Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan: ‘I Called Guns N’ Roses Reunion Years Ago’

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In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan said he ‘hopes to’ see Guns N’ Roses’ 2016 tour, which will feature the reunion of original members Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan.

When asked if he was surprised, Corgan said he saw it coming.

“No. I said five years ago it’ll definitely happen. It’ll just be when and where.”

He added, “I just think the band, however you want to quantify it, broke up, or the original lineup didn’t endure past a certain point, and the world has changed a lot since then. The band is so great and the music is so great, and the chemistry is such a part of what people love — including me — as a fan. It would seem a crime to not be able to enjoy and appreciate the accomplishment in this era.”

Former Guns N’ Roses manager Alan Niven has revealed the rumored payday for Guns N’ Roses’ four upcoming North American reunion shows at the Coachella Festival and in Las Vegas next month. He also said that the Guns N’ Roses reunion isn’t legitimate without Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler. Niven told the New Rock Times, “Unfortunately, all things considered, I can only assume that its only for the money. How else to explain the lack of statements about creativity, or even who the band is? “How else to explain a ticket price of $1250 for row H.”

“For that matter, without Izzy and Steven can it be called a Guns n Roses re-union?,” he asks.

“Without them it’s really just Velvet Roses. Why aren’t those two included? Maybe there is not enough money to go around – after all, rumour has it that AEG are only paying $26,000,000 for two Coachella shows and two shows in Vegas.”

Niven believes it is a ‘financial decision’ to leave Stradlin and Adler out of the reunion.