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Days of Guns N' Roses
Court cases! Vintage wines! Smack! Bad craziness! A burst pancreas! And a chart-topping album! It can only be the posthumous but never-ending saga of the defining rock band of the ’80s and ’90s. Stuart Clark gets the latest from Duff McKagan
Stuart Clark, 27 Apr 2004
“We’ve made this really aggressive, really passionate, really fuck you in your face record with the best singer on the planet,” Duff enthuses. “People think we’re mad bringing Scott in, but he’s the guy saying, ‘Can we play at least five nights a week on tour?’ He wants it so bad.”
So, even though he faces a jail term if he goes back on the smack again, they don’t regard him as a liability?
“The first thing Scott said to us was, ‘I’m fucking strung out but I want to quit’, to which we replied, ‘Oh, it’s just a drug problem? And you want to quit? We were ten times as fucked up as that in Guns N’ Roses!’ If you saw him at rehearsal, a lot of these questions would go by the wayside.”
While Weiland continues to receive intensive treatment for his dependency, the only thing troubling Duff nowadays is when he’s going to be able to fit a martial arts class in.
“They’ve taught me to think sober,” he reflects. “I started washing my clothes. I cleaned my house. I went to the grocery store. I returned home to Seattle and majored in finance at school! It made life and music fun again.”
Velvet Revolver’s Contraband album is due through RCA in early June