McKagan regrets message after it upsets Guns n’Roses and Velvet Revolver fans – although he wasn’t talking about either band
Duff McKagan wishes he’d thought twice before sending a tweet which landed him in hot water with both Guns n’Roses and Velvet Revolver fans.
The bassist was so delighted when he heard Swedish hardcore punks Refused were reforming for this year’s Coachella festival he sent a microblog update – and it was misinterpreted by his followers.
When he sent the line “Refused reunion? Now we are talking!” people assumed he was either discussing GnR’s potential regathering for their induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or last night’s three-track charity show with sacked VR singer Scott Weiland.
McKagan says in his Seattle Weekly column: “I found out one of my favourite all-time bands were getting back together this year. Refused, after 14 years apart, are seemingly playing a handful of American and European festivals this spring.
“In my enthusiasm regarding this news I tweeted ‘Refused reunion? Now we are talking!’ Think before you tweet.”
McKagan explains how VR were persuaded to regroup by guitarist Dave Kushner in aid of the family of a close friend who died last year. The bassist says: “When it comes to the welfare of kids, old grudges or whatever are put aside. But the fact is the re-formation of the five of us has got a lot of people talking. The tweet looks a little different now, eh?
“I’ve written before about GnR being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This event, too, has given rise to speculation and gossip. ‘Refused reunion? Now we are talking!’ – think before you tweet.”
Soon after he sent the message, McKagan’s phone went into meltdown with replies. He says: “A whole bunch of people thought I was tweeting about VR of GnR. Nope.
“I think I will use terms like ‘re-formation’ or ‘getting back together to play some shows’ from here on out, if and when I tweet. That other word just causes too much of a ruckus.”