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Guns N' Roses, LCD Soundsystem announce comeback, but some fans left questioning

While fans of the American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses are largely preoccupied about who will be in the band, fans of electronic rock band LCD Soundsystem are trying to sort out whether to feel joy or anger

LCD Soundsystem fans expressed anger that the band was reuniting just five years after massive farewell tour

Guitarist Slash (left) will join Axl Rose in the Guns N' Roses lineup to headline for Coachella, and also headlining are LCD Soundsystem, led by singer-songwriter James Murphy (right). (Getty)

The recent announcement that Guns N' Roses and LCD Soundsystem are reuniting and headlining the Coachella music festival caused excitement, questioning, and even criticism among fans, according to CBC Music producer Jon Siddall.

"Both bands are popular, no doubt about that. What's fascinating is how the fans for each band are responding to the reunion news," Siddall told On the Coast host Stephen Quinn during his weekly Music Talk segment.

Bassist Duff McKagan will join the Guns N' Roses reunion Siddall said, as will lead guitarist Slash -- who will be returning to the lineup of the hard rock band for the first time since the 1990's.

But, "rumours are still flying about who else from the band's many incarnations will fill out the roster," Siddall said.

Fans angry at reunion?

However, fans of American electronic rock band LCD Soundsystem are trying to figure out "whether to feel joy or anger" about their reunion.

Siddall said that's because the band made a big deal about calling it quits.

They put on a year-long goodbye tour that culminated in an extravagant goodbye concert at Madison Square Gardens in New York (which frontman James Murphy repeatedly referred to as their funeral) followed by a documentary and CD box set called The Long Goodbye.

"LCD Soundsystem had a knack for self-deprecating songs and a healthy sense of irony. Their fans loved that, and the music," Siddall said.

"Trouble is that when you stage that big a good-bye which they did at their peak of popularity … and then a scant five years later you say, 'Hey we're back! We didn't die, we just took a little break,' that's going to upset the fans."

However, Siddall said that perhaps not all the criticism is deserved — LCD Soundsystem is planning to release a new album, and like Guns N' Roses they do intend to tour.

"Sometimes it feels right to give it rest and then you discover you can't stop writing music for the band and there's a legit artistic impulse to have another go at it, to get the band back together."

Frontman James Murphy addressed the outrage felt by some fans on the band's website on Jan. 5.

Oasis, Spice Girls reunions?

Siddall said there are numerous rumours for a reunion of 1990s pop girl group Spice Girls, as 2016 marks their 20th anniversary and Scary Spice (Mel B) has told media she's encouraging the girls in the band to reunite and to celebrate their 20th.

The Spice Girls (from left) Melanie Chisholm, Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown and Emma Bunton perform in Vancouver, on Dec. 2, 2007. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

The other persistent rumour is that 1990s English rock band Oasis will get back together, Siddall said.

"There are rumours that the brothers Gallagher reconciled their feud at a family wedding in Ireland.  But perhaps most importantly, Liam Gallagher's divorce is hitting him in the pocketbook.  So it could be a strong incentive to make up with his brother and get back to work," he said.

To hear the full interview listen to the audio labelled: 2016 is the year of the comeback for bands, according to CBC Music producer Jon Siddall


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