|This is only the GN'R part of the article.
Guns N' Roses' surprise performance at Thursday's 19th annual MTV Video Music Awards was easily the night's highlight presentation, even though P. Diddy, Eminem and Justin Timberlake had more pizzazz and Bruce Springsteen and Sheryl Crow had more heart.
The group — which included longtime GN'R keyboardist Dizzy Reed and a batch of new faces like ex-Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson, ex-Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck and guitarist Buckethead — kicked off its medley with "Welcome to the Jungle," the song that had thunderingly announced GN'R back on their first VMA appearance in 1988.
Storming back and forth across the stage, sporting long braids and a bandana, Axl Rose was noticeably winded by the end of the tune, but the mania was in full force as Guns launched into their second track, a ballad likely planned for the long-promised Chinese Democracy. The group closed with "Paradise City," again bringing the crowd back to the glory daze of hair metal.