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Duff McKagan Was ‘Reluctant at First’ to Open for Guns N’ Roses

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Former Guns N’ Roses bass slinger Duff McKagan is once again on the road with his good buddies, as his band Loaded is opening for a pair of dates on GN’R’s uber-raved about tour. When first presented with the offer to play, though, McKagan admits that he wasn’t sure he wanted to join up with his Axl Rose and the current line-up of his old band.

In his regular column for the Seattle Weekly, McKagan explained, “My band Loaded has been asked to play a couple of shows with Axl this weekend in Seattle and Vancouver. I was somehow reluctant at first to do this. I love that dude, but wanted to sort of stay out of the fray, especially after that whirlwind tour of the world we had just done. AND that damn book tour.

“But this fray is only a fray if I let it be. And now I am actually pretty excited to see my old pal. His band is the nicest bunch of fellas… After all, it is just some dudes doing what they know how to do best: connect with the audience, that fan-ship that has honored us with their presence for so damn long.”

Fans at this Friday and Saturday’s GN’R / Loaded concerts got the treat of a lifetime. During Friday’s headlining set in Seattle, McKagan bolted on stage and jammed out to GN’R’s beloved 1991 hit, ‘You Could Be Mine.’ Saturday’s Vancouver gig brought McKagan and the guys rocking to ‘You Could Be Mine’ and ‘Civil War.’ It was certainly a moment GN’R fans will carry with them for a long time! Watch a video of Friday’s bass-driven action, here.

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