Duff McKagan to release new 3 track EP alongside book

Duff McKagan

Duff McKagan is to release a 3 track EP to accompany the launch of his new book How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions).

Due out on the 12th May via Da Capo Press, the book grew out of McKagan’s regular column in Seattle Weekly.

Said McKagan of the book in interview with TotalRock: “I had a column for the Seattle Weekly for five years, and there was one column that was called ‘How To Be A Man’, and it was kind of tongue in cheek; it was really tongue in cheek. And I got a book deal from that column. It’s a how-to guide of things I’ve learned about life — being a dad, being a husband and being in a rock band. And it’s, like, a city guide in it, but a very tongue-in-cheek city guide; like, how I see cities. It’s got all kinds of stuff. And other stories. And hopefully it’s gonna be a funny book.”

The former Guns N’ Roses bassist has teamed up with ex-colleague Izzy Stradlin, Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell and Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga for the accompanying EP, also titled How To Be A Man. It will be available for pre-order from the 5th of May.

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Duff McKagan details How To Be A Man

Duff McKagan

Duff McKagan has shared release details of his new book, How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions).

The book, which came about as a result of McKagan’s column for Seattle Weekly, will be published on the 12th of May via Da Capo Press. It sees McKagan taking a wry look at his life as a musician, husband and father.

Meanwhile, the former Guns N Roses bassist has been speaking to The Jasta Show about his time in GN’R during their Use Your Illusion world tour.

“We generated a lot of dough. Our crew was 130 people. We had two stages going — we had an A stage and a B stage going — around the world at all times,” he explains.

“That’s why we toured for two and a half years, because it took us two years just to break even on that tour!”

McKagan rejoined Guns N’ Roses for five shows last year and said at the time that he wouldn’t rule out recording with Axl Rose again in the future.

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Duff Mckagan: Scott Weiland era of Velvet Revolver is over


Duff McKagan has said in interview that the Scott Weiland era of Velvet Revolver is over.

Weiland said last month that he was hoping to arrange an “easy money” return to the VR fold, and then just this week said that he had been through “cattle call” procedures with a view to getting his old job back.

But, speaking to VH1 Radio, Mckagan said: “No, that played itself out. That was a chapter in life, you know. Not a defining moment, just a chapter. I wish that guy the best of luck and I hope he’s okay.”

Guitarist Slash recently insisted that Velvet Revolver have a future as a band and that he had been lining up an audition with a new singer.

When asked, McKagan said that he wasn’t aware of a specific audition, but agreed with Slash’s assessment of the band: “I think when it’s the right time to happen again, it’ll happen.”

“That band was so good and started with all the right intentions. We wrote a lot of material near the end of that band. We got really free musically – so we’ve got all this material, and it’s a really talented band.”

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Duff McKagan to rejoin Guns N’ Roses?

Duff McKaganDuff McKagan has hinted that he will join his former band, Guns N’ Roses, onstage in South America later this month.

McKagan tweeted a picture of a handwritten set list featuring Guns N’ Roses songs.

The accompanying caption read: “Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil! See y’all in the next few weeks, Si? GNR.”

The bass player officially left Guns N’ Roses in 1997, and in recent years bass duties have been undertaken by Tommy Stinson. Stinson will be unable to play the South American dates, however, as he will be joining his bandmates in The Replacements to perform a run of reunion shows, including the Coachella festival in California.

McKagan last played onstage with Guns N’ Roses at London’s O2 Arena in 2010, while his own band, Loaded, have opened shows for Axl Rose during 2011.

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Duff McKagan: This Isn’t About Axl Rose

Ex-Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan has spoken out about the bands’ induction into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame today, insisting that it has nothing to do with Axl Rose’s decision not to attend the ceremony.

Rose released a statement earlier this week explaining his decision to stay away from the event and asking not to be inducted ‘in absentia.’ But McKagan, writing on SeattleWeekly.com, said:

“In the end, it’s not about who does or doesn’t show up from the original band, and I back whatever reason this guy or that has for not coming. It’s all good. The songs are the important bit here… and the message they most certainly still must carry.”

Until last week, rumours suggested that the original line up of Guns N’ Roses would get back together to perform at the induction ceremony. Former band members, Slash, Steven Adler and Matt Sorum are all thought to be attending the event this evening, but a performance is unlikely.