Duff McKagan to Rejoin Guns N’ Roses for Five Shows

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Current Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson has confirmed that founding member Duff McKagan will rejoin the band for a five-show tour of South America that begins this weekend.

Stinson, who needs the days off in order to reunite for a series of festival dates in North America with his former band, the Replacements, tells Billboard that McKagan is simply being a “good buddy” by filling in for him. The first show will be Sunday night April 6 in Buenos Aires, and the last on April 17 in Fortaleza, Brazil.

“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… 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.”

McKagan, who played his last show as a full-time member of Guns N’ Roses back in July of 1993, has rejoined his former band on stage before, including a visit at the London’s 02 Arena in 2010 and at Seattle’s Key Arena back in December of 2011.

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Sebastian Bach Debuts “Temptation” Video

Sebastian Bach has released a video for “Temptation”, taken from his upcoming solo album ‘Give ‘Em Hell’ — due on April 18th in Europe and April 22nd in North America through Frontiers Records.

“This is the song that so many of you freaked out to on the Jay Mohr Show a while back and now we have an incredible video by Patrick Fogarty that I cannot wait for you all to see,” said the former Skid Row frontman. “It is mind blowing to me to have my friends Duff McKagan, Will Hunt and Devin Bronson in the video also with John 5 and Bobby Jarzombek on the track!”

“I wrote this song with John 5 from Rob Zombie’s band, the guitar player, who’s incredibly great,” Bach said earlier this year on the Jay Mohr Show. “On the bass on this song is none other than Mr. Duff McKagan. He actually had a lot to do with this album. I was in a super-group — well, it was a group, I don’t know about the super part (laughs) — called Kings Of Chaos in Australia and Duff was there and I said, ‘hey I’m working on a record do you want to write some songs together?’ He goes, ‘what kind of music?’ I go, ‘just rude fucking rock.’ He goes, ‘I can do dirty.’ I go, ‘that’s fucking exactly what I want, just rude riffs!’ So he gave me a tune that is so killer, but then he ended up playing on half the record — so it’s me and Duff and John 5. Then I got Steve Stevens on three songs, from Billy Idol’s band.”

Bach’s previous studio album, ‘Kicking & Screaming’, was named one of the top albums of 2011 by Sleaze Roxx readers.