Former GUNS N' ROSES bassist Stephen Harris reunited with his teenage punk band The Autonomes for a charity gig at the weekend (06-07Apr13), 23 years after they split.

The rocker, who also played with The Cult, recently reconnected with his old pals in his native Swansea, Wales and agreed to hit the stage once again to raise funds for drummer Andrew Griffiths' Swansea Music and Drama organisation, which aids disadvantaged local youths.

They played a reunion concert at The Garage club on Saturday (06Apr13) and Harris, who has since retrained as a doctor, admits he's had a great time revisiting his past.

Speaking before the show, he told the Bbc, "I've been lucky enough to have gone all round the world, with The Cult on the Electric tour, and Guns N' Roses' Appetite For Destruction tour, but there's nothing like the friends you make in your first ever band.

"We haven't played together since we left school in 1980, and I was so excited to find out that the other members are still around and that they've still got copies of the songs we wrote. And if we can raise money and attention for Andrew's charity while we're at it, then great."

The gig was extra special for the group after Griffiths learned his charity had secured a $320,000 (£200,000) grant from the U.K.'s National Lottery.