Duff McKagan Breaks Silence on Izzy Stradlin’s Absence From Guns N’ Roses Reunion

Duff McKagan with Guns N' Roses

Duff McKagan Talks Izzy Stradlin in New Interview

Gregg Stone of Northern Colorado radio station 92.9 The Bear recently cinterviewed GUNS N’ ROSES bassist Duff McKagan. You can listen to the entire chat here He was asked about Izzy Stradlin’s absence and whether he plans to write a third book about his experience on the “Not in This Lifetime Tour”,

On whether original rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin will ever perform with GUNS N’ ROSES again:

Duff: “That is something that we tried to make happen at the beginning. It just didn’t work out.”

Last year, Izzy blamed his non-involvement with the GUNS N’ ROSES reunion tour on the fact that he and the other guys in the band were unable “to reach a happy middle ground through the negotiation process.”

On whether he has plans to write a third book:

Duff: “I’ve read some really good books while I was out in the road. I was columnist for the Seattle Weekly and for ESPN, actually, and a couple of other things. When I was this columnist, I became an observationalist because you have to write a new column every week and you have to start observing what’s going on around you. I think the columnist in me came back out when we started this tour. It wasn’t things going on inside of the band; I wouldn’t write a tell-all about what’s going on inside the band — that would be a little tacky. Inarguably, it’s a very interesting time in our history. I think what makes it more intense is that there’s this onslaught of cable news and panels — I fell down the rabbit hole like anybody else. Before we went on this tour in November, December 2015, I just wanted to watch the debates. I’ve voted every year since I was 18. Seattle city, referendums, state votes and federal votes, I’ve always been very interested. I’ve listened to all of the candidates. I’m just one of those nerds that does this. It’s our responsibility to vote and be attentive and all of that. I [started to vote] the first year of having to sign up for the Selective Service when I was 18 and I was a punk rock kid. That drew my attention to, ‘Okay, I better have a say as to what’s going on. I’m going to sign up for the Selective Service.’

“My only way to have a say is to vote. Ever since then, I wanted to pay attention. I wanted to hear what John Kasich had to say. I wanted to listen to who this Bernie [Sanders] guy was and all these people. I noticed all these panels coming on the news. These debates turned into these scream fests. I thought it was very interesting. I started following people on Twitter and doing all the wrong things. [Laughs] And switching back and forth between all the cable news stations, then this tour started, and I made the conscious effort to turn off my TV, turn off my computer, mute all these people I started following on Twitter because it was just a screaming match. I’d open up my Twitter and it was like you’d open a door in a movie like some cartoon and all this noise comes out of the door, so I shut it all down. I do read a lot of history and I have since my 25 years of sobriety. That’s my passion and my hobby is reading history. I’m really interested in the places I go to and I go to the places I read about. When you turn off the computer and turn off the Twitter and turn off the news and go start seeing places, tourist-y places, sometimes not tourist-y places, but you end up talking to people. It’s funny when you start talking to people. The vibe they were talking about on the news when I left, I didn’t see it. I really took note of that. People face to face don’t scream and yell.”

On whether GUNS N’ ROSES has plans to record a new studio album:

Duff: “I will tell you this: Things are very positive in our camp and they started that way and they remain so, if not more. But in classic GUNS N’ ROSES fashion, I will tell you nothing.”


McKagan will release his new solo album, “Tenderness”, on May 31. The disc sees McKagan reflecting on his experiences traveling the globe over two and a half years on GUNS N’ ROSES’ “Not In This Lifetime” tour.