Guns N’ Roses have been off the radar for a bit, teasing fans here and there about an upcoming announcement. Finally, they’ve revealed that they’re back for a live performance at Louisville’s Louder Than Life festival this fall.
The festival is set to take place from September 27 through 29 at the Kentucky Exposition Center’s Highland Festival Grounds. While the rest of the lineup is not going to be announced until April 8, the festival’s producer Danny Wimmer notes that there are a handful of bands performing this year whose “music not only resonates with fans, but changes the entire face of rock ‘n’ roll.”
“Guns N’ Roses is one of those true icons,” he said in a press release. “Every year we want to come back bigger and better, and we can’t wait to welcome Axl, Slash, Duff and the rest of GN’R to the Louder Than Life stage.”
The group wrapped-up their Not In This Lifetime Tour in Honolulu, Hawaii last December – their first time performing in the state. Although it may have seemed like the band was done touring after the two and a half year reunion trek, they revealed on their website that “we are not done yet…shit’s just getting started.”
Fans are still wondering if this message means the group will head out on another tour completely, since Honolulu was reportedly their final show on the tour. During that gig, Axl Rose mentioned to the crowd that they “hope to keep this thing running” and “we’ll see what happens next.”
Last month, bassist Duff McKagan revealed on the Trunk Nation radio show that he’s heard some “magnificent stuff” Axl has been working on, pointing to a potential new album. The new LP would be the first featuring Slash and McKagan since their 1993 covers album The Spaghetti Incident? and the group’s first album since 2008’s Chinese Democracy.
“So I’m excited about the possibilities with that, of course,” he said of the new music. “I don’t mean to get anybody rabid. Our day will happen when it happens, that’s for sure.”