Well, we don't know for sure. It's almost a year ago when Fortus claimed that Axl was working on older material back from the Slash era in a studio... maybe they'd already started talking in 2014?
This is what I believe as well. Cant put a date on when they started to communicate obviously but it wouldn't be surprising at all if they've been talking for quite awhile.
I can't believe they overcame all that hatred all of the sudden.
Meh. Fans put waaaaaay too much stock in the "cancer", "not in this lifetime",etc. comments. Axl can easily change his mind on a whim and it was obvious that only a phone call or one meeting was needed to clear the air on some things.
I've noticed on some forums there are fans saying that if Axl reunites with Slash then "Axl owes us an explanation". BULLSHIT. Its not his fault a handful of loons parroted that cancer garbage for years on end and are now shocked that the cancer has went into remission.
I feel for Stinson, all that time there and just the one album.
I feel for that whole 2001 lineup. They deserved to tour behind their own material and have it released in that time frame.
They maybe trying to get Bumblefoot back into the fold as Slash and Fortus are not in the technical league as Bumblefoot for the newer songs. The situation maybe similar to that of when Axl tried to get Buckethead back.
Similar? Not even in the same galaxy. A Bucket/Ron addition to the reunion roster isn't necessary. I guess if you're one of those people who think a reunion tour is going to be CD heavy you might believe that is the case but there's no reason for any CD to be played. Hell, Axl was barely playing it on the last tour.
Crowds will be there to hear 87-93 era unless we somehow get new music.