Well awesome news for all the GNR fans out there... after all the excitement following Izzy's reunion with GNR at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC, now we have word that Izzy will continue to tour with GNR for several tour dates, having also played at the Download music festival in Great Britain.
Obviously this isn't a fully re-united Guns N' Roses, but it is a step closer. And I think that even if Slash denies talking to Axl, it means they at least talk in some form. After all, Izzy is still good friends with Slash, Duff, and Matt, and has performed with Velvet Revolver on several occaisions. So if he starts talking to Slash about the tour... all i'm saying is its more likely than before. Izzy's reappearance also lends weight to the idea that Axl is finally calming down a bit, maybe taking his bipolar meds for once.
Apparently the show was great, only interrupted by technical difficulties. But they started almost a half hour early (is this really Axl Rose we're talking about) and finished all the songs. Axl's voice is reportedly in full form, and i guess he's in better shape than in 2002 as well, not looking overweight. (The hair is still heatedly debated, but at least its shorter.)
Just a thought... I like Brian Mantia, doesn't it seem like Steven Adler could easily come back and play for GNR? His band, Adler's Appetite, mostly does GNR cover stuff, and he hasn't had much individual success that's not based on his GNR fame. I think he'd love to regain some of the lost glamour and prestige. I don't have any sources, but it just seems like an obvious match. And besides, Brian Mantia has been mostly replaced by a drum machine anyway.
Axl, Adler, and Izzy... that would be 3/5 of the original GNR band. Maybe then they'd have some real success, and Slash and Duff would come back. I still think Matt Sorum is an amazing drummer, but Adler was the genius on the AFD tracks and on "Civil War" which I love.
long live GNR