Guns N’ Roses are perhaps one of the most well-known and respected rock bands of all time. Award-winning, world-renowned, and authors of some of the world’s best selling singles and albums, they are the epitome of ‘rock stars’. Formed in 1985, they have enjoyed a long career but it has been many years since they have bestowed any new material upon their armies of fans. Until now. Rumors of a comeback have been circulating and the word in the music world is that 2020 is the year. But can they hope to achieve their previous level of success? Let’s take a look at how they have endured for over 30 years.
Rumors Of A Comeback
In 2019, Slash appeared to confirm rumors that a comeback was imminent. In an interview with the media, he said that Axl had “a ton” of stuff already recorded and that their first album in over 25 years was on the way. Inspiration had apparently hit the aging rockers following the success of their “Not In This Lifetime” world tour and decided to try out some new material. Slash even hinted that there could be subsequent albums in the pipeline, noting: “I could see the tour, record cycle going on endlessly”. In January guitarist Richard Fortus said that new music was being worked on and that he hoped it would be released during 2020. Then in February, Guns N’ Roses announced a US stadium tour, days after their first show at the Miami Super Bowl Music Fest. It is widely believed that this tour will showcase their new album, although there have been no official confirmations, as of yet.
Of course, the news of possible new material has sent fans wild. Not only are they excited to have another opportunity to see their idols tour, but the promise of new anthems is enough to ensure that any future dates will be a total sell-out. Will they manage to shift millions of copies and snag as many as they have in the past? Well, that remains to be seen.
An everlasting legacy
Let’s be honest, Guns N’ Roses never really went out of style. Their music has remained classic and timeless, their t-shirts are worn by people of all ages as a fashion statement as well as an ode to their legacy, and even in 2020, they remain a household name. Their 2019 tour – 34 years after they first formed – was the third biggest grossing tour of all time. Even after all these years, they haven’t lost their iconic status or appeal.
As well as their music, Guns N’ Roses have kept their name alive through a steady stream of merchandise. Their aforementioned apparel line including t-shirts, jewelry, and accessories has become instantly recognizable. The most famous logo is the yellow circle featuring a grey skull, two silver pistols, and two red roses.
Another way Guns N’ Roses have ensured their continuing popularity, is through the launch of a Guns N’ Roses slot machine. Available on mobile and PC and created by Netent, it includes features named after some of their biggest hits and graphics inspired by their eponymous brand. A hit with young and old players alike, it has shown itself to be a good way to combine the musical legends with gaming fun.
While a couple of for-TV movies have been released about the band, there is yet to be a big-name silver-screen adaptation. Perhaps due to the fact that members of the band believe that their journey is far from over. It seems likely that a film detailing their meteoric rise to fame and life full of debauchery will one day make it to Hollywood – but just not yet.
Other bands that had successful comebacks
Making a successful comeback after so long without new material can be hit and miss for musicians. Santana is a great example – popular in the 1960s and 1970s, they dropped in popularity by the 1980s. Then in 1998, they appeared back on the scene with Supernatural and ended up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Other notable names include David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Meatloaf, Greenday, and Aerosmith.
It would be fair to say that Guns N’ Roses fame eclipses all of these names, so we would hope their comeback would be even bigger and even more successful.