Is Steven Tyler part of the reason for Guns N' Roses upcoming reunion? Well, the Aerosmith frontman is taking some credit whether he deserves it or not.
"I've been working on it for years," Tyler told Getty images this week. "Call Slash up, ask him. I just told him that the world needs more rock and roll and (there is) enough of people arguing, especially when they're as talented and as great. Everybody loves their songs...Obviously there was a row (fight), and they finally made up."
Tyler predicted that the GNR reunion will be "Huge. There are no words" but added that, "Don't forget this; it don't happen 'til it happens."
Slash, Axl Rose and bassist Duff McKagan will be playing their first shows together as GNR starting April 8-9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and April 16 and 23 at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. There are also rumors of stadium shows in North America as well as European festival dates during the summer.
Tyler, meanwhile, continues to work on his upcoming solo album in Nashville, while Aerosmith is on ice until a planned fall tour of South America.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.