Duff McKagan Gives New Interview to Yahoo! Entertainment
Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan was interviewed by Yahoo Entertainment recently. During the interview the Guns N’ Roses icon touched on how the music scene was impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 80’s. McKagan said the following
Duff: I mean, HIV/AIDS was a thing but it hadn’t entered the but it hadn’t entered into [the mainstream] yet. I worked a bakery in Seattle, it was all gay men and me. AIDS was originally called GRID – Gay-related immune deficiency or something like that. Do you remember, it was called GRID?
Parker: Yeah, kind of crazy when you think about it, I do remember that.
Duff: So yeah, it was just a different time. I mean everything was unprotected from drugs, needles, all of that stuff.
McKagan then said later on in the interview that Guns N’ Roses were pulled from an AIDS benefit show after backlash over some of their lyrics:
Duff: I was surprised, yeah, we were supposed to play David Geffen’s AIDS benefit in New York. A couple of months later we got pulled off of that.
Parker: Oh wow.
Guns N’ Roses faced a backlash over the lyrics to songs like “One in a Million,” but Axl Rose’s actions over the years have never suggested that he is racist or homophobic, as he has been a defender of the oppressed in recent years in social media posts.
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!’”