Band's original bass player will cover for Tommy Stinson in south America

It has been confirmed that Duff McKagan will rejoin Guns N’ Roses for five gigs in South America later this month.

The bass player officially left the band in 1997 but hinted at a return by posing a picture holding a setlist filled with a number of Guns N’ Roses songs earlier this week (March 31).

The rumours have now been confirmed, with current Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson telling Billboard that McKagan will “cover his ass” while he is unavailable to tour. Stinson recently reformed his band The Replacements, who are set to play reunion shows at the upcoming Coachella festival in California.

“I had those Replacement shows come up the same time the [Guns N’ Roses] tour came up, and it got to be a scheduling issue right out of the gate,” Stinson said. “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. So I’m like, ‘Thanks dude, for covering my ass on this one.'”

Duff will perform with Guns N’ Roses from April 6 until April 17, taking in gigs in in Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina before finishing in Brazil with a show at the Centro de Eventos de Fortaleza.

McKagan previously played with Guns N’ Roses at London’s O2 Arena in 2010, while his band Loaded opened shows for Axl Rose in 2011. On those occasions, McKagan joining the band onstage later in the evening.