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Today’s Music News: Reunited Guns N’ Roses reportedly to headline Coachella

Axl Rose performs with the then-current lineup of Guns N' Roses in 2014 (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Billboard is reporting that multiple reliable sources have confirmed Guns N’ Roses — featuring the reunited trio of singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash, and bassist Duff McKagan — will headline Coachella in April, with a Las Vegas show and a possible stadium tour to follow. If you’re crossing your fingers that GNR will come to TCF Bank Stadium, start saving. Tickets for the rumored tour are said to be planned for up to $275 face value, with the band pocketing somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 million per show.

David Lowery (CrackerCamper Van Beethoven) is leading a class-action lawsuit against Spotify, seeking $150 million damages for — the suit alleges — knowingly distributing copyrighted music without obtaining the proper licenses and paying rights holders. Spotify acknowledges that it owes royalties to some rights holders whose identities are difficult to track, but the company says it’s acted in good faith: setting the appropriate royalties aside and working with the National Music Publishers Association to identify the appropriate payees. (Rolling Stone)

Drummer John Bradbury has died at age 62. As drummer for British group the Specials, Bradbury helped to define the sound of second-wave ska on influential songs like “Too Much Too Young” and “Ghost Town.” The Specials were formed in 1977, and Bradbury remained involved with the group in its several different configurations, including a recent reunion. (Rolling Stone)

Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee has confirmed that the band will not go on after the death of frontman Lemmy Kilmister. “Lemmy was Motörhead,” said Dee. The band’s manager Todd Singerman told Rolling Stone how impressed he was that Lemmy continued to perform — to rave reviews, no less — over the past couple of years as his health declined. “To really think of what energy and the balls that took to still play shows for the fans, to do the last f—ing show two weeks ago, and then drop,” reflected Singerman. “That’s like a Rocky story to me.”

Speaking with NPR in the wake of widespread year-end acclaim for his album To Pimp a ButterflyKendrick Lamar opened up about how his music was influenced by his youth in Compton. Lamar says he witnessed a murder on the street when he was just five years old. “It let me know that this is not only something that I’m looking at,” Lamar said, “but it’s something that maybe I have to get used to.”

Father John Misty has shared audio of an encore from a recent Australia show — the twist being that instead of actually playing an encore, he answered fans’ questions for 15 minutes. The artist, as Consequence of Sound notes, “elicited a wide range of questions, from whether tank tops can have sleeves, how sex works, how he plans to attract more black fans, and whether he wants to be a fan’s father.”

Alabama Shakes will open the next season of the PBS show Austin City Limits; ahead of the show’s airing, they’ve shared a few clips. (Pitchfork)

CBGB LAB (Lounge And Bar) is now open at the Newark airport — complete with an iPad ordering system. (Consequence of Sound)