It's starting to look like the world is daring Axl Rose to reform the original Guns n Roses lineup. In a recent interview with NME, the organizer of this year's Reading and Leeds festivals has explicitly nixed any possibility of the current lineup ever performing on either stage in the near future.
"I wouldn’t have the current line-up, certainly not at the moment. It doesn’t feel right," said Melvin Benn.
Rumors have been swirling for weeks about the possibility of a Guns n Roses reunion. The upcoming Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, which will honor the group, has been deemed perfect timing for a reconciliation between Axl, Slash, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler and Izzy Stradlin.
"Of course if it was the original line-up, I would definitely consider it and if they could tell the time, it would be fantastic,” Benn added. “With the original line-up it would be something very special. We’d have to give them all a watch each, but we’d certainly try to get them if they reformed."
The current G'n'R lineup last played the Reading festival in 2010. The group were savagely booed after arriving an hour and a half late for their set. Lead singer Axl Rose later blamed the tardiness on an outstanding incident from 20 years ago, further confounding fans. The mercurial singer later "declared war" on the festival, though he declined to elaborate.
The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set to take place April 14 in Cleveland, Ohio. No official word about the band's involvement has been given so far. We'll keep you posted.