The Aerosmith frontman opened up about the part he played in reuniting Guns N’ Roses
Guns N’ Roses reunited in the spring of 2016 and Aerosmith frontman and rock icon Steven Tyler revealed how he might have played a part in convincing the band toward making a comeback. Steven shares during an interview with Howard Stern and said,
“I did meet Axl a few years ago and we had that talk,” Steven reveals. “I said, ‘You need to get back together again soon because we all f*cking miss you.’ Same thing that someone said to me [a few years back].”
That “someone” who told Steven to patch things up with Aerosmith turns out to be Bon Jovi frontman, Jon Bon Jovi. The NewJersey native gave Steven this same speech back when he and Joe Perry were not on good terms.
“He calls me up and goes, ‘What the f*ck are you doing in rehab? Dude, the world needs you … everyone is asking for Aerosmith,” Steven told Howard.
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“So I said to Axl, you gotta get back. There’s a place in time where if you don’t, you’re gonna miss it.”
In the interview, Steven also brought up the issue with Slash and said that the GN’R guitarist was more open to reuniting than Axl was.
And it looked like Steven’s pep talk with Axl work as they did reunite shortly after.
However, Guns N’ Roses have posted a statement to Facebook that seems have a sarcastic tone to it. The statement basically thanked anyone claiming credit for their reunion. It reads,
“[We] would like to respectfully thank the many people taking credit for our upcoming shows and everything in between. Especially those whom we haven’t spoken to in numerous years who, through the power of media, have somehow served a pivotal, even if non-existent role. We, and the fans thank you! #GnFnR”