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By: Slim Jim Keller

For months there was rumors of a ‘classic’ GUNS & ROSES reunion. Axl, Slash, Duff, Izzy, Steven all getting back together and performing at Coachella and maybe some other shows. Months and months of rumors and speculation led to an actual announcement and confirmation from the band. But they didn’t say who was actually IN the ‘reunion’.

Well after another month or two of hype, speculation and rumors, it seemed Izzy was out, Steven was out, and no one knew if Matt Sorum or Dizzy Reed were even going to be a part of it.

Last night, April 1st, 2016 the ‘reunited’ G&R took the stage of the Troubadour in Hollywood with Axl, Slash, Duff, Dizzy and a couple other people. No Izzy, No Steven Adler, Not even Matt Sorum (who replaced Steven and played on Use Your Illusion 1 & 2 and the Spaghetti Incident in the 90s).

I don’t care how late they took the stage, I don’t care what the set list was, I don’t even care that hell may have frozen over last night.

I’m here to tell you this ISN’T a reunion. This isn’t the ‘classic’ lineup. This is still a fractured wannabe who apparently decided it was time to cash in.

Why isn’t Izzy Stradlin playing? Why is one of the cofounders of the band STILL not IN the band?

Why isn’t Steven Adler performing with the band? Is he clean and sober? Who cares! If this is a reunion and he can still perform (which he can because he is still performing live and releasing albums every once in a while) why isn’t he behind the drums?

If not Steven why is Matt Sorum not playing with G&R? He would be an acceptable member of the ‘reunitedG&R as he was in the band longer than Steven if I’m not mistaken.

Listen folks, this isn’t a reunion. This isn’t a reunited GUNS & ROSES. This is a cash grab. Obviously the ‘most dangerous band in the world’ can’t get their shit behind them enough to at least honor the name G&R and the fans with a proper line up. So it has to be about the money right?

Would I go see a proper full lineup of G&R? Probably… Simply because I never thought it would happen again. I mean Axl hasn’t been able to sing in 15 years. He sounds as bad as Vince Neil live today. Out of breath, can’t remember the lyrics, and vocally just plain shot.

So why do I want to give them my hard earned money, especially when half the band isn’t ‘theGuns & Roses. I don’t. And I’m tired of hearing and reading about it like it is the second coming.
It. Isn’t.

It is nothing more than three guys stealing your money. Yes Slash still has his chops, and I am sure Duff is in fine form as well. But Axl is a mockery of himself and the ‘other’ guitarist and second keyboardist is just bullshit.

You either give your fans what they want, or you continue to do your own thing.

This is just a bald faced robbery of the legacy of the band and their fans.

I’m calling bullshit.

That’s why THIS editorial is the only thing you will see on SKoM about the ‘reunitedGuns & Roses.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go write some thoughts on why KISS is the shittiest band in the world today. Paul and Gene can both go suck a dick. You can call yourself KISS all day and all night, and you can have a revolving door of musicians playing drums and guitar, but when you put them in the classic makeup of Ace and Peter, then you’re fucking up the name KISS, the legacy of KISS, and the fucking over the fans of KISS. Period.

Ok… so I guess I don’t have to go write about KISS now.

Off to listen to the newly ‘reunited Metal Church and see what I think about their new album XI.