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DUFF MCKAGAN Says It Was 'Great' Playing With AXL ROSE And The New GUNS N' ROSES - Oct. 21, 2010

Former GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan was interviewed on this morning's (Thursday, October 21) edition of "The BJ Shea Morning Experience" show on the Seattle radio station KISW 99.9 FM and about his surprise guest appearance last week with the band's current lineup at London, England's O2 arena. The chat can now be streamed using the audio player below.

On his appearance with GUNS N' ROSES in London came about:

"Things happen, in life, pretty crazy at times you least expect things to happen.

"I haven't talked to anybody publicly about it. And really, it's kind of... I know we're public figures, or whatever you wanna say, but it was kind of a private matter even though we played together on stage in front of 14,000 people or something.

"Over the years, especially in business and what-not, if you have a fracture in business, you start to demonize each other and if it's a public fracture in business, other people help you demonize...

"It was kind of goofy... As soon as I played last Thursday, my e-mail was just going crazy... It was Rolling Stone [magazine] and whatever or what-not. 'Can we get a quote or statement?' And I don't have a statement.

"It's really not that big of a story. It was really kind of... It was great.

"I got to London last Thursday. I was there on separate business — a separate business even from music. I checked into the hotel in London I stay at all the time. And the hotel manager came, 'Hey, Duff, we'll show you up to your room.' He goes, 'So you're playing tonight?' And I said, 'No, no, I'm here on just business this time — I'm not playing this time around.' And he looks at me strangely. 'What? You're not playing tonight?' I had no idea Axl [Rose] and GUNS N' ROSES were in London — I had no idea. So we're going up the elevator and he said, 'You know, Axl is in the room next to us.' And I had to go straight into meetings. All the meetings were... I was staying in sort of a conference room and bedroom — it was a conference room on one side of the wall and the bedroom on the other. And I went straight into these meetings and these were with sort of Wall Street people. So it was very serious meetings I was into, something I had worked on for a year. So I'm in these meetings and my phone starts ringing later on in the day in my hotel room; it was kind of managers and tour managers. The word [was] out I [was] in the hotel. And it came down to the simple fact... Axl and I just sort of met up, we saw each other and we hugged. I went down to the gig with him. There were a couple of guys hanging out. There was a lot of, sort of... Like what I was saying, you go through a lot of stuff in business and there's some fractures and demonizing of each other and I think, if nothing else, a couple of old friends maybe got over some of those hurdles and had a nice talk. And I don't want to do anything here to cheapen that by saying anything to you guys, but we had a nice dinner the day after the show, and that was it."

On hanging out with his old buddy again:

"Yeah, I missed it. I did. I missed it. And it couldn't have happened in a more odd way, really."

On the actual performance:

"The show is going on and I'm watching it. And somebody comes over with a bass... 'Now, I haven't played 'You Could Be Mine' since 1993. A lot of the other songs, like 'Paradise City' and 'Mr. Brownstone' and 'It's So Easy', I've played with VELVET REVOLVER or [longtime project] LOADED, but 'You Could Be Mine', I was, like, 'Oh, God. OK, I can play it. I think I remember it.' There's a bridge there. I'd forgotten the second part of the bridge, and I had to look at [current GUNS N' ROSES guitarist] Bumblefoot [chuckles], his guitar neck, to see where the next guitar chord was. But, yeah, it was fun. I had a great time."

"It was a little but heavy. When people saw it... It wasn't heavy for me so much. I was kind of more concerned about the band that he's put together — great, great players [and] great guys. I've gotten to know Bumblefoot and Tommy [stinson, bass] and Frank [Ferrer], the drummer. And, of course, there's Dizzy [Reed, keyboards]. It's a great band and I didn't wanna do anything to lessen what they were doing."

