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Guns N’ Roses, with founding members Axl Rose and Slash, will headline the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., set for April 15-17 and April 22-24, according to multiple sources.
The band is also tapped to be one of the first acts to play the new Las Vegas Arena, which is set to open April 6 with The Killers and Wayne Newton. Additionally, the reunited band is negotiating with promoters to play as many as 25 football stadiums in North America in the summer of 2016. The band is said to be asking as much as $3 million per show, with tickets topping out in the $250-$275 range.
The last show Rose and Slash played together was on July 17, 1993, at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires. The band’s last tour, which only included Rose from the original lineup, took place primarily in South America and The Joint in Las Vegas, grossing $15.2 million.
The group’s first album, Appetite for Destruction, is the biggest-selling debut in U.S. history, with 18 million records sold. It spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and launched the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single “Sweet Child o’ Mine.” Guns N’ Roses have sold 44.5 million albums total in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
Representatives for the band, as well as Coachella producer Paul Tollett and agent Ken Fermaglich at United Talent Agency, could not be reached for comment. Executives at AEG, which will operate the new Las Vegas arena, also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Billboard‘s confirmation comes on the heels of two rumor-inducing hints dropped over the past week — the first a cryptic update to the Guns N’ Roses website and the second during, of all things, screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where footage of a concert crowd was shown with GN’R music overdubbed. Though longtime fans may be understandably wary after the decade-plus wait for the 2008 album Chinese Democracy, which became a totem of sorts to frontman Rose’s sometimes unpredictable behavior, the reunion appears to be fully in gear.
Coachella has a pedigree for coaxing much-loved acts out of retirement, or being the linchpin to plans that had already been simmering. The fest has previously hosted the reunions of Rage Against the Machine in 2007, My Bloody Valentine in 2009, Pulp in 2012 and Outkast in 2014 — not to mention Tupac’s posthumous return to the stage in 2012. Guns N’ Roses will arrive a year after two other legendary acts, AC/DC and Steely Dan, headlined the 2015 edition.
This article first appeared on Billboard.com.
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