AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler says that he was one of several people who have tried to get Axl Rose to reunite GUNS N’ ROSES with guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan.
“I’m sure I’m not solely [responsible for them getting back together], but I did meet Axl in a couple of clubs a year ago and two years ago and three years ago,” Tyler said on Howard Stern‘s SiriusXM radio show. “I bumped into him, and I had that talk… I said, ‘You need to get fucking back together again soon, because we all miss you.’ Same thing someone said to me when Joe [Perry, AEROSMITH guitarist] and I were fighting. ‘You’ve gotta get back together. What are you, crazy?’ In fact, it was Jon Bon Jovi. I’m in rehab. He calls me up and goes, ‘What the fuck are you in rehab? The world needs you. We’re out here ripping it up, and everybody’s asking for AEROSMITH. You need to get out of here, because people in the world need you.'”
Asked if he thinks the GUNS N’ ROSES reunion will last, Tyler said: “The point is they’re talking to each other. They got an offer for something, and at least they’re going out. I think the world needs to hear their music. End of story.”
He added: “I can only hope that Axl sees that the greater picture is to not be angry at Duff or Slash, for Axl to understand that he’s the lead singer in a great band and the world wants to see Axl with the original band. They love him alone too. He’s the shit alone. He’s fucking great. Axl‘s great.”
Slash, Axl and McKagan, along with a lineup that may or may not include original or recent members of GUNS N’ ROSES, are reuniting for four confirmed shows so far: two in Las Vegas in early April, and two headlining slots at California’s Coachella Music And Arts Festival later that month.
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