On whether this increases the chances of a reunion of the classic GUNS N' ROSES lineup:

"I have nothing to say about it. It's not... I don't know. It's not anything that I worked or planned for. I work and plan for my kids next year in school, or my business, or indeed LOADED. But that kind of thing, it's not something I sit there and go, 'OK, one day this is gonna happen.' Last thing happened, and it was very serendipitous, and the blood was in the water, no doubt. After that show in London, I could have gotten a free dinner and free car service everywhere I went every night I was in London after that. And I had to kind of hide. I went and saw Ronnie Wood play Tuesday night, and I had to kind of watch out for the sharks running about, even at that gig — it was kind of a private gig, and there were the manager types and the agent types. All of a sudden I was a little more handsome than I'd been before I came to London because everybody was complimenting me. 'Hey, Duff, you look great.'"

On whether he thinks the fact that he has done a lot of work on himself in the last few years has helped make the meeting go more smoothly:

"Well, for me, the big thing is, what's my part in it? We can all look back at our pasts and go, 'Well, he did this to me and...?' [And you have to step back] and take a look in the mirror. What was my part in it? And that's what I've been working on for the last 10 or 15 years, but really in the last five years, and it's a work in the progress. You always paint yourself a little glossier in your own past in your life. I could have done things different — probably sometimes a lot better; sometimes I could have done things worse. But I look at my part and my accountability. I'm a grown-up; I take accountability for myself and my actions these days. I've got nothing to fear and I've got nothing to be ashamed of. What I've done is what I've done; what I'm gonna do is what I'm gonna do. I have fun while I do it now. Every day I wake and go, 'OK, let's go.' Joke time. I'm lucky to be here, and I don't forget that every day."

You can listen to the interview here: http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=148085

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Hopefully Duff was able to ease the relations and convince Axl that Slash is not as evil as he thinks. Who knows. But Duff probably didn't say much about Slash otherwise he would have been thrown off the London Bridge by Del and the rest of Axl's cronies.

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Still, it had to be weird for them to both ignore that elephant in the room. Like running into a friend you KNOW has been sleeping with your ex or something!

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That is true. I mean Izzy was one thing, but Duff and Slash are still in the same band. The only real hope is Axl being tired of being in a mediocre band.

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I wouldn't be surprised if Slash's name was mentioned. Of course we'll never know, but it would be interesting to know how/if that conversation went down.

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It's nice when you can reconnect with an old friend. It's a nice story and I'm glad that it sounds like Axl and Duff were able to hang out and talk after such a long time. Kudos to them for moving forward and trying to heal whatever wounds may have been there.

I'm also glad to see Duff give the band its due for being the talented musicians they are.

Ali

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After reading this interview how can anyone doubt that a GnR reunion would be HUGE!!! Rolling Stone magazine doesn't even know NuGnR exists and Duff does a guest appearance and instantly they are chasing him for comments. Why? because they smell a possible reunion....

NuGnR got more good press from Duff's short appearance then they got all year from the music press.....I will say it again...IMHO a GnR reunion tour would start a music press feeding frenzy and the Arena size shows, and maybe even Stadium shows, would sell out the day tickets went on sale. It would be the music event of the year if it ever happened............

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After reading this interview how can anyone doubt that a GnR reunion would be HUGE!!! Rolling Stone magazine doesn't even know NuGnR exists and Duff does a guest appearance and instantly they are chasing him for comments. Why? because they smell a possible reunion....

NuGnR got more good press from Duff's short appearance then they got all year from the music press.....I will say it again...IMHO a GnR reunion tour would start a music press feeding frenzy and the Arena size shows, and maybe even Stadium shows, would sell out the day tickets went on sale. It would be the music event of the year if it ever happened............

Hard to argue with this. This has, without a doubt, been the most press GNR has gotten since Axl decked that photographer last December.

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Rolling Stone magazine doesn't even know NuGnR exists

Not exactly true. They've give a fair share of coverage to the new lineup over years. Too much to say that RS isn't aware that new lineup exists.

Ali

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Rolling Stone magazine doesn't even know NuGnR exists

Not exactly true. They've give a fair share of coverage to the new lineup over years. Too much to say that RS isn't aware that new lineup exists.

