Duff McKagan will rejoin his former band Guns N’ Roses for five shows in South America. McKagan will fill in for bassist Tommy Stinson, who will be touring with The Replacements during that time. Stinson says this is McKagan’s way of being a “good buddy” to leader Axl Rose.
“I had those Replacement shows come up the same time the (South American) tour came up, and it got to be a scheduling issue right out of the gate,” Stinson told Billboard. “I didn’t want to fuck anyone up in Guns by saying, ‘Hey, I can’t do this tour’ or anything like that. Luckily someone was able to reach out to Duff and he was amenable to the idea and was into doing it. It’s Duff being the kind of good sport he is, trying to help Axl (Rose) out. So I’m like, ‘Thanks dude, for covering my ass on this one.’ I think people are gonna be really stoked about it. It’s gonna be fun for everyone.”
Stinson said McKagan sat in for band rehearsals in Los Angeles last month, and talked about the relationship between Axl and Duff: “I don’t know that Duff and Axl ever even had bad blood. I don’t really know the whole story. But he came up and played with us a couple years back, and they got along great. Whatever their history is, they’re certainly fine now — I means, as fine as you can be after knowing someone for 30-plus years.”
“He’s (Duff) a fucking great bass player. 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.”
A member of Guns N’ Roses from 1985 to 1993, McKagan told Billboard, “It’s pretty great to play these songs again, and looking forward to playing some gigs with my pal again. South America is always a radical place for rock n roll…and I’m honored to be doing this thing, in that place.”
Guns N’ Roses will tour with Duff starting April 6 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and continue with shows in Asuncion, Paraguay on April 9; La Paz, Bolivia on April 12; Recife, Brazil on April 15; and Fortaleza, Brazil on April 17. GNR opens the tour on Tuesday in Florianapolis, Brazil, and also plays April 3 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, with Stinson. GNR will be back in the states playing at the Rock on the Range festival on May 13 in Columbus, Ohio, then they start a nine-show residency on May 21 at the The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.