GUNS N' ROSES are planning to head out on tour with Nikki Sixx's guitar pal DJ ASHBA.
Axl Rose has reportedly recruited the Sixx:AM guitarist to his G N' R line-up - ahead of the 2009 international summer stadium shows.
Ashba also co-wrote and co-produced Motley Crues Saints of Los Angeles album.
In a statement about his new Slash replacement, Rose says, "DJs a gifted, energetic guitarist that Guns n Roses is proud to have on board. Were very excited to have the opportunity to work together.
"Guns radar has silently been aware of DJs presence for quite some time! He brings a fresh approach to our particular brand of mayhem expanding the tapestry of Guns n Roses live. Once DJs name was in the hat, the hat disappeared!"
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.