A British man who won £148 million (approximately $232 million) in Friday’s (August 10) EuroMillions lottery draw has said he wants to spend some of that money reuniting the original lineup of GUNS N’ ROSES.
Adrian Bayford, a 41-year-old music shop owner, told The Sun, “I think I would just have to get GUNS N’ ROSES together — the original lineup, mind. I’m a real fan.”
Former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Slash told CNN‘s Piers Morgan in May that no amount of money could ever get the original GUNS N’ ROSES to reunite. Slash explained, “I don’t think it’s a matter of that; it really isn’t. I think you’ve got a situation where nobody involved wants to revisit. It’s not just me — it’s the whole band. And so I don’t think there’s a price tag that anybody’s put in front of us that’s going to make that work.”
Asked about the kinds of offers the band has gotten to get back together for a tour, Slash replied, “I’ve heard a lot of numbers, but I’ve never been handed a specific offer. But I’d say it starts off with seven figures and then sometimes it starts to get even more grandiose than that.”
GUNS N’ ROSES was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April, with Slash and several other original and later members of the group performing. Missing, however, was singer Axl Rose, who declined to attend.
Slash told The Pulse Of Radio that he knew from the start there was no chance of the original lineup performing again. “I never, in however many years it’s been, ever planned or thought that there was gonna be any reunion,” he said. “Everybody else has sort of alluded to it but, you know, I never saw it coming. I knew it was just an impossible thing, and it wasn’t something I really wanted.”
Slash also told Morgan he has not spoken with Axl since 1996, the year he left the band. As for the circumstances of his departure, Slash recalled, “It wasn’t even me necessarily leaving the band, it was not continuing on with the new band that Axl put together that he was now at the helm of, which was the new GUNS N’ ROSES. I was given a contract to basically join his new band, and it took about 24 hours before I decided, ‘I think this is the end of the line.'”