Many may have suspected it was an elaborate April Fools' set-up, but no: that really was Guns N' Roses rocking the stage the night of April 1, 2016, complete with Slash on lead guitar and Axl Rose doing lead vocals. The venue, reported CBS News, was LA's Troubadour Nightclub, which seats 500. Youtuber Will Inamine captured bite-sized portions of the performance for posterity:
About 15 seconds of "Mr. Brownstone."
A little bit of "It's so Easy."
Axl sounding very old school Axl in a snatch from "Welcome to the Jungle."
Those snapshots of a revived rock and roll monster like GN'R might be all some fans need to hit up venue box offices screaming "Take my money!"
The CBS report on the surprise concert gave plenty of indication that long-time fans of the band are ecstatic:
"This is the best day of my life," said the first guy on line. "This is going to be the coolest show ever. It's the best band ever!"
Another male fan, displaying a green wristband, said, "That is more important to me than the birth of my child."
The show marks the first time feuding bandmates Axl Rose and Saul Hudson, known as Slash, have performed together since July 1993.
Guns N' Roses are probably coming to a city near you this summer. They announced 21 destinations in a video on their site near the end of March. Venues and exact dates haven't been nailed down, but that train's coming around the bend like it's 1993 again, so it's time to get on board.