According to Blabbermouth.net, Duff McKagan's Loaded - the band led by Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan - will open for the current version of Guns N' Roses on the following dates:
12/16 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena
12/17 - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum
McKagan made a surprise guest appearance in October 2010 with Guns N' Roses at London, England's O2 arena. He told Seattle radio station KISW last year that playing in London with the current version of the band he left in the mid-Nineties was "great". McKagan came onstage during the group's October 14, 2010 gig to play on "You Could Be Mine", "Patience", "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" and "Nice Boys", sticking around to take a bow with Rose and the rest of the group at the end of the show. The gig marked the first time McKagan had performed with Guns N' Roses in 17 years.
It was announced on December 7 that Guns N' Roses will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 14, 2012 in Cleveland, along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers
, The Beastie Boys
, Laura Nyro
Rumors of a Guns N' Roses reunion with the classic lineup have been swirling for years. Rose told Billboard.com in 2009 that he doesn't ever expect to play again with guitarist Slash, saying, "One of the two of us will die before a reunion. However sad, ugly or unfortunate anyone views it, it is how it is."
Rose and original GN'R rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin played a few shows in 2006.
When asked if he thinks the entire original Guns lineup will show up at the induction ceremony, original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler - who was thrown out of the band in 1990 - told Rolling Stone magazine, "Absolutely not", adding that the bad blood between Rose and Slash is the sole factor holding up a full Guns reunion: "For twenty years, because of some stupid grudge, which I guarantee you that neither of them could even tell you what it was. They don't even know! ... twenty years of great music wasn't created because of some stupid grudge."