poster for the announcement features the band’s Appetite For Destruction logo, which depicts each original member as a skull. See it below:
Get. Ready. Australia & New Zealand, 2021 ⚡ pic.twitter.com/OVA9LFTZBG
— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) November 18, 2020
Frontman Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan are the only original members currently in the band; the three reconvened in 2016 for the long-awaited Not In This Lifetime world tour.
GN’R fans have noted that the poster is the first promotional material that uses the Appetite logo to advertise the band’s “reunion” lineup.
“Isn’t this the first time they have all five of the Appetite For Destruction skulls as part of their advertising as [opposed] to just the three of Axl, Slash and Duff,” one fan tweeted. “Should we be reading more into this?”
Another fan responded to the band’s post: “I notice you’re using the AFD logo with Izzy and Steven… is that a hint? Or do you just like the logo?”
Stradlin was the only original member not to make an appearance on the band’s Not In This Lifetime tour. Last year, McKagan offered his thoughts on why the guitarist has been absent from the trek.
“I just don’t think he ever wanted to do it,” he told Classic Rock. “We tried to make it work, but it just didn’t. And in a situation like this… You either get on it or you don’t, because the train’s moving forward.”
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