Ali

Agreed. If nuGNR announced a new album for March tomorrow Rolling Stone would be all over it. Problem is, this band doesn't exactly stay productive enough to merrit headlines.

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After reading this interview how can anyone doubt that a GnR reunion would be HUGE!!! Rolling Stone magazine doesn't even know NuGnR exists and Duff does a guest appearance and instantly they are chasing him for comments. Why? because they smell a possible reunion....

NuGnR got more good press from Duff's short appearance then they got all year from the music press.....

You sure? Here in Brazil I didn't see any big new about that, on any site. Now look that, just two little printed screens:

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UOL and Globo are the biggest newswire in Brazil and South America. The media streamed the concerts online with pictures, videos and setlist just as we do in the forums.

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After reading this interview how can anyone doubt that a GnR reunion would be HUGE!!! Rolling Stone magazine doesn't even know NuGnR exists and Duff does a guest appearance and instantly they are chasing him for comments. Why? because they smell a possible reunion....

NuGnR got more good press from Duff's short appearance then they got all year from the music press.....

You sure? Here in Brazil I didn't see any big new about that, on any site. Now look that:

Sem%20t%C3%ADtulo2.jpg

maisumprint%5D.png

UOL and Globo are the biggest newswire in Brazil and South America.

:facepalm:

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Rolling Stone magazine doesn't even know NuGnR exists

Not exactly true. They've give a fair share of coverage to the new lineup over years. Too much to say that RS isn't aware that new lineup exists.

Ali

I have been a subscriber for over 10 years Ali and other than a concert reviews here or there they barely mention NuGnR so I think saying "They've give a fair share of coverage to the new lineup over years" is being generous...Now if there is a reunion I am betting they would get a cover again......

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After reading this interview how can anyone doubt that a GnR reunion would be HUGE!!! Rolling Stone magazine doesn't even know NuGnR exists and Duff does a guest appearance and instantly they are chasing him for comments. Why? because they smell a possible reunion....

NuGnR got more good press from Duff's short appearance then they got all year from the music press.....

You sure? Here in Brazil I didn't see any big new about that, on any site. Now look that:

Sem%20t%C3%ADtulo2.jpg

maisumprint%5D.png

UOL and Globo are the biggest newswire in Brazil and South America.

:facepalm:

:facepalm::facepalm:

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Rolling Stone magazine doesn't even know NuGnR exists

Not exactly true. They've give a fair share of coverage to the new lineup over years. Too much to say that RS isn't aware that new lineup exists.

Ali

Agreed. If nuGNR announced a new album for March tomorrow Rolling Stone would be all over it. Problem is, this band doesn't exactly stay productive enough to merrit headlines.

I doubt it sofine, as they barely acknowledged ChiDem so I doubt a new album by NuGnR would get much more than a small mention...But a reunion would likely get a feature story.......

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Rolling Stone magazine doesn't even know NuGnR exists

Not exactly true. They've give a fair share of coverage to the new lineup over years. Too much to say that RS isn't aware that new lineup exists.

Ali

I have been a subscriber for over 10 years Ali and other than a concert reviews here or there they barely mention NuGnR so I think saying "They've give a fair share of coverage to the new lineup over years" is being generous...Now if there is a reunion I am betting they would get a cover again......

Between the magazine and website, there has been a fair share of coverage to the new band. They've reviewed various concerts, discussed/reviewed almost every set of leaks, given a featured review to the album release, named Chinese Democracy among albums of the year in 2008 and "Better" as one of the songs of the year in 2008, etc. I"m a subscriber and daily reader of the website, too.

The issue of a cover story would likely necessitate an interview, which obviously hasn't been given. Other than that, RS (magazine and website) has done several stories over years on Axl and GN'R. To me, as many as could be reasonably expected given Axl's lack of public persona.

To say RS "barely" acknowledged Chinese Democracy to me is just not true. How many other albums get reviews and song by song descriptions of leaks from their sessions?

Ali

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Rolling Stone magazine doesn't even know NuGnR exists

Not exactly true. They've give a fair share of coverage to the new lineup over years. Too much to say that RS isn't aware that new lineup exists.

