When you turn on classic rock radio stations, you’ll listen to the songs by the bands that left a mark on American popular culture and influenced some of the groups we hear today. But while many people want to see these musicians recreate the magic on stage, it’s possible they haven’t been together for a long time. For various reasons, they just don’t want to continue — but we can always hope. Here are five rock bands in demand by music fans to do a reunion tour.
1. Guns N’ Roses
As the late 80s and early 90s bad boys of hard rock, Guns N’ Roses tore up the charts with such singles as “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Welcome To The Jungle,” and “November Rain.” Lead singer Axl Rose, with his long hair, tattoos, and high-pitched raspy voice, was a symbol that captured the time when hair metal rained supreme. Lead guitarist Slash was also a figure of rock culture, hitting us with the catchy riffs that still stick in our minds today. Rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler rounded out the original lineup. Among their great albums was the debut Appetite for Destruction in 1987, which reached #1 on the Billboard charts and has sold an estimated 28 million copies worldwide.
But things took a bad turn in late 1993 when the members split. Even among rumors of a real reunion tour happening, Axl Rose has refused to get back together with his original band mates and continues to throw insults at Slash publicly. He also turned down a chance to attend their Rock and Roll Hall of fame induction in 2012. Nevertheless, Rose takes the Guns N’ Roses label with him when he tours with a brand new lineup of the band. But in our hearts, fans know it’s not the original group.