The “Guns n’ Roses Reunion Is Pure Illusion” ECHOpinion we posted last week generated a shit ton of reaction, mostly negative. That’s fine, although I found not a single naysayer (at least none who posted on BlastEcho) actually refuted a single accusation or insight into the dubiety of GNR’s quasi-reunion. Regardless, I thank everyone for having their own opinion (and I posted every one). Hell, doubting the veracity of the pseudo reformation doesn’t mean I wouldn’t want to go see it (if the tickets were comped).
That said, Guns n’ Roses’ debut performance at Coachella validated every word I wrote in the previous ECHOpinion. The smoking gun (no pun intended) came right around the time Angus Young appeared on stage to perform two AC/DC songs with Guns n’ Roses, an epochal moment that, go figure, coincided with press releases from Guns n’ Roses’s and AC/DC’s camps confirming what we already knew, that Axl would replace Brian Johnson as singer in AC/DC. In that instant everything about the Guns n’ Roses reunion was publicly sucked into the vortex of Axl’s megalomania. If you didn’t believe Slash and Duff McKagan were anything but hired guns (pun intended) earlier then you weren’t paying attention.
In that instant everything about the Guns n’ Roses reunion was publicly sucked into the vortex of Axl’s megalomania.
This concert—the first announced when GNR confirmed Slash and Duff were back—was now only a promotion vehicle for Axl/DC. Nevermind how cold blooded AC/DC seemed in its still shocking separation with Johnson, the guy who fronted AC/DC for the past 36 years (“Thanks Brian. Good times.”). How Slash and Duff could stand by and allow Axl to use this forum to promote his own fantasy-camp agenda only reinforces the imbalance of power in the band.
It’s not about whether or not their set was entertaining; it sure looked it. This is solely about Axl owning the narrative for not only Guns n’ Roses, but now AC/DC, too. This new band featuring Axl on vocals may, too, be entertaining as hell, but it sure as hell won’t be AC/DC, just as his other one isn’t Guns n’ Roses. You’ve been…. thunderstruck.