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Speculation Mounts After Guns N’ Roses Tweet Photo of Drum Sticks

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Guns N’ Roses are a little more than a week away from debuting the new lineup featuring the return of Slash and bassist Duff McKagan. There has yet to be an official announcement confirming who else is in the band, leaving speculation to run rampant amidst the ongoing rumors that original drummer Steven Adler will play a role in the new lineup. The fire is glowing red hot as Guns N’ Roses tweeted out a set of Ahead brand drum sticks, leading to further speculation.

Fans were quick to respond to the image, tweeting at former drummer Matt Sorum, looking for confirmation that these are the same brand of sticks he played on the Use Your Illusion tour. Sorum did confirm that he used Ahead sticks back on the Use Your Illusion tour, but stated he no longer plays Ahead sticks and now uses Zildjian. Frank Ferrer, who has manned the sticks in the band since 2006, made a comment on the GN’R Instagram page that sent out the same image, stating he uses Vater sticks. All of the tweets and comments can be seen below.

This all leaves the door open for the possibility of Adler’s return. In January radio host and metal icon Eddie Trunk stated, “My sources have told me current GnR drummer Frank Ferrer will be retained and play the bulk of the show, with perhaps a guest appearance from Steven Adler if a deal can be worked out.” Earlier in March, the famous Whisky A Go Go announced Adler’s upcoming gig at the venue was canceled and they teased that a big announcement was coming alongside the hashtag #GunsNRoses.

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Guns N’ Roses first show with the new lineup is slated for April 8 as the band will perform two consecutive nights at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. They will also be playing two dates in Mexico as well as two performances at the Coachella festival. No further dates have been announced, though they recently revealed a list of cities they’ll be hitting on the full North American run.

As if the rumors regarding the Guns N’ Roses lineup weren’t enough, the notion that Axl Rose will be fronting AC/DC as Brian Johnson‘s stand-in has been raging. After rumors picked up, they intensified this week when Rose was spotted leaving the same studio as the rest of AC/DC, who promised to make up their postponed tour dates likely with a new singer. Johnson was ordered to cease touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.

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