By SARAH BULL
What happened? A significantly larger Axl Rose was unrecongisable as he performed with Guns N' Roses in Rio, Brazil, last night
He was once a pin-up for millions of rock and roll fans throughout the world.
But it seems Axl Rose's poster boy days are over, judging by photographs of the 49-year-old singer performing with the band in Brazil last night.
The Guns N' Roses frontman was unrecognisable as he took to the stage at the Rock In Rio music festival, with his attempts to cover up his larger frame in a coat failing miserably.
Changing figure: Axl's new look is a far cry from his slimline figure at the height of his fame
Rose appeared to have gained a significant amount of weight in recent months, with his slimline frame at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards a distant memory.
The rocker teamed his yellow coat with a black hat and sunglasses, with the whole ensemble contributing to his bizarre appearance.
It's not the first time Rose's weight has sparked concern, as he previously shocked fans with his overweight look in January 2010.
Belting it out: The group performed songs including Sweet Child of Mine and Welcome To The Jungle at the Rock In Rio festival
His size also led to him being labelled a 'fat Botox-faced wig wearer' by rival rocker Scott Weiland.
But his weight gain appears to have continued over the past year and a half, with Rose looking entirely different as he performed in Brazil.
Back in the day: Axl (centre) with Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler, Duff McKagan and Slash
The band's performance was their first since last December, and came ahead of the Guns N' Roses' US tour which begins later this month.
The tour will start in Orlando on October 28th and finishes on December 1st in Auburn Hills.
Guns N' Roses Rock In Rio 2011 - Estranged
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