Duff McKagan Claims Guns N’ Roses Are At the Top Of Their Game “Songwriting-Wise”

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Guns N’ Roses Bassist Duff McKagan Tells Classic Rock Magazine About Future Plans

Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan talked to Classic Rock Magazine and discussed the future of the band and possible new music with the article saying:

Returning to the topic of new Guns N’ Roses material, McKagan said, “You never know with this band. That’s where I’ve landed on this thing. But the stuff’s cookin’. Everybody’s on top of their game at this point, musicianship-wise and songwriting-wise.  … We know our strengths. We’re now looking forward to what’s next, for sure, with Guns N’ Roses. And after making this solo record, which is kind of mellow, I look forward to getting back to rocking out.”

McKagan also went on to say

y the time their Not in This Lifetime tour kicked off in 2016, Stradlin had failed to show up, though it was later reported he came close to taking part in at least one show before deciding against it.

“I don’t know what the actual truth is,” McKagan told Classic Rock Magazine in a new interview. “We definitely wanted to do it, and I think he entertained the thought, but he never came down and rehearsed. We had amps for him, ready to go. The first month of rehearsal went by … nothing. The second month of rehearsal came by, and we’re talking to him: ‘We’re getting close, Iz.’ The third month of rehearsal went by … nothing. I guess he just didn’t want to tour this big and for so long.”

He also noted that he was impressed with how he and original drummer Steven Adler had worked together on keeping the band’s rhythm section tight.

“I’ve discovered that I did work harder with our drummer and came up with the right fills for songs like ‘Out Ta Get Me’ or ‘My Michelle’ or ‘Welcome to the Jungle,'” he said. “We didn’t overplay them. So listening back now, I’m stoked with myself as a young kid. I think to myself, ‘Oh, you did the right thing there!’”