During a rehearsal for the Broadway musical School of Rock, the young band for the show welcomed a surprise visitor to their stage. Guitarist Slash joined the kids to perform Guns N’ Roses‘ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City” in between a pair of the hard rock band’s tour dates in the New York City Area.
The pre-teen musicians had already begun performing “Sweet Child” when Slash jumped into the song, playing alongside Brandon Niederauer, who plays guitar prodigy Zack in the show. Niederarauer carefully watched the veteran rock star perform the song as they played the famous riff in unison. Singer Bobbi MacKenzie, who plays the show’s band’s soulful lead singer Tomika, powered through her vocals on the song without noticing the surprise guest behind her and looked shocked as she saw him after the song wrapped.
The full band with Slash also gave a raucous take on “Paradise City” on the stage before he posed with the kids for photos and met with the musicians. “It was really cool to meet such an enthusiastic and talented bunch of young rock ‘n’ rollers,” the guitarist told Rolling Stone. “They were great kids as well as players.”
Slash is not the first musical guest to join the School of Rock cast for a jam session. Stevie Nicks, whose music is featured prominently in the show, sang “Rhiannon” with the band for the show’s audience one night. Nicks has seen the show multiple times and according to Tony-nominated star Alex Brightman, she wants to take the young band on tour with her.
Guns N’ Roses reunited most of its classic line-up — Axl Rose, Duff McKagan and Slash — earlier this year for the Not in This Lifetime tour. The group performed at Coachella in April and will playing dates across North and South America until November.