Duff McKagan Claims Guns N’ Roses Reuniting With Izzy Stradlin & Steven Adler Was “Impossible”

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Duff McKagan Claims Appetite Era Lineup Was Impossible To Reunite

Duff McKagan appeared on Talk Is Jericho podcast, Duff McKagan discussed the failed attempt to reunite the entire classic lineup of Guns N’ Roses, which also featured guitarist Izzy Stradlin and drummer Steven Adler.

When asked: “Was there ever a thought of trying with the original five guys?”, the bassist replied:

“Sure, but there were just some things where it was just impossible to get [it] to work. It’s not like we didn’t try and with Steven – it was great to bring him out where he could and play a couple of songs.

“This is a long set, like you said, gig shape. You have to train like a pro athlete. Not any different. I’m 55 years old; I’m 55 and I gotta train like I’m 28 or 25. So, that takes a lot [out of you], you gotta have the mindset, you gotta have the fighter’s mindset.”

Last month, McKagan said about Izzy’s absence from the reunion:

“I don’t know what the actual truth is. We definitely wanted him 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.

During a separate conversation with WAAF, Duff remembered how radio stations were initially reluctant to play GN’R material, particularly “Welcome to the Jungle,” saying (transcribed by UG):

“Rock radio then… it was not that, it wasn’t real stories of dirt, you know. Real, like, dirt underneath your fingernails, and cockroaches crawling on you.

“That’s what ‘Appetite’ exposed – real-life things of people our age. So, your station [WAAF], you guys played ‘Jungle,’ you guys started playing it, and it spread.

“So I remember when we came to Boston, there was a bunch of people at the show, like, ‘They’re playing you on the radio station there.’ I guess that brings people to the show, and it spread down to New York, they didn’t want to be second – but they were – so they started playing, so it spread.”