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Duff McKagan to Reunite With Guns N’ Roses?
Current Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson, who’s been in Axl’s “new” gang since 1998, will have to bail on the Guns’ South American tour later this month to play with The Replacements at Coachella. While Stinson isn't going anywhere – permanently at least – it looks like Axl has recruited a “replacement” of his own from the unlikeliest of places: the Guns N’ Roses of yesteryear. Yep, believe it or not, ex-GNR bassist Duff McKagan is gearing up to reunite with Axl for the last few shows on Guns’ South American trek.
A few days ago, Duff tweeted a pic of a Guns setlist captioned with the following missive: “Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil! See y'all in the next few weeks, Si? GNR.” Now this seemed like it might've been a cruel April Fool's Day joke, but that would've have been too painful for us GNR fans and thankfully we've got news that the Duff-Mckagan reunion is more than official.
It's been confirmed that McKagan will be covering tour dates starting April 6 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and continuing to perform until the end of the South American tour. The ex-bassist has been rehearsing with GNR in Los Angeles for the past month to prepare for the big kickoff date and he's pretty stoked to join his old pal on stage."It's pretty great to play these songs again, and looking forward to playing some gigs with my pal again," said Duff. "South America is always a radical place for rock 'n' roll...and I'm honored to be doing this thing, in that place."
With all the news about McKagan, you'd think Stinson might regret his decision to join The Replacements, but fortunately, that's not the case: "He's a fucking great bass player" Stinson admitted. "It's gonna be a breeze. The only bummer is I don't get to see one of the shows he plays, especially after playing his fucking parts for 17 years. It would be interesting to see how he plays them. There's a couple things I could use some pointers on."
Stinson is set to come back to reclaim his GNR bass stature when the band returns to the states May 13 in Bethlehem, PA.
Now we may be getting ahead of ourselves, but McKagan's reunion with GNR seems hopeful for a full-fledged one in the future. And who knows – maybe Mr. McKagan can get his old mates to start talking to each other again. We shall see...
Guns N’ Roses South America Tour Dates:
04/01 Florianópolis, SC, Brazil @ Music Park
04/03 Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil @ Pavilhão da Fiergs
04/06 Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Estadio Ferro
04/09 Asunción, Paraguay @ Jockey Club del Paraguay
04/12 La Paz, Bolivia @ Estadio Hernando Siles
04/15 Recife, PE, Brazil @ Chevrolet Hall
04/17 Fortaleza, CE, Brazil @ Centro de Eventos do Ceará
US Show Dates:
04/23 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
05/13 Bethlehem, PA @ Columbus Crew Stadium
05/21 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
05/24 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
05/25 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
05/28 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
05/30 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
05/31 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
06/04 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
06/07 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
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