February 15, 2012


Guns N' Roses to Reunite for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

Ethan Miller
Ethan Miller

Era-defining Los Angeles rockers Guns N' Roses, a band notorious for infighting, is getting their original lineup back together for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 14th in Cleveland.

Keyboardist Dizzy Reed told Billboard, "I know that all the original band is going to be there. I don't know exactly what's going to go down. It's one of those things I'm sure will all come together and be really cool. I'm just going to go in with a good attitude and a clear head and a grateful heart."

The current iteration of the band, including Axl Rose, is touring. They played a tour of arenas in 2011 and this year they're playing seven club shows before they head back to arenas and festivals over the summer. The original lineup of the band, by my count, hasn't played together since 1993, which adds up to 19 years of irreconcilable differences. What could have convinced them to get back together for a ceremony?

The New York Times has an answer for you: it's the money. In a piece in December, the Times detailed how, for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, weekly sales for an artist can jump 40% to 60% in the weeks after selection, and reuniting after 19 years, with all the news it'll generate, will probably raise sales even more.

Another icon of rock, Alice Cooper, told The Times, "When I wasn't being nominated [for the Hall of Fame], I played it down all the time. But it really does make a difference."