Ali

I have been a subscriber for over 10 years Ali and other than a concert reviews here or there they barely mention NuGnR so I think saying "They've give a fair share of coverage to the new lineup over years" is being generous...Now if there is a reunion I am betting they would get a cover again......

Between the magazine and website, there has been a fair share of coverage to the new band. They've reviewed various concerts, discussed/reviewed almost every set of leaks, given a featured review to the album release, named Chinese Democracy among albums of the year in 2008 and "Better" as one of the songs of the year in 2008, etc. I"m a subscriber and daily reader of the website, too.

The issue of a cover story would likely necessitate an interview, which obviously hasn't been given. Other than that, RS (magazine and website) has done several stories over years on Axl and GN'R. To me, as many as could be reasonably expected given Axl's lack of public persona.

To say RS "barely" acknowledged Chinese Democracy to me is just not true. How many other albums get reviews and song by song descriptions of leaks from their sessions?

Ali

Alright Ali I will split it down the middle with you. It is more than barely but less than fairly generous....that is my best offer take it or leave it..........

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Hopefully Duff was able to ease the relations and convince Axl that Slash is not as evil as he thinks. Who knows. But Duff probably didn't say much about Slash otherwise he would have been thrown off the London Bridge by Del and the rest of Axl's cronies.

or maybe axl's depiction of slash is reasonably accurate.

no wait, that cant be true, have you seen slashs hat! fucking awesome!!!! he must be a good guy! LOLOLOL

i think duffs association with axl is a +1 for axls slash stance...axl called slash a cancer, he made some big allegations and it was very well publicized...if axl was making that all up, do you think duff would want anything to do with him?

its sort of like warchild, when someone is clearly crazy you do your best to just stay out of their way and avoid any sort of interaction.

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I find it interesting that Duff listed Loaded as something he can plan for, but not Velvet Revolver. He mentions them when he's talking about songs he's played, but not anywhere else. Considering that Matt and Slash have said they're auditioning singers, I think that that's pretty interesting.

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After reading this interview how can anyone doubt that a GnR reunion would be HUGE!!! Rolling Stone magazine doesn't even know NuGnR exists and Duff does a guest appearance and instantly they are chasing him for comments. Why? because they smell a possible reunion....

NuGnR got more good press from Duff's short appearance then they got all year from the music press.....

You sure? Here in Brazil I didn't see any big new about that, on any site. Now look that:

Sem%20t%C3%ADtulo2.jpg

maisumprint%5D.png

UOL and Globo are the biggest newswire in Brazil and South America.

:facepalm:

:facepalm::facepalm:

:facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:

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Duff didnt reveal much so this interview kind of sucked... a reunion would be great but i dont see it happening.

I wouldnt want it to happen if they werent to release material together again... if it was just a tour it wouldnt be worth it

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Hopefully Duff was able to ease the relations and convince Axl that Slash is not as evil as he thinks. Who knows. But Duff probably didn't say much about Slash otherwise he would have been thrown off the London Bridge by Del and the rest of Axl's cronies.

or maybe axl's depiction of slash is reasonably accurate.

no wait, that cant be true, have you seen slashs hat! fucking awesome!!!! he must be a good guy! LOLOLOL

i think duffs association with axl is a +1 for axls slash stance...axl called slash a cancer, he made some big allegations and it was very well publicized...if axl was making that all up, do you think duff would want anything to do with him?

its sort of like warchild, when someone is clearly crazy you do your best to just stay out of their way and avoid any sort of interaction.

If Slash was such a "cancer" then why would Duff want to even be involved with him?? strange logic you have there mate............

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For god sakes, who gives a FUCK about Duff. He hasn't been part of the lineup for years now, was never a very good bassist, and contributed nothing to the original band besides a few weak songs. Stinson is by far the better musician. What's all the hype about him hopping on stage? It's a fun gimmick but the songs SOUND BETTER with Stinson... why can't some people seem to understand that basic fact.

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