McKagan confirms “bunch of songs” went down – and says brief stint with Jane’s Addiction made him a better bassist
Duff McKagan has revealed that Velvet Revolver recorded some tracks with Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor – but that doesn’t mean he’ll become a member of the band.
At the turn of the year VR spokesmen said they were close to making a decision on who’d replace sacked singer Scott Weiland and bring the band out of a three-year hiatus.
Rumours suggested it was Taylor, but he made no comment at the time, simply saying: “To be continued.” VR guitarist Slash later admitted Taylor was in the frame, and McKagan confirmed there had been discussions.
Now the bassist reveals the band actually recorded together.
He tells MusicRadar: “We recorded a bunch of songs with Corey. I think he’s fucking great – he’s the best voice of a new generation, the best rock’n'roll voice out there. He’s got a lot of positive energy and I’d be proud to do anything with him.
“Whether he’s in Velvet Revolver or not? The truth is, I can’t see Velvet Revolver happening until fall, maybe. Slash is touring, I’m just starting to tour – we’ll just have to see. I don’t have an answer.”
McKagan spent six months working with Jane’s Addiction last year before leaving to return to his own band Loaded. Last week JA singer Perry Farrell said they’d parted ways because “we annoyed Duff” – but the bassist says it isn’t true.
“Nobody was mean or anything. I went in to help them write and recorded some songs with them, but I had a Loaded record to make and I told them that.
“I had a wonderful experience with those guys. I got to play a couple of gigs and played all those amazing Eric Avery bass lines. It made me a better bass player.”
Meanwhile, McKagan is aware his former band Guns n’Roses will be eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 – and that he’ll be answering questions about the subject at least until then.
He says:”I’d be lying if I said I didn’t know it was coming. But I haven’t done any thorough thinking about it, or reaching out to anyone about it.
“When VR played it we were just the innocent band that was there to play Van Halen songs, and we saw their whole thing crumble. Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar showed up when it was supposed to be everybody, and they took the heat over the situation – a lot of heat.
“I don’t know if I want to set myself up for heat. It’s doing to be a debacle, isn’t it? A press debacle.”