Earlier this week, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler stepped forward as one of the main forces that inspired the partial reunion of Guns N’ Roses‘ most iconic lineup, including lead vocalist Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan. However, like most things related to Guns N’ Roses, there has been some controversy around.
It was during Tyler’s appearance on Sirius XM’s ‘The Howard Stern Show’ that the rock frontman professed his role in the GN’R reunion. “I’m sure I’m not solely [responsible for the reunion]. But I did meet Axl in a couple of clubs a year ago and two years ago and three years ago,” said Tyler. “I bumped into him, and I had that talk… I said, ‘You need to get fucking back together again soon, because we all miss you.'”
That same advice, Tyler explains, was previously offered to him by none other than Jon Bon Jovi when the Aerosmith singer and guitarist Joe Perry weren’t on speaking terms. According to Tyler, he was told the following: “You’ve got to get it together. There’s a place and a time where, if you don’t, you’re going to miss it.”
Tyler continued: “In another four or five years, no one’s gonna even know who they were or care if they’re on tour, and that’s Steven Tyler’s opinion. And also, I’m the lead singer of another great band, so I have a right to feel that way. I have such a huge ego about keeping the fire and the music together. Because if people come up to me and say, ‘Dude, I got laid to your music,’ or a woman comes up to me and says, ‘We got married to your songs.’ You had something to do with the fabric of people. Guns N’ Roses had something to do with the fabric of humans on this planet, so I get fucking pissed.”
We would certainly understand where Tyler is coming from, however Guns N’ Roses mainman Axl Rose apparently doesn’t based upon a message sent out across social media which appears to be in direct response to Tyler’s statements. “Guns N’ Roses would like to respectfully thank the many people taking credit for our upcoming shows and everything in between,” the message reads. “Especially those whom we haven’t spoken to in numerous years who, through the power of media, have somehow served a pivotal, even if non-existent, role. We and the fans thank you!”
In all fairness, Tyler isn’t the only person to claim association to the Guns N’ Roses reunion; comedian Andrew Dice Clay has also implied that he had a hand in bringing Slash and Axl Rose back together, citing his longtime relationship to GN’R road manager Tom Mayhew led to Slash delivering his now infamous “Happy Birthday” message to Rose over Twitter.
Will it ever become clear who, or what was responsible for reuniting Guns N’ Roses? That seems unlikely, all things considered, however what is clear is the reunited Guns N’ Roses now currently has four headlining performances on the books for April – two of which will take place at this year’s Coachella festival.
— Guns N’ Roses (@gunsnroses) January 28, 2016