Duff McKagan has revealed that he and former Guns N’ Roses bandmate Izzy Stradlin hooked up to record a new song in the studio last month.
McKagan first shared word that he was recording on his 51st birthday on February 5 with Stradlin and his longtime drummer Taz Bentley, tweeting “Spent the first part of my birthday with @tazbentley and Izzy...rocking!”
Now, McKagan shares more details in a new interview with Argentina’s Vorterix.
“[Izzy and I] recorded a song that day,” says the bassist. “We were talking on the phone, and he said, ‘Let’s go record a song.’ And we used Josh [Homme] from Queens of the Stone Age’s studio; it was open. So we just went it — Izzy and I and Taz — and just had a blast. We recorded a song. I have it. It just got mixed. It’s a super kick-ass song. And we just had fun, and we’ll probably do it some more.”
“We’ve always kind of done [stuff like that], but usually on his records,” McKagan continues. “This was just like this open thing. And I had a riff, and he had an idea, and we recorded it in half a day.”
There’s no word on release plans, but McKagan was asked if the track might appear on his next album.
“Maybe,” he says. “We’re gonna maybe record some more. But we just enjoy making music together and enjoy each other’s company. We’re allowed to do that.”
An original member of Guns N’ Roses, Stradlin was with the band from its formation in 1985 to 1991; McKagan replaced original bassist Ole Biech after one show in 1985 and remained until 1997.
Earlier this month, McKagan teamed up with former GNR mates Gilby Clarke and Slash during a show in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
McKagan hit the stage with Slash at the city’s Mandarine Park to play “It’s So Easy” as the first encore before they were joined by Clarke for the show-closer, “Paradise City.”
Spent the first part of my birthday with @tazbentley and Izzy...rocking! pic.twitter.com/Lqi6XWIxP8
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) February 6, 2015
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