On the March 25 edition of the Brazilian TV show "Mais Cultura", people in the streets of São Paulo were videotaped as they were shown a picture of GUNS N' ROSES lead singer Axl Rose from the band's classic "Appetite For Destruction" era in 1987 and a photo of Rose from a more recent GN'R concert. You can see their reactions in the two-and-a-half-minute report below.
As previously reported, ex-GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan has confirmed that he will be filling in for the band's current bassist, Tommy Stinson, during the group's South American tour. Stinson is scheduled to reunite with his original band, THE REPLACEMENTS, for two high-profile dates at Coachella in mid-April and is unable to make the GN'R shows.
McKagan will join GUNS N' ROSES in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the April 6 concert, then play Asuncion, Paraguay (April 9), La Paz, Bolivia (April 12) and two cities in Brazil — Recife (April 15) and Fortaleza (April 15).
GUNS N' ROSES is playing the first two shows of the South American tour — on April 1 in Florianapolis, Brazil, and on April 3 in Porto Alegre, Brazil — with Stinson, before hooking up with McKagan, who joined GN'R for rehearsals in Los Angeles last month and will likely run through the set again before the Buenos Aires show.
McKagan joined Axl Rose onstage for the first time in seventeen years at GUNS' October 14, 2010 concert in London. He also performed with the current version of GUNS in December 2011 at shows in Vancouver and Seattle. All three appearances were for a few songs, not full gigs.
Rumors that the classic lineup of GUNS N' ROSES would reunite have been around for years, although any possibility of that happening seemed to end when the band was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and Axl Rose declined to show up.