They say money can’t buy you love but can it buy you lukewarm sentiment? EuroMillions lottery winner Adrian Bayford is hoping so with lofty plans of reuniting a band that not even the Rock and Roll Hall of Frame could bring together.
Bayford, who on Friday August 10, 2012 won the near unbelievable amount of £148,565,000 (over $232 million US) has told reporters he’d like to spend some of his winnings on reforming the original lineup of Guns N’ Roses.
“I’d have to get Guns N’ Roses together. I’m a real fan,” Bayford joked to The Sun.
As noted by NME, the entire original lineup of Guns N’ Roses, which consisted of Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler, hasn’t performed together in approximately 20 years. However, if Bayford were willing to compromise he could spend all his winnings to book the current Rose led lineup for 233 private shows, according to Classic Rock Magazine.
Apparently Russian billionaire Alexander Chistyakov paid the measly sum of $1 million (£638,000) last year for that very privilege.
On a more earnest note, Bayford told The Sun that the winnings will go towards making life less of a rat race for his friends and family.
“This money has come at the right time for us and is going to benefit the whole family,” Bayford told reporters.
“The win is not just for us, it is for us to share and everyone’s life is going to be so much more enjoyable and stress-free… It’s such a large amount. It’s something to share with other people such as friends and family, people who supported us and been by us… Now’s our time to repay that,” Bayford said.