As you’ll recall, Duff – completely by chance, fate or whatever term you want to use – was in London for a business meeting that was about a year in the making, when he reconnected with former GNR singer Axl Rose.
The two reportedly enjoyed each other’s company, with Duff accompanying Axl to the GNR gig at London’s 02 Arena. Before he knew it, someone handed Duff a bass and he was onstage with Axl for the first time in 17 years.
Naturally, the Duff/Axl scenario raised the interest and volume level from fans about a possible reunion of the original GNR lineup to new levels; and now, with McKagan out promoting his own band and its releases, the GNR shadow looms large and the questions are likely to continue for some time.
"I almost wish that getting on stage part didn't happen,” Duff told Artisan News Service. "For me, the most important part of that — the chance meeting that our hotel rooms were right next door to each other. Great; it was meant to happen, it was meant to happen for us to finally connect again. What happened when we connected is a private matter — but I'm glad it happened."
"It almost I wish it was, like, on an off night — that they weren't playing — because people were like, 'Oh, you played. Does that mean a reunion?' No, it doesn't mean any of that,” added McKagan.
"I went to the gig with him,” Duff continued. “I was so jet lagged and on so much energy drink that it was all sort of surreal by that point. Like, 'I should be in bed right now, you know. I've got a meeting tomorrow morning at 8 in the morning. What am I doing here?' And 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 this song since 1993. S**t — how does this song go?' But that part was fun — I'm glad it happened. But the way more important thing was that there was a sense to me that it was meant to happen."
Duff McKagan – interview
Artisan News Service – February 22, 2011
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