As someone that became a REAL fan in 1996 (the beginning of the dark times), my perspective is different. If you told me then, that in 2016 Axl, Slash, and Duff would reunite and tour the world I would have taken that. Even though that meant not a whole lot in those 20 years (even though things DID happen during that time, it wasn't the band I wanted). So, when I look at it from MY perspective; buying end of days the day it came out, live era the day it came out, spin magazine article, the early days of the forums, etc.
YOU BET YOUR ASS I WOULD HAVE TAKEN WHAT WE HAVE NOW IN A HEARTBEAT.