Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) is currently finishing up a new solo album for a 2019 release. The bassist recorded the effort at Station House studios in Echo Park, CA with producer Shooter Jennings.
McKagan said the following:
“I wrote a couple of articles about historical places I passed through on this last tour and people kept asking if that was going to be the focus of my next book. But an unseen and irrepressible force guided me to write little vignettes of reflective prose…little instant reactions.”
“The heartbreak, anger, fear, confusion and divide I have experienced over the last two and a half years of traveling this globe of ours coerced these words into songs that tell my truth, and one that I hope will spread and help us all. I do this for my daughters…I do this for my love of where I grew up…I do this, because I truly feel it must be done and said right now.”
Jennings also commented:
“From the first night we sat together at my piano hashing out arrangements of his songs, before going into the studio to record them, I felt it was a really important record that had to be heard. The songs have so much heart and are so musical that I could just hear all the arrangements immediately and I could really feel them.”
“I met Duff right after I moved to Los Angeles nearly twenty years ago. I was such a massive Guns N’ Roses fan when I was younger. I’d say that they had a lot to do with me even moving to L.A. But there was some kind of magnetic force I guess that kept us orbiting each other over the years. When the idea of collaborating with him on this album came up, I was very eager to get the job as producer. I felt like the music this man made was part of the fabric of my own musical identity and that I would really love building a record with him. Once we sat down and started going over the songs he had, I instantly knew that the two of us were going to be a great fit together.”
During Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators’ October 16 show at the Palladium in Hollywood, CA, Slash was joined onstage by his Guns N’ Roses bandmate Duff McKagan for a performance of “It’s So Easy. You can see footage of that below:
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith has recruited a number of artists to participate in an all-star jam at “Will Ferrell’s Best Night Of Your Life” benefit. The group, who will perform under the moniker “Chad Smith’s Super Mega Funktastic Jam Rock All Stars,” will feature Smith, along with Chris Martin (Coldplay), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band), and Brad Paisley. “Will Ferrell’s Best Night of Your Life” will take place on October 6 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA and it will be hosted by Ferrell himself. The event will feature music as well as the following comedians: Jerry Seinfeld, Samantha Bee, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, Jim Jefferies, Michelle Wolf, Zooey Deschanel, Kumail Nanjiani, Jerrod Carmichael, and Brody Stevens.
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones, and “Portlandia” star Fred Armisen all took part in the annual Johnny Ramone tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles on Sunday (August 26). You can see footage of them rocking some acoustic covers of various Ramones songs and the Sex Pistols’ “Pretty Vacant” below. You can also head to Forbes to check out an interview in which Armstrong and Shepard Fairey discuss the Ramones.
DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara has taken to Twitter to throw out some names of musicians he hopes to have guest on the second volume of the band’s outlaw country covers album “Outlaws ‘Til The End.” Here’s who made his wish list: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and his daughter Electra, Metallica’s James Hetfield, Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx and X’s John Doe. Some of his followers also threw in some suggestions as well including: Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, Max Cavalera (Soulfly, etc.) and his son Richie (Incite), Clutch’s Neil Fallon, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, Behemoth’s Nergal, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, HELLYEAH’s Chad Gray, and Whitechapel’s Phil Bozeman. Aside from all these, it is probably safe to assume Glenn Danzig and John 5 will make the cut, considering they were supposed to guest on the first volume, but were unable to do so.
Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the 2018 MusiCares Concert For Recovery on May 10 at The Showbox in Seattle, WA. The guitarist will be recognized for his support of MusiCares and for his commitment to helping people with addiction recovery. The event will include performances by Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Nancy Wilson (Heart), Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), and Mike Ness (Social Distortion), and it will end with a special performance by McCready and friends. McCready commented:
“Recovery is a journey that you take each day, and mine has been affirming from a musical standpoint and a community perspective. To be able to raise funds for MusiCares and the critical addiction recovery work they do for music people across the country all year long is humbling, and it speaks to the way we can come together to help those in need.”
As previously reported, KnuckleBonz Inc. will be releasing new limited edition ‘Rock Iconz’ statues of Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan based on a 1988 show at New York’s Ritz. Those figurines are now up for pre-order HERE. There will only be 3000 of each statue, and each one is hand-painted and numbered with a certificate of authenticity.