Guns N’ Roses Member Reveals How He Got Close to Axl Rose Again!

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Duff McKagan Talks About the Best Thing About the Axl Rose and Slash Tour

Duff McKagan, bassist for Guns N’ Roses talked about becoming friends with Axl Rose again in 2014 when he filled in for bassist Tommy Stinson in South America. The exchange went as follows with Classic Rock Magazine: 

In 2014, two years before you officially rejoined Guns N’ Roses, you played bass for the band on a South American tour, standing in for Tommy Stinson, who was doing reunion shows with his old band The Replacements. You told Classic Rock that you and Axl got really close again on that tour.

Oh yeah. We had such a great time together. We played a show in La Paz, Bolivia, at an altitude of twelve thousand feet. I’d done mountain climbing. I said: “Ax, man, the air is thin up there.” Seriously, people pass out when they come off the plane. They have oxygen at the airport. And we gotta play a rock show there, in a soccer stadium where they don’t have games any more because no other team will go and play because it’s not fair. So I was taking Diamox, mountain climber stuff, and I gave some to Axl. We go through this journey together, and to watch him sing up there… man, it was an amazing experience.

Vince Neil Talks About “Sacrifices” For Upcoming Tour

Fans have been joking for a while that Vince Neil isn’t what he used to be. Motley Crue’s most recent tour in 2015 saw frontman Vince Neil out of shape. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several months then you’d know Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts are hitting the road this summer for “The Stadium Tour.” Tickets have already went on sale and almost half of the shows have sold out and generated already $90million in ticket sales.

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Entertainment TV Show “Extra” spoke with the members of Motley Crue on December 4th at the band’s press conference announcing the tour to ask the how they prepare for this summer’s shows.

Bassist Nikki Sixx joked: “We’re gonna go into hibernation mode. We’re gonna sleep for six months and prepare.”

Frontman Vince Neil would add: “There’s a lot of sacrifice. You have to do everything that you have to do,  because from running around clubs to running around theaters to running around arenas to running around stadiums, there’s a whole big difference. You’ve gotta be ready for it.”

The tour debuts on June 21 in San Antonio, Texas with several new cities being announced including Kansas City, Minneapolis, Nashville, Cincinnati, Cleveland and St. Louis.

A few weeks ago Motley Crue’s manager Allen Kovac talked to Fox Business and discussed the criticism of Vince Neil’s weight and singing ability saying

“Some of them are working with a trainer, some of them are working with a nutritionist to make themselves the best they can be,” Kovac told Fox Business. “The greatest insecurity for an artist is: Is anyone going to care about my music? Is anyone going to buy a ticket? We were in November when the discussions were happening, and these guys were already into regimens of how they get ready for a tour.”

Speaking specifically about NeilKovac said: “Let’s see what Vince sings like and looks like when the tour goes out.”

Back in 2014 Neil shed some light to on his daily routine saying

“You’re running for two hours on stage every night. That pretty much keeps you in shape,” he replied. “It is a regimen. Usually on the day of the concert, I’ll get to the [venue] around 4 p.m. We always have a meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m. Then I go relax on my bus until 8 p.m. I get dressed and I’m onstage at 9. That’s the way it is every day.”