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Angus Young Plays Airport Prank on Guns N’ Roses in Australia

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Guns N' Roses headed to Australia earlier this week, kicking off speculation that AC/DC main man Angus Young might join the band on stage during their brief stay.

While that remains to be seen, Angus has already found a clever way to welcome the GNR gang to his country: an airport prank.

GNR bassist Duff McKagan revealed—via Instagram—that Young played a practical joke on the band after they touched down at Sydney Airport for the latest leg of their ridiculously successful Not in This Lifetime... Tour.

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It seems GNR were held on the plane for a very long time, for what airline staffers called "security checks."

So Axl, Slash, Duff, Richard Fortus and the gang waited ... and waited ... and waited ... until Angus suddenly showed up in an orange vest posing as an airport worker.

Unfortunately, there are no pics or videos of the incident (come on, guys—break out those iPhones!), but we do have a pic of the very nice flowers Angus sent the band. They were accompanied by a “Welcome to Sydney!” card signed by Angus and his wife, Ella.

Lebeis Fernando, a member of GNR's management team, posted the pic, adding, "I have missed these two, Angus and Ella. AC/DC Family."

I have missed these two, Angus and Ella. AC⚡️DC Family.

A photo posted by Fernando Lebeis (@flebeis) on Feb 8, 2017 at 3:30am PST

OK, enough with the flowers. Back to business: GNR are performing Friday and Saturday night (February 9 and 10) at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium, and people are expecting—or at least hoping for—an on-stage visit from Angus.

This would reprise his surprise GNR guest appearance at the 2016 Coachella Festival, where Angus, Axl and the gang performed AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie" and "Riff Raff."

Stay tuned for updates!

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.