Don't worry: issues of child poverty, massive deforestation and the AIDS epidemic can be tackled at a later date. Right now, $235 million lottery winner Adrian Bayford is focused on reuniting Guns n' Roses - that is, the original lineup. And the reality is that with enough money, almost any washed-up reunion is probably possible.
Then again, this could be a difficult feat, even with hundreds of millions in hand. The reason is that a reunited Gn'R would undoubtedly fetch a king's ransom on its reunion tour, meaning the original members would need a seriously-huge amount of money to stomach the kiss-and-make-up. Not only that, there's the slight insanity of Axl Rose, who skipped the group's induction in the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame yet seems fine sparking a Las Vegas residency at the Hard Rock Cafe later this year.
Actually, the plot thickens a bit, as it turns out that Bayford is not only a die-hard, 40-something music fan, but also the owner of a small music shop. In fact, Bayford and his wife described themselves as 'struggling' prior to the win, with Mrs. Bayford an overworked, underpaid health care worker who purchased the ticket in desperate hopes of making ends meet.
@briankecskemety Wednesday, August 15, 2012
When I hit the Powerball I'll reunite the White Stripes.
@michaelstjames Thursday, August 16, 2012
This is awesome and kinda sad.
Doug Thursday, August 16, 2012
Really? You have a once in a lifetime chance to help yourself, your family, or some close friends and this is what you want to do? You are an idiot. Enjoy working forever. I mean, even if you love what you do, you might want to consider the possibilites, rahter than try to blow it all on getting a band that doesn't want to be together back for a reunion. what if they do one gig & Axl bails? How about spending way less on some upcoming band that needs a video or an album done? Hello, is there anybody in that head of yours?
Guns Fan Thursday, August 16, 2012
The new Guns N' Roses with Axl is great. The show is amazing and they are just as good as seeing the original band. Axl is the best part and the whole reason to go. The guitars sound just like Slash and Izzy (better in fact) so having the original 5 won't make any difference. Go to Vegas and get your fill - its a fun time and the show meets all expectations.
Slash's albums and tour with Miles Kennedy are also stellar. These bands are doing their own thing now and we should let it continue as is and perhaps maybe well get to see themv perform together one day but if not at least we can now see what they actually want to be doing instead of some forced lottery show (which admittedly would be cool).
GNR 4 Ever
Seamus Friday, August 17, 2012
One word: pathetic.
Dezmund Friday, August 17, 2012
I think it's great that Mr. Bayford's initial wish was to reunite his favorite band. Clearly, this is a guy who desperately loves music, having put himself and his family at the edge of poverty to do what he loves - run a music shop.
There might be a better use for the money, or maybe there's not enough money in the world to get Slash and Axle on the same stage again- the only things we know for sure are the words of Adrien Bayford: "I think I would just have to get Guns N' Roses together."
From our perspective it might seem ridiculous, but what would you say if you'd just won $235M? "I'm going to Disney World?" "I quit?" "I'll travel the world?" Who's really ready to spend $235M at a moment's notice? I think this is just a guy that loves music so much that it was on his mind even as his life changed to the tune of TWO HUNDRED THIRTY FIVE MILLION DOLLARS.
I'd shop at his store.