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McKagan wishes he hadn’t played GnR reunion
Thursday,February 24th, 2011 Bassist is glad he got to reconnect with Axl Rose… but regrets going onstage because it reignited impossible reunion rumours. Duff McKagan wishes he hadn’t appeared with Guns n’Roses
onstage in London last year, because it’s renewed anticipation for a
classic lineup reunion he maintains will never happen.
But the bassist is glad he got to reconnect with his former bandmate, even if he doesn’t quite remember the event clearly.
McKagan sent shockwaves through the band’s army of fans when he
guested with the current lineup at the O2 Arena in October after he and
Rose ran into each other because they were staying at the same hotel.
Now he says: “I almost wish the getting on stage part hadn’t happened.
“The most important part for me was the chance meeting. Our hotel
rooms were right next to each other. It was meant to happen – we were
meant to connect again. It was a private matter, but I’m glad it
McKagan says he was suffering from jetlag and doesn’t clearly remember travelling to the venue with Rose.
“I was on so much energy drink that it was all sort of surreal by
that point. It was like, ‘I should be in bed right now. I’ve got a
meeting in the morning. What am I doing here?’
“Then all of a sudden there’s a bass in my hands. ‘What, am I going
to play?’ You Could Be Mine – I haven’t played that song since 1993.
Shit, how does it go?’
“It was fun. But the more important thing was, I had a sense it meant to happen to me.”
Since that reunion McKagan and fellow ex-GnR members Slash, Matt
Sorum and Steven Adler have fielded almost constant inquiries about the
chances of getting together with Rose for live shows or even a new
album. Last week a rumour surfaced that they’s signed up to appear at
next year’s Super Bowl. But with the exception of Adler, who recently
said it was just a matter of time, they all maintain it will never take
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[Tienes que estar registrado y conectado para ver este vínculo]GUNS N'ROSES REUNION WAS A MISTAKE, DUFF MCKAGAN SAYS
Regrets, Duff McKagan's had a few. Now he admits that last year's onstage reunion with Axl Rose is definitely one of them.
"I almost wish the getting on stage part hadn't happened," the Velvet Revolver told Rock News Desk, saying that the live impromptu London jam between the Guns N' Roses co-founders was a mistake because it has refueled fans hopes for a regrouping of the group's classic lineup.
On a personal level, McKagan said he's happy he ran into Rose when they
wound up having hotel suites next to each other. "We were meant to
connect again," he said of the chance meeting. "It was a private matter,
but I'm glad it happened."
As for rejoining Rose and his current incarnation of Guns N' Roses for a
rendition of 'You Could Be Mine,' McKagan blames his iffy judgment on a
mixture of jetlag and energy drinks and remembers little about his car
ride to the O2 Arena last October.
"It was like, 'I should be in bed right now. I've got a meeting in the
morning. What am I doing here?'" Duff explained. "Then all of a sudden
there's a bass in my hands."
Since that surprise appearance, McKagan says he and other former members
have been inundated with inquiries about a reteaming of all the
founding members, but McKagan insists it would never happen.