Listen to some crazy, never heard before stories on Axl Rose hereOn April 1st 2016, Guns N' Roses officially announced it would reunite for a summer show in Detroit, some 20 years after breaking up (and no, it wasn't an April Fools joke). Some of you may be saying, "So what? GNR have been recording and touring since 2008." Well, we're not talking about the GNR lineup that included Axl Rose and guitarist Buckethead. This is the original lineup that recorded seminal GNR albums Appetite For Destruction and the Use Your Illusion records. Well, almost. Only guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagen are set to return, while other classic members - Matt Sorum and Izzy Stradlin among them - have not signed on. Relations between Rose, McKagen and Slash have been icy since the 90s. Whether burying the hatchet is a sign of maturity or a cynical money grab remains to be seen. The partially reunited Guns N' Roses are also set to headline Coachella (that bastion of band reunions) later this year.
Genres (Music): Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal, Rock and roll, + more
Albums: Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I, Chinese Democracy, Use Your Illusion II, + more
Up until 1994, Don Henley, singer and songwriter for The Eagles, said the band would get back together "when Hell froze over." That must have been what happened, because The Long Run-era line-up of the band - Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder, and Timothy B. Schmitt - reunited for a tour. The subsequent live disc was appropriately titled Hell Freezes Over. Since that time, the band has toured sporadically with more or less the same line-up. With the death of Glenn Frey in early 2016, however, it seems the long run is finally over for The Eagles: after a tribute appearance on the Grammys, Henley stated, "I don't think you'll be seeing us performing again."
Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues
Albums: Trying to Get to You / Please, Please, Kiss Them for Me / Ladies in the Sky
In 2011, original Black Sabbath members Tommy Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne announced they would reunite for a new album and a tour, sending waves of elation throughout the music world. These plans were derailed when Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma in early 2012. Following this, Ward announced he was abandoning the reunion due to contractual complaints (translation: he wasn't getting paid very well). Plans went ahead without Ward, as the other members recruited Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilke as a replacement. Together they recorded the album 13 and toured throughout 2013. It was recently announced that Iommi, Butler and Osbourne would embark on a farewell tour titled The End in the summer of 2016, though there's no word on who their drummer will be (it probably won't be Ward, though).
Genres (Music): Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock, + more
Albums: Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Vol. 4, Master of Reality, + more
In 2007, all three original members of The Police (Sting, Steward Copeland and Andy Summers) reunited for the band's 30th anniversary and embarked on a massive world tour. They kicked things off by performing "Roxanne" on the Grammys that year, then hit the road. No plans for another Police album were ever made, as this was meant to be a one-off reunion tour. A live CD and DVD of their performances in Buenos Aires was released, however. A portion of the ticket sales for their final concert in Madison Square Garden went toward an effort to plant one million trees in New York CITY by 2017, as well as to local PBS affiliates WNET and WLIW.
Genres (Music): New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk, Ska, Rock music, + more
Albums: Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta, Every Breath You Take: The Singles, Outlandos d'Amour, + more