Rock journalist and author Mick Wall says Guns N’ Roses have a number of further surprises up their collective sleeves – but he won’t reveal them as he has ‘never been into spoilers.’
The veteran rock scribe, immortalised forever by Guns’ mainman Axl Rose with a name check in the lyrics to ‘Get In The Ring,’ writes on his blog page that despite ‘feeling like a douche’ for not spilling the gossip, he doesn’t want to ruin the fun.
One nugget of information which Wall does let slip is that Appetite-era drummer Steven Adler WAS poised to make a guest appearance on sticks before a last minute injury forced him to sit it out.
“Steven actually was going to be there too but he hurt his back during rehearsals,” claims Wall.
“They also told me some other things which I feel a douche for keeping to myself, but I’ve never been into spoilers. Why ruin the fun? This is the year when the fun is finally back to taunt us.”
Had someone suggested that Axl, Slash and Duff McKagan would again reunite on the good ship GNR in 2016 then you’d have been forgiven for calling ‘April Fools’. But on April 1, 2016, the trio did indeed united the musical clans, bury all the ancient beefs and take to the stage at the Troubador in Los Angeles.
And while Wall wasn’t at the packed show himself, he hailed the return of a band he insists have no peers in the history of rock n’ roll.
“And didn’t Axl look great? No hat, until the end, no shades, just that guy we remember from the golden daze, a little heavier but so what?,” continues Wall.
“It’s a lifetime later, dude, and I wish I still looked that good. Slash and Duff of course are like Batman and Superman, they have never get old.
“Not on the outside. Just enough on the onside to help make this finally happen.”
He goes on: “And why we’re all here again, the young and the old, the innocent and the guilty, those invited to the party and those in the rearview.
“Because there’s never been anyone quite like them. Not Zeppelin, not the Stones, maybe only Lemmy and even he turned up for his shows on time.
“Never went away to live alone in the shadows. Never really felt the pain the way Axl and Slash and Duff did. Do. Still.”
He adds: “Only now they’re back. Oh, yeah. Only one word for it.