Bassist Duff McKagan played the first of five live reunion shows with Guns N' Roses this Sunday (April 6) in Buenos Aires, marking his first full-on GN'R performance in 17 years.
As reported, Duff is filling in for the band's regular bassist Tommy Stinson, who is reuniting with his original band the Replacements and was unable to make the shows.
Before kicking off the Misfits cover "Attitude" with McKagan on vocals. singer Axl Rose told the crowd (via Blabbermouth): "Our regular bass player, Mr. Tommy Stinson, is doing a show at Coachella with the Replacements, so we had to try to find a new guy. He's hanging in there. [Please give] a hearty welcome to the new guy, Mr. Duff McKagan."
In an official statement, McKagan expressed a great deal of excitement over the brief reunion. "It's pretty great to play these songs again, and I'm looking forward to playing some gigs with my pal again," he said. "South America is always a radical place for rock 'n' roll, and I'm honored to be doing this thing, in that place."
The rest of the GN'R shows featuring Duff on bass are set to take place in Asuncion, Paraguay on April 9, La Paz, Bolivia on April 12, Recife, Brazil on April 15 and Fortaleza, Brazil on April 17.
Stinson seemed equally excited about McKagan's latest stint, saying, "I didn't want to f--k 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 out. So I'm like, 'Thanks, dude, for covering my a-s on this one.' I think people are gonna be really stoked about it. It's gonna be fun for everyone.
"He's a f--king great bass player," Tommy added. "[The shows are] gonna be a breeze. The only bummer is I don't get to see one of the shows he plays, especially after playing his f--king 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."
Footage from the show was quick to surface, so make sure to check "It's So Easy," "Live and Let Die," "Attitude," "Patience" and "Civil War" performances below.